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Old 04-14-2021, 05:46 PM   #1
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Iím looking at an ad for a 2008 Allure 86k miles and it hit me that the cargo doors are hinged at the top. Mostly in reference to when the slides are out, are these good or bad? Another thing I noticed about the slides, the arms seem to hang down, protrude, are more visible, whatever you would call it than most other makes. Why is that? Good, bad, indifferent?
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Old 04-15-2021, 07:57 AM   #2
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I have a 2000 intrigue that hinges from the top. I much prefer the ones that hinge from the side but I have never owned one like that so I have no direct comparison.

One note of caution, two days ago my entire water bay door came off at the hinge. It was held on from the factory by 12 rivets and all but one of them broke at once. Fortunately with the help of two neighbors I was able to rivet it back together without damage. The rivets on the fiberglass door are the ones that came apart. I can only imagine what wouldíve happened if it fell off going 60 miles an hour down the interstate on my way home.

Lesson, check your rivets. A year ago The rivets that held the other half of the hinge on the same door to the body of the coach came apart and they are now held in by nuts bolts and washers.

Quite a riveting story :-)
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Add to stonegully's, the rivets are not regular ones but "exploding head rivets". I had to replace a few over the years.
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Thanks, I never heard of those types of rivets.
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Shortly after purchasing my '01, I noticed that the fender just in front of the left rear wheels was loose. Before I got to that repair the door over my wet bay also came loose. The factory rivets had almost all broken. I replaced all of them with an aircraft style rivet that I have use for years on my race cars. I also added (the factory had the spaced out too far in my opinion) almost double the amount as originally installed by CC. I when all the way down both sides of my coach and found probably 3/4's were missing or broken. The coach is 20 years old and mine has just over 100K miles so I really don't think this is a huge deal but it is something to look at.

This is a link to Summit Racing where I bought mine. They are available in different colors or natural finish https://www.summitracing.com/parts/sum-abs4246urr-2

They are very strong and do a very good job, I use them for tons of applications.
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I prefer forward-hinged cargo doors that open to the side. I feel it's easier to get stuff in and out.
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I thought after 2006 Motorhome doors hinged fron the side
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Thanks, I never heard of those types of rivets.
Here's a picture:
The proper name is tri-fold rivets. The will hold better than a pop rivet. If you can I would get them in stainless steel instead of aluminum, much, much more durable but also probably a lot more money if they're even made.
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Iím looking at an ad for a 2008 Allure 86k miles and it hit me that the cargo doors are hinged at the top. Mostly in reference to when the slides are out, are these good or bad? Another thing I noticed about the slides, the arms seem to hang down, protrude, are more visible, whatever you would call it than most other makes. Why is that? Good, bad, indifferent?


The Allure swing upward bay doors have two positions on the rams. 1. Open and the door swings to parallel to ground (horizontal) and stops. 2. Grab the door and pull past the horizontal ram stop point and it will travel to 30-45 degrees upward.

The first stop (horizontal) allows slides to be in/out or move in/out without any conflict with slide. The upward slope - unfortunately I have has two occasions in my ownership that Iíve left a bay door upward and extended slide, and pushed bay door down with slide wall. Once it left a scuff mark that I cannot polish out. Darn.

The Allure has one or more slides that are electric Power Gear which uses a rack and gear mechanism. This mechanism has ďarmsĒ underneath the slide and is visible. My Allure 470 only has this on Slide D the drivers main living room slide. My other slides are HWH hydraulic and the rams are hidden in the slide box, not visible from exterior. The Allure 430 has 3 Power Gear slides if I remember correctly. I have not looked at the 2008 Allure Brochure to confirm.

Hope this helps,
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