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why are slide side doors more common on vans these days?
An academic discussion:
This is a curiosity of mine more than anything, looking to see what the pros and cons were. You don't see many vans these days with the side doors as double swing doors, sliders seem to be king.
Is it simply a matter of supply and demand, more people bought sliders over double swing? Do sliders seals last longer, cheaper to build?
I find the swing doors nicer to use on a regular basis, especially when parked in camper mode (and kids can open/close them more easily). We briefly entertained a layout that had the main access for the "home life" out the back doors, but it made it hard to manage a layout that still allowed you to move from front seats to the back of the van without sacrificing storage and it always involved more set up and moving parts. And most camp sites are designed that you part along side them, so going out the back of the vehicle didn't work as well, a non issue when boon docking though.
2018 Ram Promaster 159 wb - converting to an "off grid" camper/work rig for our family of 4.