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Old 10-09-2019, 01:36 AM   #1
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Security - Another newbie question

So, before you tell me to "read up", I did a search for "security" and didn't find a thread, just maybe some posts in LONG conversion threads, so I decided to go ahead and ask.

I'm looking at doing a short bus (18 - 22 passenger) conversion early next year. I've looked at a dozen or so Youtube conversions and read some things here as well so far.

The only security things I've seen so far are some people installing external lights and/or cams.

Given the nature of bus doors, front and back, and given that this will be my home, with most of my worldly goods in it, I'm interested in actual physical security.

I was thinking about some sort of removable steel bar that could be padlocked across the front and/or rear door. I'm also assuming some people have installed alarm systems as well?

Any info appreciated, as always.
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Old 10-09-2019, 01:57 AM   #2
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We installed a deadbolt on the rear door and have a built-in lock on the front door. However, there are windows ... lots of windows.
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Old 10-09-2019, 03:19 AM   #3
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We installed a deadbolt on the rear door and have a built-in lock on the front door. However, there are windows ... lots of windows.
Actually, for my build, I'm thinking, since I'm alone, I don't need all that many windows. I won't be looking out of them as I'm driving, I'll be enjoying the view from the windshield. I will want one wherever I have my sleeping space, and maybe the bathroom for light/ventilation. I'm thinking eliminating most of the windows will a) assist insulation b) provide more "build" space and c) reduce vulnerability to intrusion.

I'm also thinking that if I only have a couple of windows, then it might be economical to replace the original windows with something more secure and energy efficient.

Thoughts?
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Old 10-10-2019, 06:15 PM   #4
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I'm in the planning stages of my first skoolie and security is also on my mind. I'm thinking of replacing the back door with an impact sliding glass door. Also at the front door, replacing with a more secure door and some sort of dead bolt.



Any thoughts on that??
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Old 10-10-2019, 06:54 PM   #5
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Actually, for my build, I'm thinking, since I'm alone, I don't need all that many windows. I won't be looking out of them as I'm driving, I'll be enjoying the view from the windshield. I will want one wherever I have my sleeping space, and maybe the bathroom for light/ventilation. I'm thinking eliminating most of the windows will a) assist insulation b) provide more "build" space and c) reduce vulnerability to intrusion.

I'm also thinking that if I only have a couple of windows, then it might be economical to replace the original windows with something more secure and energy efficient.

Thoughts?
Are you going to delete the windows in the back door, I can help you have them out in less than a minute/ There goes security for anyone but honest people. I have a dead bolt on the back door. Haven't figured out security for the front door yet, many configurations to accomplish this.
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Old 10-10-2019, 07:12 PM   #6
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Are you going to delete the windows in the back door, I can help you have them out in less than a minute/ There goes security for anyone but honest people. I have a dead bolt on the back door. Haven't figured out security for the front door yet, many configurations to accomplish this.
Deadbolt sounds good. I'm thinking that I'd actually have value in the rear window for driving on a short bus, and I'm inclined to think that's where my bed will be... gotta wait for the design to make that decision, but I appreciate it.
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Old 10-10-2019, 07:21 PM   #7
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Take note of the fasteners on the hinges. On the Thomas bus I have, hex nuts and bolts are on all the hinges. It’s in my list to replace all those with carriage bolts.
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