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Eric,
would you mind taking the same photo of the front bay door under the slide? Measuring your struts' throw would be great, too.

Like I said, for some reason the front one opens too far. The only difference from the others I can make out is the mount mechanism for the strut to clear the bay door lock mechanism and the Hurricane. (rear strut)

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Doug, does the shaft at the top of the air-assist extend out when your door opens? It shouldn't. The door should stop when it is no longer getting any assist from that side, but if it continues and the shaft rises there are only two possible explanations: Either you have air going to the assist (which none of us have, so far as I know) or the pressure rating of the other strut is high enough to lift the door all by itself.


If the shaft at the top isn't coming out then you have a mounting problem on that side, not on the Hurricane side.
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Hi Don,
Appreciate your troubleshooting.
The air-assist extension mechanism works (extends) when the slide is in, but does not extend when it is out. But, the door swings beyond horizontal and makes contact with the slide when it is deployed even with the air-assist not extended.

So, maybe the installed short-stroke strut is too long?

If someone would measure their short-stroke strut that'd be awesome (overall length and stroke length) I'd be grateful.

As mentioned, prior, I might just put a stainless limiter cable on that strut and call it good. I have some coated fishing leader cable that would probably work great for this.

Thanks again, Doug
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Interesting that the air-assist works on yours! Two pictures below. First is where it stops on its own, and the second with the air assist extended by manually pushing up on the door. Black cylinder is 12.5 inches, and stroke (based on black grease line near the bottom) is 8.75 inches.





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Thank you, Don!
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Here's the picture you requested Doug. As you can see, plenty of clearance between slide and bay door. On the subject of air springs, I replaced the spring struts on the rear most louvered door on the driver's side with Stabilus product code SG359001 from local O'Reilly auto store. Work great!
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Eric, If I see your photo correctly, you eliminated the air-assist mechanism completely with the Stabilus struts, yet the bay door opens fully without hitting the slide when extended, is this correct?
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Dennis, the very bottom of the air-assist is visible in the photo, so it was not removed.
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Sorry Doug that I confused you. Don’s right. Combination on bay door in picture is original air spring plus new sir spring spec’d by Don. Stabilus spring I mentioned was for louvered door at the back of the coach.
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