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1 year 2 months ago #1525 by Dutchy
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Could anybody tell me the correct size required for gas strutts to be fitted to a Dandy designer
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1 year 1 month ago - 1 year 1 month ago #1551 by Brianlec
Brianlec replied the topic: Gas strutts
Well I have just fitted Gas Struts to my Dandy 5, what an improvement! One person can now lift either bed with no problem.

For information I bought 4 GS8-18-220-280 struts from SGS, with plain 10mm ball joints with M8 threads. I specified 350N lifting strength.

Fully extended, these are 540mm, so I fitted them about half and half from the hinge, ie. 270mm above and below the hinge with the bed vertical.

I had some 25mm heavy square ally tube which I used for the top mount on the bed frame, as the frame is recessed. I bolted the ball joint to this. I had some heavy angle brackets (3mm thick) which I pop riveted to the corner of the trailer below the hinge then drilled and tapped M8 to take the lower ball joint.

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Oh, and total cost to me was £86.45

Brian.
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1 year 1 month ago #1554 by Dutchy
Dutchy replied the topic: Gas strutts
Thank you very much for your detailed account.Have now assembled all the required parts and will be fitting them in the coming weeks.

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1 year 1 month ago #1555 by Brianlec
Brianlec replied the topic: Gas strutts
Important thing to note. The two pivot points must be fitted exactly the same distance apart as the length of the strut, when the bed is vertical, otherwise you won't get the strut on.
I achieved this by fixing the strut to the bed frame, then riveting the lower mount in about the right place. Then with the bed about vertical (the point at which the strut would be fully extended) I used the strut to mark the mounting point, then drilled and tapped the hole.
Hope this makes sense.

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8 months 1 week ago #1601 by ianscooper
ianscooper replied the topic: Gas strutts
Hi Brian,
I'm very interested in fitting gas struts to my Dandy 5. In fact I have already bought the ones you specified.

Before I fit them I was wondering how the end walls hook under the bed boards with the struts in the way??
Did you cut them to fit round the struts??

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Ian.

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8 months 2 days ago #1602 by Brianlec
Brianlec replied the topic: Gas strutts
Sorry, don't really understand your question. Certainly I cut nothing.
Unless you are talking about something I don't have, my end walls are nowhere near the struts.

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