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Posted: 12/21/08 12:30pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have two storage compartments on each side of the bed, the doors are more like lids and don't want to stay open especially if the shades are closed.

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I decided to add springs to the lids to act as hold-opens, when you open the lid and the spring is fully extended it will stay open. if you pull slightly on the lid or give the spring a gentle nudge the lid closes.

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I started with springs from Lowe's and some 8 x 5/8 oval trim screws with attached trim washer.

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I then cut off the half loop that came from the factory.

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Then bending two complete loops up to a 90 degree angle on one end and about a 45 degree on the other end.

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Then just pre drill holes and attach the 90 degree end to the opening as shown and the 45 degree end to the lid.

* This post was edited 12/26/08 03:42pm by Spott *


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Posted: 12/21/08 12:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great idea.


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Posted: 12/21/08 01:02pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You could also use struts/props like this





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You need lid lifts or lid stays most all RV stores sell them I think they run about 3 to 5 dollars. Good luck.
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Posted: 12/21/08 02:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Congratulations on an elegant engineering solution. Inexpensive, definitely not overkill but obviously works for the purpose it was intended, easily available and replaced, and easily installed. What better could you want.

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Posted: 12/21/08 02:50pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

[emoticon] Why did I not think of that. Great idea. I have identical doors, and I am not too keen on the factory struts/props. I will do mine.


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Bruce, you never cease to amaze me. I've always had a problem with those doors. Dave.


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Posted: 12/21/08 07:09pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Why didn't you just suspend some logging chain from the ceiling?? [emoticon]

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Great idea. I have some compartments that are hinged on the top so the same thing could work for those. Thanks!!!!


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Posted: 12/21/08 02:57pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great Job- Simple and functional

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Posted: 12/21/08 02:59pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

marine stores have kits made up with end brackets, but they are not a inexpensive as yours...good work! Capt PJ


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