Swift 630g garrage door problems: Again!!!

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  1. Douglas

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    Two years ago two may remember I had a new garage door replaced on my Swift 630g, the problems started because one of the gas struts failed, the garage door literally fell off.

    Well after only 2 years use the same thing is happening again!!!

    I came to open the garage this morning and it would not even open more that a foot without me lifting it. So now I have to source a new set of gas struts ASAP because if I don't the door will end up falling off again.

    The way the door is designed the gas struts hold up the door at all times, if they don't the hinges and frame that the hinges are attached to come away from the body of the van.

    So Swift. how about sending a set of gas struts to Gibraltar FOC.

    Doug...
     
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    You say you are an engineer, which puts you one ahead of the Swift designers, it looks like time to re-design the thing properly or else we'll be getting the same message in 2 years time.

    Not easy when you are miles from home, I know, but it's the only sensible thing to do.

    How hard can it be hang a door so it doesn't fall off ?????

    Suggestion, not knowing the layout....

    Get a full width strip of 3 or 4 mm steel. Screw to frame with lots of screws so as to spread the load. Drill/tap and hang door. Patent it, sell patent to Swift.

    If you can get to the other side of the frame, then put strip on that side and use machine screws right through.

    Simples.
     
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    One of the problems is that the door is so heavy, a 1 1/2 meter aluminium skirt is fastened to the bottom of the door, it is about twice the weight of the accommodation door and I don't think the frame could cope with the weight plus of course the skirt is wider that the door so its impossible or very difficult to have the skirt fitted if the door was hung vertically.

    There are many name I could call it but lets just say it's "a right dogs dinner" designed by a cowboy.

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    Sounds it. One thing we don't want in a MH is weight. The sad thing is, that cowboy was probably proud of that door.
     
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    :Eeek: My Suntor 630G doesn't have gas struts. Just webbing straps. I haven't had any problems with the door dropping on it's hinges so far. Perhaps I am lucky or may be on your newer 630G they have changed the design? :Eeek:
     
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    I can't think how the straps could lift the door, any chance of some pictures so I could assess the possible conversion?

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    :Doh: Now I see. MINE is a side opening garage door.

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    Ah!! but yours is a side hinged door, mine is a top hinged door, a close up if the hinges and frame would be a help and how the skirt misses its mate when the door is open. would be great also.

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    :Laughing: As you know Doug, it is a little dark at the moment in Spain. I will have to try and remember to take some photos tomorrow. Provided the weather stays like it has been for the last several weeks. :thumb:
     
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    Where are you, if you are not to far away maybe I could come and see, we are in La Linea at the moment.

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    :Cool: Camping Almafra Benidorm. TOO far away I'm afraid. :Sad:
     
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    Yes; never mind but the pic's would help, it looks from what I can see enlarging you foto that you have 4 to my 3 hinges and they are much bigger than mine, what year is the van?

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    :Cool: 2004. BUt it hasn't had much use during it's life time. :Eeek:
     
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    :Cool: Hi Doug. Hope the 3 attached photos are of some help:-
     

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    Hi John, Would I be correct in saying that the hinges on the garage door are the same as is fitted to the accommodation door?

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    :Smile: I DO believe so Doug. They look the same on the photos I have. I can walk up to the Suntor tomorrow and check if you like? :thumb:
     
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    Are Swift sending you out the new struts Doug? Are they charging you for them or is it part of the service?

    Where are you picking them up from seeing as how you are on the road?

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    NO!!! Swift have made no contact, not surprised, the seem to be a little like politicians, good at talking but rubbish at actually doing anything.

    They did supply the last set that has just failed after only 2 years ago of service and the cost was considerable, so this time I am making alternative arrangements. by getting a UK company to fly them out to me here in Gibraltar.

    But Swift, if you reading this the cost to me for replacing your faulty goods Is £66.00. If you want my bank details contact me and I will provide them, some hope!!!

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    Well the new struts have arrived here in Gibraltar and they are fitted, I can now move again without the possibility of the garage door falling off!!

    I must do some re-engineering to the door next year, and and convert it to a side hinge instead of this top hinge system. no doubt I will have to re-enforce the framing to take the weight of the door.

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