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Old 06-14-2011, 10:12 AM   #1
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Width of rear emergency door ?

How wide is the opening of the rear emergency door. Will a deep freeze 29.1/2 inches wide go through the door? Thanks for looking,
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Old 06-18-2011, 06:13 PM   #2
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Re: Width of rear emergency door ?

Welcome! No bus yet? You've come to the right place. This is a great source of information not only for conversion how-tos but help to identify the best bus type for your needs.

I looked at a 1971 Carpenter and the outer rear door width was 2 ft 11 in. (35"). I didn't measure the actual opening width, but I'd estimate it to be 33" (one inch less than exterior seam on each side). I have a chart showing dimensions of a 1959 Superior body and it also shows a width of 33". School buses are built to standards so this should be universal (measure before buying just in case).

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Old 06-18-2011, 08:50 PM   #3
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Re: Width of rear emergency door ?

I've measured mine (but don't remember) and I do know that our 12 cf upright freezer will definitely fit thru (how do you think we got it out to NM???)... as will a standard washing machine and dryer. We put the 30" range thru that door already as well. The PITA factor is laying the appliances down enough to fit thru the door height wise and still keep it moving (rough on a bad back). Thank heavens we kept our hand truck. That and those furniture mover sliders were used extensively to load the bus with all our junk to come out to NM.The worst was the TV (60" wide and it fit thru the emergency door with about 1/2" to spare). That won't be going back in!
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Old 06-18-2011, 09:02 PM   #4
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Re: Width of rear emergency door ?

It depends on what make, model and year bus you have . Also a tape measure hepls to measure the door with ,, if they taught you how to use a measuring device that would help you out a lot.....geze
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:14 PM   #5
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My BB rear doorway is 33.5" sportyrick
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Old 06-21-2011, 11:58 AM   #6
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I moved our deep freeze in our skoolie, it was more than wide enough. I have a carpenter body International...
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