How are you guys using pocket doors on buses with non-raised roofs (except for later models that have more headroom)? I'd love to have pocket doors, but I can't sacrifice the room to frame to get a straight surface. It seems like there's too much curve in the ceiling to mount some sort of track directly on it. Has anybody successfully installed a pocket door without framing down any? I seem to remember a while back somebody had a door that slid on drawer slides...
This is was a concern of mine as well as I am 6'5". I could picture a pocket door with a curved top track that would open towards the center of the bus (uphill). Then you might need some sort of counterweight system or its going to be really hard to operate because your going to be lifting the door about a foot every time you open it. Anyone have any ideas as to weather this'll work out?
I decided against the above mentioned idea anyway because I wanted to insulate both the bedroom door and wall and I can't really see that working out with a pocket door anyway.
The best place for a pocket door in my bus looks like the poop house. I have decided that it needs a door for a variety of reasons. and that door will work because it goes front to back (no curve)
Now I have a few pocket door questions...
I have never installed one before, but I've seen/used them in houses and S&S MH's....
I'm wondering things like:
How much of a gap is required for the door? Just the width of the door plus 1/4" on each side?
I guess the overall width of the wall would depend a lot on the thickness of the wall material and door... but is there any other framing other than a track or rail screwed to the ceiling?
Should the door be longer than the door-hole? so you won't be able to see behind it while it's closed? If so how much longer?
And what hardware do you guys recommend for the bus?
I've operated some house pocket doors that were horrible and would bind up all the time, and I've used others that were smooth as could be.
Is that kind of stuff available at HD? or is that more of a special order thing? Or is all the pocket door stuff at HD really poo?
I've also included the most revised version (after taking some of you guys and a girlfriends advise into account) of my sketch showing my pocket door application. I wan't it about 28" long and to side into a 28" wall.
Also, should I have started a new thread? I was searching for pocket door stuff and this seems like the most relevant thread but it's a little older than me.