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Post by Chrisjohn on Sun Jun 14, 2020 10:33 am

Hello all,  like many other Nuevo owners, I am frustrated with the lack of engineering thought that went into the location of the door stay on the habitation door. I think I have replaced this stat 3 times now and very conscious about fixing the door back in windy weather. I use bungee cords all the time now. I was wondering if anyone out there has an ingenious modification they would like to share. I am quite happy with the bungee method, but would like to see a more professional looking method of holding the door open.  Regards, Chris.
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Post by Peter Brown on Sun Jun 14, 2020 3:39 pm

The bungee is the best solution. The original stay is designed to break before ripping the door frame out if the door catches a heavy gust, the bungy absorbs that energy without breaking anything.
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Post by bikeralw on Sun Jun 14, 2020 4:08 pm

My van is eight years older than yours, so obviously there hasn't been a fix.
I've tried everything short of drilling holes in the van for a solid hook arrangement, which would maybe lead to damage in gusty conditions.
So I agree with Peter, a bungee is the best method.
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Post by safariboy on Sun Jun 14, 2020 5:04 pm

The screw on the door frame kept undoing.  A little locktite solved that.  We also use a cord between the door handle and the wheel. The stay has been replaced once but the new one has lasted about 6 years.
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Post by Richard G on Wed Jun 17, 2020 11:17 pm

Glad i am not theonly one that has the problem. There must surely be a solution to the poor design of the stay, mine frequently pops out of the door at top.
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Post by Askit on Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:07 am

Richard, a number of us on here, with van's of a similar vintage, had to replace the door retainer. Although there was no admission from the supplier, it does appear there were some substandard ones fitted during that period.

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Post by Gromit on Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:11 am

safariboy wrote:The screw on the door frame kept undoing.  A little locktite solved that.  We also use a cord between the door handle and the wheel. The stay has been replaced once but the new one has lasted about 6 years.
So do we - more or less, but our strap saves bending.  up!
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Below is a close up showing the velcro fastening, which is easily sewn on at each end. When not in use the strap hangs out of the way on the cab door handle.
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Post by Cymro on Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:28 am

That's an excellent solution.

I assume it also works when the wind is gusting / blowing from the rear of the van to the front? That's what I fear: that the door will fling open to its maximum and thereby overcome and damage the door-top stay. But I suppose that if the door is already tied open, there's not much distance (if any) for the door to be blown further open - it can't pick up enough momentum whereby to damage the stay.
Looks very neat.
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Post by Gromit on Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:00 am

Thanks Cymro.

Just a few inches of velcro fastening allows the strap to be adjusted so the hab door is held open under slight tension to its maximum, and even in quite gusty winds the door never moves.

Having a permanent bad back (and being of an idle disposition  Whistle1) it's the easiest and most convenient solution I can think of. Plus it's the work of seconds to undo the hab door end and hang it from the cab door handle when not in use.
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