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Old 12-23-2016, 04:27 PM   #1
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"Garage Door" in the back?

Hey Skoolies!

I'm still trying to figure out what fits me best. It's a small thing, but one of the big attractions of going with a box truck for my camper was the "garage door" opening at the back of most boxes.

Is there any feasible way to add one of these to a skoolie? I understand that the frame is important to the structure so it makes sense that the answer would be a "no," I'm just being hopeful.
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Old 12-23-2016, 04:29 PM   #2
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Anything is possible. A bus is certainly more structurally sound than a box truck. Some buses came with taller double doors at the rear.
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If you are trying to minimize time and effort, the key to this is the width. Box trucks are up to 102 inches wide, while school buses are only 96 (so far as I know).
Of course, you can narrow the roll-up frame and door.
As was already pointed out... anything is possible. You just have to fabricate it.
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Old 12-23-2016, 04:51 PM   #4
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If you are trying to minimize time and effort, the key to this is the width. Box trucks are up to 102 inches wide, while school buses are only 96 (so far as I know).
Of course, you can narrow the roll-up frame and door.
As was already pointed out... anything is possible. You just have to fabricate it.
I'm not so much worried about minimizing time and effort as I am finding the right compromise between my (little) skill and my lofty wants.

Fabricating a roll-up door doesn't seem that difficult! Strips of metal and hinges should do the trick, throw something to insulate the strips on the inside and maybe cover it up with something to dress it up and that should take care of the "door" part, right?
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Telephone a local garage door company and ask the cash&carry price of a door for a one-car garage. I expect they can cut the panels to your exact width.

There are two kinds... sectional with a handful flat panels, and one-piece "corrugated" that opens into a roll.
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Anything is possible. A bus is certainly more structurally sound than a box truck. Some buses came with taller double doors at the rear.

Huge buying point for me!
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Telephone a local garage door company and ask the cash&carry price of a door for a one-car garage. I expect they can cut the panels to your exact width.

There are two kinds... sectional with a handful flat panels, and one-piece "corrugated" that opens into a roll.
I used to haul garage doors for a living and subsequently serviced them part time. The steel doors are generally factory cut and the edge parts factory welded in place.

Garage door tracks and rollers will require a minimum of 12" or extra headroom and some extra width on the sides.

For this project, I would suggest looking into the very same truck-body roll up door (try a road-trailer parts place); the hardware is specifically engineered for the tight clearance/maximum width/maximum height you are probably wanting. The panels can be trimmed to length (width) and usually are when shops replace a panel or 2.

Obviously you'll need to relocate the tail lights, and with the roof arch, it will limit the door height. Unless you are loading a vehicle, is there a reason a bus with a wheelchair lift will not suffice?
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Ah. My barn's sectional roll-up has the edges riveted on, and the hardware bolts to those edges. But this may be an industrial grade door.

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Ah. My barn's sectional roll-up has the edges riveted on, and the hardware bolts to those edges. But this may be an industrial grade door.

Always search far and wide, and you will usually find Stuff you didn't know of.
There's a company called "Roador" or "Roa door" [sp] that makes a plastic door for the rear of straight trucks and trailers. Sorry not good enough on the 'puter to get you a link. They're approx 1" thick by 8" wide non insulated and 2" thick insulated....can be cut to any length. We have them on a pile of equipment at work.
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How about thos roll up security doors for huge windows.
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