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Old 07-02-2014, 10:25 AM   #1
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Montana - entry door strut bracket tear-out

The bracket holding the gas strut to the entry door of our 2013 Montana tore out of the door. This was a result of normal closing of the door - no violent wind gusts were involved. On examination (pictures attached) I found the bracket was 'pop riveted' through aluminum framing of perhaps 1/16" thickness over the 2" width of the bracket. The strut was a 20 lbs rated unit - far too heavy a pull for the aluminum it was fastened to. I hope other Montana owners pay attention to this bracket mount. A 10 lbs strut would do the same job, and perhaps avoid the repair I am now facing.
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Old 07-02-2014, 01:13 PM   #2
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Had the same thing happen to the door on our 2011 3150RL. I drilled the door and installed stainless steel bolts that go all the way thru the door with locknuts on the backside. Replaced the 20lb strut with a 13lb strut and all has been well since, just over a year now. Mine did not have rivets but small sheet metal screws that pulled out.
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Old 07-02-2014, 04:28 PM   #3
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Same here. My door bracket was secured by screws, the self drilling kind. I removed all 3 screws, drilled thru the door frame, got some, this is from a really old memory, 3x 3/16x2" screws and bolted the original bracket to the door with the 3 screws. Goobered it with clear silicon sealer.

Been 6 months, and no issues. Same OEM strut.

Just another example of Keystone Engineering/Not.
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:04 PM   #4
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My dealer installed Rivnuts under warranty to solve the problem after the screws let go. Bolts through the door (with sleeves) is another alternative.
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:21 PM   #5
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Dealer fixed mine. Not sure how they fixed it, but two years latter, still attached!
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Old 07-03-2014, 03:08 AM   #6
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Like the others, I finally gave up trying to fix with a "single skin" attachment after it failed again...and again. I through bolted as well...but i installed spacers over the bolts inside the door so that the door couldn't be compressed over time and a bronze plate inside to provide a lot of surface area for the 3 bolts. I used all stainless steel parts, except for the back plate. John
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