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For those that consider themselves very frugal, or others that prefer the term, cheap bastard.  I have found gas springs for the luggage doors on the Volvo, $25 for all four with free shipping.

Takes 5 minutes each side to swap them out. Quit holding them up with your head on cold days.

https://www.amazon.com/C16-09209-C1609209-Quantity-Tonneau-Supports/dp/B00774U6HY

Fit and function exactly like the original Volvo units at 1/4 the price.

Michael

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17 hours ago, Parrformance said:

For those that consider themselves very frugal, or others that prefer the term, cheap bastard.  I have found gas springs for the luggage doors on the Volvo, $25 for all four with free shipping.

Takes 5 minutes each side to swap them out. Quit holding them up with your head on cold days.

https://www.amazon.com/C16-09209-C1609209-Quantity-Tonneau-Supports/dp/B00774U6HY

Fit and function exactly like the original Volvo units at 1/4 the price.

Michael

I was almost ready hit the link, but then saw the amazon at the beginning. If anyone is willing to post the part number, I will look for a non amazon location. 

 

Rod

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Rod,

  It's interesting that you don't want to do business w/ Amazon.  I thought I was the only one.  Last year, we needed new sky light covers.  I google'd them, and found them both on Amazon and ebay, each for less than half the local rv stealers prices.  In looking at the adds from Amazon/ebay, I saw it was the same seller.  So, I google's that name, found their web site and bought from them directly for about half the Amazon/ebay price.  So, I got them for less than 1/4 price of local places, who are known for high prices.

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5 hours ago, bja1234 said:

why not amazon?

As they've pointed out, many Amazon vendors also sell the  direct from their own web sites.  In those instances, buying from the vendor directly often gets you a better price because they're not paying the Amazon fees on that sale.

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9 hours ago, bja1234 said:

why not amazon?

For the same reasons I avoid Wal-Mart and other big box stores.  They're killing small town folks.  I don't mind paying a little more to keep a neighbor in business.  He'll be there when I need him, and take care of me.  Besides, blindly buying form Amazon can be pricey.  I bought a Milwaukee impact wrench locally for over $100 less than the Amazon price.  New, in box, and a certified factory Milwaukee repair center to boot.  Will I always be so lucky?  Not a chance.  But it pays to keep the local folks employed.

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Several years ago when I had been smacked in the head enough, I carried one of our hatch support struts into a local NAPA.  The first young counter guy said they don't carry that brand, couldn't cross reference the part number etc...

Second old fart counter guy comes over and starts looking at the strut, measures the open length, compressed it (gas had long escaped), measured the compressed length, and guessed that a 20lb strength would work.  Looked on the computer for a few minutes, scribbled some numbers down and disappeared into the stacks.

Reappeared with 3 in his hand, all 3 were different part numbers and sizes but all close to each other.  We went outside and found the one that fit the best.  He had 2 more of the correct one in stock and ordered the 4th for me.  They were a little more than Amazon, but the service was great, and taught the younger guy how to source parts....

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1 hour ago, rickeieio said:

For the same reasons I avoid Wal-Mart and other big box stores.  They're killing small town folks.  I don't mind paying a little more to keep a neighbor in business.  He'll be there when I need him, and take care of me.  Besides, blindly buying form Amazon can be pricey.  I bought a Milwaukee impact wrench locally for over $100 less than the Amazon price.  New, in box, and a certified factory Milwaukee repair center to boot.  Will I always be so lucky?  Not a chance.  But it pays to keep the local folks employed.

X2

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11 hours ago, Alie&Jim's Carrilite said:

 

Second old fart counter guy comes over and starts looking at the strut, measures the open length, compressed it (gas had long escaped), measured the compressed length, and guessed that a 20lb strength would work.  Looked on the computer for a few minutes, scribbled some numbers down and disappeared into the stacks.

This was how I found the part. I guess now I could get hired on as an old fart.🤔

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On 1/11/2021 at 7:27 AM, Moresmoke said:

Thank you for the link. I will do a local search to see what I can find. 

I have yet to purchase anything from Amazon and doubt that I ever will. I have family who own or owned small businesses and tried one myself many many years ago. Preditory pricing eliminated a couple of those ventures and the other small business owners (Farmers) had to keep getting larger and larger and turning into big business and are suffering more now than when they were a small family operation. 

I have seen many small town die, I have seen many great memories as a child and young adult vanish because the towns are mere shells of what they once were. The grand buildings have been torn down and replaced with boxy throw away structures that are eyesores when the too become abandoned. 

For those who lived in the city not much has really changed in the landscape. For those raised in the open country on a Farm or a Ranch the whole world has changed and it's hard to recognize, at least for me.  That is why I DO NOT and WILL NOT purchase anything from Amazon and I avoid anything that seems to think they have to have a store in every city, town, hamlet or village. Don't get me started on the Dollar General. 

 

Rod

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The vendor is possibly scratching their head as to why so many are being ordered this week.  After looking on ebay and other vendor sites these were the least expensive (Amazon) with free shipping and returns (Prime).  They are suppose to be here Friday.  Now, does anyone have a match for the hood gas struts?

I too share some of the concerns about how the big box stores have put the small local merchants out of business.  I miss our old family owned hardware, farm, ham radio/electronics, RV parts stores.  Sadly, Amazon is now the ONLY place I can find many items that I need or want - especially small electronic parts and modules.

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