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Old 08-19-2010, 12:08 AM   #11
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Re: Replacing Bus Door with Wooden Exterior Door

Well its a very hard wood, built in solid panels, put together using tongue and groove and ribbed finish nails. It was donated and I believe is quite old. Could have been interior or exterior very solid and heavy, though it lost a little weight when I cut it to fit our doorway.


First I removed the original fold out doors. To remove the doors I had to remove the opening mechanism which is located behind a metal panel directly above the doorway inside the bus. Its a metal arm attaching the very top of the two doors together and it pivots allowing them to open. Once you identify it its easy to see how to take it off. Then I unbolted, from outside the bus, the two hinges that run the entire length of the doors one door at a time. You can unbolt each door from the hinge and take the door off while leaving the hinge attached to the bus body. I left the hinge on the right hand side (if you are outside the bus looking at the door) on and took the left hand side hinge off the bus body. So now I have one original hinge on the right side and both doors are off.

Finally using a circular saw I cut the door down to size so that it would fit into the original doorway, and tried to leave 1/4 inch around the entire door. For the gaps Ill use some type of weather stripping to keep it air and water tight. And used large screws that I kept from the first demolition of the interior to attach the door to its new hinge.

I didnt have to flip the hinge or anything, but I did predrill my holes before screwing the new door on. And its sturdy. Here are the only other two pictures I have. But you can ask anything else if you need to.
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Old 05-16-2011, 07:43 PM   #12
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Re: Replacing Bus Door with Wooden Exterior Door

Put a casing up so that you can attach weatherstripping to keep wind, water and creepy crawly critters out.
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Re: Replacing Bus Door with Wooden Exterior Door

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Lulu, you don't sound stupid. I had to look it up to see if it was something I am interested in. Here is a link to one of the manufacturers. Enjoy!


Another alternative showed up after I watched the video that was interesting
http://youtu.be/wh9FNJUsSd4

not quite the same as a real screen door- but it looks cheap- and heck you could probably make it yourself using your own magnates if you wanted to.

neat video but they never explain how it mounts and i can see bugs getting through that no problem.. also doesnt seal at the bottom.
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Old 02-28-2012, 01:35 AM   #14
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I still need to get a window or 2 placed in the door, but it works. Will look much better with calk, trim and paint.
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:52 AM   #15
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Re: Replacing Bus Door with Wooden Exterior Door

One can easily use 1x1 square tubing and 18 ga sheet steel and make a door for a scoolie. Just cut the tubing and weld the sheet steel to it. Hinges can either be the piano hinge from the existing bus, or steel door hinges for houses, or even from the hardware store.

A window with safety glass in a rubber frame should be used and low enough to see traffic, esp if you drive in the fast lane like i do. If you notice, semi's even have a small window at bottom front of pass door (usually blocked, but shouldn't be). You can frame in the window with box tubing for strength if you do it right.

I have built doors for all my previous busses. Yesterday, I got out some tubing, and steel, and angle with the holes in it, to build a two piece door. The bottom door i believe is 32x53 1/2, which will be the generator door, and go a bit in height above the 10 inch raised living room floor, and i haven't measured the top for a door with a window yet, but it will be something like 32x 36 or so. I have been scrounging around on my property, and my neighbors machine shop acerage, to find a 24x24 or better window from a rig or rv that has safety glass. Think there is one about that size on a monico rv at his place...

Of course i will only be able to insulate them the depth of the doors...

Nice pictures of the RV door instillation.
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Re: Replacing Bus Door with Wooden Exterior Door

David says having the glass in the bottom of the door is wonderful. We ended up rebuilding the original bifold door onto a one piece door.David built a spacer and we used a regular exterior keyed door knob. We do have to come up with another locking system because the bus flexs enough while traveling that the door comes unlatched (we had to chain it shut on our last trip which was our first with the door). It was a concern when we installed the door knob since they are designed to use only 1/4" overlap to latch (that little extra spring pin is not supposed to be pushed in fully... just slightly to engage). But we only got the bus to the point we could live in it. It's not finished. I still have work to do on the door as well as most of the other stuff. Like adding a pull handle to the door because the knob is hard to hold onto when the stupid wind is blowing so hard (we have a local wind advisory right now "Sustained speeds of 30 to 40 mph will be common with gusts to around 60 mph"). I'm thinking of using the short entrance hand rail from the Eagle. It's under the bed with other "stuff" we thought we might need.

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Re: Replacing Bus Door with Wooden Exterior Door

I welded a small frame together and added a new rv door to the frame it fit right in
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My opinion: The entrance door's main purpose is to make sure the occupants of the bus remain the occupants of the bus.
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My opinion: The entrance door's main purpose is to make sure the occupants of the bus remain the occupants of the bus.
Piss on that
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That is what seat belts are for
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Front doors are like the "BOOBS" of the bus.....first thing you see when invited in
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Lulu, you don't sound stupid. I had to look it up to see if it was something I am interested in. Here is a link to one of the manufacturers. Enjoy!


Another alternative showed up after I watched the video that was interesting
http://youtu.be/wh9FNJUsSd4

not quite the same as a real screen door- but it looks cheap- and heck you could probably make it yourself using your own magnates if you wanted to.

neat video but they never explain how it mounts and i can see bugs getting through that no problem.. also doesnt seal at the bottom.
It mounts like one of those pull-up bars or extendable closet rods. The top is basically two pieces of pipe, with one fitting inside the other and some threads in it so that as you 'unscrew' the pipes, they extend.

My in-laws had one of these for their cabin, and it worked okay the short time they had it up. The bottom is somewhat weighted, which helps, and the magnets do reclose after you pretty well.

So, it's better than leaving your door wide open without a screen, but it isn't foolproof, and it will kick about a bit in a strong wind.
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