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With the end of winter and the beginning of spring, the caravan, motorhome, and van travel season begins. This period marks the time when adventure enthusiasts and outdoor lovers start planning their getaways, eager to explore new destinations and enjoy the great outdoors.

In this context, gas springs for caravans play a special role in the operation and comfort of these recreational vehicles, ensuring a safe and comfortable travel experience for adventurers on the move. From lifting doors and hatches to supporting beds and furniture, these springs offer a reliable and efficient solution for a variety of needs in the world of caravans and motorhomes. It is also often necessary to replace the springs when they stop functioning or lose strength, so in this article, we will delve into how they can be replaced and where they are typically found.

 

How to Replace Gas Springs and Dampers in Caravans and Motorhomes

 

Replacing old gas springs with new ones in motorhomes can be a relatively straightforward process, as long as some basic steps are followed. Here is a general guide for replacing these springs in different parts of the vehicle:

 

  1. Identification of the right springs: It is important to ensure that the correct gas springs are selected for the specific application in the motorhome. This involves accurately measuring the length and required force of the spring, as well as checking mounting specifications.
  2. Disassembly of the old spring: First, the old spring must be carefully disassembled. This may involve unscrewing connections or releasing retaining clips, depending on the type of spring mount.
  3. Installation of the new spring: Once the old spring has been removed, the new spring can be installed. Care should be taken to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and ensure that the spring is correctly oriented and securely fastened.
  4. Adjustment and testing: After installing the new spring, it is important to make adjustments if necessary to ensure smooth and safe operation. Tests should be carried out to ensure that the spring functions correctly and provides the necessary support.

 

It is important to note that, in some cases, it may be necessary to seek the assistance of an experienced professional, especially if the replacement involves more complex systems or specific technical knowledge is required. Additionally, it is important to always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and take appropriate safety precautions during the replacement process. In this case, STABILUS provides all the information about gas springs for caravans on their website.

 

Where can they be found

 

  • Cabinet doors and storage compartments: Gas springs are used to facilitate smooth opening and closing of cabinet doors and storage compartments in the motorhome.
  • Rear and side doors: In many motorhomes, gas springs help support and lift rear and side doors, facilitating access to the storage area or rear of the vehicle.
  • Fold-down beds: Some motorhomes have fold-down beds that fold against the wall during the day to maximize interior space. Gas springs help lift and support these beds when they are deployed for use. Folding tables: In dining areas, tables are often foldable to save space when not in use. Gas springs facilitate the lifting and stabilization of these tables when deployed.
  • Engine compartment and trunk hoods: In some motorhomes, gas springs are used to support the hood of the engine compartment or trunk open while inspections or maintenance work is being performed.
  • Convertible seats and beds: In motorhomes with convertible seats and beds, gas springs can be used to facilitate adjustment and conversion between different seating and bedding configurations.
  • Entrance gate: Some motorhomes are equipped with entrance gates that fold up and down. Gas springs can help keep the gate in position when it is open.

 

How can I know what reference and force a spring has

 

To determine the reference and force of a gas spring, you can follow these steps:

  1. Identify the manufacturer and model of the spring: If the gas spring has any distinctive label or brand, look for any information that can provide the manufacturer and model of the spring. This may be printed on the body of the spring or on any attached label.
  2. Measure the length of the spring: Use a tape measure or caliper to measure the total length of the gas spring, from the center of the ball or shaft to the center of the ball or the end of the cylinder.
  3. Determine the force of the spring: The force of the spring is measured in newtons (N) or pounds (lbs). If you cannot find this information on the manufacturer’s label, you can determine it through testing. Place the spring in a position where it is fully compressed or extended and measure the force required to move it to that position. Use a dynamometer or scale to measure this force.
  4. Look for the manufacturer’s reference: Use the information gathered, such as the length of the spring and the measured force, to search online or in catalogs of gas spring manufacturers. Some manufacturers provide online tools where you can enter this information to find the exact reference of the spring.
  5. Consult with a professional: If you have difficulty finding the exact reference of the spring or determining its force, consult with a professional or specialist in gas springs. They can help you identify the correct spring and provide you with the necessary information for its replacement or purchase.

 

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