The floor was screwed in! I just pulled up some of the plywood and the floor was PRISTINE...like it was fresh from the factory...pretty amazing. I am feeling very grateful.
I have decided not to pull out the side walls. Im going to go right over them with insulation and some sort of wood siding.
I will insulate the ceilings as well, and will give the floor a lining of aluminum liner stuff...not sure what it's called, then will insulate with foam that comes with the flooring and then flooring. Not a huge amount of insulation, but the plywood in there is already pretty thick, and then with the aluminum, and foam and flooring I will be good. I am also mostly going to be in California. I have a business here and won't be doing a lot of travel far away in cold months.
I am currently trying to get out the coving and the box that runs over the hoses on the right side to the heater and...the air breaks? Not quite sure what those pipes are all about. I want to remove the heater since it would be directly under the bed anyway. And we will have a small wood fire stove and I'll probably have a small propane heater for emergency warmth.
So I just have to remove the two front seat cushions, remove little remnants of the rubber floor, get out coving by grinding off stripped screws, remove the boxes covering the hoses, clean all the incredible grime that's accumulated over 34 years, remove the heater, clean clean clean, rescrew side walls back in, fill floor holes with caulking...then move onto working on the camper shell project!
I got a camper shell for free the other day- a really nice one too. I am planning on cutting the ceiling out above the kitchen, building a frame for it, and putting the camper shell on top-I think this will make the total height a little over 12 feet. My dad is going to help me with this, as I have NO clue how to start. We will also be cutting out a small space for a skylight box above the shower so it feels more spacious. I get all my good ideas in the shower, so it needs to feel good in there. We have decided on a galvanized steel trough tub. I think it will work best for us.
I am wondering if anyone can guide me on the cutting out the roof piece and removing the ribbing...if I remove say, 2 ribs...do I need to secure them first with a welded steel frame? If not Will the bus collapse in? Haha, that sounds silly, but I have no clue! Or can I cut, then secure them. ANy takers on that one?
thanks for the help ya'll!