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M380 (Unique Issues) If you have a unique issue with your M380 model coach and it can't be answered in one of the other forums here, then this is where you can list it.....list your M380 Parts here too.

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Old 01-31-2019
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Revisited Austin Hardware site today and found the Genesis air springs in stock. Ordered same.
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I thought I'd report back. Thanks, Eric, for prompting. My forward-most slide (hurricane heater) still opens too far. I do notice the mounting stud for the long pneumatic spring has a different bracket than the rest due to interference with the Hurricane heater and the locking mechanism. My stud is further outboard (away from top of the door). I now speculate if the extra leverage allows the longer strut to fully open the door, where less leverage may only allow it to open to parallel to the ground.

Again, my door will make contact with the extended slide (presently clear cabinet door bumpers are installed at the contact point). While only a minor inconvenience, I'd like to fix it.

I think I will drill a new hole for the mountain stud bracket plate and move the stud inboard and see what happens.

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Interesting, I just logged on to ask the same questions. My struts still lift the bay doors, but droop just enough to be annoying when I have to duck down and get something out of the bay. I sort of assumed the silver block mounted on the one side of one strut was a detector of sorts to keep the slide from being activated with the bay door open. Anyway, here's the part number on mine: AVM SE1500M-80 ME then the number 1442. The tag reads Austin Hardware and supply 800-821-3520. Let me know what you find out and I will do the same. Dennis
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Default Redneck Struts & LED Bulb Change

My under slide bay door air struts have never worked right. Until you guys find an easy fix, I’ll “stick” with my 4’4” hickory walking poles. They can even do double duty for hiking

BTW - if you haven’t upgraded your bay lights to LED’s you’re missing out. These new generation bulbs work great (after swapping the +/- connectors in the fixtures):

New Generation 1156 1141 1003 33-SMD LED Light bulb for RV use (10-Pack, White 6000K-6500K) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JQDVJXD..._vE2xCbRW53DXW
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I have a couple of those struts with the air cylinders on them,new.
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What is the purpose of the "air cylinders" which I thought might be some sort of sensor to prevent the slide from operating with the bay door open? Why couldn't BB just use struts without the air cylinders like they did on the other bay door not influenced by the slide?

Has anyone called AVM to find out who carries the exact replacement?

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What is the purpose of the "air cylinders" which I thought might be some sort of sensor to prevent the slide from operating with the bay door open? Why couldn't BB just use struts without the air cylinders like they did on the other bay door not influenced by the slide?

Has anyone called AVM to find out who carries the exact replacement?

Thanks,

Dennis

The cylinders limit the travel to prevent the bay doors from opening too far when the slide is out,with the slide in it allows the doors to open higher.
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Thanks Randy. If I understand you correctly, in a general sense they operate like a limit switch. I'll have to check mine now, they may be operating correctly, the inconvenient droop I complained about was when the slide was out...I'll check them now with the slide in. Best, Dennis
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Old 02-11-2019
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Thanks Randy. If I understand you correctly, in a general sense they operate like a limit switch. I'll have to check mine now, they may be operating correctly, the inconvenient droop I complained about was when the slide was out...I'll check them now with the slide in. Best, Dennis
Dennis,
They are air activated. They get air pressure when the slide is closed and none when it is out.

So, they should add + 4" or 5" of travel to the door swing.

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Well, I drilled several more holes to attempt to adjust the leverage from the strut on my one bay door with the Hurricane unit ..... to no avail. It still swings past parallel to the ground with the slide pushed out and makes contact.

I will either install a slightly shorter strut on the side with the adjusting pneumatic ram or put a limit strap on that side, so I effectively limit that strut's throw.
I'll lick this yet :-). Or I'll just whittle some wooden props like Van did.

Cheers, Doug
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Old 02-13-2019
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Actors aren't the only folks that use props. Very useful when you need extra door clearance when slides are in. These props I use are left over plastic tubes from shelving projects in my shop and garage. Very light and easily stored in a bay drawer. New air springs definitely an improvement vs old ones when it comes to holding the doors up. Photo shows clearance between my bay door and front slide after installing new air spring.
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