Originally Posted by blw2
OK, yours is the only response so far that indicates there should be some dampening effect in the opening action.
Since I can't find a source online (of an exact match) I think I'll make a run down to camping world to see what they stock.....
As I have researched it further, it seems that some gas springs have a damping effect designed in, and some may not.
You may have better luck at your local auto parts store. Those gas struts are the same ones used in various auto applications such as hoods and trunks as well as the lift gates on SUVs.
The strut should have a lift rating in relationship to pounds supported.