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Old 06-01-2005, 02:22 PM   #11
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I like locking devices similar to that because they basically work automatically you don't need two hands to lock or unlock them.
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Old 06-01-2005, 08:10 PM   #12
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Hi Andy,

Damn nice paint job.

My bus has little loops attached directly to the side of the bus--you hardly know they're there. Once you open the basement doors, though, you notice that the inside of the door has a similar loop, and a short stout rubber cord with two S-hooks, one of which is on the door loop, the other of which connects to the loop on the outside of the bus.

I'm not a fan of little plastic pieces myself, and my doors weigh a good piece, so I like the straps and hooks.

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Old 06-02-2005, 03:54 AM   #13
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Hi Andy,

I also have little loops on the outside, but instead of rubber cords with S hooks, mine came with small chains. I like the setup (simple and reliable) and wouldn't change it for anything else.

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Old 06-02-2005, 10:33 AM   #14
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Hi Robert , being a KISS fan (keep it simple stupid) I am not much into the plastic thing. Like Robert I have a "Crown" Bus. The method employed there is simple and very effective. On the inside of the door on one end is a small chain with an S hook attached. When the door is closed it just hangs down with a piece of rubber hose on the chain to prevent motion chafing. When the door is opened the S hook loops into a loop or eye attached to the body of the bus. My doors are 2' x 3' and no problems of any kind when door is being held open by the small chain and S hook. The eye attached to the body is only about 1/2" in diameter and painted body color is not even visible when door is closed. Crown used this method for many years and never changed so it worked for them.

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Old 06-02-2005, 11:36 AM   #15
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You can also get those "T"-style holders that are on cargo trailer doors. They're pretty much a one-handed operation too (if installed correctly), and they're very inexpensive.
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Old 06-29-2005, 07:08 AM   #16
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You can also use those "T" shaped door holders from any RV place.
The part that fits on the door has a slot and the hinged "T" part fits on the wall.
You open the door and drop the "T" in the slot and it holds it open.
They use them to hold the solid door open so you can use the screen door for ventilation.
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Old 06-29-2005, 06:03 PM   #17
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Ya, I saw those on a semi trailer the other day. They looked pretty cool. I still havn't decided...
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I would love to have some boxes like that. I know I need something like that for the battery compartment. I have a voltmaster D904 deepcycle (398AH)@25A@80F. For tanks the only thing I could find cheaply was fruit 55 gallon plastic drums. I have no idea how to do this. I do have a friend that has a "wire welder" but not a cutter, so I'm going to try to cut the frame from the unused seats as the framework for the battery and water boxes.

Having a few extra under coach storage area would be a blessing as we have 7 normally in the coach.

My bus is a 1975 Ford B600 Sheller-Globe (Superior) Gas Conventional 9½ Windows.

Where do you get those doors?
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