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Old 10-08-2008, 11:22 PM   #1
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Changing the Door on Vanderbus

I drew a lot from others pictures posted on this site and it is turning out really well so far. We turned the bi fold door into a single opening door by first attaching stiffiner rods to the doors, then using drill screws we removed and turned the door 180 degrees. Then we added an RV door lock (bought on ebay). The excess space was taken up by a 2 3/4 inch channel. (actually a barn door track from Tractor Supply $25.00) The lock space was cut out and the lock assembly inserted. A closer was added, then the old weatherstrip was reused on the top and bottom cracks. We overcame the problem of the door hitting the awning by making a support from 3/4 condiut for above the door. More info on request from wdbowers@yahoo.com
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Old 10-11-2008, 05:03 PM   #2
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Re: Changing the Door on Vanderbus


Hey, pretty cool! I'm in the middle of the same job on mine, and I already love the improved door opening!
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Old 10-11-2008, 07:43 PM   #3
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Re: Changing the Door on Vanderbus

I like the door idea, but right now we're torn between stiffening the current doors or putting a house door on for security reasons.
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Old 10-15-2008, 03:20 PM   #4
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Re: Changing the Door on Vanderbus

We just returned from 5 days at Woods Reservior and the door conversion is the BEST thing we have done to our skoolie yet. More room to get in and out with the bi fold gone. The door is very sturdy and secure in its all metal frame. I had an RV door for it but the look was redneck when I test fitted it. The bus door Iooks like it belongs there. The closer added to the top is very handy for holding the door open while loading, unloading. It is a really great feeling when other campers walk over from their 155K rigs and ask for a tour, then call up their buds and get them a tour!
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