10-Minute Tech: Put the Clamps On

We do not have gas struts on the upper cabinet doors in our RV. It has always been a hassle to hold a door open while putting things inside or taking them out, so I installed a baggage-door holder on the ceiling for each cabinet. Problem solved.

Dennis Andreas | Boise, Idaho

Tech editor’s note: Be sure to use properly sized screws so you don’t breach the roof. Also, you want to keep the screws from pulling through the ceiling material. Using double-sided mounting tape in addition to the screws would be helpful.


 

5 COMMENTS

  1. Those clamps clearly work, but why not just install gas struts yourself? My wife found some good ones online, and I installed them on five overhead doors in just over an hour. One caution: I had issues with one of the two mounting brackets that came with each, so I had to switch out which ones I was using. We’d bought too many struts, so it worked out well.
    Rick

  2. Three or four years ago I purchased from Camping World several very inexpensive spring-loaded (not gas) struts about 7 inches long. They work great in three of my RV’s converted cabinet doors. Takes an easy 10-minute install.

  3. I put 7 inch gas struts and I am much more comfortable about the door not falling and hitting me. The struts were $12 for 2 and took 10 minutes to install and I don’t have holes in my roof.

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