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Old 02-26-2024, 08:17 PM   #1
Join Date: Feb 2023
Location: Milwaukee-ish
Posts: 21
Year: 2002
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: E450
Engine: 7.3L Powerstroke
Skoolie Door Conversions: Which is best for winter climates?

What's everyone's opinion of skoolie door conversions in regards to winter climates? Has anyone increased the ground clearance of their door by removing or raising the lower step?

Right now I have the existing double swing door, with a crappy brass 3 prong lock thing holding them together; but nothing holds the door 'tight' to the bus, other than a small slide lock at the bottom.

I am located at almost 8k' in the Rockies, we have pretty extreme winters here, and I feel like a lot of heat loss is coming from the door, so I'm looking at a lot of installs, but most of them are either reusing the double doors, or using a solid wood door that is cut to fit.

Another issue I am having, is that as the snow builds up around the bus, it becomes ice near the door, which tends to get higher and higher and higher. I often have to chip away at the ice in order to keep the doors opening.

When driving my bus on my property, I also bashed the leading edge of the door box pretty hard. I'm thinking about replacing the door AND trying to modify this part of the bus, as it's just too low. It's great for handicapped people stepping from a curb, it sucks offroad and it sucks in winter.

Has anyone seen a build that tackles more extreme climates? Interested in tips and tricks for high altitude winter conditions.

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