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Old 03-27-2023, 09:44 PM   #1
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2500ts wet bay door

Has anyone removed there wet bay door and frame and reinstalled it with the hinge at the bottom instead of the top. For the life of me I cannot figure out why sunseeker installs these doors that swing up. If your bedroom closet slide is out it is very difficult for us older folk to hold up the door with your head and try to locate your tank valves and pull them. Even with the slide in, it still is not easy. Anybody see a problem with my plan? I emailed sunseeker with my plan but they haven't replied yet. Most of the doors swing down why not the wet bay?
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Old 03-28-2023, 10:04 AM   #2
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Has anyone removed there wet bay door and frame and reinstalled it with the hinge at the bottom instead of the top. For the life of me I cannot figure out why sunseeker installs these doors that swing up. If your bedroom closet slide is out it is very difficult for us older folk to hold up the door with your head and try to locate your tank valves and pull them. Even with the slide in, it still is not easy. Anybody see a problem with my plan? I emailed sunseeker with my plan but they haven't replied yet. Most of the doors swing down why not the wet bay?
The answer to your question is because if the sewer termination compartment door opened downward you would not be able to access your sewer connection.
You could work around your issue, which is the same on my 2800, by fabricating a retaining hook. One end behind the thumb lock door pull and the other behind slide outer facia when the slide is closed. That pretty much relies on the wardrobe slide being closed for sewer hook up and dump/disconnect.

At that point the only time you would need the reach under the slide is if you needed to dump multiple times. In order to get around that you would need to fabricate a handle extension (grab it) or install electric valves.

My biggest problem was getting to the ride-rite valve buried in the compartment. I solved that by moving the valve(s).

For keeping the door open with the slide open I used an adjustable hiking pole.

You can flip the door over if you want but may have an ugly if your door is multi colored via FBP.
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You can get the door number off the manufacturers sticker that should be on the inside of the door and call them (probably Challenger) and have them make you a left handed hinge door with a nice slam latch/lock. IMO swing away is much better than up or down.

YMMV
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Old 03-28-2023, 12:32 PM   #3
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Thank you for replying to my post. I agree 100% about that the side swing doors would solve the problem. Then my question would be why don't they use them? I use my walking cane to hold up the door when in that compartment. On my 2019 model I have the waste master sewage management system so I never remove the hose from the valve. So I would probably just leave the door open and never have to unhook my water supply or sewage hose. I would not need to feed the hoses thru the round access hole. If I felt I needed it I would probably fabricate a screen to keep out pests or rodents. Its a shame owners have solve a problem the designers created. I guess they never consider the older campers or even camp in the rvs they design.
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Old 03-28-2023, 12:47 PM   #4
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From Amazon…….I installed an RV door clip to hold the wet bay door open (when the slide is in) (see photo)

Here’s some photos of the side of my rig with slide in
Close up with door closed
Close up with door open

Please excuse the dirt….it’s not quite spring cleaning time up here yet.
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Old 03-28-2023, 12:54 PM   #5
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Our Sunseeker 2440DS has the bed slide above the wet bay. The door opens upwards. The factory installed a clip to hold the door up. These clips are readily available in the aftermarket, but ours came with it. Yes, the bay is awkward to access with the slide out, but that is a result of the slide being there, not the door design.

I certainly would not want the door to swing downward as I wouldn’t be able to get to the hose entry hole in the bay floor. The only problem I see is that the factory possibly forgot to install the clip on your unit. We have a holding clip for the water pump bay on the passenger side, too.

Sorry for the dark photos. The RV is inside a building with not much light on that side.
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Old 03-28-2023, 12:55 PM   #6
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That would definitely help when the slide is in but not when attempting to empty tanks.
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Old 03-28-2023, 01:03 PM   #7
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That would definitely help when the slide is in but not when attempting to empty tanks.
We’re just offering OUR modifications.
Turns out there’s a number of top hinged doors on several makes and models, and if you have a model without slides, the clips work fine to hold the door open.

Emptying tanks with the slide open does cause an access obstacle, but that would only happen at full service sites with the slide open.

