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Old 12-31-2015, 12:50 PM   #1
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NEED HELP!!! Locked out of bus.

Got in!!!

Have a 1989 bluebird. Our son accidentally put the flap up on the door opening arm so that when I pulled the door shut from the outside it is now locked. We need to get in and I am not sure of what to do? Any help would be greatly appreciated from a secret to opening it or if worst case and we have to break a window or do something to get in what would be the most inexpensive thing to do? Thanks all!!!
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Old 12-31-2015, 01:03 PM   #2
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A little more info on what bus would be helpful. Pictures would be a big help.

Start with the emergency exits. Then try the drivers window. See if you can get a pole through the door to reach the lock.
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Old 12-31-2015, 01:09 PM   #3
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Ok. I feel a bit silly now. I was able to get the drivers window open after all. Thanks for the reply.
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Old 12-31-2015, 01:11 PM   #4
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roof hatch , should be able to open it up from the roof and jump down, had to do this with our bus at work. more then once
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Old 12-31-2015, 01:14 PM   #5
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Roof hatches pop right open if you have them.

Edit: nevermind, this answer was offered while I typing...
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Old 01-03-2016, 09:46 AM   #6
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hmm, maybe I shouldn't have removed my hatches, seems like they are a good backup way in!
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Old 02-15-2019, 07:22 PM   #7
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I hate giving this up, but it is for a good cause!

Today, I, myself, locked myself out of my bus. I have a 1997 International 3800 with a Bluebird body. No I don't have a ladder to reach the roof YET. The rear emergency exit has a pin through the red handle with a pin through that one so that it doesn't bounce out while I drive. I went to get the cruise control and settings on mine completely reset so that I can use the cruise, and when I got home I left the little infuriating metal plate up instead of down. As we all know when it's down we can reopen the doors by hand.

I was extremely frantic trying to figure out how to get in because I can't get on the roof and I didn't think I could even get in a window if I could get one open simply because of a weight issue, yeah I have too much of it. Well I got the driver's side window open with a screw driver. luckily it was loose enough that I could pry it back since the latch on it is only spring loaded. My neighbor who speaks precious little English (primarily Spanish speaking) brought her ladder out and crawled through the window for me and got me in. She doesn't know it yet, but that kindness will warrant me baking her an Orange Sour Cream Pound Cake!

But seriously, for those of us with buses that have the spring loaded clip on the driver's side window, there's your entry point when you lock yourself out, at least until you can McGyver a keyless deadbolt on the back door like I've seen on YouTube!
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Old 02-15-2019, 07:30 PM   #8
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Oh man, I'm sorry that you had to find out the hard way....but thanks for tipping us off to the driver's window thing. I don't know that it would have occurred to me until after I'd tossed a rock through the bathroom window! Glad it worked out for ya.

And......now I'm hungry for pound cake.
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Old 02-15-2019, 07:37 PM   #9
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The easiest way to get in without causing damage if it's locked tight is to go through a rear window. If you look closely at this window you will see an "O" ring going around it. That "O" ring pries out easily and then then the window gasket can be easily pushed from outside to inside the bus. Piece of thin rope or twine makes assembly a snap. I found out the hard way after breaking 2 windows, the correct way to remove them.
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The easiest way to get in without causing damage if it's locked tight is to go through a rear window. If you look closely at this window you will see an "O" ring going around it. That "O" ring pries out easily and then then the window gasket can be easily pushed from outside to inside the bus. Piece of thin rope or twine makes assembly a snap. I found out the hard way after breaking 2 windows, the correct way to remove them.
Great to know. I was trying to figure out how to remove those windows, and the ones in my entry door during my build. What's the twine used for in assembly?
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