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Old 06-18-2012, 01:42 PM   #1
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Just a heads up for those of you that have the swing-up outdoor kitchen doors. Recently one of our camping neighbors was admiring ours when he pointed outloose screws on thegas strut mount on the door end of the gas strut. The mount was a little bit out of alignment when it was installed at the factory. I tightened it up butI think with the size and weight of the door (Zinger 31BS) I lost the fight this past weekend and the mount came off the door. Luckily I didn't have much need to keep it open for a long time I upgraded my screws on the mount to bigger screws that hold the mount in place. Will keep an eye on it to see if it works but not alot of options other than that. I am going to see how these new screws hold up before working on my next solution.

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Old 06-18-2012, 10:46 PM   #2
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Thanks for the info, we have the same trailer, and wil check ours to be sure...
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:27 PM   #3
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The samething happened to our outdoor kitchen door. I'm going to bring it back to the dealer under warranty. My guess is that they will do the same as you did.
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Old 07-24-2012, 01:48 AM   #4
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On our Sunset Trail the gas strut is attached to the door with bolts.

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Old 01-28-2015, 10:35 AM   #5
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I encourage EVERYONE with an outdoor kitchen to evaluate the strut supports.

Both of my friends with ODK's had struts rip out of the door (Keystone and Coachmen, so not same brand/construction). The doors are very cheap fiber-board, and it may be worth installing some kind of reinforcement for the struts.

Also, close carefully (try not to push door down or slam). Seems the push when closing the door is the final straw that makes these things fail.
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Old 01-28-2015, 05:54 PM   #6
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I had this happen on another trailer. What I did was get two double electrical box covers and some 3M Marine adhesive and glued the covers to the inside of the door. After I let the adhesive set for 24 hours I drilled the cover and screwed in the brackets using sheet metal screws.
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Old 01-28-2015, 07:18 PM   #7
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That's a good idea John. I am the only one allowed to open and close my outside kitchen door. My son jumped up and grabbed it one day and I about had a come apart.

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Old 02-15-2015, 05:26 AM   #8
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I also had the strut break from the door. I drilled through the door and installed 1/4" carriage bolts, Has been a year and not even a wiggle.. ALSO check your top hinge. The screws come loose.. Added extra screws..

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Old 02-15-2015, 06:51 AM   #9
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Mine ripped out of the door last year still under warranty.Took it to dealer and they found that the struts were not mounted the same the one that ripped out was actually mounted 5/8" different than the other one and was causing too much strain when closing.They replaced both struts and mounts the door and all the decals haven't had another problem but I do keep an eye on it when closing.
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Old 08-07-2016, 07:50 PM   #10
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Mine just popped out. Screws on the longest strut came out.
Can not budge the strut. Are these supposed to move in and out.
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