sliding doors

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 21:56
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Hi all, just wondering why caravans and motorhomes don't have sliding doors on the cupboards inside.
Is there a reason for this?
Seems like it would make sense - no cupboard doors opening into the walkspace, easy to lock etc etc.
Thanks
Alan

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Reply By: Mick O - Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 21:58

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 21:58
Find a floor plan for a viscount van from the early '70's and you'll find that that was the prevailing rule of thought. Man that takes me back.

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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 22:56

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 22:56
hi mick
I had a 1969 viscount van and there was no sliding doors in that
just hinges and latches that worked for ever sold it in 2004 and the original hinged and latched doors were still in A1 condition
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Follow Up By: Mick O - Friday, Feb 28, 2014 at 09:07

Friday, Feb 28, 2014 at 09:07
Maz,

our had sliders on all the bulkhead cupboards . The rounded cupboards across the front had sliding wood panel doors that were flexible like a roller door although the moved to the side rather than up and down. Standard hinged doors on the lower cupboards and double sliders on the normal or straight bulkhead cupboards up high.

They were a solid old unit all right. I still see one or two on the road now and then, lovingly restored. They'd be a bugger to tow I reckon. Fuels not so cheap anymore ;-)



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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Friday, Feb 28, 2014 at 12:41

Friday, Feb 28, 2014 at 12:41
hi mick
my 1969 model had lift up hinged and latched doors on the bulkhead cupboards
but I now recall the 1980 tandem axle model that I did the big lap in had sliders on the bulks and they proved to be a total pain in the butt given the fact that in 1980 the roads were rough and rugged

I used wooden wedge pegs and some I cut out of rubber I also stuck strips of wood along inside the top bulkhead cupboards to act as a guard rail and keep stuff from bumping and pressing up against the doors
the design of vans have changed a great deal and so has the prices in
1980 I payed $8500 for 18ft tandem axle with reverse cycle aircond and 3 yrs later sold it for $8000
the good old days
and my v8 jeep Cherokee quadra-track 4speed auto 4x4 cost $18000
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Reply By: member - mazcan - Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 22:51

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 22:51
hi
they would literally rattle out of their tracks and to pieces on the slightest bit of rough road and would be all on the floor in a very short trip
whereas the hinges and latch type locks keep them firm
its not feasable and out of the question to have them imho
but I could be wrong ??
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Follow Up By: aljenau - Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 23:21

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 23:21
I thought maybe a locking pin system through the tracks and doors themselves might fix this - if they can't move they can't rattle.
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 23:57

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 23:57
The Franklins had sliding doors in their top cupboards. The problem was there were no locks for them on the market. They kept on sliding open as you travelled. The previous owner solves the problem with screws in the ends of the cupboard and rubber bands between the screws and the door knobs.

I have no desire for sliding doors. One of the problems is you need the doors in pairs. Often you will end up with the doors too narrow when you rearrange the doors to achieve this.
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Reply By: gqturbo - Friday, Feb 28, 2014 at 07:57

Friday, Feb 28, 2014 at 07:57
Furness caravans of the late 40,s early 50,s had sliding doors on overhead cupboards and sliding external windows they even had a tregg type hitch .
plenty of info on google
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Reply By: Member Bushy 04(VIC) - Friday, Feb 28, 2014 at 08:29

Friday, Feb 28, 2014 at 08:29
Alan we have a 1990 Millard that has sliding doors under the beds and the big problem is that they either jam (stuff falling against them in the cupboards) or come open, our answer was to place everything in box's in them.
It does take up less room, in that you can still move around with them open or shut.
Food for thought,
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Reply By: NTVRX - Friday, Feb 28, 2014 at 08:49

Friday, Feb 28, 2014 at 08:49
Probably the same reason why a lot of vans do not have sliding windows.....cost!! I hate caravan windows that open outwards......but then again....if I didn't have them what else would i hit my head on?
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