barn doors V tailgate

Submitted: Thursday, May 08, 2003 at 21:22
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Interested to know peoples views on barn doors V tailgate.
Cheers Peter
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Reply By: Member - Martyn- Thursday, May 08, 2003 at 22:44

Thursday, May 08, 2003 at 22:44
I have barn doors on my GQ and sometimes I wish I had the tailgate always handy for putting things on and also standing on to reach on the roof rack, barn doors make the storage of the spare wheel easier but I have never had success keeping the red dust out. With the tailgate if you have speakers in the tailgate they get full of rubbish and also get damaged, not good. The tailgate makes reaching into the back a bit of a stretch to reach the back of the back seats. Makes a good dinner table / seat for watching things like a sunset even a bench when fishing on the beach, I'm sure others out there have loads of other ideas. Keep the shiny side up
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Reply By: woddonnee - Thursday, May 08, 2003 at 23:59

Thursday, May 08, 2003 at 23:59
G'day Peter
I have a gu patrol with barn doors, I find them great for putting the 60l engel in and I can open the smaller left hand door for good access when towing my boat.
Rod (SA)
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Reply By: David N. - Friday, May 09, 2003 at 07:10

Friday, May 09, 2003 at 07:10
It's a personal thing- I've had both- I hate tailgates, love the barn doors.
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Follow Up By: David N. - Friday, May 09, 2003 at 17:34

Friday, May 09, 2003 at 17:34
BTW, on my GQ I have never had any dust get in thru the doors either.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 21:57

Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 21:57
Dont ever get rid of it then David, It must be the only one in captivity that keeps out the dust!________________________________>
Fraser Island Dreaming
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Reply By: Rusty - Friday, May 09, 2003 at 08:30

Friday, May 09, 2003 at 08:30
Hi Peter

It really is a personal thing. Me personally. I hate barn doors and given the choice would not buy a vehicle with them. Tail gates just seem more handy to me. You can use them as tables, benches to work off and stand on to reach things on top. But all things said it does make it difficult to reach all the way in if something is right up the front.

Your choice
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Reply By: Phil G - Friday, May 09, 2003 at 08:45

Friday, May 09, 2003 at 08:45
I've had a troopie (barn doors), 60 series (tailgate) and now a Prado (single door), and I favour the Prado's setup.

The barn doors were good for loading up etc and are great if you use a fridge slide and drawer system.

The tailgate restricted access to the cargo area, the lift up bit would get covered in dust that would get dumped into the vehicle when it was opened. But like others have said, it was a great table if you didn't have a drawer system - you have to clear the table everytime you use the drawers. Also, if you fit a fridge slider, it must be at floor level to access the lid and depending on the vehicle, you may be unable to lift out the basket of an engel because the tailgate gets in the way.

I like the Prado's setup, because you can remove the rear door lining and replace it with a large fold-down table. Also, I've made up an 800mm deep sliding drawer system and fridge slide. Almost no dust gets in on the outback roads (yet!). And the HF radio (+light or whatever) fits up to the tyre fitting on the tailgate. I can also use the rear step to access the roofrack when the tailgate is open or closed.

It all depends on how you camp and how you want to fit out the back of your vehicle.
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Reply By: Steve - Friday, May 09, 2003 at 08:48

Friday, May 09, 2003 at 08:48
I've had both Tail gate and barn doors, and I love the barn doors!!. I have a fold down table mounted on the inside of the widest door for cooking and morning tea stops. My wife threatened to leave if I got another tail gate car as the access into the back is so much easier without the tailgate. But, there are still a lot of people out there who lie personal!

2001 78 series troopy
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Reply By: Kev - (Cairns,QLD) - Friday, May 09, 2003 at 12:27

Friday, May 09, 2003 at 12:27
I prefer the tail gate on the 80 series .

Anyway i didnt have an option as the GXL only has the tail gate.

I heard that the barn doors let the dust in !

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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, May 09, 2003 at 12:55

Friday, May 09, 2003 at 12:55
Both have + and -.

Tailgates when you put weight on them regularly bend and look like bleep , they also are a PITA when you want to get in the back of the car.

Barn doors some dont open far enough, so they suck too.

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Reply By: David N. - Friday, May 09, 2003 at 17:37

Friday, May 09, 2003 at 17:37
Seems like somebody needs to invent a door that opens either way....
If my memory serves me correctly I think Ford did many years ago but it was not a big hit.
Cheers David
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Follow Up By: ThePublican - Friday, May 09, 2003 at 20:39

Friday, May 09, 2003 at 20:39
Falcon station wagon round 75 or 76 ,,window wound down into tailgate which could then be opened as a drop down or as a door from left to right,,,EA falcon ????
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Follow Up By: ACH - Friday, May 09, 2003 at 22:11

Friday, May 09, 2003 at 22:11
XC actually...I owned one for a short period and it worked OK for me as a barn dorr or a tailgate. I reckon it would be great if the light commercial utes had that feature!!
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Reply By: diamond(bendigo) - Friday, May 09, 2003 at 18:15

Friday, May 09, 2003 at 18:15
i would have to say barn doors as the gq didnt have an option.well there was an option bye a toyota(nah not in this life time)easter fun at jamison
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Reply By: Jeff (Beddo) - Friday, May 09, 2003 at 21:08

Friday, May 09, 2003 at 21:08
Just thought I would add the comparison between tail gate and lift back - tail gate good for putting stuff on, the lift back is shelter in the rain - I went for the lift back.Cheers, Beddo
Surf KZN185
<- Yengo NP, Central Coast NSW
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Reply By: Michelle from ExplorOz - Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 01:00

Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 01:00
We've also had both barn and tailgate (or lift-back depending on your point of reference)... the previous comment is really valid - the rain shelter is very handy for a wet snack stop or wet dinner preparation. But the tailgate is not just a food prep table, its also very handy for parents as a nappy change table!!

The major complaint sited above is the difficulty of reaching into the rear when the tailgate is down - I'm only 5"2 and pretty nimble and I tend to kneal up onto the tailgate and reach into the back very easily. If I can't be bothered, David is 6" 2 and has no problems reaching for things, so the tailgate works for us. The fridge situation is a compromise I guess - we have ours mounted ontop of the Roller Drawers and I cannot see into the fridge when standing on the ground. I pull the slide out, then jump up onto the tailgate and look in.

The issue of the height of some tailgates and the lid is valid - however the newer Engels for example have a lid that can be slid off to the slide which is what we do if we want to remove the basket.

All in all, we find the advantages of the tailgate outweigh the disadvantages. As a female, I'm happier with the tailgate option - was getting very annoyed with barn doors on 75 series that swing shut if vehicle not level ... also the dust/rain etc.ExplorOz
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter [SA] - Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 11:07

Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 11:07
Thanks everybody, some good points mentioned. I have had both and while i admit that i miss the tailgate i personally prefer the barn doors Good point about the doors on uneven ground, also when windy.
Cheers Peter
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Reply By: Allan 2 (Pilbara) - Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 18:49

Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 18:49
Barn doors are cool but I am REALLY dissappointed with the Barn doors on my GU. They don't open anywhere near as far as a Cruiser and makes it hard to get to the back when you've got a trailer on. I keep looking at modifying the hinges but my wife won't let me cut it up.
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