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Old 08-19-2020, 01:33 PM   #1
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Removing Handicap Door? For....something?

Hello Fellow Skoolies!

So I recently had an idea, in my 1998 International Shorty we have a front facing handicap door that is where the handicap lift use to be. Only thing is during driving it is very rattly and loud, and it doesnít really open as optimally as I could. So I am thinking about removing it entirely and installing a Patio Door or Sliding door similar to some Campers.

I think this should be feasible for driving, the glass must be tempered and wonít break while driving and will also provide another entrance to the bus, how possible or feasible do you guys think this is? Obviously it would have to be custom made and fit but do you think itís a good idea? Also it would probably be pretty small compared to most. Here is a picture of what I have vs what Iím planning to do,

Do you think just a regular RV door would be a better idea? Or maybe just really big custom boat windows instead?
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Old 08-19-2020, 01:39 PM   #2
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Unfortunately all side doors are going to be rather short in height, but anything can be made. I deleted my side door and skinned over it. No reason you couldn't weld in a frame to install a slider like this RV:
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Old 08-19-2020, 02:40 PM   #3
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Yah, the height is definitely an issue as well as the actual dimensions. It wonít be necessarily as big as a real one, it would have to be custom. I was just wondering how feasible this would actually be.
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Old 08-25-2020, 01:37 PM   #5
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Yah, the height is definitely an issue as well as the actual dimensions. It wonít be necessarily as big as a real one, it would have to be custom. I was just wondering how feasible this would actually be.
Jax Austin deleted his door and added a window.
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