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Old 07-08-2012, 12:09 PM   #1
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have you tried to move the door to the middle of school bus

Im thinking of moving the school bus door to the middle of the bus to allow for a seat to be put in its place. Has anyone tried this? what kind of pain have you encountered?
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Old 07-08-2012, 02:20 PM   #2
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Re: have you tried to move the door to the middle of school

While I think it would have been possible on our Blue Bird given how the framing appears to be laid out, It would not have worked out all that well FOR US.
1) We have an engine in the front between the driver seat and the entry steps, So that area was messed up in the first place.

2) Unless I win the lottery (gotta buy a ticket one day), we will still need two drivers to get our mess relocated. We are logistically challenged.

3) David is partially deaf. If he's driving and I'm riding with him in the bus, he can hear me better if I am sitting in my seat directly behind the drivers seat. We'll see how that works when we make a trip to Carlsbad Caverns in December. I'm the navigator and plan the trip routes & stops. David just knows the end destination. That was a pita on our trip out west since he was in the lead. I had to tell him (& my daughter who was following me) at every stop what to look for next. Good thing we were all running cellphones & had service most of the time.

4) the floor plan we ended up with was basically laid out for the Eagle05 we used to have and refit into the current bus with a few minor tweaks. I liked my Eagle layout.

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Old 07-08-2012, 06:26 PM   #3
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Re: have you tried to move the door to the middle of school

I thought aout that also,since I haven't found a used rv door localy(easiest option)
Until I checked out the guides tec the door uses,so we will probably makeb our own door,don't know yet...I am 99.9999% sure I will not retor fit the stock door.
Look for a used rv door,several pctorials here,check ount rainbows build....very clean install
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Old 07-08-2012, 06:31 PM   #4
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Re: have you tried to move the door to the middle of school

Lorna,have you thought about an in vehicle pa type sytem?you can speak and then your voice can be heard by David thru an ext. Speaker? Or maybe just one ear bud for him?
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Old 07-08-2012, 06:55 PM   #5
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Re: have you tried to move the door to the middle of school

it is not difficult to put an rv door ahead of your rear axle somewhere. but, you gotta check to see that gas tank or air tanks, etc are not in the place where you want to put a door because you need to cut the entire floor out almostback to the frame rail in order to put the steps in. you gotta cut out your door opening and should weld the bottom step landing to properly give support to the door frame and body integrity. then put the steps in and fur out the door area so you can screw the rv door on.

i put my door around 4 feet ahead of the pass rear axle, having the bottom step part of the compartment, and built the 3 additional steps out of wood, so that i can remove them easily if necessary. i also removed the front double door and furred out that entrance after removing all the stairs, and put the generator there. i then put another rv door there.. (should put "visitors entrance" sign over that one...)

i have built steel doors for a couple of busses for other people, but thats way too much work if im not getting paid for it.. rv doors will last a long time if installed right.
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:41 PM   #6
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Re: have you tried to move the door to the middle of school

Okay Chev49 you talked me into it..... If nothing else nothing a good tarp and some straps can't fix Right....LOL I am pretty handy when it comes to body work used to do custom work before the service. It didn't look like it would be to difficult just wanted some reassurance before I tackle it. Im unsure if i'll use the stock door (modified like RV) or just get a used RV Door which does sound easier. If I can get my kids to help with this web page thingy i'll post some progress pics on there. and add the link to this post.

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Lorna, have you checked out this place http://en.visonerv.com/cgi-bin/c/rvsalv ... tingout.pl? they are in KY and have all kinds of used RV parts. For the communications to David i would look into a set of intercoms tha i used to have when I rode Motorcycles. They are kinda like an ear bud with a mike and not to expensive.
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:53 PM   #7
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Re: have you tried to move the door to the middle of school

David has "tone" deafness. Some pitches he can't hear from decades of using power tools. Mostly higher pitched voices like women (women singer are completely unintelligible to him). He also can't understand British accents. The PBS shows I watch are gibberish to him. Hearing aids haven't worked for him because they seem to amplify everything so all he hears is loud gibberish. He is not interested in the things anymore because it makes his ears hurt and he still can't hear anything but gibberish. My daughter & I are seriously considering ASL. Oddly enough, he can hear me when I say things quietly to myself that he wasn't supposed to hear. Perhaps he's like our last dog.... she couldn't hear us say "get off the couch" when we were standing three feet away from her but she could be 200 ft away from the house in the back yard and hear a slice of cheese being unwrapped in a closed up house with A/C running.
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Re: have you tried to move the door to the middle of school

I have done this very task, it's not that hard of a job if your into fabrication, oh ya, and many "thinking beers". Check out my pictures in the gallery of what I have done. It was one of the best modifications that I have done so far. The toughest part is cutting that big of a hole in the side of your rig. Just tack in supports before you cut and you should be golden, and amazed at what you have just done to your bus. There is nothing better than those nosey neighbors, Oh my god, look honey, now he's cutting a hole in the side of that damn thing. Just let me know if you want any additional views of how I did it, as all here, we need to help each other out and through this sickness...
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I have done this very task, it's not that hard of a job if your into fabrication, oh ya, and many "thinking beers". Check out my pictures in the gallery of what I have done. It was one of the best modifications that I have done so far. The toughest part is cutting that big of a hole in the side of your rig. Just tack in supports before you cut and you should be golden, and amazed at what you have just done to your bus. There is nothing better than those nosey neighbors, Oh my god, look honey, now he's cutting a hole in the side of that damn thing. Just let me know if you want any additional views of how I did it, as all here, we need to help each other out and through this sickness...
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LMAO the problem here isn't neighbors its my son (2 n daughter in-law, they think i'm a redneck anyway LOL. I live in the country between a drag racer and a circle drit track racer, figured i'd join them....

Tried looking your pic up in the Gallery (dont know if i did it right) and didn't find anything. I would love to see some how toos'
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