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texasAUtiger

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we spent several hours looking at the 2012 Bullets yesterday. We are pretty sure we want the 281BH.

A question we didn't think to ask the salesman until we were on our way back home: do the doors open more than 90 degrees? All the models we looked at yesterday, the door only opened to 90 degrees. I assumed they had it set to do that.

Could anyone clarify? Thanks!

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Posted: 05/29/12 09:32am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Most likely gas shock assisted and that is as far as they go unless you remove the shock.

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DavidP wrote:

Most likely gas shock assisted and that is as far as they go unless you remove the shock.


They definitely had gas shocks.

I find that weird: who wants a door that only opens 90 degrees?

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I have one on my front door but not back. I too was a little impartial towards it until using it several times. It is nice if you have kids. If the kids open the door the wind (we camp at the beach a lot) can catch the door if not prepared for it. With the shock assist there is no issue with a door flying open. If you do not like it you can remove the shocks and add the traditional stop/catch to the trailer and door. Ours is on the front where the bunks and bathroom are so there is no issue, in fact it provides a bit more privacy if the door is open. The rear does not have one so we can still open the door fully. In our case I like it on the front but would not want it on the rear. If you're layout is similar perhaps remove one and see how it goes. The industry is going this way and soon it will be tough to find a trailer without one.

* This post was edited 05/29/12 12:22pm by DavidP *

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We have a 2012 Bullet 281 BHS and we had some of your same concerns with the doors not opening past 90 degrees when we looked at it. What we've found, though, is the front door (wider than the rear door) is wide enough that you won't mind the fact the door doesn't open wider. Our kids haven't done any damage to it while its open as they load and unload so that speaks volumes--trust me on that!

We do really like not having to latch the doors open any longer, especially with the kids. They slammed our old TT's door up against the side of the TT many times in the four years we had it. You'll find the pluses by far out weight the minuses on the doors with the gas shocks. On our way home yesterday while parked for a bathroom break, the front door actually got blew gently and slowly shut in a very strong burst of wind as a line of strong thunderstorms nearby. The gas shocks on the doors work great.

On a side note--we also didn't find the bathroom's exterior door appealing at first. It wasn't something we were intentionally seeking out but it came with the floor plan which overall we found to be what we wanted. But we do really like the bathroom exterior/2nd door after four trips. Over Memorial Day weekend at MN's Wild River State Park which had very private wooded sites, I could sit on the toilet and do what needed to be done with the door open and stare out into the beautiful woods--felt like when I was younger and used my grandpa's old outhouse at the family cabin! The 2nd door is also really nice for ventilation after showers, toilet usage, etc. And its nice for stopping during road trips for bathroom usage.


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Andy F wrote:

We have a 2012 Bullet 281 BHS and we had some of your same concerns with the doors not opening past 90 degrees when we looked at it. What we've found, though, is the front door (wider than the rear door) is wide enough that you won't mind the fact the door doesn't open wider. Our kids haven't done any damage to it while its open as they load and unload so that speaks volumes--trust me on that!

We do really like not having to latch the doors open any longer, especially with the kids. They slammed our old TT's door up against the side of the TT many times in the four years we had it. You'll find the pluses by far out weight the minuses on the doors with the gas shocks. On our way home yesterday while parked for a bathroom break, the front door actually got blew gently and slowly shut in a very strong burst of wind as a line of strong thunderstorms nearby. The gas shocks on the doors work great.

On a side note--we also didn't find the bathroom's exterior door appealing at first. It wasn't something we were intentionally seeking out but it came with the floor plan which overall we found to be what we wanted. But we do really like the bathroom exterior/2nd door after four trips. Over Memorial Day weekend at MN's Wild River State Park which had very private wooded sites, I could sit on the toilet and do what needed to be done with the door open and stare out into the beautiful woods--felt like when I was younger and used my grandpa's old outhouse at the family cabin! The 2nd door is also really nice for ventilation after showers, toilet usage, etc. And its nice for stopping during road trips for bathroom usage.


Thanks for the input everyone. Based on your comments, we will not worry about the door now.

Andy, could you comment on your the towing experience with your set up, since mine would be somewhat similar (half ton pickup)?

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We wondered about the doors too when we were considering the Bullet 284RLS, but decided it'd be OK -- and they have been. They hold steady in moderate wind and the 90-degree limitation hasn't been a problem.


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I considered taking the shocks off my door but then realized the front door would be up against the hot water heater vent and the back door would potentially break the kitchen window if it was open. Before you remove any shocks just look out for what it might open against. I like when you can open the doors fully but it hasn't been a problem with the shocks.

Now, what I miss is the clear slider on the screen door. I had that on my last trailer and the white plastic style always seems to be in your line of sight.


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My front door has a gas shock on it to prevent it fromm opening too far and hitting the awning brace. The rear door opens all the way.


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We purchased a Bullet 29rtpr with the gas shock door and I love it. No more banging against the side. No more latching. Carrying out stuff with your hands full is so much easier then trying not to drop the potato salad etc.


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