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leadsled01 03-10-2014 01:41 PM

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?

nat_ster 03-10-2014 07:26 PM

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

roach711 03-11-2014 11:49 AM

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

somewhereinusa 03-11-2014 01:06 PM

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

putterspitt 03-11-2014 09:30 PM

Re: Replacing bus door with storm door???
 
mine was 150, check around some rv places...ask if they have any old stock

leadsled01 03-12-2014 06:23 AM

Re: Replacing bus door with storm door???
 
Thanks guys, I will read your build threads and decide.

Stuff 03-16-2014 08:39 PM

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.

leadsled01 03-17-2014 06:20 AM

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.

Tango 03-17-2014 11:40 AM

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.

leadsled01 03-17-2014 12:41 PM

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.


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