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Old 02-15-2014, 07:53 PM   #1
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Driver Doors

I know Tiffin and the Georgetown XL still offer driver doors, but how about other brands? Has anyone else offered a driver door since 2010. I am looking for a used gasser, but 2010 or later. My wife has some slight claustrophobia and does not like a single door.

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Old 02-15-2014, 09:21 PM   #2
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Driver side doors have pretty much gone the way of the carrier pigeon. I haven't seen one on a new coach in years. Maybe someone else has.
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Old 02-15-2014, 10:00 PM   #3
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Tiffin Allegro, at least on the 2013 36LA, the driver door with electric window is an option. It was probably offered on some of the other Allegro models as well.
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Old 02-15-2014, 10:41 PM   #4
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A driver door is standard on Winnebago Adventurers and Itasca Suncruisers.
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Old 02-16-2014, 12:06 AM   #5
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My experience is that driver's doors are extremely hazardous. If I had better parking at home, I'd weld the SOB shut. I won't use it unless I have a step-ladder in place.

I've used my rig's driver door four times (except when I have a step-ladder outside at home. The final time I used it, I ended up in hospital for a C4-C5 lumbar disk operation. My earnest advice is, IF you have and use a driver's door, please get a ladder that you can deploy from the driver's seat before you try to get out.

I was familiar with driver's doors from a couple of years with a CDL. With our MH, I started to get out through it at a CG because we hadn't deployed the slides after we parked. DW had unleashed the dogs inside the rig and then thought we were too close the slot next door.

I decided to go out of the driver's door to check things out. When I went for the "stirrup" step on the aft edge of the wheel-arch, I missed it. I had already let go of my grip at door level and found myself toppling backwards. Since we were on a concrete pad and my head was about 8 feet above ground, the after effects looked bad.

I grabbed hold of the door frame and hauled myself back in. Two weeks later, I was in hospital having a C4-C5 extruded disk operated on. If you'r an old fart like me (71 at the time) and your driver's door footholds rely on a small "stirrup" step part way down and then standing on the hub-cap nuts, don't use it unless you have a ladder you can deploy from the driver's seat to get down.

Fortunately, the disk operation was 100% successful and I don't have an on-going back problem. I'm still working on a deployable ladder.
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Old 02-16-2014, 12:14 AM   #6
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Hohdr - Thanks for the info on the Winnebago Adventurers and Itasca Suncruisers. They will go on my list.

Frankdamp - I am sorry for your problems with the driver door. I have no intention of ever using it. It will only exist to be a small comfort for my slightly claustrophobic wife who needs to know there is more than one way to get out of the coach.
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Old 02-16-2014, 06:54 AM   #7
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Our Tiffin 35 QBA has a drivers door and I use it all the time. I don't have any problems getting in or out but will be more aware of what can happen after reading of your accident.
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Suncruiser 37F here, use the driver's door all the time.
Especially at gas stations, You do have to be careful getting in and out.
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Old 02-16-2014, 01:00 PM   #9
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I added a handle

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I decided to go out of the driver's door to check things out. When I went for the "stirrup" step on the aft edge of the wheel-arch, I missed it. I had already let go of my grip at door level and found myself toppling backwards. Since we were on a concrete pad and my head was about 8 feet above ground, the after effects looked bad.

Must be you had the Angle over you that time. I had a similar expience but landed on my 34 year old Son. He broke my fall but I ran out and found a handle to hold on. Like you, at 73 I don't need no damn falling.
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This is the same type of handle used on glass doors and I picked it up at a junk yard for $8 buck worth of stainless steel. Drilled and bolted it to the frame. I use both the inside and outside handle to get in and out all the time.
I hate that little step thing and am going to replace it with a full truck type serrated non-slip step.
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Old 02-17-2014, 08:54 AM   #10
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I use my driver's side door for access to the fusebox and the leveler panel. Open the door and it's all within easy reach. Also, I keep a box of stuff I might need, maybe at a rest area or fuel stop, just inside the door for quick access. Vacuuming out the driver's footwell is much easier as well. I rarely climb out of or into the RV using this door but certainly have a few times. I do feel more comfortable with the "escape hatch" than without it if the main curbside door is blocked for whatever reason. The driver's side door has been useful and beneficial in our motorhome.
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My Allegro had a drivers door and in the 10 years we owned it I never used it, it's just as fast to hop out the side door and much easier ....for me anyway
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Old 02-17-2014, 07:23 PM   #12
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2005 Suncruiser here and yes I use my driver's door everytime we take her out. Use it to get in at home after I do the walk around checking around the Motorhome. Then use it at all the gas stations we stop at also. And trust me it likes Gas Stations.............KJD
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Don't routinely use the drivers door in my Allegro but it is there just in case the regular entry door's lock malfunctions as it has on one occasion.
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I have a drivers door but do not use for entry. It's very handy when needing to work under the dash. Stand outside or on a step stool and work through the open door.

I do really really like the roll down window. Use it often.
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