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  • gunnyv
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    I haven't seen this mentioned yet-with roll ups, you must ensure the equipment inside the compartment is mounted securely, or else it may jam the door.

    You can't stand under a roll up in the rain. But the horizontal hinged pan doors were the ones we always ripped off pulling out of the bay.

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  • buckdog
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    We have two unit with Dover doors and seem fine. On our second unit the MFG wanted to use ROM, but we stuck with Dover. The ROM.. honestly they seemed cheap and flimsy..and the ones we saw the external rubber was "puckering"..lack of a better term. Dover was owned by the Dover family from Scotland and the family was at all the trade shows, but I believe that they are owned by a firm from Canada. Two suggestions though...don't get a painted finish go with a "brushed aluminum" finish. If you get painted everytime you roll up the door the upper outer sweep scrathes the finish. With the brushed finish, no scrathes and no waxing needed!! On the inside also get a catch pan mounted under the roll up to catch all the drippings from the rolled door.

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  • Rescue101
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    We've had ROM's on our last three Engines with good success.They work best if you spend a little time keeping them clean.You won't catch them on doors or traffic which makes them a plus in our narrow "houses". T.C.

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  • MemphisE34a
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    Originally posted by ecfr1978
    One of ladder trucks has painted roll up doors, I recommend not doing that, because when the paint gets scratched the door looks like crap.
    You know, regular doors look like crap when they are scratched too. I am not sure I would use the above comment as a reason to not get painted roll up doors.

    They both have advantages and disadvantages. Roll up doors are hard to knock off. Standard doors very rarely ever get stuck shut- as can happen with roll up doors.

    Bottomline, its all what you like. You know, kinda like fat girls - there great if you like that kind of thing.
    Last edited by MemphisE34a; 12-05-2006, 05:28 PM.

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  • RFDACM02
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    We specced ROM doors on our new tower. First roll-ups in our dept. The reasons were: they don't stick out into traffic, you as a FF are not backing as far out into traffic when retrieving things. The rollout trays for heavy equipment are now open on the sides when pulled out making it much easier to grab heavy items. We replaced door parts alot! Hinges are paint chip spots, closure/opening mechanisms break or wear out, handle sets wear out. All in all they're a pain so we thought we'd try ROM. Can't be much worse maintenance wise and the benefits seem pretty good!

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  • fire0099881
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    Originally posted by dday05
    Also you wont have to worry about someone ripping the doors off pulling out of the station, because that gets expensive! BE SAFE
    Man doesn't that bring back so many memories!! not once, not twice, but three times!!

    if you do decide to go with hinged door's make sure the the gas shocks are mounted so as soon as you turn the handle to open them they don't come right open, especially the one's that flip up, as I think that was the problem with ours a few times that with the body flexing it would pop them off he latches and up they would go, so make sure that you have to pull them open a little before the gas shocks take over.

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  • npfd801
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    For the most part, if you INSIST on a specific roll-up door manufacturer, I don't think most builders will flat out refuse. You'll most likely pay dearly for it, because typically for one reason or another that builder likes the brand they use the most, have the least amount of trouble with it, and they don't have to fuss with the door maker if something isn't right.

    If you look at General Safety's body, with the way the roll-up actually runs a track on the outer edge of the compartment - I don't know if you could change roll-up manufacturers without causing all kinds of headaches. So in that case, perhaps I couldn't pick or try to use a different brand than stock. I'll have to check on that.

    I'll bid standard unless you tell me what you absopositively must have for roll-ups.

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  • islandfire03
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    We have ROM roll ups on two trucks, a CAFS rescue pumper & a heavy rescue. They work well and are easy to maintain. The newer model has the incorporated rope lighting in the tracks which provides even lighting throughout the compartments. When the doors are installed and adjusted properly it takes little to no effort to open or close them.
    The way to get a specific brand of door installed in a new piece of equipment is to write it in your specs for the apparatus.

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  • backsteprescue
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    I'm 85% positive that you can get a Pierce with R-O-M doors. Don't kill me if I'm wrong.

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  • NewJerseyFFII
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    Our newer 2005 Kme engine came with ROM doors , we like the roll ups better for car & truck fires on major highways so they don't get torn off by a passing vehicle. We also have short doors on the cab for easy exiting near guard rails!...
    Last edited by NewJerseyFFII; 12-04-2006, 06:48 PM.

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  • dday05
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    Originally posted by firemanmikey
    The one advntage I like is that you don't have hinged doors hanging out into traffic. Besides that I just like the way they look.

    Mike
    Also you wont have to worry about someone ripping the doors off pulling out of the station, because that gets expensive! BE SAFE

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  • canuck1
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    Installation

    I think there must be a lot to do with the way the doors are installed or maintained as well. I have operated AMDORs, ROM doors, Dover Doors, POK doors and Gortite doors. Sometimes the doors work great, sometimes they don't work well at all.

    Some doors seem like they are "sprung" for lack of a better word. When you open them, they feel like they just fly up! Other times, you have to literally use all your might to get them up (and I'm talking about new doors - not just used dirty ones).

    Can these doors be installed in different ways?????

    I like the way AMDOR makes a little cut out in the push down ledge on their doors, so that you can wrap your hand around the lift bar...nobody else seems to do that for some reason.

    I have to agree with other posters on the R-O-M preference though...they just seem best all around.

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  • VehicleMR
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    Thanks! Very helpful comments. I am wondering why Pierce only seems to specify Gortite and not R-O-M? From everyone I've interviewed, R-O-M is the market leader with the best product out there and the best service.

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  • ecfr1978
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    Our Truck Committee in 1997 decided to use ROM doors when they purchased 8 "Rescue Pumpers". I'm not sure why they choose roll-up doors, other than the fact that they(the doors) can't be ripped off the truck. But since then we have used nothing but ROM doors (15 rescue pumpers). One disadvantage to using the roll up doors is that you lose about 9"-12" of compartment space at the top. One of ladder trucks has painted roll up doors, I recommend not doing that, because when the paint gets scratched the door looks like crap.
    Last edited by ecfr1978; 12-04-2006, 05:19 PM.

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  • chiefengineer11
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    Our new one (see Toyne Wins, below) will have swing doors in all positions except the back step door. That will be a roll up. We didn't specify a brand, so it will be whoever Toyne uses as standard. Our Special Service truck is the same, swing except the back. It's an R-O-M. Several years ago I converted the back step door on our Duplex/Quality from a swing door to a roll up. They make good sense at that position. Based on experience with the Special Service, I bought a kit directly from R-O-M. It works O.K. but it's a little rough coming down. I know now that it's because I didn't follow their (very thorough) instructions to the letter.

    So on the balance, I can give R-O-M good marks. I've operated other doors that were also very good.

    One of our reasons for sticking with swing doors in the other positions is that they're great places to hang tools.

    Stay safe out there, everyone goes home!

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