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Old 06-26-2010
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Default Overhead bin gas struts

Okay, I've searched and couldn't find any posts, so maybe I'm searching with the wrong words. I'm trying to figure out where to get replacement gas struts for the overhead bins, most of mine are weak and won't hold the doors up. They say "LIFT-O-MAT" on them, with some numbers after them: FMR115 0160N 344/94. Googling isn't finding anything with those numbers. How do I figure out which replacements to get? Is the 0160N the strength? If so, I've found some 100N and 150N, I guess 150N is the closest? What have others done and where have you bought replacements?
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These guy know all about gas struts

http://www.orrorr.com/
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Thanks Bill, I sent them a request, we'll see what they come back with.
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THE PO OF MY COACH INSTALLED 1" PVC PIPE ON THE SHOCK JUST LONG ENOUGH TO REST THE bottom of the top half of the shock when the cabinet is open. This is just a sleeve that covers the bottom of the shock, when you want to close the cabinet just align the pvc tube with the shock and shut the cabinet.I guess the cost of replacing shocks was prohibitive and I think it works just fine, Robert
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I just replaced 10 of them in my FC. What a difference. Here are the details from my order to Orr & Orr, including part number.

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Items Requested
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Product Number: H-9412-35
Product Name: Gas Springs with Composite Ends
Product Description:
Applications Include: Doors, lids, hatches, furniture, boats, recreational vehicles, office equipment and many more.<br>Available in composite, metal or blade ends.<br><br>Mounting brackets must be ordered separately<br><br>Other lengths and poundages ava


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Package Price: $16.75
Units Per Package: 1
Package Type: Each
Quantity: 10
Total: $167.50
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Okay, I've searched and couldn't find any posts, so maybe I'm searching with the wrong words. I'm trying to figure out where to get replacement gas struts for the overhead bins, most of mine are weak and won't hold the doors up. They say "LIFT-O-MAT" on them, with some numbers after them: FMR115 0160N 344/94. Googling isn't finding anything with those numbers. How do I figure out which replacements to get? Is the 0160N the strength? If so, I've found some 100N and 150N, I guess 150N is the closest? What have others done and where have you bought replacements?
Markus, just replaced all mine ('89 PT40) best deal I found was Reid Supply out of MI. PM me if you want additional info. I will dig up the details
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Product Number: H-9412-35
Product Name: Gas Springs with Composite Ends
Interesting. That part number matches in length, but shows only 35 stocking pounds. I thought the number on mine "0160N" stood for 160 pounds, but maybe I'm totally wrong. I'll give them the numbers off mine and see what they come back with.
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I found them at the local RV store. Seems like they were about $13 each.
Smileys RV in Milton-Freewater OR.
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I just replaced all of mine with struts I found in stock at Camping World. The price was even a couple bucks better than anything I found online. $14 and change.

I used 12" 35lb. and was happy. That seems to be a little too heavy for the two very small doors, I think I will order some 20lb. for these doors.

For the outside compartment doors I used 17" 35lb. for the short doors and 17" 45lb. for the long doors. Very nice not having to fight doors anymore.
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Interesting. That part number matches in length, but shows only 35 stocking pounds. I thought the number on mine "0160N" stood for 160 pounds, but maybe I'm totally wrong. I'll give them the numbers off mine and see what they come back with.
Those numbers are "Newtons" ...the SI (metric) unit of force. The ones marked "160" are about 36 pounds (force.) The PO replaced the interior ones in my coach with RV store parts, all marked "35 lbs," for both the narrow and wide bins.

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