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Old 07-02-2010, 12:26 PM   #1
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Re: Replacing Bus Door with Wooden Exterior Door

We removed ours (doorless right now). Used a Dremel with a cut-off wheel to slice off part or the remaining piano hinge. I found a (special order) 30" Steel Exterior door with 1/2 glass encased mini-blind panel for $339 at Home Depot. I can't remember if its a pre-hung or a slab. If pre-hung we will just remove the door & build a new frame.
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Old 07-02-2010, 04:07 PM   #2
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Lorna, that's EXACTLY the type of door I want to get, steel with the blinds inside of the glass....but I don't have a lot of money right now to put into the door. I have someone who has 2 used solid wood exterior doors that would fit in our opening (and could be cut to fit better) that I can pick up for $10 each. I have no clue how to use the old hinges which swing inwards or if I need to do something entirely different. I can't wait to see your door once it is on! I am soooooo jealous. ;)
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All you need to do is remove teh old hinges, dremmel the wood to accept the hinges being reversed, drill new pilot holes for the screws (so you don't slpit the wood or some other crazy event), and re-hang the doors to fit the opening. I'm seriously thinking about doing the same thing if a front door comes available on freecycle.
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Re: Replacing Bus Door with Wooden Exterior Door

im replacing mine with a 30" lawson screen door. its got a full piano hinge on one side and ill just add a couple extra catches on the other side to secure it while driving.
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Old 07-12-2010, 07:02 PM   #4
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Thanks to anyone who will share their door replacement info and pictures...I love pictures!
I pulled the folding doors out of mine and went to one of the RV shops and paid about $400 for a replacement door, frame and all. I could have gone a cheaper route, but I didn't want to spend a lot of time in the FL sun making something work and I wanted the screen door. If I drove this bus more, I'd like something with more window, but I can always hang a camera there.

The install was fairly simple. The 2x4's are held into the bus with lag bolts and the door fit perfectly inside and is mounted with 1.5" screws about every 4".



After sealing with caulk, I covered the wood with fiberglass reinforced paneling (shower liner) from the local building supply.



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Old 07-12-2010, 08:42 PM   #5
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i thought of that but the small, frosted window is a big deterrent for me to go that way. I need to get me some 3/4" aluminum square tubing and im getting that 30" storm door installed!
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... otherwise I would TOTALLY want the screen...
Have you looked at the retractable screen doors? I'm thinking of one of these for our bus. http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?...llow&cId=PDIO1
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Tell me about it! While I will EVENTUALLY get the retractable screen door.. it will be at some point down the road. Too many other things I NEED and they take precedence over the WANTS. We have to be moved into the bus as soon as possible... and that means before it is completely finished.
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Since we are full-timing it for a year or so, we want to put a deadbolt on both the front and back door, otherwise I would TOTALLY want the screen....
I added a hardware store deadbolt a month or so after the pictures were taken. It was no different than doing any other door and the screen closes over it fine.
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almost what im going for. hope it works
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Here is what we did. Got a donor door and cut a rectangle to frame in one of the original windows from the old fold out bus door.
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