Originally Posted by lewishw
Have they made these hinges stronger than they used to be? Im torn between replacing the originals, or just buying some piano hinges that will surely be strong enough.
What do you think?
The original hinges are fine.
But, they can be destroyed when owners do not do the PM's that are necessary.
The following list is what causes the hinges to break.
1. Bad rubber rods in the axles.
2. Improper or no running gear balance.
3. Excessive rated hitch bars.
4. Excessive rated tow vehicles.
May, many owners are still using the same hinges, without any problems.
Vibration, can destroy most anything.
Installing heavier duty hinges only delays the issue of ridding the coach of any and all vibrations.
Most solutions are based on what was the cause of the problem.
I would suggest that you address the vibration issues.
And certainly, a cabinet door flying open and closed for a trip, would most likely destroy most hinges.
The other issue of using piano hinges, is simple looks.
But, the bottom line is always up to the owner.