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Old 10-16-2012, 08:46 AM   #1
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Warren our bus

Hello everyone. Totally new to converting our bus with a ton of questions. I have spent almost a month trolling the boards to find answers to as many questions as possible. We purchased a 1998 Thomas on a IH chassis.It has the 444E engine and Allison transmission. One question I have is now that I have removed the seats and am starting to remove the rubber type flooring to get to the metal should I put foam board insulation down (1 inch) and then either 1/2 or 3/4 inch plywood down before my regular floor? Or is there a better option? Also what is the most common way to attach the insulation/plywood? Thanks for any info!
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:28 PM   #2
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Welcome. Everything you need to know is on this site. Keep reading about all the different methods that the people here have used.

In my bus, I put 3/4 inch Styrofoam board and 3/4 inch wood floor boards on top. The wood floor looked great for a while. It is worn now because of my two dogs. Also, it is cold on my feet in the winter. I have to use rugs on top of the wood.

I had a motorhome before my bus. It had vinyl floor. It was durable. It never got scratched by the dogs, and it was easy to clean.

There are many approaches to what to put in the bus for flooring. Keep reading all the input from the people on this site. It is a friendly place.

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Remember to post a lot of photos. That is everyone's favorite thing. It is best if you use Photobucket to upload your pics. Then you can easily post as many pics as you want onto this site.
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:01 PM   #3
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I made a photobucket account but not sure how to post some of the pics here? Any suggestions? Oops - I think I figured it out - excuse the post
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:39 PM   #4
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:44 PM   #5
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:45 PM   #6
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Rust around the left rear wheel-well
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:46 PM   #7
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Seats are out!
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:08 PM   #8
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Now the fun begins! BTW, I am convinced that the rust around the wheel wells is an engeenered occurrance-- sort of like the explosion that takes place along the top of the back seat of most cars the day you write your final payment HA HA
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Old 10-27-2012, 04:04 PM   #9
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Suggestions on repairing this anyone? Pop riviting sheet metal in or welding in some plate or?
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Old 10-27-2012, 08:52 PM   #10
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Weld in is probably best but for a quick fix, chip off the rust, treat the rusted areas with rust converter, pop rivit in some light weight metal. clean patch area free of dirt, oil and loose stuff without using water and then cover the patch area (both sides) with Bondo fortified with fiberglass strands(aka kITTYHAIR). Then paint to cover well beyond the patch. This will get you down the road and will last a few years if done properly. The purists will complain about structural integrity and they are right but that area isn't the number one most important spot--unless you get hit there My two cents worth.
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