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Old 04-27-2019, 10:24 PM   #1
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And so the fun begins! Temporary stuff that was put in for insurance and motor vehicles department has been removed. Got about 1/4 of the plywood up and of course there's rust. so far hitting it with a hammer hasn't gone through so I think I'm in good shape.
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Old 04-28-2019, 09:52 AM   #2
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I got my TC1000 in Tucson almost 2 years ago. Wasn't going to do the floor, but I got stuck in 6 months of rain with little drips, so now I'm going at it. Thinking I'm leaving the wheelchair tiedown tracks and fill in new flooring between them. Hatin' it! Now I see your rust, and I'm thinking I really should.


Did you get your bus in Tucson or AZ in general?
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Old 04-28-2019, 10:23 AM   #3
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Almost got a bus like that. Went with the "dog nose" one because I'll be going into BLM a lot. But I really like how your style of bus has that extra usable space.


Looking forward to seeing what you do!
When ours is finished, we'll surely be in your area eventually-so I'll let you know and maybe we can meet up.
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Old 04-28-2019, 10:26 AM   #4
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Are you leaving in the wheelchair tie downs? I have the same thing and they seem like useful things to have, but not sure the floor can be insulated with hose on.


I'm thinking those tie downs can be better used up on the deck,when I build it.
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Old 04-28-2019, 10:51 AM   #5
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Are you leaving in the wheelchair tie downs? I have the same thing and they seem like useful things to have, but not sure the floor can be insulated with hose on.


I'm thinking those tie downs can be better used up on the deck,when I build it.
I want to leave my WC tiedowns in. I will be using them to attach the "furniture" to (bed, shelves, stove, etc.) then I can move it around in the future. I will cover the floor with throw rugs in the winter, and avoid living where it deep freezes (possibly snowbirding); I don't mind the cold, so much. Just when cooking with a heavy jacket, and its sleeves getting in the way.
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Old 04-28-2019, 12:40 PM   #6
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I took out my floor wheelchair rails - I do miss them a little - mostly I wish I added a little more insulation to the floor - but I really did not want to lose any headroom. I was in Arizona for most of the winter - but I have been a few places that drop to the low teens at night - and barely 20s or low 30s during the day - and the floor is certainly cold.

Can you do a rubberized coating under the bus to help create a barrier? Like bed truck lining? like Lizardskin? Does anyone have any thoughts / experience on that?
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Old 04-28-2019, 01:07 PM   #7
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I almost left the floor in after reading about how difficult it can be to remove the rails. About 20% we were able to get out without cutting. The rest a cutoff blade on a grinder seems to be the easiest way so far. The floor looked decent with only a couple of ripples through most of it and just a little swelling by the WC door. I decided to just rip it up and see what kind of mess I could make and glad I did as you can see the pictures below.
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Old 04-28-2019, 01:11 PM   #8
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I got my TC1000 in Tucson almost 2 years ago. Wasn't going to do the floor, but I got stuck in 6 months of rain with little drips, so now I'm going at it. Thinking I'm leaving the wheelchair tiedown tracks and fill in new flooring between them. Hatin' it! Now I see your rust, and I'm thinking I really should.


Did you get your bus in Tucson or AZ in general?
Tucson. It's been here all it's life. Hopefully can change that soon!
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Old 04-28-2019, 01:14 PM   #9
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It's almost always worse than you imagine on the floor. Which is why we push so hard for that process to be completed.
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Old 04-28-2019, 03:51 PM   #10
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I'm glad I decided to take the floor up. I plan on living at least 6 months a year in the bus for many years and keeping it many more. I think I caught it in time. Hitting the worst areas with a hammer (fairly hard) doesn't make me think its to deep yet. Not something I would want to deal with a few years down the road when the build is complete.
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