Originally Posted by BroncoHauler
Rear doors would be swing open doors, not a roll-up.
Are for side boxes, I definitely need to look closer as to how deep they are. It's a mixed blessing having the side storage boxes, they are great for storing gear, but they do intrude on interior space.
With Rockport, I do see they have an option to delete compartments on either the roadside or curbside, so I could always do that on one side of the rig, but at what point do I then just go with a similar cargo box on a cutaway...?
As I'm in the windshield biz most others along with myself use the typical E-Series or similar van be it GM or Dodge/Chrysler. A friend uses a service body, absolutely swears the side boxes don't interfere with his transporting his glass, has skads of room for tools, supplies etc AND the rear door height is more than 46" giving him that benefit of increased clearance of the roof. With windshields growing in height these days that's becoming more and more important. (Just one reason the Ford Transit
and Dodge ProMaster
are finding their way into my industry)
He doesn't miss the room the side boxes take up as there is storage above them inside the body. Most of our glass racks are no more than 48" wide so they fit without issue. He does admit having reduced space cuts down on collecting clutter making for a cleaner truck.
He does park his truck at his house so "security" is good due its out-of-sight storage. He's not yet been hit by thieves as with his signage on the truck tends to attract them to steal tools etc.
With your current rig and perhaps dimensional drawings of the side box "intrusion" into what would be your living space that may help decide how many you'd take or eliminate if buying brand new. Even better would be seeing the box of your choice in person and getting a feel for the spatial experience.
As far as a roll-up door I'd want hinged swinging doors in the rear too however if you'd add the curb-side entry door with steps that would be perfect location IMHO. Those remove the need for a swinging door and the necessary clearance for open and close operation. Add in the right-hinged doors can and do bang into the passenger side front doors if they're left open.
Just an idea----interesting pre-build to be sure!