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Brackets for latest project

Over the last month or so I’ve been designing brackets that will hold a gas strut. The strut will be placed to hold the front hood of the Canyon Star up when accessing the engine compartment from the front of the vehicle. Currently the hood is held open with a rod.

I find this to be unwieldy to manage when opening and closing. My thought is to use these same reinforced mounting positions and add a gas strut to hold the hood open. The brackets I have designed with the help of Fusion 360.


Left to right, lower bracket will bolt into existing spot under the bumper and held in place by the post, the upper bracket will be affixed in the current bracket space with four screws.

The only other item that needs to be obtained is a single 36″ long gas strut. This can be sourced from several places, typically in pairs.

gas strut

Originally I was going to have these brackets 3d printed, but after contacting a commercial printer, estimate $752, I am rethinking that and might go with old school 1/4′ plate steel.




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Thank you for joining me on the quest to enjoy a recreational vehicle (RV). Gail, to whom I have been lucky enough to have been married to for over 30 years, travel in a Newmar Canyon Star 3911.
This is a approximately 40' (39' 11") in length. This Class A is designed to be accessible for a person restricted to a wheelchair, which I am.
To answer the obvious question, as the result of an automobile single vehicle, and occupant, accident in 1973 I suffered a spinal injury at T10 resulting in paraplegia.
Over the ensuing years I have Learned to pilot a single engine aircraft, Commercial license and Instrument Rated, snow ski with a monoski, sail competitively and participate in various auto racing venues. I pursued a career in finance working for several international corporations such as Duracell, GE, Textron.
Happy to be retired after 40+ years of work, I am going to fulfill a dream of using a Class A to tour the USA.
Ever since I saw a GMC Motorhome in the early 70s I have wanted to travel in a Class A.
Finally we decided the Newmar 3911.

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