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Old 02-21-2011, 04:56 PM   #1
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Any purpose in removing rubber floor

guy/gals is there any reason to remove the rubber coating in the bus floor? I figured it would be a good sound deadner and insulation. i have in mind putting the 1/2 insulation down then 1/2 to 3/4 chip boat with a floor covering of some kind. really didnt see a reason to pull the rubber up.
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:15 PM   #2
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Re: Any purpose in removing rubber floor

most folks remove all the flooring down to the bare metal, that way you check the contion of the metal, you also get rid of that school bus smell, which im sure its part of the rubber flooring, with mine I went down to the metal, painted, rolled out a 3mm black rubber underlay , for sound deading, then 3/8 green baord foam, board insulation, 5/8 plywood.Im glad I did this, I know all the steel floor is good, next will be vinyl tile.

just my 2 cents, if you want you can cover over the rubber its up to you

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Old 02-22-2011, 06:33 PM   #3
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Re: Any purpose in removing rubber floor

A lot of people say it is what give the bus that bus smell. I removed mine today, and also found no wood and nice shiney metal with no rust. I plan on siliconing all the holes, putting down a sealant, then some foam board, followed by 1/4 palywood, topped with wood laminate. I will loose a little over an inch in head room, but feel it is worth it.
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Re: Any purpose in removing rubber floor

I can attest to the flooring being what gives the bus it's 'school bus smell'. If nothing else, tearing out the old to do proper inspection and rebuild will no doubt save you much grief later down the line.
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Re: Any purpose in removing rubber floor

We've peeked under our rubber flooring. Metal no plywood. I don't know where our bus came from... we bought it in Southwestern NC, it was previously owned by a white water rafting company out of Long Creek SC so the same general area. We're keeping the rubber. Ours is rather securely stuck to the metal.
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