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Old 08-13-2016, 12:12 PM   #1
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Building a dual pocket door

In my storage building/cabin, I built a 32" pocket door for bathroom separation. I really like the way it turned out, and I used materials I had on hand, except the door.

I still have enough material to build a skoolie bedroom pocket door, but I've realized I need 70" of travel space for the rail. Because of roofline, that would put me off centerline of bus. So, I'll be making dual pocket doors.

My materials came from an old UPS store that shut down in a mall... They had a heavy aluminum curtain on an aluminum track system (shaped like uni-strut) with roller bearing wheels & hangers. (Super sweet free score!)

I've even used the aluminum uni-strut to build my suburban's kayak rack across the current roof rack. And I used implement pins to pin it to roof rack rails. Much more solid mounting!

Anyway, back on track...
Has anyone used pocket doors on their bus? Do you know of any builds that used pocket doors,
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Old 08-13-2016, 02:57 PM   #2
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The only true pocket doors I've seen used in conversions included roof raises. This makes sense, I guess, as many would otherwise have to duck going through the doorway. It also allows you to center a 28-30" door.
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Old 08-13-2016, 04:00 PM   #3
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Cabin pocket door


Aluminum rail & roller


Roller T assembly & sunken head cap screw


My kayak rack project with spring loaded ratchet strap



Center height of bus is 77"
I could use 70" of rail horizontally, just before the roof's curve breaks over on each side. I'll only be dropping about 3" below curve of roofline.

This is for my bedroom!, in my bus!
I'm only 5'11" (71") and if someone taller than me goes into my bedroom...
I'll tell her to bend over
Not very often will someone taller than me, be in my bedroom.


I picked up an old treadmill someone was throwing away...
It had a rectangle frame rail, so I chopped off one narrow side of rail, slipped it over my door and screwed it above eye sight.
I used hex head bolts and nylock nuts from the roller to inside the frame rail before I screwed it all to door. I used 1/2" board under the door, and screwed the rail at the top to the side of the door, then removed board... Leaving 1/2" floor gap. I screwed the aluminum rail to bottom of a rafter.


To test the resistance.... I took apart an ink pen, and used the straw to open and close the door.
It was perfect and cost me $20 for the door!
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I hear ya, man. At 6'3", I tend to be a bit more conscious of door and ceiling heights.
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Old 08-13-2016, 04:13 PM   #5
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I hear ya, man. At 6'3", I tend to be a bit more conscious of door and ceiling heights.
One son is 6'6" and the other son is 6'3"... They got their height from my ex-father in law.
They're not in my bedroom very often... But I hear what you're sayin'
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Old 08-14-2016, 12:51 PM   #6
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Had an old piece of aluminum rail from a sliding shower door... It's about 3/4" taller than my unistrut. I wanted to put it up there to get some measurements.
The 1/2" foamboard is just for sizing.



Apparently I'm not 71" anymore... Barefooted, I had to tiptoe to hit the foamboard
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Apparently I'm not 71" anymore... Barefooted, I had to tiptoe to hit the foamboard
Two words for you... gravity boots

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Old 08-27-2016, 08:50 PM   #8
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Framing & Rail will be fortified with L clips



Left roller assembly


Right roller assembly


This is why I don't throw any garage door hardware, brackets, or bolts away!!!
Center brace


Right Roller


Cabinet shop buddy will build me two 18.5" doors like these bi-fold oak doors
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