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Old 06-05-2019, 09:59 PM   #1
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How's everyone replacing their door

Just wondering what everyone's doing to solve the no good bus door problem. Thanks in advance
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Old 06-05-2019, 10:07 PM   #2
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I was considering that today. I’ll probably keep mine for now, but I did consider fastening the two halves together with square tubing and bolts and then unhinging one side. Of course it would be good to check that one side’s hinges can support the weight of both doors. Keep the bus look.
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Old 06-05-2019, 10:11 PM   #3
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I was considering that today. Ill probably keep mine for now, but I did consider fastening the two halves together with square tubing and bolts and then unhinging one side. Of course it would be good to check that one sides hinges can support the weight of both doors. Keep the bus look.
I like the idea of being able to see the curb ( bush/tree/ditch/etc ) through that door pane - adds a bit of safety in tight places
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Old 06-05-2019, 10:15 PM   #4
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Keeping mine. I like having a clothes drying rack attached to the door!
I put a safety hasp on mine, padlock it shut when away.
Which isn't really relevant to your query. One door is rotted at the bottom, so I reckon that makes it a, "no good door..."
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Old 06-05-2019, 10:16 PM   #5
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I was considering that today. Ill probably keep mine for now, but I did consider fastening the two halves together with square tubing and bolts and then unhinging one side. Of course it would be good to check that one sides hinges can support the weight of both doors. Keep the bus look.
That is what I am doing.

I have disassembled the hinges and I feel good about one hinge supporting the weight of the door.

I agree with Sledracer. I like the visibility the factory door gives me.
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Old 06-05-2019, 10:21 PM   #6
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I thought, if I were to do it, I'd add an extra piano hinge or 2 for reinforcement.
The extra torque of the additional weight when open might be problematic for the originally designed hinges to handle.
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Old 06-05-2019, 10:56 PM   #7
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I'd bet that the hinges on one side can support the weight of two doors together. Most everything is "overbuilt/engineered" to take the rough service that is inherent in the daily life of a skoolie.
At least I'm gonna try tying the doors together as one!
Additionally, removing the rat trap door closer will free up more room in front and make opening the doghouse engine cover inside 5x faster not having to disassemble the framework each time I want to go "under the hood" from the inside...
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Old 06-05-2019, 11:01 PM   #8
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My problem is they dont seal very good. I think I'm going to make custom door with window and a small window like a semi has
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Old 06-05-2019, 11:27 PM   #9
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My problem is they dont seal very good. I think I'm going to make custom door with window and a small window like a semi has
I'd like to get a commercial steel door with frame. like one half of this pair - tempered automotive glass of course
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Old 06-05-2019, 11:34 PM   #10
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I'd like to get a commercial steel door with frame. like one half of this pair - tempered automotive glass of course
You could easily bend up a stepped door jam out of sheet metal and use an automotive grade weather strip to seal it air and water tight. I had to make upper and lower longer ones for my bus.
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Old 06-06-2019, 01:24 AM   #11
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You could easily bend up a stepped door jam out of sheet metal and use an automotive grade weather strip to seal it air and water tight. I had to make upper and lower longer ones for my bus.


that would be quite possible Marc
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Old 06-06-2019, 08:46 AM   #12
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That is what I am doing.



I have disassembled the hinges and I feel good about one hinge supporting the weight of the door.



I agree with Sledracer. I like the visibility the factory door gives me.
That's my plan as well. When I got the mini, one side of the door wasn't opening with the door arm mechanism anyway. When I opened it up, I found the all-thread on one side was sheared. Either someone REALLY wanted out or over the years it became bound up under wear and tear. Either way, I'd have to do nearly as much work to repair it as I would turning it into a one-way hinged, swinging door.
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Old 06-06-2019, 06:39 PM   #13
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I like this idea. I saw video and it works.
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Old 06-06-2019, 06:45 PM   #14
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I priced a storm door with laminated glass and three latches for $250.
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Old 06-06-2019, 07:10 PM   #15
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a full glass storm door is a good option. Alot of the replacement doors Im seeing just have one window at eye view. I'm paranoid that without the driver having full view in that blind spot is asking for trouble.
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Old 06-06-2019, 07:26 PM   #16
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I am also planning on doing something with my door, but I also want to remove the lower step for better ground clearance. Haven't came up with a plan yet.
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Old 06-07-2019, 12:15 PM   #17
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I Like the whole glass door idea, but how strong could it be. I should mention I live in northern Canada and it's cold lol
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Old 06-07-2019, 12:28 PM   #18
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It seems like the door is an issue. No matter what climate either its letting out hot air, cold air, or letting in bugs. It rattles at high speeds, and has no security, so I see why everyone wants to replace it. The question is, replace it with what? Something that keeps the aesthetics of the bus look, with security and insulation.
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Old 06-07-2019, 12:28 PM   #19
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I Like the whole glass door idea, but how strong could it be. I should mention I live in northern Canada and it's cold lol
they have doors in northern Canada don't they? - lol - I was thinking double glass commercial steel doors - could always hang drapery over the door when parked in the winter - where are you from Frogpond?
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Just wondering what everyone's doing to solve the no good bus door problem. Thanks in advance
Flipped mine in 2016 for full time living... ZERO problems and use it many times a day!
Wouldn’t want it any other way
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f10/on...or-6272-2.html

Same goes for my door lock set up
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f27/lo...s-14494-3.html

Also note... when I set the lock, I pre-loaded the door against the rubber side gasket... absolutely no rattles while driving.
Very minor inconvenience of pressing my knee against the door when I’m locking or unlocking it.
I’ve usually got my hands full of crap when I’m unlocking the door, and I’ve never had an issue
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