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Old 07-09-2015, 11:29 PM   #1
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Gas lifters for swing down cabinet doors

Our new Chaparral 5th wheel has 8 cabinets with doors that hinge from the top. This seemed inconvenient so I found gas lifters on Amazon that do a perfect job of holding them open. In order to install the lower pin I had to add a 1X1" block to the back of the door edge. For the 12" doors the dimensions needed are printed on the package. For the 10" doors I had to be a little creative. The cabinet pin was mounted as low as possible and the pin on the door was placed 6.25" above the frame pin. The strut is about 6" when fully compressed.

Here's the link for the lifter/strut (Apexstone 100N):
http://www.amazon.com/Apexstone-22-5...8ZNVBXANZ53H6S
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Old 07-09-2015, 11:31 PM   #2
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DH has ordered some for our unit but so far has had time to install only 2. Looking forward to getting them all in. We have 8 in the living area and 6 in the bunkroom so 2 down and 12 to go!
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Do they bang shut on you or something that you had to add these?
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Do they bang shut on you or something that you had to add these?
It's just hard to hold the door open and get anything out of the compartment. Our Flagstaff 5er came with struts on all the cabinet doors that swing up.
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DH came into the living area when I was standing on the couch, with the door resting on the top of my head so that I could get something in the back of the cabinet; so he thought it would be a good idea to have them, for convenience sake. And I agreed. Have put some things in bins and will finish some storage items using more little bins but it's just nice to have both hands free to get something out of the cabinets without having to rest the door on my head.
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Old 07-10-2015, 09:37 PM   #6
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Our V-Lite has (14 Struts) installed from the Factory on our overhead Cab doors! As well as (2) on the (Bed platform)! Youroo!!
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We have the struts on the bed platform, too. The 2nd version of the 2015 IBL has the doors that open side to side and not bottom to top like ours, a modification I'm sure Coachmen made after feedback ? Our friends Vlite also has the gas struts on their overhead cabinet doors. Not sure why they weren't included on the IBL other than for cost.
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Old 07-11-2015, 10:31 AM   #8
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Ours stay up until you put them down. No struts.
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Where to buy

You can get them at Pep Boys and Camping World
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Old 07-11-2015, 01:29 PM   #10
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i believe deck props is another term applied to these. might help in a google search
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