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#1 KLillie

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Posted 05 August 2022 - 04:00 PM

Hello. I just added a 210w solar panel on the roof of the camper and now the front is really hard to pop up. The camper came with 30lb struts but i called Marty and he said use 40lb max on the struts. He also said just get some on Amazon. My question is does anyone have a link to some struts they have used when they have added solar? 


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Posted 05 August 2022 - 04:07 PM

Can you read/see the ID sticker on the current struts and use that information to chose the corresponding 40 lb. version?


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Posted 05 August 2022 - 04:11 PM

Can you read/see the ID sticker on the current struts and use that information to chose the corresponding 40 lb. version?

I cant decipher its meaning but they are: IGS (industrial Gas Spring) GS: 1CU416885BB0134 44/21  30lb


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Posted 05 August 2022 - 05:36 PM

I cant decipher its meaning but they are: IGS (industrial Gas Spring) GS: 1CU416885BB0134 44/21  30lb

I did not find an answer looking online. I would give IGS a call - 1-800-214-7034 with that GS number and ask what is the corresponding 40 lb. version and where to buy.

 

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#5 Casa Escarlata Robles Too

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Posted 05 August 2022 - 06:31 PM

<p>You could also try Suspa their 40# $35 . Bracket #P67-00203 about $3 you need 8</p>
<p>Search SUSPA then click on SUSPA parts.</p>
<p>This will let you search by part #</p>

 

This was the company over the years that ATC/FWC used for the lifters.

Mine are #40 on a ATC Bobcat I installed them about 12 years ago,no problems.

 They have a 5 year guarantee when purchased from them.

Not sure if other outlets have a guarantee.

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Posted 05 August 2022 - 08:27 PM

I called IGS but no one answers. I left a message and did their contact form etc...I did find these on Amazon though. https://www.amazon.c...K3J583LWQN&th=1


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#7 Vic Harder

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Posted 05 August 2022 - 09:04 PM

I and several others have used Gemini Gas Springs out of BC, Canada.  Much less expensive than SUSPA, which is the usual FWC struts.  FYI, I have a 330W up front on the driver's side, and often carry a 39# canoe on the passenger side.  Driver's rear side has 2 traction mats on the roof as well as a 10# cell/wifi antenna.  

 

I have 80# lifters on the front, and 60# on the back.  The 60# are strong enough to require pulling down the rear when the canoe is not up there.  When it is, the balance is perfect.  80# is not enough with the canoe in the front.  Have to work pretty hard to lift that.

 

Gemini is at 1-778-475-5611 or info@GeminiGasSprings.com  I paid $28.07 Canadian each for mine.

 

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Posted 05 August 2022 - 09:27 PM

The ones from Amazon look like they will do the job for you.

They are made in China not USA like the SUSPA and only have

a year guarantee,not a 5 year one. Price is about $12 cheaper per strut.

 

I see they also offer the brackets. Don't see any with the offset which I think you'll need.

 

Good luck with your searching.

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Posted 05 August 2022 - 10:46 PM

The ones from Amazon look like they will do the job for you.

They are made in China not USA like the SUSPA and only have

a year guarantee,not a 5 year one. Price is about $12 cheaper per strut.

 

I see they also offer the brackets. Don't see any with the offset which I think you'll need.

 

Good luck with your searching.

Frank

 

Do you happen to have a link to the SUSPA ones? Id definitely like to use US made products.


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#10 KLillie

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Posted 05 August 2022 - 10:48 PM

The ones from Amazon look like they will do the job for you.

They are made in China not USA like the SUSPA and only have

a year guarantee,not a 5 year one. Price is about $12 cheaper per strut.

 

I see they also offer the brackets. Don't see any with the offset which I think you'll need.

 

Good luck with your searching.

Frank

 Ah I think I found them but Im not sure if they are long enough.

https://www.amazon.c...rial,131&sr=1-4


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