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Old 03-06-2017, 06:31 PM   #1
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Door lock suggestions

Hi all. I'm working hard on my bus that I bought in August. Right now i"m looking for ways to lock it up securely from the outside. I have seen puck looks on double flap door ( student entry door). Anyone had any luck with those? Any other suggestions?

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Old 03-06-2017, 09:46 PM   #2
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Hi all. I'm working hard on my bus that I bought in August. Right now i"m looking for ways to lock it up securely from the outside. I have seen puck looks on double flap door ( student entry door). Anyone had any luck with those? Any other suggestions?

Thanks!
Jenny
I have 2 concerns with those
1) if you're inside... Someone can come along and lock you in!
2) if you're inside, you can't operate THAT lock from the inside.

If you can live with those 2 considerations, I don't see any problem with the puck style locks.

And yes, I realize you mentioned locking from the outside....
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Old 03-06-2017, 10:36 PM   #3
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we drilled out a hole in our back emergency door and installed a deadbolt. it has the lever on the inside. we used a heavy duty one designed for security doors but depending on the thickness of your door, you may be able to use a common household deadbolt.
our front door only locks from inside so we use the back door to come and go when we need to lock up.
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Old 03-07-2017, 11:52 AM   #4
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It isn't the most elegant solution, but the bus doors are not going to be staying once the build is complete. I installed two eye bolts and lock them with a bicycle u-lock.

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Old 03-07-2017, 08:54 PM   #5
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Good points from everyone. I'll have manual latch locks on the inside so I can always be safe when I'm in the bus. The back door I can lock from the inside and no one is getting in that way but the flap doors seem like you could muscle them open from the outside. Right now they get 'sort of locked' when you shut them and the original bus driver handle that opens them engages but I bet it would fail if tested hard enough. Its that door I need an external lock for when I'm not on the bus. I have the driver door I can get in and out as well.
I guess I could just lock them all from the inside and just use the driver door to come and go.
Thanks for the suggestions.

I'm gonna post some pictures here soon. I have documented each step in photos so far. Its come a long way since tearing out the icky floor and the seats. Now the fun part has started with designing the built in furniture and making it like a mini little home. The sliding slat bed is done and I used two bus seats turned facing each other for the dinette. Now i'm designing the kitchen and getting ready to build it. I can't wait to take his thing on a trip!

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Old 05-07-2017, 05:23 PM   #7
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Prime-Line Products U 10817 Deadlock, Jimmy-Resistant, Single Cylinder Door Lock with a Satin Nickel Finish https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BAFIUFQ..._yUlWULt8cFzdq

I used one of these and couldn't be happier.


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Old 05-11-2017, 12:20 PM   #8
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Prime-Line Products U 10817 Deadlock, Jimmy-Resistant, Single Cylinder Door Lock with a Satin Nickel Finish https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BAFIUFQ..._yUlWULt8cFzdq

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You installed that directly on the old bus doors? Do you have a picture of how you did it? Security is a concern, as we will be using our bus to move to the Lower 48 with 2 kids.
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You installed that directly on the old bus doors? Do you have a picture of how you did it? Security is a concern, as we will be using our bus to move to the Lower 48 with 2 kids.


I'll get some pictures tomorrow. It was an easy install - one hole drilled and some self-tapping screws. I did use the original bus doors and was very pleased with the result.


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It isn't the most elegant solution, but the bus doors are not going to be staying once the build is complete. I installed two eye bolts and lock them with a bicycle u-lock.

That type of lock is easily broken with a pipe.

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