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Old 04-05-2016, 08:51 AM   #1
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securing your bus?

for those that have original school bus doors.. (main, wheelchair and rear).. how are you securing them?

the front main door is easy as it latches and is a bit tougher to be opened..

however the wheel chair door and the rear exit door are the ones im interested in... my bus is too old to have an electronic interlock.. I still want it to be able to be easily opened from inside if an emergency occurs..

but i want to be able to lock it from the outside when I leave my bus parked..

I realize a bus is never fully secure.. however id like to at least prevent the local kids from playing in it or the homeless guy from sleeping in it when its parked overnight outside..

the wheelchair door I may just bolt shut since im removing the lift??

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Old 04-05-2016, 09:57 AM   #2
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Just get some door locks.
I keep mine on private property in "gun country" and don't have to worry about anyone messing with it.
The most important thing seems to be making sure kids don't break out the windows.

Got any pics of your bus?
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Old 04-05-2016, 10:05 AM   #3
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Just get some door locks.
I keep mine on private property in "gun country" and don't have to worry about anyone messing with it.
The most important thing seems to be making sure kids don't break out the windows.

Got any pics of your bus?
what type door locks? like house door locks and drill a hole in the frame for a deadbolt to go? or offset a deadbolt such that it can cross the door onto the inside of the frame?

I have some before pics.. its getting painted as we speak.. how do i post pics here without having to host them? or can I just put links to externally hosted pics and thats it?
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Old 04-05-2016, 10:28 AM   #4
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or can I just put links to externally hosted pics and thats it?
-Christopher
That's usually the easiest way to get pics up here
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Old 04-05-2016, 10:36 AM   #5
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I put a barrel bolt on the inside of the lift door, and used hasps with padlocks for the front and back doors. I keep the padlocks locked on the door when not in use to prevent us from some jokester locking us in our own bus...
I can post pics if you'd like...

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Here is what I plan to do with my back door. Can't recall at the moment whose bus build I borrowed these pics from, sorry. This is just a common deadbolt lock you can get at any hardware store.



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Here is what I plan to do with my back door. Can't recall at the moment whose bus build I borrowed these pics from, sorry. This is just a common deadbolt lock you can get at any hardware store.



That is an awesome idea, totally borrowing this!
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That's pretty clever.

It's easy to lock the emergency doors from the inside, but there is always that chance of some early rising neighbor kids latching the hasp with a little stick. Being able to access the rear and side doors from the outside by key would be a convenience at times.
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That's pretty clever.

It's easy to lock the emergency doors from the inside, but there is always that chance of some early rising neighbor kids latching the hasp with a little stick. Being able to access the rear and side doors from the outside by key would be a convenience at times.
could you cut a portion of that lever off on the outside or even replace it entirely with a knob or something?
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Old 04-05-2016, 12:53 PM   #10
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On my back emergency door the long inside handle has a guard bar that goes around it. I just put a ziptie on it and tie the handle to the bar. It slides off when I need to open it.

I'm still struggling to figure out how to lock the front door that folds in.
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