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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 8:30 am
by bfitz
Current quote coming from Monroe Engineering. I'll edit this post when it arrives.

Quote in: $53.00 for a 50 ft roll, estimated shipping $7.50.

I do have another question though: Looking at the schematic on the Monroe site, it -->looks<-- like the hinge will open only about 90 degrees. I didn't find tech info on this. Can someone get a rough estimate of max opening and post?

PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 2:46 pm
by madjack
B, the hinge will work roughly thru the entire 360degrees...the only actual limitations, are clearance between mounting screws/trim/hardware......
madjack 8)

PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 3:43 pm
by goldcoop
bfitz wrote:Has anyone used the plastic hinges at, say, 10F? I can't imagine going out when colder than that.

Used mine lots in the 0F area, coldest around -12F, Hinge worked fine. Gas Springs not at all :o



PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 1:48 pm
by greg755
Does anybody have a 7 foot piece left over they can sell me?

I am redoing the hatch on the Sierra because the old Hurricane hinge leaked and messed up the galley. This is not because the hurricane hinge was bad it is because it was installed in two pieces and I think the angle of my hatch opening was pushing it to its limits. I think the plastic hinge may be a better fit for the application.

PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 1:54 pm
by Muggnz

does anyone know of anybody willing to export one of these to New Zealand.?

Both Monroe & McMaster-Carr aren't interested.

Monroe have ignored my request & McMaster-Carr accepted my online order BUT emailed "Due to the ever-increasing complexity of U.S. Export regulations, McMaster-Carr has decided to only accept orders from a few, long-established customers of ours overseas. We cannot accept your order and regret any inconvenience this causes you." :cry:


PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 5:39 am
by DezPrado
Muggnz, There is a crowd in Palmerston North that stocks & supplies this hinge material. Pm me and/or your phn no & I'll give you the details. No worries, I used this hinge on mine. Works a treat.

PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 3:17 pm
by Muggnz
one pm is on it's way


PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:05 am
by newbuilder
I believe 2bits used the same hinge on his TD. Maybe he could also chime in on its dependability?

PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 4:12 am
by DezPrado
one pm is on it's way

Ditto ;) :thumbsup:

For the other forum residents here in Godzone: Co-Mac Pn Ltd, Kaimanawa St, Palmerston North stock these hinges in 3M lengths for $117. (+gst!)
Their website catalogue holds an inventory of interesting stuff, go to:
Should have most of what you need for a lot of a build .


PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 4:25 am
by Muggnz
thanks Dez,

I can't use that one, as I've got an uneven gap that it will not cater for. Besides which the largest portion of the gap on my TD, is well under the 17mm minimum required.

So I'll probably have to go for #4525. Although I've just found another site of interest. It doesn't have any stock, but promises to put people in touch with one, if they ask. Which I've done.

I'll let everybody know how I get on with this.


PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 5:11 am
by DezPrado
Remember the notes above the product number 4525 states "Not suitable for exposed areas". Not sure what they mean by that but it may pay to check with them before you put it on the hatch or doors :thinking:

PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:13 am
by Muggnz

I noted that. & have emailed them asking for more details.


PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 3:08 am
by Muggnz
And the reply is

drum roll please

"Out in the sun - it will break down eventually. (Lesson we learnt the hard

looks like this'd be better


PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:32 am
by DezPrado
Hmmmm, :thinking: Ebay item looks no different to No 4525. Betcha put both side by side in our ozone depleted sunshine & both will breakdown, eventually. :( If we can define 'eventually' as say 10, 15 years, what's the problem. Of the two similar items think I'd use the less pricey item after taking the shipping into the bargain.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 1:58 am
by Muggnz

when I checked my daily quota of emails tonite, there was a response from
saying that they willing to send me

Living Hinge
(Plastic Piano Hinge)
(continuous hinge)
100 lbs./linear inch

as shown on

so i've ordered one hinge

things are looking up. :D :D :D :D :D