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Old 03-01-2021, 12:08 PM   #1
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Fix for over-bed cabinet door (don't stay open)

My Forester 2251SLE has several cabinet doors over the bed, but they flip up and don't have any mechanism for keeping them open. So, you have to use one hand to hold them open while using the other to load/unload. Does anyone have any suggestions for some sort of "stays" to keep them open? Replacing the hinges would be a pain, but I'm thinking some sort of arm or latch... Thoughts?
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Old 03-01-2021, 02:14 PM   #2
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An extension spring about 4" to 6" long screwed to the door and the frame where it will hold it open when straight. Then to close the door you bend the spring in the middle and the door will close.

Here's one specially designed, but you can use springs from the hardware store as well.

Stainless Steel Hatch Spring
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Old 03-01-2021, 05:57 PM   #3
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This is just an example and if you google "rv cabinet door struts" there will be plenty of places to purchase. Cheaper also.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/26447030644...yABEgJtifD_BwE
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Old 03-01-2021, 07:35 PM   #4
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My Forester 2251SLE has several cabinet doors over the bed, but they flip up and don't have any mechanism for keeping them open. So, you have to use one hand to hold them open while using the other to load/unload. Does anyone have any suggestions for some sort of "stays" to keep them open? Replacing the hinges would be a pain, but I'm thinking some sort of arm or latch... Thoughts?
This might be more what you are looking for adding to all mine work great , keep door closed and not so expensive

https://www.rvupgradestore.com/RV-Ca...-p/31-1474.htm
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Thanks, MR.M, but I can't tell from the pictures how those would actually work. I doesn't seem like they would close right. I'm not trying to keep the doors closed, I'm trying to hold them open (until I close them).
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This is just an example and if you google "rv cabinet door struts" there will be plenty of places to purchase. Cheaper also.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/26447030644...yABEgJtifD_BwE
Thanks. Those look like they might work. The ones I found on Amazon were either too long, or needed a side wall to mount on.
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Old 03-02-2021, 09:56 AM   #7
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Thanks, MR.M, but I can't tell from the pictures how those would actually work. I doesn't seem like they would close right. I'm not trying to keep the doors closed, I'm trying to hold them open (until I close them).
They work great and hold the door up when open and closed when closed . they mount easy and work like a champ . I have them on all my swing up cabinet doors 6 to be exact been on for yrs and no reason to spend more on struts that are over kill
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Similar to the strut

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Thanks, MR.M, but I can't tell from the pictures how those would actually work. I doesn't seem like they would close right. I'm not trying to keep the doors closed, I'm trying to hold them open (until I close them).
It's similar to the gas lift you were shown except that there's no bracket on one end. You simply put a long wood screw through the hole at the end of the tube.

It might be a gas lift or simply contain a compression spring inside. You would mount it so that when the door is closed there's no outward force (pointing straight up and down. When you start to open the door, the spring expands and pushes the door up.
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My Forester came with overhead hinges similar to these. They hold the door in the open and closed positions and work really well. They are available from rvstuff.com. Item is DGN RV 2856 Cabinet Door Hinge. They were $10.99 each total in November 2017
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My Forester came with overhead hinges similar to these. They hold the door in the open and closed positions and work really well. They are available from rvstuff.com. Item is DGN RV 2856 Cabinet Door Hinge. They were $10.99 each total in November 2017
On sale today for $4.19 each!

This might be the best solution, since it doesn't limit the width of items that can be stored.
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Thanks. Those look like they might work. The ones I found on Amazon were either too long, or needed a side wall to mount on.
You will need the struts to be about 6" long. Doing this from memory as the motorhome is in winter storage. You can cut small blocks of wood and screw to the floor or dividers between the door openings to attach the strut to on one end and the door on the other. I did this to mine and they work great. It took less than an hour to do them all.
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Old 06-13-2021, 01:44 PM   #12
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Magnetic catches

I added a set of magnetic catches to each door. bought a set of white to mount to ceiling and a set of black for the darker cabinet door. 5-minute install and hardly see them.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Z8X44GK...mcd_asin_1_img

there are other options as well.
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