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Old 05-12-2016, 09:12 AM   #15
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I also prefer doors that swing up. My last coach had swing up doors and they only needed 24" to open. My current coach has side swing doors and many of them are 40" long so when I park in my garage, they won't open all the way, I only have 36" clear. Also when one of them is open, I have to close it to walk down that side of the coach.

The doors on my 2 previous coaches opened all the way up so I never had to bend when accessing stuff inside. But side swings cost less to manufacture with shorter hinge's, less shocks and 1 small latch, so they are now an industry standard.
Agreed - there have been many times where I've parked too close to either the pole/hose faucet or a bush and have had to hold my side-hinged doors from opening fully while hooking up.
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What are pro and con of side hinge cargo doors vs top hinge cargo doors?

That's the biggest thing I don't like about our Windsor! Us old geezers are too stiff to be getting under those dang top-hinge bay doors, especially after I dump the air bags to lower the coach as close to the ground as possible!
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Old 05-12-2016, 01:05 PM   #17
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Your leaving out the pull out and pivot up doors (like a greyhound bus)..I think these are the best period.
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Your leaving out the pull out and pivot up doors (like a greyhound bus)..I think these are the best period.
They sound like a good way to go.
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They sound like a good way to go.

Not below the slides.


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The proliferation of slide outs I'm sure is what led most manufacturers, on most models, to go to a side hinge.

Back in 07 I stopped to look at a new coach and after looking at all the outside storage spaces the sales rep and I moved inside to inspect the interior. He decided to demonstrate pulling in the slides.

CRUNCH! :O
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I've had both, currently have side openers, and while I do prefer them to swing up, they do have cons.
I have wide bays, so you need a fair bit of space alongside to open them wide open. If you have a slide tray, the door needs to be wide open to slide out tray.

I've also on two occasions had a door swing open on me while braking .
Need to really make sure they are firmly latched and locked before traveling.
saved me typing...
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The proliferation of slide outs I'm sure is what led most manufacturers, on most models, to go to a side hinge.

Back in 07 I stopped to look at a new coach and after looking at all the outside storage spaces the sales rep and I moved inside to inspect the interior. He decided to demonstrate pulling in the slides.

CRUNCH! :O

Thank goodness Monaco was smarter than that! They put interlocking switches on all the bay doors under the slides that won't allow the slideouts to move if a door is open!
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I hated the swing up doors on my Monaco because it was hard to get under them. The problem though......so many of he new coaches pretty much have slides over every bay, it doesn't matter what door you have, you still have to bend over to get into the bays.

I would still want side openers, but they are cancelled out by the slides. I try to do all my set up prior to extending the slides, which makes the side openers more sensible.
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