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"The rear hinged 50/50 cargo doors swing open 180 degrees on the 130-inch wheelbase model. On the 148-inch wheelbase model (shown), the cargo doors open 270 degrees and are held open by magnets.
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What's up with this? Seems like an unnecessary limitation, maybe something to do with the magnet hold-open interfering with the passenger side slider?

I recall trying to load something in my friend's E-150, but there wasn't enough width with the rear doors at 180 degrees. Fortunately, there is a manual release that allowed the doors to swing all the way open for loading. Hope there is something similar on the Transit. A minor issue, to be sure.
 

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I noticed that as well and am a little bummed, trying to stay with the 130" wheelbase. Yeah, I suspect the sliding doors (two for me) interfere when slid open. Also disappointed I can't go with a high roof as well.
 

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Weird how it's like that, maybe it's possible that some aftermarket company could come out with a fix for this? Would that even be a good idea? Would you guys go for it?
 

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Ok, I'm going to plead ignorance. Looking at the pictures, it would appear the doors are completely clear of the opening of the cargo area once they are past maybe 120 degrees. Why is 180 degrees insufficient? I'm curious because I'm having a difficult time imagining anything that could fit when the doors are at 270 degrees but not 180.
 

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It's nice to have them out of the way, especially when a trailer is rigged or a swing out bicycle rack is in the hitch .
 

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It's nice to have them out of the way, especially when a trailer is rigged or a swing out bicycle rack is in the hitch .
A"MUST" for me (mid roof, LWB) Every time I watch American Pickers with there T1N Sprinter they use them that way (270 deg. swing). "I want that!
Ford people said the magnets in the bumpers are so they don't hit the body
I tell people "it was modeled after the Sprinter"
Anybody who has/had one know this
(watching Pickers as I type)

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If magnets are in bumpers, then why do you suppose the 130" WB van doesn't have 270 opening doors?
 

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I think they were referring to the door "bumpers".
Guessing like Brad said that in the shorty the slider would interfere.
 

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I was told by Ford engineer "that without rear door magnetic "bumpers", The doors will go more than 270 and HIT the side of the body

OK, I will get them, I said

LWB,mid roof
 
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