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Old 06-05-2019, 08:59 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, 09:07 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, 09:11 PM   #3
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I was considering that today. Iíll 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 sideís 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, 09:15 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, 09:16 PM   #5
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I was considering that today. Iíll 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 sideís 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, 09:21 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, 09:56 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, 10:01 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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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, 10:34 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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