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Old 10-14-2014, 11:56 AM   #111
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I've been saying this all over the forums, but in my opinion the final flooring layer should go in LAST! Build the subfloor with rigid foam then 5/8" or 3/4" plywood and build everything on top of it. After all the cabinets, benches, whatever are finished then add the final floor layer. Two benefits: you can replace the flooring down the road if it doesn't work out or it gets damaged; and you will end up using half as much flooring!
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Old 10-14-2014, 11:57 AM   #112
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Actually, there's one more benefit. You won't have to worry about scuffing or staining the floor during the construction phase of the bus interior. All the discoloration in the plywood will be hidden by the final flooring layer.
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Old 10-14-2014, 03:15 PM   #113
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I absolutely agree with the above. If your "final" flooring material runs under cabinets and such...and you (will someday) have to replace an area, you are much better off with material cut to fit around other elements rather than under them all. Likewise and even more so if you ever decide to replace it all. RV floors take a much worse beating than most household floors and generally don't last nearly as long.
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Old 10-15-2014, 11:14 PM   #114
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Thanks guys! We sold off our laminate flooring and will put in resilient vinyl planks at the end of the build! Got our first quote on spray foam today. Guy showed up without even a tape measure... Had to loan him ours. Took a couple half assed measurements and then we had to call back several times. I don't think he took us seriously. Gave us a $2300 quote. Not sure if that's normal for our area or not. Can't get any foam companies to return our calls. Might just end up ordering the DIY kit.
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Old 10-16-2014, 01:17 AM   #115
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The San Francisco Bay Area is a pretty expensive place. We paid a little over $900 for our closed cell foam project done by a professional outfit. I think your quote is way off base. However, I don't know about other areas of the country.
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Old 10-16-2014, 08:46 AM   #116
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The San Francisco Bay Area is a pretty expensive place. We paid a little over $900 for our closed cell foam project done by a professional outfit. I think your quote is way off base. However, I don't know about other areas of the country.
Really? Do you know how thick you had it sprayed? 1"? 2"? In between? I'll check around a bit more.
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Old 10-16-2014, 09:18 AM   #117
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Gave us a $2300 quote.
Though that may be a bit high, it's probably not far from what the DIY kits are likely to cost you. If you're doing your entire bus I would expect you will need 3 or 4 kits to do a proper 2" thick job (by proper, I mean with no low spots, no holes, etc..). The kits are around $600 each. The pros waste much less than the DIY folk do so clean up is easier. I learned this by experience! I won't ever use the DIY kits again. The couple hundred extra dollars it takes for a contractor to do the job is worth it, in my opinion.
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Old 10-16-2014, 10:55 AM   #118
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If the bus is mobile, you may be able to work a deal--Ask about going to them.

Especially if they have another smaller job nearby. Being able to share the travel and cleanup charges between the two jobs will save you and the other guy some money.
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Old 10-16-2014, 01:48 PM   #119
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If the bus is mobile, you may be able to work a deal--Ask about going to them.

Especially if they have another smaller job nearby. Being able to share the travel and cleanup charges between the two jobs will save you and the other guy some money.
Good tip! Thanks.
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Old 10-16-2014, 01:50 PM   #120
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Gave us a $2300 quote.
Though that may be a bit high, it's probably not far from what the DIY kits are likely to cost you. If you're doing your entire bus I would expect you will need 3 or 4 kits to do a proper 2" thick job (by proper, I mean with no low spots, no holes, etc..). The kits are around $600 each. The pros waste much less than the DIY folk do so clean up is easier. I learned this by experience! I won't ever use the DIY kits again. The couple hundred extra dollars it takes for a contractor to do the job is worth it, in my opinion.
I took my own measurements and estimated that we would need a 1200 board foot kit, which includes 2 of the $600 kits, plus shipping. Comes out to about $1500 for DIY. For $800 difference, we will, unfortunately, have to do it ourselves! But... if it's only a few hundred more then we will pay someone to do it. Calling a few more places today to (hopefully) get some more guys to come out. Also going to talk to the contractor from the other day. Perhaps we don't need it 2" thick and can save some cost at 1.5" thick, etc.
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