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Old 08-28-2015, 03:15 PM   #1
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Door on *wrong* side of trailer -- fix possible?

This is purely hypothetical, but I am curious.

Say we had a European FGRV in the US, and wanted to do a frame up restoration (the the shell removed).

If the door really needed to be on the curb side, would it work to turn the body front to back when putting it back on the frame? Providing the shape was fairly Boler-like, so similar or identical in front and back?
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Probably a lot harder then it would seem at first.

A Trillium and Boler both have a step up to the dinette, which is also in the frame.

A Willerby is built on what looks like a corrugated fiberglass base that the frame is recessed into. What little frame they have.
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At some point a few of these trailers need a complete new frame. At that time, wouldn't a reverse be possible?

(I realize the door would be hinged on the wrong side.)
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At some point a few of these trailers need a complete new frame. At that time, wouldn't a reverse be possible?

(I realize the door would be hinged on the wrong side.)
Sorry, but it begs asking. With all the current problems and dilemmas you already have going on with this thing, do you really want to take on something like this to further add to your problems? And having the door open the wrong way isn't Kosher either.
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It would be different from trailer to trailer.

In my previous example of Trilliums and Bolers, The back is higher so it is less likely to drag on the ground. Putting the step up on the front would require the back to be lower. Not ideal.

The Willerby is much worse. Below the floor the fibreglass is wavy, but in a pattern. That pattern forms a channel for the frame. There is no channel for a tongue at the rear. I am no expert on this design, but I suspect you would have to cut at floor level and spin it 180, then re-fibreglass the two together. This assumes that the shape is symmetrical front to back, which it probably is not.

But like I said, I am no expert.
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*HYPOTHETICAL*

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Sorry, but it begs asking. With all the current problems and dilemmas you already have going on with this thing, do you really want to take on something like this to further add to your problems? And having the door open the wrong way isn't Kosher either.
Casita Greg,

Thank you for your concern.

This was a hypothetical question, because I was just CURIOUS. My trailer is perfect, and the door is on the curbside where it belongs.
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It would be different from trailer to trailer.

In my previous example of Trilliums and Bolers, The back is higher so it is less likely to drag on the ground. Putting the step up on the front would require the back to be lower. Not ideal.

The Willerby is much worse. Below the floor the fibreglass is wavy, but in a pattern. That pattern forms a channel for the frame. There is no channel for a tongue at the rear. I am no expert on this design, but I suspect you would have to cut at floor level and spin it 180, then re-fibreglass the two together. This assumes that the shape is symmetrical front to back, which it probably is not.

But like I said, I am no expert.
That DOES sound more complicated than it needs to be. But I am remembering that fellow on this forum who cut his trailer in half and added 4 feet to the middle(!), so wondered if this reversal was another possible mod.
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The door on our previous Scamp popped ope while driving on several occasions. The direction of travel and the wind held the door shut . If the door was reversed as you suggest
then we would have lost the door, damaged the trailer body and possibly caused an accident,
There are reasons things are built the way they are and aesthetic being only one of them.
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LOL.

Maybe the thing to do is turn the door upside down.
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Hummm, maybe instead of hacking into the trailer to move the door... if you're getting a new frame, put the entire trailer on the frame backwards? If it's the right shape, would it really matter which was the front? It would make the interior backwards too, but that may be perfectly acceptable...

Airstreams are known for their backward doors.
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.............................the door is on the curbside where it belongs.
Owners of Little Joe, Lite House, Hunter and Lil Snoozy trailers might beg to differ.
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Hummm, maybe instead of hacking into the trailer to move the door... if you're getting a new frame, put the entire trailer on the frame backwards? If it's the right shape, would it really matter which was the front? It would make the interior backwards too, but that may be perfectly acceptable...

Airstreams are known for their backward doors.
Donna, I agree. Some of these seem identical in shape (front and back), and does the backwards interior really make a difference? Possibly only in terms of weight, but if we're building a new frame anyway...

I think my Kencraft had a backward door also, but would have to look at old photos to be sure.
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I really want to believe that travel trailers are actually engineered and not based on some tradition or vision. There is no reason that things can't be changed or improved, but I'd also want to believe that that is re-engineering.

Engineering results can be anywhere in the spectrum from failed crap the to the truly elegant. I try to make believe that the crap end doesn't exist. Tooth fairy anyone??

I've seen some sailboats that in no way resembled the design they were based on and were wonderful boats. I've seen others that I wouldn't want to sink because I wouldn't want to offend the muck on the bottom.

If I grok you right LP, you are thinking about how to make things better. That is always a worthwhile exercise.
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If I grok you right LP, you are thinking about how to make things better. That is always a worthwhile exercise.
Minke, you've got me grokked. I lay awake nights thinking how to make *things* better. When my kids (grown) have any kind of problem, they always ask me first, and I grind my teeth until I come up with a solution or a workaround.

Thank you for understanding instead of criticizing; I enjoy this kind of discussion.
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