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Old 11-12-2013, 10:43 PM
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Suburban. Rear doors or hatch?

So, looking for a "new" to me tow vehicle. Looking at used suburbans. Some have two rear doors that open up barn door style. Other versions have the lift up hatch. I have always had the hatch in the past on vans which is nice to stand under in the rain and load, etc. I am a bit worried that the doors would trap you in and be in the way with a trailer hooked up. What is your collective experience with these two types, especially with boating? Does the hatch clear the trailer? Do the doors clear the trailer? Are the doors in the way? Anyone know the rhyme or reason for which is on which vehicle? It does not appear to be year or model specific? So let's hear those opinions...thanks!
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Old 11-12-2013, 10:52 PM
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The doors are normally harder to find than the hatch. The trailer didnt get in the way of the doors on ours, so I think you should be fine with either.
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:54 AM
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FWIW - I've had experience with both set-ups. Currently tow with a GMC Yukon XL with the lift gate. I much prefer the lift gate over the doors. Just my .02.
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Old 11-13-2013, 03:25 AM
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I had both, prefer the lift gate. The best was the power lift gate on the GMC Denali!
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Old 11-13-2013, 05:53 AM
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Had both...strongly prefer lift gate

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Old 11-13-2013, 07:41 AM
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I don't know for sure, but I think 1999 and earlier were doors, 2000-2004 had both options, and 2005+ is just the lift gate.
I like having doors on mine, but only because we've got a FroYo shop and a forklift can set a pallet of frozen yogurt in the back, saving us the time and effort of hand loading it. I think the lift gate would get in the way of that.
The doors do clear the trailer. And, with the receiver-mounted bike rack on I can still crack the doors wide enough to get small things in and out.
Only problem now is one of the doors doesn't want to stay open any more and I haven't looked into how to fix it.
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:13 AM
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Wasn't much of a decision for me. Wanted a rear window wiper so bought a burb with the lift gate.
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:53 AM
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Never had one, but noticed both options and would prefer lift gate if I were buying.
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Old 11-13-2013, 09:04 AM
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Ive had both. I much prefer the liftgate. To me and as mentioned earlier, the only way the barn doors would be preferable is if you load with a fork lift. That's the only advantage I see. I am able to easily open my hatch without interfering with the trailer. The glass opening by itself is also convenient for throwing small things in the back without opening the big heavy hatch.
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Old 11-13-2013, 09:21 AM
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I've had both.

87 tail gate and 91 barn doors.

Barn doors for sure!!!! At some point the roll up window in the tail gate is going to be a POS and will take forever to roll up.

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