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Old 12-16-2016, 01:41 PM   #1
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Install a RV door or keep the bus door.........

I am considering installing a RV door. But the bus door is usable. I am concerned with the bus door not sealing and having rodents enter. But other than that the bus door seems ok. What are you experiences?
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Old 12-16-2016, 03:45 PM   #2
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I am looking to replace mine, but the one I have is from an RV and it is about 68 in tall. I would rather have a taller one, but they are not cheap. I am looking into building my own, so it fits the opening and I will use the windows from the bus folding door.
Biggest thing is to install something with windows, you need to see that little car that pulls up next to you at the light, or anything else that a solid door would block. It could also be illegal in some states to not have windows in the door.
The other down side to an RV door is that they are mostly narrow, I want it as wide as possible.
Why replace the Bus door? It rattles, leaks air, water and makes a lot of noise as I drive down the road. A new door will help quiet all the door noise and keep more heat or cool air in the bus.
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Old 12-16-2016, 06:26 PM   #3
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i used a mobile home cottage door 32x80. nice door with good seals. the old bus doors sucked, in the summer they leaked bad. 2 ac units going and couldn't tell when you were driving and then you froze when you stopped.
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Old 12-16-2016, 08:49 PM   #4
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I carefully adjusted the doors to meet fully in the center and added foam weather striping as needed to stop drafts.
Our bus is used for 3-4 days camping mostly.
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Old 12-17-2016, 06:04 AM   #5
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When I can, I plan to replace the bus door with a custom 3 window door, with double pane transparencies.
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Old 12-17-2016, 07:20 AM   #6
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...but is a school bus still a school bus if you take out the skoolie door! ��

I just can't.



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Old 12-17-2016, 08:07 AM   #7
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I'm removing the bus door. IF anyone wants all the stuff for the air door, let me know. It all works and is VERY pricey to buy.

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Old 12-17-2016, 08:47 AM   #8
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Old 12-17-2016, 09:18 AM   #9
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my Skoolie door on the bluebird is double pane. (never saw that before)... on bluebirds and thomas's and likely IC / Amtran the OEM door seals are still manufactured and available.. I think its easily possible to seal up a Skoolie door nicely and spend the money and effort elsewhere on the conversion..

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my Skoolie door on the bluebird is double pane. (never saw that before)... on bluebirds and thomas's and likely IC / Amtran the OEM door seals are still manufactured and available.. I think its easily possible to seal up a Skoolie door nicely and spend the money and effort elsewhere on the conversion..

-Christopher

Since my door is in good shape compared to other areas on the bus, I think I may keep it and try to seal it better. My concern is rodents. The bottom of the door has a gap but I'm sure I can fix that. My door is double pane too.
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