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Old 09-26-2017, 08:19 PM   #1
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changing the position of the front door

In looking at some of the floor plans posted here, I've noticed that some of you have sealed up the front door and put the main door somewhere else. Was this done simply out if your preference or was there a practical reason? Safety reason?
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Old 09-26-2017, 08:53 PM   #2
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In looking at some of the floor plans posted here, I've noticed that some of you have sealed up the front door and put the main door somewhere else. Was this done simply out if your preference or was there a practical reason? Safety reason?
Many like the door further back as it leaves a spot for copilot seat. It is how fancy RV's are done. Mine is mid-ship.

Savvy converters use the old stair space to stash the generator- far from sleeping quarters.
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Old 09-26-2017, 09:15 PM   #3
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Many like the door further back as it leaves a spot for copilot seat. It is how fancy RV's are done. Mine is mid-ship.

Savvy converters use the old stair space to stash the generator- far from sleeping quarters.

I like that idea.
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Old 11-18-2017, 08:34 PM   #4
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Relocating main enterance

Waking up this old thread.

Has anyone moved their door to the left side of the bus. I am planning on sealing my front entry and using the left side emergency door instead. Is there anything I am not failing to see with this move.

Has anyone done this and is there anything you wish you knew when you contemplated this? I would really like to place my generator far away from the sleeping quarters.


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Old 11-18-2017, 08:42 PM   #5
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Waking up this old thread.

Has anyone moved their door to the left side of the bus. I am planning on sealing my front entry and using the left side emergency door instead. Is there anything I am not failing to see with this move.

Has anyone done this and is there anything you wish you knew when you contemplated this? I would really like to place my generator far away from the sleeping quarters.


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If the door is in the right place, wrt to the underside, then you would have to build in a step well and extend to door down to the bottom.

There are electric steps that might work without building new ones in, but I haven't looked at them.
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Old 11-19-2017, 07:46 AM   #6
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If the door is in the right place, wrt to the underside, then you would have to build in a step well and extend to door down to the bottom.

There are electric steps that might work without building new ones in, but I haven't looked at them.
What I was going to do was but an RV door big enough to fit existing whole then just build a step and be done with it. Or I may be ablentonget a step from an RV Salvage.

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Old 11-20-2017, 09:28 PM   #7
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My back door is warped leaving a reasonably large gap, so I want to insall a 36" wide insulated steel door from home depot that would act as the "front door" going out to a "porch" on the back with fold down steps.
Now I have only recently considered the idea of sealing up the front bus door and doing like mentioned above, passenger seat and generator below...I am wondering about maybe a side door somewhere else and the engineering possibilities of it. Maybe a fold out door/steps similar to small planes/jets?!
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My back door is warped leaving a reasonably large gap, so I want to insall a 36" wide insulated steel door from home depot that would act as the "front door" going out to a "porch" on the back with fold down steps.
Now I have only recently considered the idea of sealing up the front bus door and doing like mentioned above, passenger seat and generator below...I am wondering about maybe a side door somewhere else and the engineering possibilities of it. Maybe a fold out door/steps similar to small planes/jets?!
I will have an exit door from an IC Bus if you want one. It is FREE, you pay shipping. I am in Arkansas.

Are you sure regular home doors will hold up in the long run?seems like the twisting and flexing may be severe on them.

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Old 11-21-2017, 08:00 AM   #9
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I would fear that any permanent steps in the middle will get destroyed in a low spot very quickly. Attach a 2x2 etc hanging down where the steps would be and test it out to see if it drags.
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Old 11-21-2017, 09:11 AM   #10
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I will have an exit door from an IC Bus if you want one. It is FREE, you pay shipping. I am in Arkansas.

Are you sure regular home doors will hold up in the long run?seems like the twisting and flexing may be severe on them.

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Appreciate the offer but I want to find some sort of full size solution as I will otherwise be hitting my head a lot and it will drive me nuts lol
I have the "slant back" so I would have to frame something custom for a house door anyway, isn't the planning phase fun
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Old 11-22-2017, 03:34 PM   #11
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I don't see this pointed out elsewhere in the thread, so I'll say it: don't put your main door on the driver's side! You don't want people getting in and out of your bus into traffic. You won't always be at a campsite or in a parking spot; you will be picking up and dropping off at the store or the mall or the restaurant or .......
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Old 11-22-2017, 04:13 PM   #12
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I don't see this pointed out elsewhere in the thread, so I'll say it: don't put your main door on the driver's side! You don't want people getting in and out of your bus into traffic. You won't always be at a campsite or in a parking spot; you will be picking up and dropping off at the store or the mall or the restaurant or .......
That is the only thing that came to my mind. Thanks

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Model T's and many early autos only had doors on the curb side for just that reason.
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Old 07-24-2020, 03:53 PM   #14
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Left side exit and using a house door. Your thought?

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I don't see this pointed out elsewhere in the thread, so I'll say it: don't put your main door on the driver's side! You don't want people getting in and out of your bus into traffic. You won't always be at a campsite or in a parking spot; you will be picking up and dropping off at the store or the mall or the restaurant or .......
I get the exit issues but don't you think 99% of the time those are avoidable. I was thinking on doing this and cutting a space into the floor to allow for inside steps to get down to the level of the front door. That would make the step down the same.

AND what're the opinions on using a house door to fit in the doorway? I see busses that have gone this route. Do they hold up? I think a big PRO is that they are better insulated for those that plan to winter in their skoolie.
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