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Old 04-26-2015, 10:05 PM   #11
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Not having a ramp makes it easier.....my first thought was a ramp, since I assumed you wanted the back to open to bring in something BIG.

Personally, if I was to go thru the trouble of cutting into the back I would definitely have it so I could just open it up from the top, preferably with hydraulic "thingies" (sorry, I'm just a woman who doesn't know all them fancy names for things), so it doesn't just open and knock some sense into me and have me a nice back porch (with a canopy for rainy days).

Also, having a nice level spot where you can work on whatever it is you plan to bring on board, without having to kneel down and/or bend over. I picture having the "new door" sheet metaled for ease in cleaning and walking on and of course with rubber sealing all around for creating an air type opening and protection for myself while it's open.

Darn, sure wish we had the health and time to do something like that on our bus.

Sorry I don't have pictures to show you what I mean, but it seems pretty straightforward.

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Old 04-26-2015, 10:18 PM   #12
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Old 04-26-2015, 10:51 PM   #13
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... preferably with hydraulic "thingies" (sorry, I'm just a woman who doesn't know all them fancy names for things)...
Don't sell yourself short. I know LOTS of guys who don't know the name for them either
Am I correct in thinking that you mean "rams" ?
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Old 04-26-2015, 11:51 PM   #14
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I will think on this. I may already have an idea, but I don't know if this will be beyond the level of your building skills or beyond the level of your desire to have something different.
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Old 04-27-2015, 09:10 AM   #15
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The best source for what I THINK you're describing is "trunk hinges" off eBay. I've used this exact unit in another project and it held a fairly heavy (80lbs) canopy upright in a stiff wind:



BMW E46 99 05 Steel Blue Trunk Hinges Mounts Shocks Joints Left Right Set | eBay

These trunk hinges use a hydraulic cylinder but don't search with that as the term - you're more likely to find bottle jacks and hydraulic equipment that way. In the auto industry they're referred to as "gas struts" and you'll find a million options with that as your search term.

Usually they're threaded at one or both ends, and you can get a variety of attachments. The standard setup has a ring end that bolts onto a mounting bracket, and the other end has a ball socket with a quick-release clip. That goes to another mounting bracket that has a ball to go into the socket. You can get these in all shapes and layouts, right angles, etc.

They're also available in a huge array of lengths and strengths.

Or did you want something else?
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I was thinking more on the lines of what is on vans & suvs that open & close the rear door. You know like when you lift open the door you only have to get it so far and then this hydraulic "lifter/thingie" takes over and vice/versa when closing. Or is something like that only good when the door is hinged at the top and not on the bottom?
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Old 04-28-2015, 08:02 AM   #17
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Do you mean the electrically-actuated ones? They're functionally identical to the brackets I posted above, they just add an electric actuator to "assist" with the process. Search for "power liftgate".

Power Liftgate Actuator Left Fits 10 15 Chevrolet Equinox | eBay
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Note: these parts are expensive and not exactly plug-and-play. Most of them are designed to lift very heavy weights while still being a compact package themselves. The brackets they attach to can be under hundreds of pounds of stress. You need strong attach points and for the cylinders/struts to be in exactly the right spots. It's easy to do these wrong.
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So far I have found this. Fast forward to 2:15.




Found it here.

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f11/ca...-bus-3422.html


Or this found here. new toy hauler - ATVConnection.com ATV Enthusiast Community

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This is what I had in mind.

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