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Old 05-16-2006, 03:43 PM   #1
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I, I was just wondering why does most of DP MH have their right door in the front of the vehicule instead of in the center ? In my thought it's an inconvenient because you're always have to walk on the salon carpet to join the kitchen. Can somebody see some advantage of this configuration ? Thanks
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I, I was just wondering why does most of DP MH have their right door in the front of the vehicule instead of in the center ? In my thought it's an inconvenient because you're always have to walk on the salon carpet to join the kitchen. Can somebody see some advantage of this configuration ? Thanks
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Old 05-16-2006, 05:35 PM   #3
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It's dead space,door doesn't interfear with floor-plan.
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In addition to freeing up that center wall area it also gives you more basement pass-through storage area because there's no steps taking up that space. You can't do it on a front engine chassis because the engine is in the way but with a rear pusher it can be done. We just use a throw rug runner down the middle.
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Old 05-17-2006, 05:49 PM   #5
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The reasons alreadygiven are the ones. There is also a certain "bus" flavor to it, which appeals to some.

There are a few models of DP that have mid-entry doors. Rexhall is one manufacturer that often has a mid-entry in their line-up somewhere, but not always. These models seem appear for awhile and then disappear again.
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It would be great if you could get a front entry door in a gas rig! I wonder why they cannot figure this out?
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On the gas rig it's a weight problem on the front axle. The door is not heavy but the reinforcement required for the door frame is.
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At a high end, the Newmar London Aire pusher only comes in a mid door configuration. That's $930,000 for a mid door.
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Alpine Coach (WRV) makes two mid-door models, a 36 foot and a 40 foot. http://www.wrv.com/html/alpine_coach_about.html
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You can also get a mid door on some Monaco, Beaver and Safari models
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One advantage of the front door configuration is less squeeks. Mid entry doors are located in a location where frame flex is at its greatest. This can cause the door frame to react and flex slightly with the frame movement. As the door is a separate moving part it reacts differently and can result in occassional squeeking. The door frame of a front configured entry gets nearly no movement as it is so near the front of the chassis frame.
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After owning 7 RVs over the past 30 years, I doubt that the front entry of a DP has anything to do with customer desire or function, but is simply a matter of cost. That's the reason that the mid-entry DP models are restricted to the high-end models. The choice is usually a matter of preference based on experience or the conviction/need for a DP. For us as full timers after 2 trailers and 4 fivers, the mid entry floor plan of a gasser was more important than the ride/CCC of a DP. The easy access of a mid-entry from under the awning directly into the kitchen/dining area, not having to duck under the TV, and the security of an enclosed passenger system make more sense to us. Also, most parks do not have a pad that extends to the front of a MH, and we find the driver side door to be very handy. Our W24 gives us a quiet ride, a CCC of 3K lbs+, and cheap oil changes......and the mid entry door is quiet. Not to disparage the choice of a front entry or DP; after all, there's no perfect MH for everyone, there's always a compromise somewhere.
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I contacted a guy I know at Holiday Rambler and he advised the door structure does not weigh much, so weight would not be an issue. I like the mid -entry as well for some of the very reason's suggested. He advised front enty on a gas chassis is not possible because the engine is in the way. Benny and I, he's my dog, rented RV's for years before we bought are first a few years ago. Our Holiday Rambler on W22 is great as well.
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Aren't you all missing the real point? If you had a front entry on a gas rig, you would have to step up over the dog house every time you went in or out of your motor home.

The only way you could realistically do a front entry gasser would be to lower the engine enough so there was a flat floor. The only other option a la diesel is to put the engine in the rear.

You would think that the really big chassis manufacturers like Freightliner and Ford would spend a little R&D money and figure that out.

Does anybody know the "wheels" at Freightliner or Ford? Maybe if we put a bug in their ear they would do something for customers like producing a chassis that really works for a motor home...........
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