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Old 07-26-2009, 08:33 PM   #71
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Posted video for Day 7 progress on BOB.
http://www.youtube.com/user/TygerCub

Yesterday I spent a couple of hours pulling the rubber mat off the driver's side. Sure enough, it's just rubber mat over metal. No plywood on my bus.

I'll try to get today's video edited and posted later this week. Today, I spent half the day doing the rest of the matting. Took quite a bit longer because I had to take so many breaks. It was just too stinkin' hot today! I had both A/C units cranked full-throttle, but the best they could manage was 85 degrees.

If ever there was an argument to put in extra insulation, it was made for me today!!!! That fiberglass may be in good shape, but it's sadly inadequate for the task of keeping the inside more than 10 degrees different from the outside.
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Old 07-27-2009, 06:30 AM   #72
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Mightybus, don't know if you'd want to go with no insulation on the floor unless you camp only in spring or fall. The heat was coming up from the floor just as much as through the walls and ceiling. And since it's just metal, it was doing a great job of retaining and radiating it up into the compartment. If you really want to go minimalistic, I'd say use a high-end carpet padding under your flooring at the very least. <shrug> Up to you.
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Old 07-27-2009, 09:52 AM   #73
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It might depend on the state where the bus comes from. Our bus came from IL insulation is really good- I was pleasantly surprised on how good the roof was done. I put in r5 foam on the floor, seems pretty descent.
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Old 07-27-2009, 10:04 AM   #74
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It was just too stinkin' hot today! I had both A/C units cranked full-throttle, but the best they could manage was 85 degrees.

What kind/size a/c units were you using? Are you parting out that rv unit parked next to the bus...for the bus?

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Old 07-27-2009, 06:43 PM   #75
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I'm not sure what size the A/C units are. I'll look next time I'm out there... probably not until this Saturday or Sunday.

I wish the RV was mine to part. Na, I'm just parked in an RV/boat storage lot that's about 5 miles from the house. That RV does look kinda rough, doesn't it? But that is just a mid-grade RV in a parking lot full of vehicles that range from rolling death trap to OMG swank!

Actually, there's a decent looking RE flat nose about four spots down from me. The lot owner said that another fella started to convert, then bought another pre-converted bus instead. If the interior of the bus wasn't so completely gutted (= down to the framing with no doors/floor/wiring/nothin) I'd be tempted to make him an offer for it.

But BOB's working out just fine, and I'm happy to have him.
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Old 07-27-2009, 07:23 PM   #76
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Coming from a person who remodels his own houses to save a buck....it is easier to start from the slab.

Coming from a person who bought a '69 convertible mustang that someone else started to restore...you will probably replace what they already did or redo it to your own liking.

You didn't buy a cheap motorhome...you could have for the money/time you will spend on converting a bus...because you were satisfied with someone elses idea of what a motorhome should be.

The blank pallet is by for the best way to go and Bob will be exactly what you think a Bob should be.

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ps are they rv ac's or window units?
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:47 AM   #77
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I just watched the demolition day 8 video and the rubber mat. LOL I remember my dad talking about that when he was working on his/mine now bus. Sometimes when he gets rolling on something he would forget a detail here or there. If you walk barefoot in my bus, you can feel the rail on either side of the rubber that runs down the center walkway under the carpet and padding that he forgot to remove when he put in the carpet.

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Old 07-28-2009, 12:44 PM   #78
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You have awesome ideas...and plans! Giving me great ideas for when we get ours. 2wks..and counting down to the big drive!
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ps~posted an Intro post earlier.. been sneaking around here learning for weeks! Just like you, Mark (hubby) and I are contemplating the never ending ideas of bus conversion!
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Welcome hmcastle55! Hope you guys have a blast getting your bus just the way you want it!

Swhite832, the A/C units are home window models that came with the bus when I bought him.

Also... notice the nifty pull-out ramp under the emergency exit door. Sweet!

Coolr, I'm really glad I pried up the railing. It was SO tempting to just leave everything down! Especially with the heat & humidity as bad as it's been lately. But once the floor was completely up, it looked so much better! It was just a huge relief to not have to wonder if I shoulda done it. But boy howdy was it a pain in the @$$! I can understand if your dad decided it was more of a pain than it was worth.
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Old 07-28-2009, 08:21 PM   #80
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Ya know... I've just realized that I've been sorely remiss in posting any photos lately.

Sorry guys! I'll try to remember to snap images between making the videos. It's one thing to write about progress, but it's another thing altogether to actually SEE what was done.

BTW... working on Day 9 of Demolition. Should be posted before bedtime tonight.
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