Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 03-10-2014, 02:41 PM   #1
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Cuyahoga Falls Ohio
Posts: 372
Year: 1997
Chassis: Ford e-350 single wheel
Engine: 5.4 litre
Rated Cap: 12
Replacing bus door with storm door???

Has anyone ever replaced the bus door with a storm door? Any insight would be appreciated. I definately want it to be insulated with a screen window for summertime ventalation. I'm thinking deadbolt locks top and bottom while driving. What have you seen or done? My bus has an RV style door on it now but the only replacement I can find is $450 plus shipping which is out of the question.Not to mention no screen for ventilation.
Maybe I could build a door similar to a shed door with a window in it?
leadsled01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2014, 08:26 PM   #2
Bus Geek
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Stony Plain Alberta Canada
Posts: 2,937
Year: 1992
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: TC2000 FE
Engine: 190hp 5.9 Cummins
Rated Cap: 72
Re: Replacing bus door with storm door???

There are a few of us on here that have replaced the door with a residential house door.

Some have built a door from scratch. For what you want, that may be best.

I would have to do some serious digging to find them, as they were done some time ago. Other members may chime in with links to the build threads.

Nat
__________________
"Don't argue with stupid people. They will just drag you down to their level, and beat you up with experience."

Patently waiting for the apocalypses to level the playing field in this physiological game of life commonly known as Civilization
nat_ster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2014, 12:49 PM   #3
Bus Crazy
 
roach711's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Farmington Hills, Mi (Detroit area)
Posts: 1,572
Year: 2000
Coachwork: Eldorado Aerotech 24'
Chassis: Ford E-450 Cutaway Bus
Engine: 7.3L Powerstroke
Rated Cap: 19
Re: Replacing bus door with storm door???

We replaced our stock bifold doors with an Anderson 4000 security storm door. Two years down the road it's holding up nicely. For an insect screen we used one of those Magic Mesh hanging screens which work fairly well and are easy to remove and store when no bugs are about.

Here's a link to the build. Scroll down to the next-to-last message.

viewtopic.php?f=36&t=11224&start=75
__________________
The Roach Motel
roach711 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2014, 02:06 PM   #4
Bus Crazy
 
somewhereinusa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Andrews,Indiana
Posts: 1,636
Year: 1991
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: AARE
Engine: 3116 Cat 250hp
Rated Cap: Her, me and Molly
Re: Replacing bus door with storm door???

I built mine, post here at bottom of page. If I had to do it again, I would do the same with some the build sequence different.
http://www.skoolie.net/forum/viewtop...=9827&start=15

Dick
somewhereinusa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2014, 10:30 PM   #5
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 446
Year: 89
Coachwork: thomas
Engine: 7.3 diesel
Re: Replacing bus door with storm door???

mine was 150, check around some rv places...ask if they have any old stock
__________________
see my conversion at http://www.skoolie.net/gallery/v/Skoolies/Putters+Bus/
putterspitt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2014, 07:23 AM   #6
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Cuyahoga Falls Ohio
Posts: 372
Year: 1997
Chassis: Ford e-350 single wheel
Engine: 5.4 litre
Rated Cap: 12
Re: Replacing bus door with storm door???

Thanks guys, I will read your build threads and decide.
leadsled01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2014, 09:39 PM   #7
Bus Crazy
 
Stuff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada
Posts: 1,485
Year: 1990
Coachwork: Goshen
Chassis: Ford
Engine: 7.3
Rated Cap: 25
Send a message via AIM to Stuff Send a message via MSN to Stuff
Re: Replacing bus door with storm door???

did that on mine because I had a weird sized door. they are super flimsy. had to put a couple more latches on the door at top and bottom for when going down the road.
__________________
1990 E-350 Goshen Coach - 7.3L Diesel ---> http://www.skoolie.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=5756

My Youtube channel - https://www.youtube.com/user/thestuffz
Stuff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2014, 07:20 AM   #8
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Cuyahoga Falls Ohio
Posts: 372
Year: 1997
Chassis: Ford e-350 single wheel
Engine: 5.4 litre
Rated Cap: 12
Re: Replacing bus door with storm door???

Quote:
Originally Posted by Stuff
did that on mine because I had a weird sized door. they are super flimsy. had to put a couple more latches on the door at top and bottom for when going down the road.
Thanks for the input.
leadsled01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2014, 12:40 PM   #9
Bus Geek
 
Tango's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 6,174
Year: 1946
Coachwork: Chevrolet/Wayne
Chassis: 1- 1/2 ton
Engine: Cummins 4BT
Rated Cap: 15
Re: Replacing bus door with storm door???

If you have some basic welding skills (or can convince a friend who does)...and...have an opening that is flat & square...building a door is actually relatively easy. I emphasize the "flat & square" because as it turns out my '46, is not square and does NOT have flat sides but rather a very slight, almost imperceptible curve...and it was a frikken nightmare to accommodate!

It is now complete & ready to install, but I would not do it again knowing what I know now.

Flat/square = Easy
Curved/not square = #@$%&#!

Just my dos centavos.
Tango is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2014, 01:41 PM   #10
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Cuyahoga Falls Ohio
Posts: 372
Year: 1997
Chassis: Ford e-350 single wheel
Engine: 5.4 litre
Rated Cap: 12
Re: Replacing bus door with storm door???

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tango
If you have some basic welding skills (or can convince a friend who does)...and...have an opening that is flat & square...building a door is actually relatively easy. I emphasize the "flat & square" because as it turns out my '46, is not square and does NOT have flat sides but rather a very slight, almost imperceptible curve...and it was a frikken nightmare to accommodate!

It is now complete & ready to install, but I would not do it again knowing what I know now.

Flat/square = Easy
Curved/not square = #@$%&#!

Just my dos centavos.
I have read your build. I have considered building my own since I do have welding/fabricating skills but thats time I could using for other things. Always a time vs money thing.
Not to change subjects but I took the bus on a 5 hour each way trip to Hatfield and McCoy trails this last weekend and the bus did awesome! Except the front brakes pads wore down enoght to ruin the rotors. Still a very successful maiden voyage.
leadsled01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Replacing Bus Door with Wooden Exterior Door lornaschinske Conversion Tutorials and How-to's 25 09-28-2017 03:54 PM
Replacing the front door Zephod_beeblebrox2 Conversion General Discussions 11 10-27-2014 11:30 PM
Replacing the door with ext house door? jkronmiller Conversion General Discussions 2 06-10-2013 03:05 PM
Side door/ Rear door SeanF Conversion General Discussions 6 05-24-2009 12:56 PM
Anyone ever used the bifold door as camper door ? RichardRWatson Conversion General Discussions 6 07-04-2007 10:27 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:16 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.