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Old 05-08-2017, 07:24 PM   #1
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Best framing guide?

Hey guys, so I've come out of hibernation. I seem to abandon this place every winter.

Last year I got the new floor in, but as I have little to no experience in construction or framing, I'm wondering which topics and build threads you all would recommend for me to read on how to approach framing the bus. We have a general floor plan figured out, just want to know how to proceed from here!

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there are as many ways to construct a bus as there are builders.

that being said.....

i am from the cabinet type of people. all my bus is 3/4" plywood boxes screwed together with the help of a kreg jig.

all my plumbing and electrical are in the bus sidewalls, so no reason for any depth to the walls.

people frame like they do houses with 2x4's, some use metal 2bys like office buildings. some use metal and face frames of wood. i just used 3/4" ply and a kreg jig.

i posted a pic the other day of it so i have it handy - Kreg jig\



and check out my build thread under my signature.

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The best way to work out a floor plan is to put the things you will need in your bus. It's easy enough to put a bed in. As many have said, tape outlines on the floor or cardboard boxes representing what you intend to build, even if you're currently using lawn furniture.
Better yet, go camping. Make a little cook station. Start working out a floor plan. Or you can do it on paper then build it, and change it later.
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I am considering the different methods as well. I don't have carpentry experience but I stayed at a Holuday Inn expess once.


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Start on the side walls. If you will be using wood I prefer a 2x3 as opposed to a 2x4. I used self tapping screws to affix them to the walls. Then fill the voids with your choice of insulation. Next run all plumbing and electrical wiring along the walls then cover with your preferred panels. Make sure you place studs where all walls will be affixed.
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Start on the side walls. If you will be using wood I prefer a 2x3 as opposed to a 2x4. I used self tapping screws to affix them to the walls. Then fill the voids with your choice of insulation. Next run all plumbing and electrical wiring along the walls then cover with your preferred panels. Make sure you place studs where all walls will be affixed.
Thanks so far guys!

Totallyskooled, is there any discussion that you've seen or do you know personally if there's a certain type of panelling that is preferred to go with for less rattling, noise reduction etc.

I guess any pros and cons of any type of panelling is of interest in general.
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I intend to use tongue and groove solid wood barn siding type of panelling. It comes in varying thicknesses and can be stained or painted to suit your preference. To attach it use wood screws in addition to a construction adhesive. Both in the joints and along the studs. I am worried about the natural flexing of the bus causing rattling which is why I prefer screws over nails.
As far as a particular discussion or video I am unaware. Its all personal preference.
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I wish there was a thank you button on this forum, I appreciate all the info so far.

Thanks everyone!
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I intend to use tongue and groove solid wood barn siding type of panelling. It comes in varying thicknesses and can be stained or painted to suit your preference. To attach it use wood screws in addition to a construction adhesive. Both in the joints and along the studs. I am worried about the natural flexing of the bus causing rattling which is why I prefer screws over nails.
As far as a particular discussion or video I am unaware. Its all personal preference.
We have opted to go this route as well. We will loose some floor space (not much) but it will make the building process much easier.
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