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Old 07-12-2014, 12:23 PM
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Default RV-10 door struts.

It's a bummer getting in and out of a -10 with a bad door strut

Have any of you -10 owners found an auto parts store equivalent replacement? Part numbers? Or does it have to come from Van's?

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Old 07-12-2014, 01:27 PM
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Not sure about the -10 strut, but I needed new ones on my Rans so I took them off and measured them. Napa had a catalog that listed several struts the same size that were available in different pressure/lift ratings. I got some that were slightly stronger than the originals and they worked great.
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Old 07-12-2014, 02:16 PM
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Pierre, been discussed lots in the long ago past.

Try searching the RV 10 forum-------re set the time frame in the search engine to "from the beginning"
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Old 07-12-2014, 02:24 PM
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Justin Twilbeck sourced some from Mcmmaster carr and wrote about it in his build blog
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Old 07-12-2014, 02:57 PM
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Default Bansbach Easylift

Pierre --- when our original -10 struts would not keep the doors open, I found replacements at Bansbach Easylift, in Melbourne, FL --

A1A1F50-100-287/600N 10017Y1 $62.63ea, couple of years ago

Their no. is: 321-253-1999

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Old 07-12-2014, 08:51 PM
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Default +1

Originally Posted by RONSIM View Post
Pierre --- when our original -10 struts would not keep the doors open, I found replacements at Bansbach Easylift, in Melbourne, FL --

A1A1F50-100-287/600N 10017Y1 $62.63ea, couple of years ago

Their no. is: 321-253-1999

Take care,

Me too. They aren't cheap, but they worked right away and still work 550 hours later. They still raise the door but I sense they are getting weaker. But then again, so am I.
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Old 07-13-2014, 06:52 PM
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Default Replaced

I replaced the Van's struts with the Bansbach (noted above) and they are holding quite nicely. Simple replacement.
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Old 07-13-2014, 09:33 PM
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My friends' Rv-10, which I helped build, finally wore out the original struts. They lasted from 2009 until 2014 and no longer would hold the doors up. The new replacement struts came from Bansbach and while not cheap, have much better lifting force than the originals did when those were new.

Another +1 for the Bansbach struts! Spend the money and get good struts. They're worth it.
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Old 02-24-2016, 06:23 PM
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Default Heres what you need to order

Mine died before we even got flying...
Called Bansbach, and gave them the part numbers others had referenced... They have a new ordering system and new part numbers... basically, you order the strut in the length and force (Newtons) that you want, then order the appropriate ends...

A1 M8 Hinge Eye Endfitting
96102 4 $3.49 USD $13.96 USD

B0N0F50-100-247/XXXN Gas Spring 4"(100mm) Stroke 10"(247mm) Extended Length Customer Selected Force
(Forces Available: Custom force, Custom Force: 600, Custom force in pounds or Newtons? Newtons (N))

TOTAL For BOTH DOORS was $73.50 with Free shipping... Great deal!!! They are perfect and work great. If you have the Plane Around Bracket, you'll need to grind the end down a bit to fit.....

Yeah, I know, I still have some touch up to do on those $&%* Doors....

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Last edited by Bluelabel : 03-16-2016 at 09:54 AM. Reason: Changed M10 to M8, corrected part #
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Old 02-24-2016, 08:39 PM
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I stock the Bansbach struts at about half the price of Van's heavy duty struts, but ordering them is a PITNeck. They are worth it, though.
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