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Old 04-30-2012, 04:22 PM   #15
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To get by until you find the right ones. I always told my customers to buy a small pair of locking pliers. Open the door all the way and clamp the pliers on the shaft.
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:20 PM   #16
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Get a piece of 3/4 PVC pipe. Open the strut all the way and measure the rod length. cut the pipe to that length and then cut a slit all the way down it and install on the rod. When you lift up on the strut pull the pipe down and it will hold the strut open. To close it just move the pipe so it covers the strut and closes. Fast simple fix. did it to my MH years ago.
Can you post a picture of this? I think I know what you're describing. But... Pictures speak volumes.
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:05 AM   #17
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Get a piece of 3/4 PVC pipe. Open the strut all the way and measure the rod length. cut the pipe to that length and then cut a slit all the way down it and install on the rod. When you lift up on the strut pull the pipe down and it will hold the strut open. To close it just move the pipe so it covers the strut and closes. Fast simple fix. did it to my MH years ago.
I really like this idea. Thanks
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:42 AM   #18
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I went to several auto parts stores and couldn't find anything in the part number that indicated what the pressure rating was. I asked at the counter couldn't tell me either and didn't have a cross reference. All they did was list them by application. I.E. Yugo, or whatever, lift back or hatch back.

I'm going to take one with me and see if they can match it and also get the manufacturers name and number. They should know.
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:04 PM   #19
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Can you post a picture of this? I think I know what you're describing. But... Pictures speak volumes.
I don't have a pic but the piece of PVC falls down on the skinny rod (to the bottom) and stops the big end from coming down. When you want to close it you just move the pipe to center and close the lid. It moves up on the fat part and out of the way. You can WD-40 them so they work smooth.

You cut a grove in the PVC to put it over the skinny rod and so it will expand over the fat part. I used a circular saw to cut the length and the grove. If you open the door all the way you can measure the distance of the skinny rod and make your cut from that length then just cut a groove into it so you can put it on.

I did this for my MH when I couldn't find replacement rods anywhere that would work. You may have to use 1 inch PVC if your upper rods are big but 3/4 worked fine for me.
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:23 PM   #20
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SPD can cross reference the numbers. I replaced mine, I just like to do it right.
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:30 PM   #21
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Autozone carries Mighty Lift. I found this on their web site. Whether or not AZ stocks them is another story.

http://www.avmind.com/universal.pdf

Edit: Checking AZ pricing, they are about the same as at an RV store, but about 20 mile RT closer to home. The one size I need that I could find listed at AZ had a Limited Lifetime warranty.

O'Reilly's has them even cheaper. Both are made by Sachs.
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:29 AM   #22
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If you can find the part number for the length and pressure you need on this chart, Amazon might have it. Also, if you can find the AZ or O'Reilly "SG" part number, Amazon might have it.

http://www.avmind.com/universal.pdf

I found this one and it is almost half of what AZ sells them for. Not sure if they are made by the same company or what the warranty is.

Amazon.com: StrongArm 4248 Universal 19.69" Ext. 65 Extended Length Lift Support - Pack of 1: Automotive
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:50 AM   #23
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Found this on the Mighty Lift web site:

"Lift supports generally wear-out in 5-7 years. Extremes in weather (extreme hot or cold) or abnormally excessive opening or closing will shorten the life of your lift support."

I'm thinking about removing mine for the 115 summer temps here in AZ. I had two or three go bad last summer.

Here's another way to keep your supports up. Just like a screen door closer that has the tab to keep it open. It works best if the edges of the hole are sharp.

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On the cheap...use a vise grip...add some tape..so not to scratch anything
works great...
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Found this on the Mighty Lift web site:

"Lift supports generally wear-out in 5-7 years. Extremes in weather (extreme hot or cold) or abnormally excessive opening or closing will shorten the life of your lift support."

I'm thinking about removing mine for the 115 summer temps here in AZ. I had two or three go bad last summer.

Here's another way to keep your supports up. Just like a screen door closer that has the tab to keep it open. It works best if the edges of the hole are sharp.


Scren Door Tab!!!!!!!!
YES!!!!!!!! That's the one me. Simple, inexpensive and easy to do.

One question, where do I find a screen for tab?
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How many screen doors do ya have in your house?
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Scren Door Tab!!!!!!!!
YES!!!!!!!! That's the one me. Simple, inexpensive and easy to do.

One question, where do I find a screen for tab?
I made it. It worked great to hold up my entertainment cabinet door, till I went to close it and forgot about the tab. Ripped off the ball socket mount. I have since replaced them with the right ones.
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Old 05-05-2012, 01:34 PM   #28
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I guess I'm not sure of the issue here. You purchase a motor home, quite presumably for a fair amount of money, pay our high price for gas or diesel to get from point A to point B. And don't want to pay a few dollars for some gas struts to HELP YOU, hold up the doors while you get what you need or put back what you've used. You say it happened several years ago, why not buy a set (one door) a month until they've all been replaced?

I'm certainly not trying to be sarcastic here. I just wonder how any other method of securing those doors in the "up" position while tending to things in the compartment could be EASIER. I mean, lift the door, it STAYS UP ALL BY ITSELF, get what you need or put back what you used and close the door. Hmmmmm. Guess I'm not seeing the big picture here.
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