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I had posted a thread to get ideas for interior rear door handles. In particular, I wanted the handles to reside in the indents that turned out to be provisions for rear window wiper motors.
There are a couple of good pictures and diagrams of the rear doors on that thread, which may be of continuing value. It was noted that Orton had already found a nice handle, which is available on Amazon. He had mounted a single handle vertically on the right-hand door, using existing holes.
I wanted two handles, rather than just one on the right-hand door. When I did my initial camping test, I found I was using the rear doors a lot, and found myself standing on the rear bumper, reaching for the outer or upper edges of the doors, to close them.
So, it all worked out great. I used dabs from a hot glue gun to test the positions of the handles. I wanted them to match -- difficult to eyeball, due to curves, angles and shadows. It turned out there's a limit to how much one can obsess over the positions, as the door insets have a slightly different "vertical" angle... the forward edge of the right-hand handle dips a bit, as compared to the left-hand setup.
Also, I found the area of the lower rear door to be deceptively large -- that is, a good-sized area to be insulated.
HEY, you can see my finger-slot interior door latch in the photo. Is there another type of latch, with a lever or protrusion? I get the impression there is. I'd like to know what it looks like, as I might try to get one, or modify the one I have.
My bed platform extends all the way to the back doors. The rounded edge of the platform is only 1/4" from the back doors when they are closed. Unfortunately that means I can't reach the back door finger latch. I don't like not being able to open the back door for an emergency or even just fresh air. I'd love to mount a door handle to open the door in the same area you attached your grab handle. When I took off the door panel it looks like something could be attached to push the finger latch down, but I'd like the handle to function by pulling out or up so I won't accidentally open the door leaning against the handle. Right now I'm thinking of a cable that pulls on a lever attached to the inside of the finger latch, but that's a bit crude. If anyone knows a better option please post.
I like the way you think. Yes, I think it would be possible to devise an alternate actuator for the door latch. This is from memory... The finger-slot has an apron or flashing on the lower-left, that's designed to cover the hole when in resting position. My inclination would be to put a hole in the flashing, then run a stiff push-rod up to the top of the door. In its simplest form, think of it protruding as another door lock stem -- you would push down on it to open the door.
One possible problem would be the durability of the plastic flashing, when used this way. Also note that using cable would likely be more complex, requiring fixed anchor points, and maybe a loop to have pull direction from 8 o'clock on the flashing. OTOH, a very stiff cable in a tube might able to work from directly above, as with the push-rod.
I'm just starting to work on my bed. I considered going all the way to the door, but have decided, instead, to save the 3+ inches of aisle space, and situate the bed closer to the wall, and extending several inches past the slider door opening. Yes, I did consider going against the wall, but having a corner notch for the rear pillar, and extend the head area to the back door, but, then, you get into having to have a custom shaped mattress. I'm planning to use a 4-inch Thermarest luxury base-camp mattress. And, if that proves insufficient, then 2 x 3-inch Thermarests, Velcro'd together.
EDIT: Oh, you're worried about accidentally opening the door. That can't happen if you have the door locked! Thus, something simple, rather than elegantly complex, might work for you.
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