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Old 07-01-2015, 01:06 AM   #1
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Rear hatch gas shock mounting brackets

Has anyone had any issues with the ball stud brackets bending where the gas shocks mount? Particularly the ones that mount on the hatch itself?

Mine have always been bent since we brought our trailer new last summer. I had assumed it was intentional since both sides had matching bends until I had one of the shocks pop off when I was closing the hatch during our last camp trip. Upon closer inspection, with the bend, the other is nearly ready to pop off as well.

I'm intending to replace these myself since I don't want to lose my trailer to the service shop in the middle of summer. I've already sourced new ones on Amazon, but have noticed even the manufacturer of the shocks suggests not using the brackets for shocks rated over 100 lbs (mine are rated at 150 lbs).

So, just wondering if the fact that mine are bent is a fluke, or whether I should be thinking about a more sturdy/reinforced solution. I've already removed one of the bent brackets and this is what it looks like:

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Old 07-01-2015, 01:17 PM   #2
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One of mine is bent also, I have straightened other brackets on strut hatches successfully. How much pressure is there on extension? I'm a bit leery on pulling the strut to straighten it. I tried a ratcheting strap to collapse the strut so I could remove it without things flying apart, but I didn't feel like I had it under control.
So one is still bent like yours. And, I carefully move the hatch gently when I use it.
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Old 07-01-2015, 10:31 PM   #3
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Shouldn't that be covered by your Airstream warranty? Why not call them and have them send you replacements?
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Old 07-02-2015, 12:43 AM   #4
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Shouldn't that be covered by your Airstream warranty? Why not call them and have them send you replacements?

A pair of them were $9 on Amazon and I got free 2-day shipping with Prime. I was focussed on fixing it as quickly as possible to prevent too much downtime.
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Rear hatch gas mounting.....

We have a 2005, 28 foot Classic Airstream Trailer. Would the hatches apply to our trailer. If so, please explain as I do not know of what you are writing.
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Old 07-02-2015, 05:48 PM   #6
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We have a 2005, 28 foot Classic Airstream Trailer. Would the hatches apply to our trailer. If so, please explain as I do not know of what you are writing.
Rear hatch on an Eddie Bauer. You don't have one. No worries.
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Old 07-11-2015, 08:04 PM   #7
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Hi folks, I've had a few PMs going with jayseejay. I ended up replacing my brackets with these from Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...%20age_o01_s00

Hole pattern is exactly the same as the bent ones I took off, but they appear to be 1/64" to 1/32" thicker. Hoping they hold up better. I was out with our trailer last weekend and they haven't bent yet, but we didn't use the hatch much either.

Note that Airstream used stainless steel rivets for attaching these. I initially had a hard time finding them. But I ended up locating them at my local Fastenal. They are 3/16" with a 3/8-1/2" clinch (there is a lot of aluminum to go through in the door). I actually ended up remounting the lower brackets with 10x32 stainless machine screws to make them easier to replace in the future.

I'm intending to fabricate some sturdier brackets out of stainless steel angle iron and stainless steel ball studs. I'll update the thread with the materials list once I'm done.
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How much pressure is there on extension?

Each of the shocks/gas springs are rated for 150 lbs. so quite a bit.
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Old 07-27-2015, 10:37 AM   #9
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EB's had 125, 150, and 175 lb struts installed in them. I've had 125 when new and they didn't last very long, so I now have 150.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f531...er-128663.html
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I have two mounts (upper mounts) on my new 25' that both had matching bends to them. I had to believe it was for a purpose - to clear something, or some other as the bends were identical on both upper brackets.
I took pictures of them and spoke with Ohio, and they didn't confirm or deny that they are bent on purpose (and I couldn't hold the customer service guy responsible to know what goes on the assembly line).
What he did say is that the rear hatch is not designed to be "let go" during opening.
He said to maintain control of the hatch all the way open.
They sent me two new brackets.

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Old 07-29-2015, 09:42 AM   #11
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I have two mounts (upper mounts) on my new 25' that both had matching bends to them.
Mine is a 2012 1/2 model EB which came with a 125lb strut and the brackets/stud are straight. A few VIN's after mine was the switch to 150lb struts.
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My replacement brackets arrived from AS and they have no bends to them.
I am leaving the bent ones for now, as they don't seem to be compromised, but Will travel with rivets, rivet gun, and the spare brackets!

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