|Standard bi fold door|
"ADR44.8.1 Every motor vehicle (motorhome) or trailer (‘Caravan’) equipped with fuel burning (cooking) facilities or living or sleeping accommodation shall have only outward-opening or sliding doors. At least one such door shall be located on the left-hand side or at the rear."
So the original bi fold door had to be replaced entirely. Whilst we were at changing the door, we decided to change the height of the door too so Rob and other tall people don't have to duck their head entering or exiting the bus.
|Rob changed the height of the door at the same time as when he lifted the roof.|
To purchase a custom made hinged door was going to cost a small fortune and so Rob set himself the challenge of making his own door. We had already decided to keep the doorway at the front but that meant the door has the 'angular' shaping since it is not straight edged due to the nose and windscreen of the front of the bus! Rarely is anything just plain simple and easy, is it?
Designing the doorAt first Rob played around with the idea of making a 2 part door, with a fly screen inner door and the main security door. That was much more difficult than expected to design and almost impossible to do with that shaping for the 'nose' of the bus.
|Door frame work goes up|
Door windows:He also wanted to address the lack of visibility a solid door would present by adding some windows including one low for seeing the kerb side for parking.
|Main door window|
|Bottom peephole window|
Dead lock:The main consideration for us was that this type of lock is stronger and safer. It has a stronger locking mechanism than a standard RV lock and it does not matter how thick the door is. It is not connected with cables or rods therefore it cculd be installed wherever we wanted. There were cheaper models but we liked the look of this better and fitted with the square-ish stainless steel look else where on the bus.
|Installing the door lock|
|The door closes off the side|