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Forum topic by Ben posted 08-09-2020 12:34 AM 230 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ben

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08-09-2020 12:34 AM

Hi all,
I’m building a little camper on my pickup truck bed and am wanting to get some gas struts for the entry door, which will open up like an awning.
Door will be approximately 4’ wide X 5’ tall, ideally, and be constructed from plywood with perhaps a wood frame. Maybe around 30 pounds with a window.

Gas struts is a very foreign world to me in terms of how to engineer the size, material, and where best to buy them.

Thanks for any recommendations.


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CaptainKlutz

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#1 posted 08-09-2020 01:08 AM

Try this design site to help you learn the basics and figure out what you need:
https://www.gasspringsshop.com/gas-spring-calculator/

There are many more sites lite gassrpingshop online, but they make it pretty simple. :-)

IME – Gas compression springs have a wide range of prices for same thing.
I find the best price by buying rear hatch struts for large SUV/Trucks. Once I figure out the size and length needed, will use then one of the online generic strut sites to find a make/model vehicle that uses the same size. ~80% of time I buy the struts from RockAuto as the cheapest source.

YMMV

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#2 posted 08-09-2020 03:11 AM

I was going to mention RockAuto as well, thats where I buy all my struts.

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