Continental MH's with habitation door on the 'wrong' side.

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  1. MJG1959

    MJG1959 Read Only Funster

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    Hi folks.

    I asked this in 'another forum' and did get some useful answers but also some got a bit distracted and started a bit of a bun fight. As I say I did get some useful responses though, but am also very interested in answers here too in case somebody missed something.

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    To those who have vans with the habitation doors on the 'wrong' side how much of a problems is this in practice?? I can see it's obviously not an issue abroad but in the UK?

    Is it a none issue? or a bit of a pain. We have seen some continental vans of the right length and with the layout we really like hence our interest. Plus when we park at home the door being on the offside would be useful for loading unloading.

    Thanks for any thoughts.
     
  2. DanielFord

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    Only way I can answer, is that our van has the hab door on the correct side, and whilst travelling in Europe, it did not cause us any issues whatsoever.

    The only time we had to think about it was when parking up on the side of the road, then it was a case of get everyone to leave via the drivers door. In 3 weeks on the continent I think this happened twice. So a bit of a non issue I think.
     
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    IMO... It's a Non issue ...

    actually, never had a motor home with the hab door on the 'right' side .... mine have either been German or American vans

    my new van will also have the hab door on the 'wrong' side..
     
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  4. Peter & Elaine

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    None for us
    Only time we need to takecare is when grandkids are with us so just carefull to ensure they get out passenger door when parked road side
     
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  5. PaulyP

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    Mine is on the "wrong" side, no probs.
    Use cab door if stopped on a busy road.
    Reverse in driveway so Hab door is on the "right" side.
    On site drive in or reverse in so door is where you want it.
     
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  6. Granjan

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    If you don't have a passenger door on the other side would be a bit of a worry, I wouldn't like to have a breakdown or such on a road and not have an option which side to get out of. Haven't really found it a problem on campsites most places don't seem to mind which way we park up, even caravan clubs.
     
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    No problem for us either,

    and as has been mentioned makes it easier for loading / unloading the van at home.

    Andy
     
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    Never been a problem. As everyone else does we make sure we are careful if parked on the side of the road in Britain.
     
  9. Wombles

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    Can be a bit of an issue when pitching on Caravan Club sites or CC rallies with some wardens :( other than that never had any problems with our Chausson.
     
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  10. mike mcglynn

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    Hi, we used to have a Rapido and the only problem was that on some sites like CC sometimes you are facing into some ones door or awning ,and parking at home if you have any obstructions on the off side .
     
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    We've had our Burstner for 3 years and had no problems. As others have said, be sensible when exiting the van on the road side. On sites or rallies where doors facing the same direction are required it's as easy to pitch nose in as nose out.
     
  12. JeanLuc

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    Had our Hymer for 8 years and it's perfect when we are abroad - even better because it's LHD and has a driver's door when many RHD conversions leave you with only a passenger door at the front.
    The hab. door location is a non-issue in the UK - but then I've never been to a Caravan Club site!
    :whistle:
     
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    Can only echo what others have said .........it doesn't feel like the 'wrong' side at home as we reverse on.
    Can't see that it is anything to get hung up about in the slightest:) The most important thing is to get the right layout for you(y)
     
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    never had this issue on a CC site.. and used them extensively with left hooker motorhomes.. even with the RV.. no one bothered..

    I'm filing this in the folder with the gassing myths.:restmycase:
     
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    Both vans we have had have had their doors on the wrong side but in the 16 years it's never been a problem.
     
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    Same as above LHD hymer, not a problem so far.

    I'm more interested in the bun fight, what is there to get het up about?
     
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    I was not, of course, speaking from experience of the CC Jim, but merely reacting to some earlier posts and adding a little light-hearted banter.
     
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    I've had both and to be honest I've not noticed any difference sorry(y)
     
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    never thought otherwise.. ;)
     
  20. DanielFord

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    Indeed, can't see it myself. If we're honest, how often do we park at the roadside? Even though mine is one the correct side, I always try to pull into a car park, or a protected lay-by, thus it matters not a jot which side the hab door is on!

    Honestly some people get so worked up about the slightest things :LOL:
     
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