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Old 03-04-2015, 11:03 AM   #11
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Well, I made a deal on the bus last night...$2550 pending the test drive goes well. As soon as the weather clears up and the snow melts we are going for a drive.

I can't wait to start remodeling the bus...I already purchased some wood laminate flooring.
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Old 03-04-2015, 12:58 PM   #12
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I already purchased some wood laminate flooring.
Vinyl plank flooring by traffic master would have been a far better choice for the moisture issues many skoolie conversions suffer from.

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Old 03-04-2015, 02:25 PM   #13
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I went with the laminate because I found some at Menards on clearance for $0.59/sqft. I'm trying to keep the cost down because this is mostly going to be a party bus/camper.

What kind of issues will I run into with the laminate? I just don't know if I can justify 3x the price of what I got the laminate for...
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Old 03-04-2015, 02:43 PM   #14
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Can't beat that price!
I'm using some laminate in mine. Not too much, just a bit I have leftover from doing two rooms in a house. Nice bamboo lookin stuff though!
For long term use, there probably are better solutions but there isn't a right or wrong way to build a school bus conversion. Especially a party/weekend bus.
Keep it simple and cheap, would be my thinking for something like that.
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Old 03-04-2015, 03:04 PM   #15
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It's just a lot more moisture sensitive. Most laminates are a thin photo layer on top of MDF or an MDF-like product. They're pretty moisture-resistant on the top, but not very much at all on the bottom (depends on the product). I think nat_ster was suggesting (and I totally drink the same Kool-Aid) that vinyl is pure plastic - it's totally waterproof and for a mobile type situation it's a great choice. You're never going to have to think about it.

I like the plank flooring products but I'm seriously thinking about doing a roll-out product, one of those cheap ones most people hate. They're nicer than they used to be, and no cracks. If I have to replace some I don't mind cutting it in at that point, but the advantage is it's a super-fast install if you do it before you install anything else.
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Old 03-04-2015, 05:00 PM   #16
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The vinyl plank is super fast to install. A pair of hand snips, a small square, and a pencil is all you need.

I'm not a fan of roll type flooring due to the install. Too much chance for error.

A party bus that no one cares about is one of the best places for the plastic flooring. Otherwise, you may end up with a swollen, buckled mess to trip over.

If it's just a party bus why even install flooring? My shed I live in is just the bare metal floor. It works great not having to care about messing up the pretty flooring. I can even drag hot ashes out of the stove right onto the floor.

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Old 03-04-2015, 06:02 PM   #17
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I would wonder why it has a Chevy engine instead of the original IH engine in it
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Old 03-04-2015, 07:05 PM   #18
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Roll vinyl flooring is a lot less durable than plank vinyl flooring. The cheap roll I bought and am using only as a water barrier is very delicate and already has holes and scratches. The plank flooring my girlfriend installed in her living room is very tough and looks more like real wood than a lot of real wood floors.
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Old 03-04-2015, 11:15 PM   #19
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OK, fair points. Plank flooring it is. Guess with all these ideas it's time to start my own project thread instead of hijacking others'...
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Old 03-05-2015, 11:27 AM   #20
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I would wonder why it has a Chevy engine instead of the original IH engine in it
I'm not really sure. I do know that the 366 Chevy was an engine used in a lot of medium-heavy duty trucks and buses. I don't know whether or not IH ever used this engine. I've been trying to look it up, but haven't had too much luck...the seller is going to send me a picture of the title so hopefully I can get more details from that.
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