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Old 11-22-2021, 02:17 PM   #1
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345 Motorhome driver door retrofit

Has anyone installed a driver access door in an Airstream 345 Motorhome? If so, I would love your ideas on how it was done and what door frame was used in the retrofit. Working on a shipment overseas and need to have a driver door installed to meet the compliance requirement. Thank you in avance for any assistance you can provide... Cheers!
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Installing a door next to the driver in a 345 would be an incredibly difficult if not impossible task. For starters the front cockpit framework is fabricated as a unit. There are two cross braces running parallel to the floor in the area where the seat pad sits to help protect the driver in a side collision.

I would think removing those two braces would be a serious detriment to driver safety.

Another aspect would be how to deal with the cockpit window. You would have to come up with a complete rework of that window to cut it into two sections. I'm not even sure how a person could do that.

About the only sane option for a door on the drivers side would be to install a normal entry door right behind the driver. That would be a relatively straight forward task that would probably be doable.

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I find it interesting that a drivers side cockpit door is required but not a passenger side cockpit door. Apparently whatever country you're thinking about importing the coach to doesn't care about the passengers.

If you're serious about installing a door and one behind the driver is acceptable I have a door and frame assembly from a 345 that would likely work.

Good luck in whichever path you decide to take!

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