Rear doors hitting back of van instead of stopper....

Rusty Nuts

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Oct 5, 2019
5
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AT Tribute T669 PVC
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22 years caravanning, new to motorhoming......
Hi there,

I have a Autotrail tribute T669, when I put rear doors right around the window hits the back of van instead of The stop doing its job...

has anyone else had this issue?

is there a solution?

many thanks
Rusty
 
Feb 26, 2019
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N00B !
I think it's a common "design feature". The door stop is part of the original van, being mounted to the corner post. It would sort of work OK (not sure about the eventual dent in the door itself) if it were a solid door of the original Panel Van. But the converters then fit a nice bulbous double glazed window that projects just a tad more than the original metalwork.

Only solution is a restraint strap of some form to stop the door opening more than 90 degrees.
 
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Rusty Nuts

Rusty Nuts

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I would accept the problem if the doors would not go past 90 degrees but as they do I need a solution, dealers have not heard of this......aye right!!

Rusty
 
Aug 22, 2017
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Wildax Europa PVC
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Since 2014 -- cycle-camper before that
Only solution is a restraint strap of some form to stop the door opening more than 90 degrees.
In our case the converter (Wildax) has fitted restraint straps. It looks like it would be an easy retro-fit option.
 
Oct 7, 2013
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28,463
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Swift Select 144 PVC
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Since 1988
The rear doors on our Swift PVC open only to 90 degrees.

The windows still foul the rear end of the m/h if open. Fortunately, like you, we spotted the conflict before damage was done. There doesn’t seem to any way to prevent this so we make sure the windows are closed before opening the doors.
 
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Rusty Nuts

Rusty Nuts

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Had a look at other vans and they have a button you have to press to let the door right round, ours have not got a button so the doors just swing round with a bit of resistance at 90 degrees. not too keen if it’s a bit windy!

Rusty
 

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Had a look at other vans and they have a button you have to press to let the door right round, ours have not got a button so the doors just swing round with a bit of resistance at 90 degrees. not too keen if it’s a bit windy!

Rusty
Our Globecar Campscout has this ... I think in high winds it might blow past the 90 degreees though, always wary!
 
Sep 23, 2014
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Since 1964 Gosh that makes me feel old.
Our Globecar Campscout has this ... I think in high winds it might blow past the 90 degreees though, always wary!
Sadly its just another one of FIAT's poor design's, they seem to build the Ducato to a that'll do standard & absolutely no more.
If you've ever owned a Sprinter PVC the problems with the Ducato become glaringly obvious.
 
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RogerThat

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There's a couple of threads on the ASOF forum about 2019 PVCs having no restrictors fitted which has resulted in shattered glass windows :(
 
Jul 15, 2009
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7,503
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Had this issue with my 2019 compass avantgarde cv20 on a fiat base,contacted fiat customer care using there email address and raised the issue and they have arranged for my local fiat professional to retro fit the door button that stops the door going past 90 degrees unless pressed to release the door.
good result from Fiat
 
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Rusty Nuts

Rusty Nuts

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Oct 5, 2019
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AT Tribute T669 PVC
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22 years caravanning, new to motorhoming......
Had this issue with my 2019 compass avantgarde cv20 on a fiat base,contacted fiat customer care using there email address and raised the issue and they have arranged for my local fiat professional to retro fit the door button that stops the door going past 90 degrees unless pressed to release the door.
good result from Fiat
Ours is a 2019 as well, don’t know why they changed as I think 2018 had the buttons, maybe I should do the same!!
Thanks for that....👍
 
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Wonder how many people will pretend they are a gust of wind at the NEC? Looks like yet another thing that needs to be added to the check list of specification items on any new van purchase.
 
Sep 12, 2013
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61
Devon
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28,050
MH
Adria Twin
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Since 2000
Had this issue with my 2019 compass avantgarde cv20 on a fiat base,contacted fiat customer care using there email address and raised the issue and they have arranged for my local fiat professional to retro fit the door button that stops the door going past 90 degrees unless pressed to release the door.
good result from Fiat
This appears to be the best solution. Presumably though, like ours the rear door trim will need to be drilled through to fit the button. It’d be good to view how they’ve done it once they’ve completed it.
 
Jul 19, 2019
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Campervan
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Since 2017
Hi all, we have a 4 month old Elddis CV40 on a Fiat base, it was subject to a recall as rear doors opened well past 190 degrees. First time out after collection the wind caused rear offside door to open onto rear panel and the bike rack inflicted a deep 4inch dent on it! Dealer was only “mildly” interested, Elddis were “surprised” and we were very very miffed. Quoted £425 inc Vat to repair it, immediately started potential claim via Consumer Act stating that vehicle was/is unfit for purpose as cannot risk using the factory fitted bike rack! I believe that we were amongst the first of many to bring this problem to the attention of Elddis (on the current range). The dealer claimed that customers find out about this kind of problem long before they do. Today we collected our beloved van from the dealers and they had repaired it under warranty, fitted an extra set of door restraints-THE REAR DOORS STILL OPEN TO 180 DEGREES! Over four months and the saga continues, also on returning from the dealers (round trip 70miles/3hours) we opened a letter from Elddis stating that a battery vent pipe should have been fitted on PDI and that it “might” be in packaging within the battery box-it was’t and Is’nt! So dealer was informed and again “mildly” interested “we need to order the warranty bits” so you will have to bring it in again. Elddis included copies of handbook amendment pages and details of how to fit a vent pipe complete with photos, this indicates acceptance of liability but again we are very miffed!
We will through perseverance, patience and humour soon be able to enjoy stress free motorhoming irregardless of over 6 major and more than 8 minor faults that have conspired to spoil our pleasure.
 
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