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Vanagon Rear Hatch Struts

So now you have a rack on the rear door, how do you keep the door open with the added weight?

Vanagon rear door tube is:  1" schedule 40 PVC electrical conduit. 1" outside diameter (3/4" ID).  8 inches long.
Eurovan read door tube is:  1 1/2" schedule 40 PVC electrical conduit.  1 1/4" inside diameter. 9 1/2 inches long.

There are several things you can do:

  1.  Some people can open the rear door with a rack and one item mounted (tire, bike, gas can).  A strut
      prop tube can be used to hold the door open. See this page for pictures  
    Hatch strut support 
      This option works fine for a lot of people.  I include this tube free with all orders. 
      Make sure your hatch struts are in good shape, new ones are not that expensive. 
     
  2. 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.
     
  3. No longer available
    I have a supplemental hatch strut kit which adds an additional strut to your door. 
    This third hatch strut may partially or fully compensate for the added weight of a rack and cargo. 
    You can add one or two additional struts, as required. 
     
  4. No longer available
    I have
    extra high force hatch struts which replace the stock hatch struts.  These are direct replacements for your original struts and
    compensate for added weight on your door. 
    New original equipment style hatch struts have about 630N in force.
    Extra high force hatch struts are about 910N.