Drivers door on European A class

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  1. kiwicamper

    kiwicamper Read Only Funster

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    Me again.

    Is it common for A class vehicles imported from Europe in RHD config. to have the drivers door remain on the left hand side? i.e. it becomes the passenger door and no door except habitation on right hand side.

    Any one got any comments on Lowdham Leisureworld of gunthorpe as dealers.
     
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    British built A class.....if there are any still made and i think Machzone were the last ones....all have the drivers door on the right, for obvious reasons.
    the hab door is always on the left.

    mainland European built vans will have the hab door on the right on both RHD (export) and LHD (domestic) models.

    the idea is you will always, in the country of origin at least, step onto the footpath side from the hab door and not into traffic.
     
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    Understand the Hab door stays on the right ,do they not come with a drivers door when RHD?
    As you say no one wants to step into traffic , our hab doors are all on the left here.
    Even in the semi intergrated i was looking at before the hab door was on the right but being a van conversion it had both drivers and passenger doors.
     
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    I dont think many European A class have a drivers or passengers door at all...left or right hand drive.
    just the hab door for all access.
     
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    The model I am looking at has a drivers door as part of an optional package , which includes other features such as cab air conditioning. Bit pointless though if it's on the lefthand side:RollEyes:
     
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    I think if its an optional, and expensive, extra it will be on the same side as the steering wheel...regardless of drive side

    in my experience they arent worth the trouble fitting one.

    my American A class has a drivers door, obviously on the l/h side, but is too high to be of any real use having a single step built in the bodywork which is a bit flimsy to say the least.

    i only really use it to access the floor mounted (between seat and door) hydraulic control panel for the levelling jacks and slide-out.
     
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    My Burstner a hab door and a drivers door. I think most Burstners are this way.
     
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    Kiwi's question is regarding which side will the drivers door be on if the van is an optional right hand drive model.

    will the builders fit the drivers door on the right hand side...or will it remain on the left as per domestic model.
     
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    On our Hymer we have a drivers door on the left hand side even though it's a right hand drive. We never use it at all we only use the hab door.

    If it was an extra we wouldn't pay for it. I have seen some A Classes with no doors except the hab door.

    Sonja
     
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    Cheers . most helpful.
    Our plans are starting to come together now. hymer is our preffered option.
     
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    thats what i suspected.

    the European manufacturers arent going to have two versions of the body (left and right handed doors) when the right hand drive model will be low volume sales.....far to expensive to do.
     
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    i believe Rapido offer it as an option at about 2K
     
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    two thousand quid for a door......they're having a laugh aint they !!!!
     
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    Pretty expensive but probably justifiable for resale value once vehicle is back in NZ.
    As you say problem is Hab door means you are stepping out into traffic.

    Our idea is that if this trip is successful , we will do it again in a couple of years and travel the continent .
    Will sell the hymer in NZ to help fund the trip.
     
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    my Euramobil is right hand drive andi have both driver and passenger doors. Habitation door is on offside of vehicle so have to be carefull when exiting in UK.
     
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    Strangely enough I assumed since I called it a drivers door it was obvious.
    But anyway it is on the offside. So the correct side for the UK
     
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    My previous van was a RHD Burstner Elegance 821. Only cab door was on the left. Driver's side just had a sliding window with the gas locker below. Later models have 2 cab doors.

    Re Lowdham's: suggest a thorough read of the thread entitled Are we the only ones having after sales problems http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/how/53935-we-only-ones-having-after-sales-problems.html
     
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    Lowdhams judging by that thread are a bit dodgy:Eek!:
    Our other option is Highbridge caravans in Somerset any similar bad reviews of them?
     
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    Highbridge are very good dealers and extremely helpful - I certainly woudl recommend them - when we bought our former Chausson Flash 04 new in 2010 we drove 250 miles to get it from them, partly due to the great price but also because they were a good dealer.
     
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