Autotrail Hab Door

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  1. SteveB123

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    I have a 2014 Autotrail and on the habitation door, there is a strut on top which I presume is to stop the door flying open if it is windy. There doesn't seem to be any friction on it though when opening or closing it, has anyone else got a similar door that could tell me if theirs is the same or not? Thanks
     
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    Might be worth asking on the Autotrail Owners Group on Facebook (free to join).
     
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    Aha! ours got caught in the wind & opened fully (usually only opens to about 150 degrees). After a bit of fiddling & getting thoroughly greasy I found there's a nylon roller in the top of the door that the end of the strut fixes into, easily pushed back. Maybe yours is the same?
     
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    Our 2013 Auto-trail hab door opens with little friction to about 3-4 inches off the side wall. When closing there is, initially, a little friction that, allegedly, holds the door open but wouldn't like to try with much more than a light breeze!
     
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    I have a 2015 Autotrail and nothing is stopping it fully opening; also has strut.
     
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    2005 Chieftain 1 week of ownership and the hab door locking mechanism went tits up took the door off and sorted it. No gas strut at the top of the door though:D
     
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    The strut is a waste of time, no dampening at all.
     
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    These struts are well known for failing if it's fitted to a Hartal door, generally, the door opens too much and pulls the nylon slider off the steel pin. Once it has done that, it will not be retained on the pin properly.
    You then have 4 choices.
    1. Keep putting the strut back together and be very careful opening the door
    2. Put a small circlip on the end of the pin to stop it pulling out. ( or a 3 mm e clip, ask me how I know!
    3. Buy a new strut from Bailey. It's much cheaper than a Hartal strut.
    4. Buy a strut from Hartal

    I bought a new strut from Bailey. There is a bit of friction opening and closing the door, but it won't stop a gust of wind pulling it apart
    Allan
     
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    Thanks Allan
    But its a gas strut on the Autotrails, I know what you mean though I used to have a Bailey 760 and had to change stay on the Hartel door twice.
     
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