Gas Struts - Drop down bed.

Discussion in 'Tech/Mech General' started by bryandh, Apr 8, 2016.

  1. bryandh

    bryandh Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2011
    Messages:
    1,168
    Likes Received:
    1,393
    Location:
    Malaga, Spain
    As the drop down bed in our 1991 FFB Tabbert becomes increasingly heavy to lift, it is time to change the gas struts, or, more likely, have them changed. However, perhaps due to age, (of the van that is) have been unable to find MoHo accessory supplier prepared or willing to track the parts here in Spain.
    So, I guess it comes down, scarily, to a DIY project.

    Can anybody explain the data off the label attached to the arms (see photo) and suggest a UK source prepared to post to Spain?
    Closed (ie bed down position) the arms are 37.5cm long. Do I need bed up measurement also?

    IMG_20160408_152220.jpg IMG_20160408_152220.jpg IMG_20160408_152317.jpg

    Bryan
     
  2. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2007
    Messages:
    28,934
    Likes Received:
    25,574
    Location:
    .
    • Like Like x 2
  3. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2007
    Messages:
    28,934
    Likes Received:
    25,574
    Location:
    .
  4. Forestboy

    Forestboy Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2007
    Messages:
    4,944
    Likes Received:
    7,693
    Location:
    Forest of Dean
    Yeah got mine for my old Hymer from them.
    Top company to deal with know their stuff.
     
  5. bryandh

    bryandh Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2011
    Messages:
    1,168
    Likes Received:
    1,393
    Location:
    Malaga, Spain
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  6. bryandh

    bryandh Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2011
    Messages:
    1,168
    Likes Received:
    1,393
    Location:
    Malaga, Spain
    @scotjimland After many emails back and forth to SGS Engineering we finally came up with gas struts which I am told will do the job........ £103 for the pair inc postage to Spain. Only potential supplier here in Spain wanted €120 Each and 6+ weeks delivery.
    Many thanks for the contact details, looks like we'll be back on road sooner than we thought as the replacements are on the way.

    Bryan
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  7. bryandh

    bryandh Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2011
    Messages:
    1,168
    Likes Received:
    1,393
    Location:
    Malaga, Spain
    @scotjimland Spoke too soon :confused:

    Received gas struts, in Spain, from SGS but totally the wrong sizes in spite of precise measurements being sent via their web site ordering system.....twice!!! Their complaints dept have responded very promptly and I am told the "correct" struts are being dispatched today 4 May.
    Last lot took best part of two weeks to arrive so guess our planned departure is now on hold pending arrival.....Bummer!!

    Top one in photo is original, the other fits........ A dinky toy maybe???


    Ho hum!!! Joys of mh'ing.

    IMG_20160503_103930.jpg



    Bryan.
     
    • Informative Informative x 1
  8. weekenders

    weekenders Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2008
    Messages:
    2,157
    Likes Received:
    1,221
    Location:
    Leicestershire
    We considered ordering the gas struts from SGS through the internet, but were unsure if we could provide the correct measurements, so as we live only about 30 mins away, I went to their warehouse with one of the struts, so they could give us the correct ones, and waited half an hour and they made them up.

    It is quite difficult to fit them, we only had one to fit, ours is a Rapido a class.

    If the ones you have ordered are wrong again, you could send them to me @bryandh and I could take them their to get the correct sizes and send out to you, let me know.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  9. bryandh

    bryandh Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2011
    Messages:
    1,168
    Likes Received:
    1,393
    Location:
    Malaga, Spain
    Very generous offer @weekenders, hope I don't have to take you up on it!!(y)

    The on line order system is very user friendly providing a schematic of a gas strut showing exactly what measurements are needed and if I could follow it ........ Anybody can!! Having said that, the above photo shows the result of my measuring skills!!!!

    Anybody interested, follow link to web page.


    http://www.sgs-engineering.com/gas-struts/enquiry-form


    Bryan
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  10. mjltigger

    mjltigger Funster

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2014
    Messages:
    1,530
    Likes Received:
    2,533
    Location:
    Trowbridge
    looks like inches vs centimetres to me...
     
    • Like Like x 1
  11. Hils and Glenns

    Hils and Glenns Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2015
    Messages:
    437
    Likes Received:
    742
    Location:
    N Yorks
    Mr Hils actually went to SGS for new gas struts too. They didn't have the size so they made him a pair. One went on easily, but then we faffed about with the other one for hours contorting ourselves in ways a body was never meant to go,before we realised that although they were both the same length one of them was 2mm out with where the bracket (?) actually fitted on to the bed. As by this time we had got half the village involved with trying to fit the thing a neighbour with a workshop offered to trim it a bit.
     
    • Like Like x 1
Loading...

Share This Page