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Old 06-16-2017, 04:41 PM   #1
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What have I done!? - New Central Alberta Skoolie Build

Just picked up my 2000 Freightliner 40ft school bus today!

https://imgur.com/gallery/XcNDT

Step one, remove seats!
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Old 06-16-2017, 07:02 PM   #2
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Old 06-16-2017, 09:21 PM   #3
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Welcome, bus Owner !

Cool ride ! You will get past the shock phase soon enough.

Get reading and planning your build !

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Old 06-17-2017, 02:14 AM   #4
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Old 06-17-2017, 07:37 AM   #5
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....by the looks of your of skoolie, I have the same one?

Stick or auto? ....just had mine appraised, waiting the last week for the insurance company to decide if they want to insure it or not.

Good luck on your build!
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Old 06-17-2017, 02:42 PM   #6
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Good luck on the build! At every turn I think you are likely to fund unexpected work, but you will get through it! Looks like a nice bus! Good luck with the insurance!
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Old 06-22-2017, 11:36 AM   #7
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Auto. Wawanesas insurance said they'll insure it as a Motorhome no problem. Just have to send in pictures of finished stuff.

So I have a dilemma I'm trying to work through. I was hoping that I had at least a 3/4" subfloor with the lino on top to work with so that I could put at least 3/4 rigid foam. But I just yanked up the floor and it's 1/2". My ceiling is exactly 6ft, and my wife is 5'10. She said that if she has to duck to walk around the bus, it's a deal breaker completely. So I have maybe a half inch to work with extra. How important is it to insulate the floor? It's going to be used down south so we can avoid most of the Alberta winter. But I would still have to drive through Alberta and the northern states and not have to rush if I don't have to. So far my backup plan is 1x4 strapping every 2ft with 3/4 rigid foam in between and half inch plywood on top. Then lino on that.
But I was wondering if I could just do half inch plywood with lino, like whats in there and spray foam the underside of the bus with 1" of closed cell foam instead. I was already planning on undercoating after the floor install. But this could eliminate that step as well.
Has anyone tried that?
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Old 06-22-2017, 11:55 AM   #8
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I'm considering similar issues myself. I've tentatively decided on the following:

1/2" rigid foam
19/32" (0.578") plywood
4 mm (.157") vinyl tile.

Total thickness should be about 1 1/4" and seems like a good combination of insulation, strength and finish quality.
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Old 06-22-2017, 11:58 AM   #10
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Take the roof up 10"
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