Just thought I'd pass along something I learned today about the 90 degree door. I love the way it works, we find it really handy and functional. But the boy scout in me started thinking "you know, that little gas spring will eventually wear out like the ones in my car hatchback and toolbox did, and I'll be needing another one". When that gas spring loses some of its resistance the door won't stay open firmly. ETI just switched to this door right before our trailer was built in late 2018 so it will be a while before anyone needs to replace that spring...but that day will come. Who knows how hard it may be then to track down the right replacement spring.
So I started looking online to find one to have a spare. The number is on the spring, SX200P1_11_DC, as well as the manufacturer's website, SIGNATURE SERIES GAS SPRING
. I couldn't find that exact part at any online supplier so I contacted the manufacturer. They will sell direct to consumers and were happy to do that. I had to call in to place the order, and the guy I spoke to asked if I wanted extras of the end fittings (the spring alone does not include them). I figured that those would not likely wear out, but he said that for a door application like this that the fittings are designed to be the point of failure if a big gust of wind put tremendous force on the door and forced it open past the 90 degree point where the spring is fully extended. I could see that happening - we've been in gusty winds before that just happened to be blowing the other way and pushed the door partly closed...and I had been wondering what would happen if the wind was blowing the other direction. Now I know....one of the fittings would break, leaving me with a floppy front door.
So now I will have spare fittings in my box of parts in case that ever happens.