Vanagon Rear Hatch
How to keep your rear door open when you are carrying
cargo on it.
- If your hatch struts
are in good shape, the rear door will stay open by itself with just a rack
mounted. The rack alone does not
make it noticeably harder to open the door.
- With bikes, tire or
gas can on the rack the door will not stay open by itself.
There are several things
you can do:
- Some people can open
the rear door with a rack and one item mounted (tire, bike, gas can).
prop tube can be used to hold the door open. See this page for pictures
This option works for some people. I include this tube
free with all orders.
Make sure your hatch struts are in good shape, new ones are not that
- The vanagon parts book
specifies a different hatch strut for each side of the door.
Left side 251-829-331B lower strength
Right side 251-829-332 higher strength
If you use two right side hatch struts you may find this to be adequate to
keep your door open
- Extra high force hatch
"Lift Supports Depot ST200M1-250 Gas Charged
I have not used these myself and cannot comment on their suitability or fit.
The picture below is of a van with these lift supports installed.
20.00'' LIFT SUPPORTS DEPOT ST200M1-250 LIFT SUPPORT WITH METAL
CUP | ST200M1-250-W
Extended Length A [in]: 20.00
Stroke C [in]: 8.00
Compressed Length B [in]: 11.77
Force (Lbs): 250
Force Newtons: 1112
Shaft Connection: Ball Socket Cup
Body Connection: Ball Socket Cup
Rod Diameter (MM): 10
Cylinder Diameter (MM): 22
These are about twice the force of stock lift supports. These will keep
the door open with a tire and gas container in place.
You will not be able to close the door when no
cargo is in place. Also, the door will dangerously fly open if no cargo is
on the rack.
You can only use high force hatch struts when
cargo is on the rack.