Originally Posted by syke
So far I am really happy with the progress and how the metal studs are working out. Getting the windows in was a big turning point for the wife and I.
The wife has been itching to get the window coverings started.
More pictures to come as I finish framing up the kitchen and desk/bunk area.
Do you know how much lighter the metal studs are compared to wood? Has anyone used the metal studs and had some time tested info? I am wondering about the flexing of the studs when they have the weight of the walls and other items while driving down the highway.
When (or if) I find the bus I am looking for I hope to be living full time within a few years of finishing the transformation...I have not figured out to financially do that yet, but that is the goal. Plan A is the lottery. I don't have a plan B.
I would be traveling to all the places I wanted to see in the US and Canada and would be doing quite a few miles. I know the "Sticks and staple" RV's do NOT hold up well. I had the use of a 30' Gulfstream on 3 trips across country and before I took the third trip, I had to rebuild the front over head bunk due to ROT! When I took it apart, it was so flimsy, I could not believe it did not just cave in (before the rot!) while driving at 70+mph in the western states. 1"x1" aluminum square tube as the frame, the width and height of the flat part of the RV with only the window as support in the center! STYROFOAM (yes, regular flaky Styrofoam) as insulation and pretty much nothing else. A solid RV is an illusion. There is nothing solid about them. The couch fell apart, with very little use. My 75Yo mom and Her husband had used it since 18,000 miles so it was not abused while they had it. Doors didn't close so well, things needed constant repair and just basically rattled it's way down the highway. The empty weight of the RV was already over the registered weight before anything was added!
I guess you all know this, which is why you went with a Skoolie!
So, I want to avoid the squeeky creeky syndrome. The shell of the SB is already sturdy but add a couple of thousand pounds of stuff to the inside walls and floor...will the metal studs still outlast wood?