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#1 thisoldcamper

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Posted 09 July 2015 - 09:13 AM

Has anybody come up with a way to open the upper half door when the when the camper is lowered? I was thinking that it would be nice to be able to pull over and take a nap while leaving the camper in the down position - but I don't want to get stuck inside.


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#2 dcsparky

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Posted 09 July 2015 - 03:57 PM

Mine has a lever buiilt in to the latch. Allows you to open door from inside. Talk to Bryan at Alaskan. If don't have lever you can probably get parts from Alaskan to modify. I have used mine several times with the top down. You just can't run furnace because vent is blocked.
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Posted 10 July 2015 - 12:52 AM

Mine has a rod attached to the door handle. The rod goes about to the top of the upper window and has a bend that you can grab it with
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Posted 10 July 2015 - 09:43 AM

Thanks for the ideas.  I think that the rod attached to the handle might be the way to go.  I might also look into a different style latch, I have the old lever style that pushes down to open.


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Posted 10 July 2015 - 01:49 PM

Good question! Lol.
I've never closed my doors with me inside and the camper down, and so hadn't give this topic any thought....
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Posted 11 July 2015 - 03:22 AM

Yes my '67 has a lever  so no problem to pop in there for a quick nap


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Posted 14 July 2015 - 06:59 PM

Here's a picture of what Alaskan Campers does now... problem solved.

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Found this while reading the link that Stan@FourWheel posted: http://www.wanderthe...skans/?p=123614


Edited by thisoldcamper, 14 July 2015 - 07:04 PM.

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#8 Ripperj

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Posted 16 July 2015 - 09:08 AM

My Alaskan('84) has the same rod
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Posted 06 January 2018 - 02:39 PM

I was looking at an ad in Greenville, SC craigslist today for an older Alaskan, and I noticed how the upper door handle was attached to a rod that passed up through the window frame and along the inside of the rear window. It seemed like a pretty good idea for keeping the opener tight to the door.

 

It also reminded me that I never followed up with how I fixed my door to allow me to open it with the top down – nothing new or innovative, just a piece of rod with a few bends in it.

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Posted 07 January 2018 - 07:11 PM

Before I had ever seen an alaskan up close I wondered the same thing.

I messaged brian and asked "how do you get out if the lid comes down when you're asleep?"

doh.. I now have a 78 with the rod through the window sill.

I'd like to figure out how to pull my tailgate up but haven't put much thought into it.


Edited by hangster, 07 January 2018 - 07:12 PM.

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