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Old 12-24-2016, 06:45 PM   #1
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How secure can you make a skoolie?

If you wish to retain the original entry door style and all that, how secure can you make the skoolie without making it look like a prison?

What have you done to secure your bus against break ins? Pictures would be great.

No, I dont plan to park in "those" areas. And, I know that if a person were to really, really want to get in, they will. But I'd like to keep the opportunists away without making the bus look like it has something of extreme value inside that every body would want to steal.
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Old 12-24-2016, 06:53 PM   #2
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Like ya said... If they want in, they're gonna get in!

Otherwise, all I did was add a deadbolt...
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Old 12-24-2016, 07:51 PM   #5
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Like ya said... If they want in, they're gonna get in!

Otherwise, all I did was add a deadbolt...
How does the one on the entry door install?
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Old 12-24-2016, 07:52 PM   #6
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Put a sign on the side that says..."Caution - Transporting live venomous snakes".
LIKE.
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Old 12-24-2016, 08:07 PM   #7
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How does the one on the entry door install?

Santa's getting me a wire feed welder for Christmas. But for now, the opposing striker is sheetmetal screwed to door stile. It's good & solid mounted... It's just not as clean & smooth installed as I wanted.
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Thank you Santa! Yer gonna have a ball melting metal together. Soooooo many things you can do!
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Old 12-24-2016, 09:50 PM   #9
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Thank you Santa! Yer gonna have a ball melting metal together. Soooooo many things you can do!
Lost my last one in divorce ....
I'll never forgive my son for inventorying my tools and loading them up.


I'll leave it at that... It's Christmas Eve and Santa is watching
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Old 12-24-2016, 10:38 PM   #10
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Like ya said... If they want in, they're gonna get in!

Otherwise, all I did was add a deadbolt...
Just get one that ISN'T made of pot metal!

My plan is a mostly glass entry door where the bus door was. Maybe with some metal framing. If they get through that without waking me, they then will be confronted by our dog. Then the door after my "cab" area. That will have a good lock on it. If they get through the front door, dog, and "cab" door, by then I'll have been roused and will be waiting with some form of deadly force that I know how to use very well.

Depending on where you are parking, motion lights and cameras could be used and wouldn't be too hard to add.
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Old 12-24-2016, 11:13 PM   #11
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Put a sign on the side that says..."Caution - Transporting live venomous snakes".
As a woman that will be traveling alone most of the time I have questions about security as well... LOVE the sign idea Tango!
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Old 12-25-2016, 01:12 AM   #12
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Knew a guy in Fort Worth who had an antique repair business. His parking was at the back of a fairly long, old building and the cars there were regularly broken into. He had a few signs made up that put an end to that. They read..."Parking for Authorized FBI Vehicles Only".
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Old 12-25-2016, 10:35 AM   #13
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Here is what I decided to go with. Have one on my front door as well as the rear door.
Not the nicest looking and I may change to more of a deadbolt configuration once I move into it. But for now it keeps out the rif raf while I'm building it.

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Old 12-25-2016, 11:39 AM   #14
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Here is what I decided to go with. Have one on my front door as well as the rear door.
Not the nicest looking and I may change to more of a deadbolt configuration once I move into it. But for now it keeps out the rif raf while I'm building it.

If you were to trim the corners around the glass and paint it school bus yellow, you'd never know it was there. I like it. Is that something one can get anywhere, or is it a specific purpose lock?
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If you were to trim the corners around the glass and paint it school bus yellow, you'd never know it was there. I like it. Is that something one can get anywhere, or is it a specific purpose lock?
Thanks Deezl. You have a good point there. My only reason for probably not keeping it is that if someone were to have a mischievous mean streak in them they could lock me in the bus at night while I slept. But while I'm working on it it's perfect for what I need it to do.

They are readily available at either Home Depot or Lowes, maybe even Ace Hardware and go for around $32.00 without the carriage bolts.

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my bus already has deadbolts on it.

however, for the new year, i was reading a list of things that will be obsolete soon, and keys were on it.

i'd take a look at some of the new digital deadbolts available. they have keypad entry or one where your cellphone is the key.

it'd be nice to not pack a set of keys if you don't have to.
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Old 12-25-2016, 12:39 PM   #17
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Thanks Deezl. You have a good point there. My only reason for probably not keeping it is that if someone were to have a mischievous mean streak in them they could lock me in the bus at night while I slept. But while I'm working on it it's perfect for what I need it to do.

They are readily available at either Home Depot or Lowes, maybe even Ace Hardware and go for around $32.00 without the carriage bolts.

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I work at a Ace Hardware distribution center & know we carry them. I got one for $10 at a employee yards sale we had. The one I have says it is for securing a storage building door.

Now I just got to get a bus to put it on. Lol
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Old 12-25-2016, 01:09 PM   #18
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Thanks Deezl. You have a good point there. My only reason for probably not keeping it is that if someone were to have a mischievous mean streak in them they could lock me in the bus at night while I slept. But while I'm working on it it's perfect for what I need it to do.

They are readily available at either Home Depot or Lowes, maybe even Ace Hardware and go for around $32.00 without the carriage bolts.

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Very good point. I did not think of the locking one "inside" the bus.
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Old 12-25-2016, 04:48 PM   #19
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Currently I have my backdoor locked with clamps(no picture), it used to be locked with a standard combo lock connecting two ibolts together. Sorta picture here.

my leftdoor locked with a carabiner like system

The front door is locked with an inside lock only storm door lock, my side double door is locked with a segal lock similar to milkmanias.

Pretty soon I'm going to add those locks to the front and back door as well.

I will also probably add some locks that lock only on the inside to all the doors.
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Old 12-26-2016, 08:43 AM   #20
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I like the clevis on the handle idea. Simple, yet effective and takes no tools or keys to unlock from the inside. Just slide and open. I think that would even be easy enough in case of fire if one makes time for practice every 6 months or so.
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