If you empty at the pump out stations, the slides are in, and there’s no access obstacle.
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Old 03-28-2023, 01:07 PM   #8
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That would definitely help when the slide is in but not when attempting to empty tanks.
I guess I don’t understand your dilemma. With our door clipped up almost full vertical, the door is not in the way whether the slide is in or out. It’s almost as if there’s no door there.

If your slide is different than ours, and would not allow full door opening, then perhaps there’s a way to install a gas spring support on the door.

Posting a photo of your motorhome’s configuration might help members understand the situation.
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With the slide out the door cannot be opened completely, only to about 90 degrees. I've used duct tape temporarity to hold it up, I don't see how a clip could be used with the slide out, it would help with the slide in.
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I guess I don’t understand your dilemma. With the door clipped up almost full vertical, the door is not in the way whether the slide is in or out. It’s almost as if there’s no door there.
If zbevoman has a layout like my Sunseeker, the slide WOULD BE IN THE WAY of opening the compartment door upwards, like my photos below in post #4 show ONLY WITH SLIDE IN.

Your bedroom slide on your 2440 model is much higher up from the ground than our models. See photos attached.
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Old 03-28-2023, 02:19 PM   #11
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With the slide out the door cannot be opened completely, only to about 90 degrees. I've used duct tape temporarity to hold it up, I don't see how a clip could be used with the slide out, it would help with the slide in.
I understand better now, seeing the photos posted.
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This is what the OP is talking about (aboot). The slide is so close the door will not even open fully with the slide closed.
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In summary……

This is yet another thread where it’s important to post the year, make, and model of anyone asking about the operational issues with their motorhome.

There’s slight differences between Forester and Sunseeker, usually in trim levels of very similar layouts. However, just saying you have a Sunseeker or Forester is not enough for others to actually assist anyone who posts here. Assuming your rig does not have the problem as posted, cannot guarantee others don’t have one. And as always…..photos are always best. That motto still stands…..

“A picture is worth a thousand words” or “….worth 1600 in Canadian”.
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Old 03-28-2023, 06:47 PM   #14
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In this case I do not think it matters although some may need the reference.
The 2500TS the OP referenced has been around for 10 years and the basic floor plan has not changed. In 2015 when the GTS series was introduced, that same basic slide layout was incorporated into the 2800 but with 3’ additional length, it allowed for a larger corner shower in the bedroom and a 4th slide opposing the 2500s dinette slide.
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With the slide out the door cannot be opened completely, only to about 90 degrees. I've used duct tape temporarity to hold it up, I don't see how a clip could be used with the slide out, it would help with the slide in.

I installed gas struts on my wet bay and rear compartment doors, like you said I was tired of using my head. Installation was pretty easy, it was awhile ago and I can’t remember where I ordered them from but I’m still looking.
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Old 03-28-2023, 10:43 PM   #16
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Holding up the door is only part of the problem that struts definitely would help. Being over seventy with a bad back and arthritic knees the top swing door requires me to be on my knees just to pull my dump handles. Bottom swinging doors would permit me pull the handles standing up. I guess there is no structural reason for the top hinged door, only the loss of the use of the round access hole. I think I can live with leaving the door open and leaving my water supply and sewage hoses mounted all the time. I will proceed with my plan and report back with the results. Thank you to all who responded and tried to help.
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This is yet another thread where it’s important to post the year, make, and model of anyone asking about the operational issues with their motorhome.

There’s slight differences between Forester and Sunseeker, usually in trim levels of very similar layouts. However, just saying you have a Sunseeker or Forester is not enough for others to actually assist anyone who posts here. Assuming your rig does not have the problem as posted, cannot guarantee others don’t have one. And as always…..photos are always best. That motto still stands…..

“A picture is worth a thousand words” or “….worth 1600 in Canadian”.
The OP initially identified their Sunseeker as a 2500TS, which I am aware is a triple slide 27 footer. I was negligent in that I didn’t search for an online photo of an example of this model to learn the relationship between the bedroom closet slide and the wet bay door before attempting to assist. However photos posted in the thread are always helpful amd timesaving.
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