Roger that Robin!
I bit the bullet on a truck tailgate. I found a good deal on one for $40, all I need to do is buy the handle for $20 and install it.
Then I get to figure out how to install it on the bus after the roof raise! It has to be secure, obviously, and I have to work with its curvature but I should be able to fabricate hinge and latching posts fairly easily, then it's just a matter of weather sealing it.
It's 5' wide which gives me just over a foot on each end, provided I center it which I might not considering I am planning on putting the potable water tanks in the garage. If I place them to one side as planned then there is no need to center the gate. If I don't center the gate then I'll have more access all the way to the corner on that side.
It came off an '01 Silverado 1500 and is 21" high which has got to be typical. Still, I was planning for a 24" height in whatever rear access solution I came up with in order to reach the full height of the bed platform. I'll prolly keep the bed at ~24" because I need that much height in the garage for the WVO system I want to eventually install.
Speaking of which, does anyone have experience with a WVO conversion? My WVO plan is to put two 50gal tanks plus the centrifugal filter and membrane filters all in the left side of the garage (when facing front). I'm guesstimating on the height I'll need based on some pics and videos I've seen. My plan is to keep the components in the garage which the tailgate will make fully accessible from the rear (I'll also get at them from above with the hinged bed platform).
I thought for a long time about how to create a gravity-feed system but the height required made it really impractical (approaching 4'). So I then started to consider installing two little 12v diesel pumps between the two tanks which made putting them in the 24" garage more do-able. Anybody have any thoughts on this?
As always, THANKS in advance!