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Old 03-13-2015, 04:40 PM   #1
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19 under bed exterior hatch size

Anyone know what the largest exterior hatch, for the area under rear bed, that can go on a new 19?

I saw someone mention that the latest location of the awning brackets interferes with it getting a larger hatch. Just want to know specifics, if possible.
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Old 03-13-2015, 07:14 PM   #2
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I installed a bigger hatch (10x30") in my '09 19, and think it's one of the very best things I've done to it. No way you'll get my size on the newer 19s; you may have to locate one near you (there are several), measure the space available, and then talk it over with the hatch mfg. co. You'd also probably have to cut to relocate the exterior 120v outlet. I bet you can significantly improve on the wimpy 9x16" hatch, though.

If you can figure out the size you need, it may be possible to have the mfg. co. send it to the factory and be installed during the build. However, Reace saw mine at Bandon several years ago, and didn't like the way it looked; he thought it appeared disproportionate. I don't. ;>)

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Old 03-13-2015, 07:35 PM   #3
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Do you have any pictures Bruce?
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I believe the hatch presently installed by the factory is the largest allowed since ETI moved the awning bracket awhile back.
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I saw someone mention that the latest location of the awning brackets interferes with it getting a larger hatch. Just want to know specifics, if possible.
Yes, not too long after the first 19's came out in 2009, did the awning move, not allowing a larger hatch.

I know since I did mine, that I sent the build sheet from Vision Manufacturing to Bruce and Cathy (who is selling her 19 right now).

It is an absolutely fantastic feature. I now store stuff in stacked clear Rubbermaid containers, and everything is nice and accessible.

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However, Reace saw mine at Bandon several years ago, and didn't like the way it looked; he thought it appeared disproportionate. I don't. ;>)
When he first saw me after doing it, he never mentioned anything about appearance, just said "Way to go" with a roll of his eyes. I guess that lots of people were asking for it, but by this time he could not accommodate them, and had to say no.
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Old 03-13-2015, 10:34 PM   #6
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At first I was tempted to respond and say the current hatch works just fine for us. But looking at your larger hatch I can see that it'd be a lot more usable for some items. I've managed to put my head and shoulders in to do work as an alternative to hoisting up the heavy mattress to get access to the hatch under it. But being able to have much more access from the side would be really handy.

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Old 03-13-2015, 11:10 PM   #7
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It's not just that it is better to get some things in, it just makes everything more accessible, without moving the stuff in front around. It also lets in a lot more light.
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I guess at this point I'd need to see a picture of the current hatch-awning placement to see if there's any chance of a bigger hatch.
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Whether you can use a larger hatch has some to do with where the rear arm is attached for the awning and whether or not you have a u-shape dinette with dual 6v batteries. The batteries in Ten Forward are on the rear passenger side. A larger hatch wouldn't do me any good as a section of the hatch would be blocked by the battery box. And, the awning arm.
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Old 03-14-2015, 02:55 PM   #10
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I guess at this point I'd need to see a picture of the current hatch-awning placement to see if there's any chance of a bigger hatch.
After seeing Jim's photos I thought the larger hatch would be worth doing so I did take a closer look at the area both to answer your original question and to see if a larger hatch on mine was feasible.

OK, mine being a 2014 it has the current smaller hatch. Distance from the aft edge of hatch frame to awning bracket is 2", hatch is 19" and the distance to the edge of the electrical outlet is 2 1/2".

So the widest hatch I could install would be about 23 1/2".

The whole awning assembly could move aft 1 1/2" without the door hitting it when fully open. If a person could convince ETI to move the whole awning assembly aft an 1 1/2" then the maximum width of a hatch would be about 25".

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