In the high winds last week, the T25 roof did start to come down. It was bizarre at first. I popped the top, went inside and when I returned, the top was down. It took me a few seconds to realise what had happened.
The gas struts do look a little tired, so I ordered some replacements from a company that's well recommended online - SGS Struts.
The new struts arrived today and as soon as I saw the package I knew there was a problem. The struts were huge. They were more fitting to an army vehicle!
So here's a key learning. Read the instructions on the website - get the code off your current strut or call up SGS for help. If you don't have the code they require three measurements:
- Distance between the centre of the two bolt holes
- Length of the piston fully extended
- Diameter of the eyelets
It was really difficult to see the codes on the struts, so I climbed up and took one off. Once I'd taken the measurements I tried to put it back. My attempts were rubbish and I couldn't make it go back.
In desperation I hit Google and found a fantastic site where I discovered you have to fit the struts in a certain order. By the time I'd discovered this, it was getting dark. So that's a job for another day. However, I would recommend checking out the Smallards blog, it's a fantastic record of the Smallards T25 renovation.