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Mis-Matching Lift struts Force on a FWC?


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#11 pvstoy

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Posted 14 January 2022 - 05:29 PM

Andy if you have a small ranching strap it makes it easy to match the distance needed to slide right on without trying to push up on the end to ret it on the ball.  See picture.

 

And as it was stated you would not to mix poundage of strut on the same end.  Teledork had this and one of her brackets ripped off and bent the strut.  could have been coincidence but you have to think.

 

* re read her post and there was no mention of different poundage on the same end.  I did read that some where.....

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Here is her post of the mangled lift strut.

https://www.wanderth...led-roof-strut/


Edited by pvstoy, 14 January 2022 - 05:37 PM.

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Posted 16 January 2022 - 01:58 AM

Andy if you have a small ranching strap it makes it easy to match the distance needed to slide right on without trying to push up on the end to ret it on the ball.  See picture.

 

 

 

LOL.  I was just saying to Susan, if I had a "ranching" strap!   Instead, I used a pipe wrench (chopped down to 40") which compressed the strut and made the install easier.  I have muscled them in place before and it wasn't fun.


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Posted 16 January 2022 - 05:36 AM

<if the roof is really heavy you run the risk of bending it if you apply too much force, regardless of the mechanism.>

+1

In addition to this concern, I’d be surprised if the attachment of the strut brackets to the aluminum of the roof will hold up over a long period of time with 80 lb struts. Others have reported them working loose and snapping screws with lower force struts. I think i remember seeing somewhere that FWC states a maximum recommended strut force. I don’t remember what it was, but i don’t think it’s as high as 80 lbs.

Edit: Found it. Page 43 of the current owners manual has, in red text, “Warning: Never exceed 40 lb lift struts.”

Edited by Jon R, 16 January 2022 - 10:07 PM.

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