Storage Door Gas/Spring Struts

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AnRVAndADog

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So, the Shore Power Door dropped on my head for the last time. Apparently you have to pry these off with a screwdriver, and bang them on with a mallet. Don't they make a tool, like pliers, so you don't have to pound on your RV?
 

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afchap

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The two different kinds I have seen have a little clip of some kind on the end that you pop loose and they come right off. One was metal around the sides, the other was a plastic cap that you popped up.
 

NY_Dutch

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If they have the little metal clip. I just slip a small flat screwdriver into the notch on the back and release the gas spring from the stud. Just the opposite to put them on, and no banging needed...
 

Kevin Means

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Yeah, unless you have different kinds of gas struts than I'm familiar with, I suspect that you're pounding on them unnecessarily. The little locking clip is small, but it's at the end of the strut near the socket. Like Dutch said, just use a small flat screwdriver, and twist it to slowly pry it loose. They can sometimes be a bit awkward to snap back into place, so I don't take the clip completely off. I just pop them out enough to get the strut loose. FWIW

Kev
 

AnRVAndADog

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Kevin Means said:
Yeah, unless you have different kinds of gas struts than I'm familiar with, I suspect that you're pounding on them unnecessarily. The little locking clip is small, but it's at the end of the strut near the socket. Like Dutch said, just use a small flat screwdriver, and twist it to slowly pry it loose. They can sometimes be a bit awkward to snap back into place, so I don't take the clip completely off. I just pop them out enough to get the strut loose. FWIW
Kev

I'll try prying the clip loose next time...  I have a couple more that will need replacing in the near future...
 

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