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Old 05-26-2011, 06:41 PM   #15
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here is one that may work with the opening in the center
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Old 05-27-2011, 09:51 AM   #16
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Here's an access hatch I've put into my '71 Boler restoration. The opening is about 6 x 12." When installed correctly, the size allows for very little distortion to the curve of the shell.
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Old 05-27-2011, 10:14 AM   #17
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Hi, Jim

I'd suggest that you "build out" to a flat plane- build an aluminum frame 2" or so deep and set it into the cutout so that it protrudes where the body curves away. It could be "trimmed" for looks with something flexible,and would give you a flat plane for the door.

Kind of like Trillium's body shape change at the fridge access door (below)

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Old 05-28-2011, 06:40 PM   #18
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This works Joy because you're hinging from the side, which is flat. I still can't fathom a hinge on the top or bottom when the hatch is curved.
But Donna, the whole thing is flat.

So it doesn't make a difference where the hinge is, top, bottom or sides. There is no curve to my hatch. It's only the trailer that is curved so the hatch stuck out a little on th curve and I filled the gap with plumbers putty. I'm just saying it is possible to put a flat hatch on the curve no matter where the hinge is.

And, I agree if the hatch is actually curved then that would be different. I've never seen a curved hatch.
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Old 05-29-2011, 05:11 AM   #19
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Joy I guess you missed the discussion where it was talked about cutting out a curved area and using that or heating up a plastic vent and bending it to the same curved area as the trailer....

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