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Old 05-13-2018, 03:38 PM   #1
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Question about RV door size

Looking at options for replacing the bus door on my 01 Amtran.

I might have acccess to a 24x70 RV door with top and bottom half windows, but Iím not sure if it will be too small for easy entry and exit.

Anyone have any experience with this size door in their Skoolie? Or have any alternatives? Definitely want a bottom half window for visibility!
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Old 05-13-2018, 03:47 PM   #2
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I’m 6’ and my wife is 5’ for reference.
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Old 05-13-2018, 05:46 PM   #3
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All Crown school buses had 24"-wide front doors, and that was never a problem. Mind you, kids in those days were less porcine than now, so maybe 24" now is a tight fit for some folk? Just bear in mind that everything inside will have to fit in that gap, but unless you plan on having a La-Z-Boy or something like that inside the bus you should be OK. One thing that makes Crown's 24"-wide doors seem less narrow is their height of 7 feet - I think a 24" x 70" door would seem small to me.

More to the point, why have some cheaply-made flimsy RV door instead of a sturdy school bus door? I would never trade my bus's door (or anything else) for anything intended for a typical S&S RV. Isn't this one reason we choose buses instead of those things?

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I'd want a door that wasn't going to skin my head. 70" just won't do.

If I had a bus with those all glass (or so it seems to me) air-operated doors, I would probably change it. But as far as my bus, I'm with John. You'd have to take a battering ram to get through it.
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Old 05-13-2018, 07:54 PM   #5
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Old 05-14-2018, 07:53 AM   #6
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Our RV door is 26X74, recently moved out 2 recliners and moved in a 2 recliner love seat. The RV door is quieter and seals better, nice screen too. I was hesitant to replace the bus door but am happy.
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Our RV door is 26X74, recently moved out 2 recliners and moved in a 2 recliner love seat. The RV door is quieter and seals better, nice screen too. I was hesitant to replace the bus door but am happy.
I've come to hate bus doors. I want an RV door on my shorty. The factory setup is leaky and chintzy.
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Old 05-14-2018, 08:28 AM   #8
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I just like the glass in my bus door and don't want to lose the view
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I just like the glass in my bus door and don't want to lose the view
Same here.
When the time comes I'm gonna buy one with enough glass that I still have my view.
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Old 05-14-2018, 09:47 AM   #10
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Yeah I think 70” May just be too short for me while walking down the steps. Trying to exit and ducking i would prob end up smacking my head daily.

I do think having that bottom half visibility is important though while on the road. If there aren’t many pre-fabbed RV doors with bottom half windows, how difficult do you think it would be to add one? It seems like that would be a better (and better insulated) end product than removing the folding door, flipping the hinges, trying to insulate it and stabilize it by adding depth and then adding a usable door locking system. I’ve seen build me here that do it, but it seems like I may want to use that massive amount of time more constructively considering my lack of advanced metalworking skills.
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