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 > Built A New Entry Door For My Truck Camper!

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CaveRun

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Posted: 07/25/12 06:42am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I started to rebuild the entry door on my truck camper because it had some rot in the bottom, and it was sagging so much that it was dragging against the door frame.

When I took it apart, I noticed right off that the factory didn't put enough wood for the frame in the door... I know they wanted to cut down on weight.

Here's some pictures of my old door.

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So I built a new door and I built it A LOT stronger!!!.. I used 2x6's for the outside frame, and 3 short pieces of 2x4's and a couple 2x2's... I also put L-brackets in the corners.

To skin the new door, I bought a 4x8 sheet of Sequentia white FRP wall panel from Lowe's for $37.40... It will not mold, mildew or rot and its very easy to cut and work with!..(just make sure you wear a mask when cutting it)... I used some contact cement from Lowe's to glue it to the wood, and it sets up very quick!

The door is very well built, and its much heavier than the old door but will last a long time... In the old door they had a window at the bottom, and when I built a new one I didn't want to add it back in.

I checked Online to see how much new doors costs, and couldn't believe they were $1,000 dollars... I have a little over $60 dollars in this door, and I'm very pleased with the way it turned out!

If you have any questions just ask!

Here's some pictures of the new door I built.

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* This post was edited 07/25/12 07:10am by CaveRun *


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Posted: 07/25/12 06:54am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi All.

You just have to admire a real nice professional job when its done. Now at least you know you have one very solid built door,

Good Job, bet you feel great, not to mention, not having to buy anohter over-priced door that wouldn't hold up any better than your last one did.

Good Luck. Happy Travesl. Dan & Jill


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Posted: 07/25/12 07:04am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Excellent job Cave Run!! [emoticon] [emoticon] A quality build and great craftsmanship... That door will probably outlast the entire camper [emoticon]

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Top notch work, well done.

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Good job!


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Super nice work.


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Great Job! I need to work on my door also, You have just inspired me to do the same. Thanks for posting.

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Posted: 07/25/12 02:33pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

WOW! 2 x 6" framed door! Stronger than one in a stick house! Kudos on a GREAT job!

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Congratulations on a really fine job.


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The new door looks great. Very nice craftsmanship there. [emoticon]


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