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Old 03-13-2013, 10:07 AM   #1
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UHaul 16FT VT Gas Prop Lift Supports 10"?

Question to my UHaul experts. Looking to purchase 2 front window LIFT Supports but since our VT didn't come with any, not sure what was originally there? 10" ??
And if the new ones offered fit our OLD brackets or will those have to be replaced also?
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:47 AM   #2
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Sorry can't help mine did not have one. I sorta like it that way as I can see through while towing. Just my preference

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Old 03-13-2013, 01:42 PM   #3
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Same here. No covering and hubby wants none unless it is made of something clear.

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Old 03-13-2013, 02:12 PM   #4
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Deb,
I purchased the 15 lb. gas springs with the ball joint fittings from McMaster-Carr. Mine are 12.2" overall; however I sorta wished I had gone with the 9.65" to leave a little more down slope to the shield.
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I bought new struts at the auto parts store. I think I went with StrongArm 4420. They fit perfectly. I just took the old one in with me and matched it up.
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Old 03-13-2013, 04:20 PM   #6
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If we can confirm I will add to the cross reference. I wonder if these were added later as there is no reference to rock guards or gas struts in the manual. Also noticed a reference to a screened window in the front and the rear in the parts manual and sorta in the repair manual. More areas to amp up the speculation meter.
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:10 PM   #7
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Sean, how many pounds pressure are your struts? The lowest I found at an auto parts store were 30lbs; much too heavy for the rock shield! I think the origional were 10 lbs.
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I looked up the StrongArm 4420 strut and it is rated at 30 lbs, with a list price of $30 each; although I found it online for $25 and change. The McMaster-Carr is priced at $15.15 ea. and I received my order in 3 days.
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I believe they are 30# but they work fine. They don't pop out too fast or anything. I think I paid between $30-40 for both of them together. They definitely weren't $30 each at autozone.
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I did away with the gas shocks as I couldn't find the 10# and made sliders with thumb jam nuts, work great, I had the shocks on at first, then in Texas the lock came apart and up went the rock shield, going down the road, stopped and strapped it down, took off the gas shocks, went on.
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McMaster-Carr does sell a 10# gas spring that's stainless steel; however it's priced above $60. Too rich for my blood; that's why I opted for the steel 15 pounder.
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These were perfect replacements

I tried 10# struts but they were way too weak. I replaced them with these off eBay. These have worked perfectly for fit (after replacing the end fittings), appearance and function. (25# force, 12" long) He ships immediately and shipping was only $7.90

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2ea HD RV Bus Marine Boat Storage Box Gas Strut Cylinder Spring Lift 25 12" | eBay

The end fittings also on his website:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/4ea-10mm-Bal...item4abd4d84e4
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I replaced my front window rock shield struts. I went to a camper shell shop and bought these and they seem to work just fine. They are 28lb rated. They hold the shield open very well and close easily. When the shield is completely closed the struts seems to relax or reduce their pressure. I hope this may help someone.
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When the shield is completely closed the struts seems to relax or reduce their pressure.
That sounds like over-centre geometry: the struts are most compressed (and thus exerting the most force) just before the guard is closed all the way, and then extend again a bit (so less force) when the moving ends come closer the to body than the fixed ends, due to the length of the mounting brackets. This is good, because the strut helps hold the guard closed this way, rather than always pushing it open.

It could also be that it's just the change in leverage: with this mounting arrangement the strut is much more directly pushing the guard open when it is up than when it is down. That's a good thing, too.

Either way, it's not likely any feature or characteristic of the strut itself, but it's a good observation.
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