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Old 08-04-2014, 06:39 PM   #1
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No Door on Driver Side

Hi, everyone! My DH and I are relatively new to the rv experience. We have had a small TT for about a year and we love the whole camping experience! We are planning for retirement in about 5 years and would like to upgrade to a MH in a couple of years so we have time to work the bugs out and make mods to suit our needs. We do not plan to full time but would be taking a few extended trips each year and frequent weekends to local Parks. My question is - how important is the driver's side door on MH? Please weigh and tell me what your experience has been. Thanks in advance!

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Old 08-04-2014, 07:00 PM   #2
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I never use ours. To high of a step for me.

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Old 08-04-2014, 07:02 PM   #3
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Our Southwind had a driver side door of which I found very handy when refueling, getting out to check a potential camping spot, cleaning around the drivers seat and doing any under dash wiring. The floor plan was the deciding factor on our Safari, so no drivers door was not a deal breaker, but I prefer the driver side door. Brian
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Old 08-04-2014, 07:06 PM   #4
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4 years and maybe used it a half dozen times, it is a real stretch ; I'm 6'2"; and 2 of the times were for fueling up where the curb was to close for the entry steps to open out; I avoid that situation now.
Would I look for a coach with the door , after having this one, no.
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Old 08-04-2014, 07:10 PM   #5
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We have one but it wouldn't be a deal breaker for me if it didn't
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Old 08-04-2014, 07:18 PM   #6
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We have one. Can't/don't use it for entry. Handy for working under the dash. A service shop I use likes it because it minimizes their having to go through the coach and possibilities of tracking in dirt.

A door or not will not weigh into the choice of a next coach. A low priority nice to have.
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Old 08-04-2014, 07:18 PM   #7
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Don't have a driver's door, don't see the need. I drove buses many thousand's of miles, my forward positioned door is just like a bus. I might want a driver's door if I had to climb over doghouse and exit out the middle like many Class A's.

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Old 08-04-2014, 07:31 PM   #8
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Our last coach and this one has a drivers door and I use it a lot,to me it is very convienient when refueling or just getting out to check a campground when setting up.Yes,it is a little bit of a stretch for me being only 5'2",but if you are in good physical condition,and I am 63 years old,it is doable.Plus if the side door lock malfunctions like some have done,you have another way to get in besides calling a locksmith or breaking a window.
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Old 08-04-2014, 07:36 PM   #9
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Thanks for the insight! It seems that the door is not a big issue - great news for me b/c the floor plans I like the most are those w/o a driver's door. Thanks again - that's my favorite thing about this forum - real answers from real folks!
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Old 08-04-2014, 07:49 PM   #10
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We have owned class A's for 30 years and never owned one that had a drivers door. We purchase floor plans that suit our needs.
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:09 PM   #11
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I use my drivers door often, especially when setting up. Could live without it but a really nice option to have.
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:14 PM   #12
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We have one, and the second time I used it, I damn-near killed myself! We'd stopped for an overnight at one of those concrete "herring-bone" parks close to I-5. After we'd pulled into the site and DW had unclipped the restraints on our two Labs, she commented that we were very close to the picnic table on the slot to our right.

Since the dogs were milling about the entry door, I decided to go out the driver's door to take a look. As I moved my right leg to find the "stirrup" foot-hold, I'd already let go of the steering wheel and was ready to step out. My right foot missed the stirrup and I started to topple out backwards. There was a concrete pad where I'd have landed.

I managed to grab the door frame and the frame of the driver's seat and pull myself back in. Shortly afterwards, I was in hospital for lumbar spinal surgery. I guess it was better than a shattered skull, a broken neck and a wooden overcoat, but it sure wasn't fun.

I only use that door for access when the rig is parked alongside our garage at home. The RV driveway is only about 12" wider than the coach, and is compromised by a gutter on the garage that prevents using the house door.

I would never use the driver's door again except at home. If we ever get another RV (we're considering selling the present one and giving up the lifestyle), I'd spend a bunch of money modifying the house so I wouldn't need one.
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:21 PM   #13
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its just one more hole in the side of the RV for water to get in

i like a RV with clean side walls with out the TVs ...sounds system ..lights that you have to keep a eye on some much after the RV becomes 5 years or old and then when living or RVing in like FL
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I don't have a door and never saw the need for it. My exit door is in the front 5 feet from me. If I need to get out to fuel or check something, I don't have a problem walking an extra (X) feet.

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