Caravan door

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 01, 2017 at 18:07
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I can't find any regs in NSW regarding the direction a caravan external door must face. Is hinge towards the back of the van (opening to the front) acceptable?
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Reply By: Griff61 - Wednesday, Mar 01, 2017 at 18:30

Wednesday, Mar 01, 2017 at 18:30
Its better the other way. If you don't shut it properly and driving along as It opens the wind catches and it will rip it of its hinges. The other way around it will more so to shut. I have seen what happens when they get ripped and the damage that can happen.
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Follow Up By: Keith B2 - Wednesday, Mar 01, 2017 at 19:18

Wednesday, Mar 01, 2017 at 19:18
I agree Griff. But it looks like there will an awning prop in the way which will stop it folding flat.
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Follow Up By: 2weis - Wednesday, Mar 01, 2017 at 23:52

Wednesday, Mar 01, 2017 at 23:52
I have had mine opening front to back for 8 years with no problems
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie - Thursday, Mar 02, 2017 at 15:15

Thursday, Mar 02, 2017 at 15:15
Yep, our 2013 Bushtracker has the hinges to the rear and never had any issues.

If we go on any rough roads and are concerned the door might somehow open, we can always close the "wading door" which would prevent the main door opening.
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Reply By: Kazza055 - Wednesday, Mar 01, 2017 at 19:45

Wednesday, Mar 01, 2017 at 19:45
Only regulation I know of is that it must not be on the right hand side (drivers side) of the van.

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Follow Up By: duck - Thursday, Mar 02, 2017 at 09:49

Thursday, Mar 02, 2017 at 09:49
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You can have doors opening on the right side as long as 1 door opens on the left
you will see this on the yank imports that have had the conversion so they can get rego
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Reply By: Motherhen - Thursday, Mar 02, 2017 at 00:46

Thursday, Mar 02, 2017 at 00:46
As said, no regulations Keith, but a definite preference for them to be hinged from the front. Doors have been damaged after accidentally coming unlatched when driving when opening into the force of air.



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Reply By: duck - Thursday, Mar 02, 2017 at 09:58

Thursday, Mar 02, 2017 at 09:58
I would all ways have the door hinge to the fwd. edge for so many reasons, manly so the wind load is not on the catch & technically the faster you go the better the door seal is
I have in my shop now a Dometic 4 point locking door that faces the wrong way (hing to aft) & was fitted that way to allow a window to open & not be blocked when door is the open but the customer now wants it the other way as it has given him some major problems.
Its an expensive change on a fairly new van to take out door repair door jam & wall & fit complete new door & lucky it was a fiberglass foam sandwich construction if it was a alloy sided van I guess it would have been a write of or a complete re-skin
we did not fit or supply the van just doing the repair & I have fitted several of these doors & never had a problem but the hinge has always been fwd
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Follow Up By: Paul E6 - Saturday, Mar 04, 2017 at 00:54

Saturday, Mar 04, 2017 at 00:54
Why didn't he maker just fit a sliding window instead of a wind out one. That's what happened on our Millard. Problem gone.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Saturday, Mar 04, 2017 at 08:37

Saturday, Mar 04, 2017 at 08:37
Yes, I will not have hopper windows under the awning. All my vans have has sliding windows there. I have seen too many hitting their heads on hoper windows. Way back Coromal fitted hoppers on the ends and off side but had sliders on the near side.
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Follow Up By: duck - Saturday, Mar 04, 2017 at 16:32

Saturday, Mar 04, 2017 at 16:32
I have no idear I did not build or design it & it is the worste built & designed van I have ever worked on. When I quoted on it I dubbled the price & added some as I did not want the job & I still got it
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Follow Up By: Paul E6 - Sunday, Mar 05, 2017 at 02:01

Sunday, Mar 05, 2017 at 02:01
Give us a makers name!
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Reply By: Shaker - Saturday, Mar 04, 2017 at 14:04

Saturday, Mar 04, 2017 at 14:04
The only mention of doors in VSB-1 is:
"A caravan or trailer equipped with cooking facilities or living or sleeping accommodation must have only outward-opening or sliding doors. At least one such door must be located on the left- hand side or at the rear."

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