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Old 09-15-2013, 11:22 PM   #1
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Entry Door Placement

Why do so many Class A motorhomes have their entry door in front of the front passenger seat? Can the seats be moved forward when on the road, because I'm not sure I'd like sitting that far back from the windshield.
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:33 PM   #2
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Mine is behind the door, but there is cover for the stairs, so the passenger is not as far back as you think.
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:12 AM   #3
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there is cover for the stairs, so the passenger is not as far back as you think.
A cover makes sense, but the seat is still farther back than it would be if the entry door was behind it. Seems excessive to me and I guess I don't understand why they put the entry door there in the first place.
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Leaves more space in the storage bays.
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Spartian, Magnum, and Freightliner have have made chassis's in the past that the door could be behind the passenger seat like the gas coaches have. Haven't seen any new one's that way. There is a 2008 Gulf Stream on PPL Motorhomes web site with the door that way.

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Leaves more space in the storage bays.
Hmmm, that makes sense to me. But you'd think the passenger seat would be make to move forward when on the road.
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Hey.....the best thing about the passenger seat being moved a little back allows for the passenger seat to be a recliner. My DW loves the fact that she can push the button on the passenger seat and out pops the recliner and she sets it to her comfort.....nice !

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Hmmm, that makes sense to me. But you'd think the passenger seat would be make to move forward when on the road.
If you do that you've obstructed the only egress in an accident.

My take is that the front door location is normal. On most gassers they HAD to move the door and accessway aft because the front center section is blocked by the engine doghouse. A center door also breaks up the floor plan and makes it more difficult to arrange things.

My wife prefers the pax seat to be slightly back from the dash. She raises the footrest and dozes off in 50 mile increments!
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Many of the older DP's have 'mid' entry doors, which I favor as well. There's an awesome place for my coach batteries in the compartment ahead of the front tire, and the mid door offers much better access to the galley area when loading/unloading/cooking outside?

The entry door placement argument, and a similar one regarding the dining area being on the road vs. off road side of the coach, can rage on for pages at a time!

Bottom line is pick your poison carefully as it's very difficult/impossible/expensive to change afterward!
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Leaves more space in the storage bays.
Correct without the raised rail chassis the storage bays would be a lot smaller. With the raised rail the door has to be in front of ths passenger.

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Correct without the raised rail chassis the storage bays would be a lot smaller. With the raised rail the door has to be in front of ths passenger.

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Not following re: "raised rail"? Our coach has "pass through" storage available - with mid door.
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Ya know that is one thing that neither Thom nor I ever considered when looking for a coach. It was floor plan and how much storage and well any number of things but not the door placement. The front door where it's at allows Thom to put the grocery's on the dash without going up and down the stairs and allows me to get them to put them away while he is getting more out of the car. That's a good thing I guess about where it is.
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Not following re: "raised rail"? Our coach has "pass through" storage available - with mid door.
Yup, although it's not "crawl-thru" it's definitely "pass-thru". I always thought the front (bus style) door concept was to allow a second sofa in a 38-ish foot rig.
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Why do so many Class A motorhomes have their entry door in front of the front passenger seat? Can the seats be moved forward when on the road, because I'm not sure I'd like sitting that far back from the windshield.
Our navigator seat is powered, as most are, and moves forward and back. It does not move forward to match the driver chair, but is just inches back of the driver chair.

The view is excellent from that chair, but perhaps more obstructed to the right through the screen and door window than a fixed window.

It sounds as though you have not tried to sit in the navigator chair of a front entry rig. Try it, you may like it, just as my DW does.
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