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Old 01-14-2012, 06:08 PM   #1
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What are these doors for?

I have recently acquired a 2004 33 foot Sandpiper 5th wheel toy hauler. At the bottom of both walls, back behind the wheels, just before the end of the trailer are hatch doors, (one each side). They are about 2 feet long, and about 8 inches tall. They open to the inside of the trailer. No screens, or evidence there ever where any, and no evidence of an enclosure having been built inside the trailer.

You open the door, and you are simply looking into the living space of the rear of the trailer, at floor level.

What are these doors for?

I am thinking of building an enclosure around them on the inside, so I can at least use them for additional storage.
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Old 01-14-2012, 10:04 PM   #2
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Like the ones in this picture?


I have no idea. Perhaps just to allow you to toss things in the "garage" area without having to lower the whole ramp or walking through the rest of the camper.
I used to have a 5th wheel toy hauler, but mine didn't have anything like those. It had a side door to the garage that I used EXTENSIVELY.
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Old 01-14-2012, 10:13 PM   #3
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That's them. I don't get it.
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Access for tie downs?
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:42 PM   #5
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Vents for fresh air or to put a hose from exhaust pipe while running bikes in the garage with ramp closed?
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I have a Work and Play toy hauler, and it has side vents. They open and close both ways, to create a cross breeze to remove gasoline vapor from the garage. I have seen similar vents on other toy haulers, and can only assume that the garage in a toy hauler must be vented. I don't see these in the picture, so I can only assume that when you reach your destination, you should open both, to get rid of any fuel vapors. Gasoline vapors tend to stay withing 12 inches of the ground, or garage floor. If it were me, once in the campground, while checking in, I would open them, and latch them in the up position. Just my guess.
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Old 01-15-2012, 02:21 AM   #7
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I have a Work and Play toy hauler, and it has side vents. They open and close both ways, to create a cross breeze to remove gasoline vapor from the garage. I have seen similar vents on other toy haulers, and can only assume that the garage in a toy hauler must be vented. I don't see these in the picture, so I can only assume that when you reach your destination, you should open both, to get rid of any fuel vapors. Gasoline vapors tend to stay withing 12 inches of the ground, or garage floor. If it were me, once in the campground, while checking in, I would open them, and latch them in the up position. Just my guess.
A good guess, but I would think when the back loading door is opened to unload the toys, and this usually takes at least a half hour, that this would be more than sufficient to vent the toy hauler.
My previous trailer had a small pop out vent in the same location to pop out while driving, but these doors don't look like they are meant to be open in transit.
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:37 AM   #8
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Vents for fresh air or to put a hose from exhaust pipe while running bikes in the garage with ramp closed?

"Vents for fresh air" sounds very logical!
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It looks to be a fire safety / security feature.

Opening the vents from the outside allows the gasoline fumes (heavier than air) to be disbursed even when the garage door of the towhauler is closed. In a "stick-built" house, there is a miimum 3/4 hour fire separation built between the garage and the living quarters, which also effectively blocks fumes. That isn't possible (or likely necessary) in a tow-hauler. Having those vents open allows for someone to sleep in the bed, relatively fume-free, yet allows you the security of keeping the garage door open, and exposing toys or tools to those that might want to "borrow"....

Even with these doors open, I'd consider setting the vent-fans in the living quarters to pull fresh air in rather than blow air out. This would positively pressurize the living quarters, help to keep fumes from entering the living quarters, and help to push fumes out of the garage.
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I neglected to mention, there is not a separate garage on my 5th wheel. The toys are hauled in the living quarters.
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