Which way is your MH door hinged?

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  1. Linda and Steph

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    We popped into Marquis last week to ask about getting a Fiamma handle fitted. We were told that the door on our Majestic 165 is very unusual in that it is hinged on the right (opens to the rear of the vehicle).

    So, quick survey thing - if you have a RHD van with the habitation door on the passenger side, which way is your door hinged?
     
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    The hinges should always be at the front of the van
    If it is not fastened or closed then the wind force will hold it shut or close it
    If the other way around it will be held open or flap outwards
     
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    Having said that I can see two caravans from where I'm sitting that contradict that. Common sense and safety should prevail
     
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    If the hinges are to the rear they were always known as " suicide doors " for obvious reasons.
     
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    I've seen them hinged both ways, as said you would think it was common sense to have them hinged on the front .. but is it such an issue ?

    Let's say you forget to close and drive off .. hinged at the rear and it will simply stay open.. you will soon notice and stop... hinged on the front and it might close .. maybe not if it's on a latch.. or it may slam shut and break the catch ?

    I don't particularly see it as a safety issue.. nor do some motor manufacturers..

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    Totally agree that this is the way it should be :thumb:

    And by the way, the Ace has the habitation door hinged correctly too
     
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    Does it really matter unless you are prone to daftness
     
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    if you have a lhd the hab door will be hinged on the right:Doh:

    this picture from their site 03513A01-_b.jpg

    I never believe much the dealers tell me
     
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    There is probably a reason to hang to the rear..

    for example.. some vans have a fridge right by the door.. if it opened across the vents that would be poor design.. or perhaps a cassette toilet hatch.. not a real issue but not convenient.
     
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    Our hinge is on the left, towards the front of the van
     
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    Certain that at one time there was a ruling that all doors must be hinged on the leading edge.
    Off for a little chat with Mr Google to see how good the memory is.
     
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    We have a CI David Bowie limited edition, so the door swings both ways.
     
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    The car in question and all the latest cars with front opening rear doors have a electronic interlock to stop the doors opening when in motion and or stopping the car starting if the doors are not shut, so not quite the same as the habitation door on a motorhome/ caravan,
     
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    Do people generally sit by the hab door in in motorhome .. or indeed a caravan .. that would be illegal on the move.

    the only type I can think of is a PVC where there is sometimes a seat by the sliding door.. and that opens backwards.. no interlock, no start inhibit.. in fact white van man can be seen driving with it open..

    the main point I made was I didn't see it as a safety issue.. nor obviously do the manufacturers ..

    anyway.. I fail to see why you thought it necessary to point that out..
     
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    Just pointing out that the current rear hinged doors on the latest vehicle are deemed a safety issue! Otherwise the manufactures wouldn't have bothered with the electronics to stop them being used when in motion,

    my motorhome does have a seat next to the habitation door, but my door is front hinged so isn't a factor,

    I consider these forums to be a good way of exchanging information to everybody benefit and not to get into a P---ing contest:Doh:
     
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    It's obvious why it was pointed out :Laughing:
    You chose to use it in support of your point of view and it is shown to be a bad example
     
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    I've just checked the specs of the current Majestic range,

    Rear hinges - 125, 155, 165, 175
    Front hinges - 105, 115, 140, 145, 180, 195

    Our 2010 Autoquest 180 also had rear hinges.

    I always double-check windows, doors and lockers before driving so I'm not too worried about the safety issues.
     
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    Do you mean the imaginary safety issues
     
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