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Old 08-14-2013, 10:08 PM   #11
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THANKS to everyone that has responded, truly.

So, after reading everyone's opinons.. I'm thinking anything on the drivers side... that is used for hookups... maybe hinge down.

An access hatch on the passenger side, that maybe used for in/out storage... hinge up? Here in the Pacific NorthWET, rain is a concern. But once hooked up. Shut that hatch down. Under the awning, or a hatch where you might want to in/out stuff... like lawn chairs, etc. hinge UP is a good idea.

Cool, love the opinions and help
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Old 08-15-2013, 05:06 PM   #12
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How about hinge on the side? Stays open without a prop, doesn't tend to fall open, doesn't hit the ground...
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Old 08-15-2013, 05:15 PM   #13
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Hinge top or bottom, not really important to me. My pet peeve is how small it is! We've got this huge storage space under the bed, and this little hatch to access it.

I just bought a new bug screen tent, and had to constrain my selection to one that packs to less than 7.5" tall. I can't carry my little folding side tables in the hatch because they're too wide for it.

If I were building from scratch, I'd have Reace use the largest hatch he could.
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Old 08-15-2013, 05:43 PM   #14
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If I were building from scratch, I'd have Reace use the largest hatch he could.
I think you will find that Reace is using the largest hatch that will work with the awning. If the awning was not there, it would likely be possible to go with a somewhat larger opening.
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:49 PM   #15
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The awning does restrict the width of the hatch, but not the height. An extra inch of height would be very useful.

Plus, even with the awning on one side and the wheel well on the other it should be possible to get another couple of inches of width.
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Old 08-16-2013, 01:05 AM   #16
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It might be worth asking Reace if during the build he'd put the awning further back, where it used to be on the first couple of years of 19s. Then there is room for a 10"x30" hatch (I put one on my 19 and love it). However, the door won't then open all the way to the side of the trailer when the awning is out and the arm's still attached. Everything's a trade-off. I hold my door open in that case with a strap.

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I asked, it is as far back as it will be.
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Why can't the awning leg holder be mounted on the hatch door, thus allowing a bigger door? If you needed to access the hatch, just put the awning leg in the carport position. I don't think there would be that much force on the awning leg would there?
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IMHO, way too much force pushing in when you are opening awning as well as closing.
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Why can't the awning leg holder be mounted on the hatch door, thus allowing a bigger door? If you needed to access the hatch, just put the awning leg in the carport position. I don't think there would be that much force on the awning leg would there?
I think the awning weight combined with some of the wind forces acting on it would be too much for the hatch. Best is to attach the awning leg directly to the body as Escape has done. Also, it would be a real nuisance to have to take the awning leg off the side of the trailer every time you wanted to access the hatch.
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