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Old 12-12-2016, 04:21 PM   #1
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Flooring - My idea good or bad?

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Still in the due diligence phase and was curious what the line of thought was for installing a flooring in a bus. I plan on gutting and installing ply down for the floor and then to install a floating floor over that to make it looked finished.

The more I think about it I am starting to think it could potentially be a bad idea. I originally thought of doing this due to the fact that I have close 2000 sqft of it not in use and could take advantage of materials all ready on hand.

Anyone out their who has done this and regretted it or does it just come down to a preference.

I am just wondering if using a floating floor click and lock would eventually start to come apart and heavy traffic arears which would be all of it would start to show wear and tear very quickly.

Thanks in advance for any ideas, advice, photos, ect....
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Old 12-12-2016, 06:57 PM   #2
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Doesn't seem like that big of a deal to me since it's one of the last things I'm going to do with the bus. I'll probably float it and then glue it down if it starts to come up. I may also glue modestly but I want to make sure it's relatively easy to remove and replace. I also may screw down just the edges and put some trim over it. Minor details though.

I plan to use fake wood vinyl if it's relevant.
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Old 12-12-2016, 07:03 PM   #3
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Doesn't seem like that big of a deal to me since it's one of the last things I'm going to do with the bus. I'll probably float it and then glue it down if it starts to come up. I may also glue modestly but I want to make sure it's relatively easy to remove and replace. I also may screw down just the edges and put some trim over it. Minor details though.

I plan to use fake wood vinyl if it's relevant.
Thanks for your reply. Also I loved your website and have added it to my favorites!
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Old 12-12-2016, 07:19 PM   #4
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Thanks for your reply. Also I loved your website and have added it to my favorites!
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Depending on the size of your bus, don't forget to leave access to the screwed down panel in the floor, in line with the filler plate. That's access to part of the fuel system, and if you ever bring your bus in for major fuel system maintenance, the mechanics will probably tear up your floor getting at it.
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Old 12-12-2016, 07:53 PM   #6
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Depending on the size of your bus, don't forget to leave access to the screwed down panel in the floor, in line with the filler plate. That's access to part of the fuel system, and if you ever bring your bus in for major fuel system maintenance, the mechanics will probably tear up your floor getting at it.
Oh my.....I am glad I asked this question because I would have not thought of that!

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Old 12-12-2016, 07:54 PM   #7
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Hello,

Still in the due diligence phase and was curious what the line of thought was for installing a flooring in a bus. I plan on gutting and installing ply down for the floor and then to install a floating floor over that to make it looked finished.

The more I think about it I am starting to think it could potentially be a bad idea. I originally thought of doing this due to the fact that I have close 2000 sqft of it not in use and could take advantage of materials all ready on hand.

Anyone out their who has done this and regretted it or does it just come down to a preference.

I am just wondering if using a floating floor click and lock would eventually start to come apart and heavy traffic arears which would be all of it would start to show wear and tear very quickly.

Thanks in advance for any ideas, advice, photos, ect....
I just read about this yesterday in January's issue of Motorhome mag, They don't recommend a floating floor,
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That's kind of what I was thinking as well. I did see where someone used plywood, took a torch to it and then clear coated it and the finished product looked really cool.

Thanks for the advice.
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That's kind of what I was thinking as well. I did see where someone used plywood, took a torch to it and then clear coated it and the finished product looked really cool.

Thanks for the advice.
Interesting; that was the floor i saw that i wanted to do too. In the end i have large rugs everywhere so it is best i never bothered.

Still a sweet looking wood floor.
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Old 12-12-2016, 08:15 PM   #10
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laminate floating floor going around so many obstacles would be a real pain to install.
None of it tolerates getting wet, damp or even high humidity levels.
The makers are just now starting to market water resistant varieties.

Stick down vinyl planks.......I just can't see 500 feet of seams and edges not coming up now and then.

They do make some really good vinyl sheet flooring nowadays too.
One piece can cover the entire floor with no seams.
Waterproof and a vapor barrier as well.
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Old 12-12-2016, 08:31 PM   #11
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they make a solid vinyl click and lock flooring, lowes has it at 1.69 a sq foot. great stuff, the only thing i put in basements now.
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Old 12-12-2016, 11:59 PM   #12
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I too am beginning my build and my thoughts on flooring anywhere are durability and overall maintenance. I have decided on sheet vinyl as there are so many different styles and if it's a wood look you are wanting there really are many patterns and colors to choose from. Good luck!
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Old 12-13-2016, 12:06 AM   #13
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Whatever you put down...try to use the most waterproof material you can find. Between condensation and all the various fluids that somehow wind up indoors on a bus/RV...you will be thankful.

Me...I'm going with Pirelli rubber tile. There are places in the Paris Metro where it has been on the floor for over forty years and still looks great.
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Old 12-13-2016, 07:40 AM   #14
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I love my rubber/polyvinyl floor from HD. Just a thought. Never will get water damage.
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Old 12-13-2016, 08:27 AM   #15
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Me...I'm going with Pirelli rubber tile. There are places in the Paris Metro where it has been on the floor for over forty years and still looks great.
I'm going to have to call B.S. on that. I don't remember ANYTHING on the Paris metro looking good much less great!!
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Not all of the Paris Metro is beautiful, but much of it is. And while most of the old Pirelli has been replaced there are a few areas that still have it. And given that much of it survived WWII, it still looks good.


Theirs...


...Mine (yet to be installed).

I have to say though, my favorite parts of the Metro are the old Art Nouveau elements. Some amazingly beautiful metal work...


Would love to have this as railing for my rear deck.
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Not all of the Paris Metro is beautiful, but much of it is. And while most of the old Pirelli has been replaced there are a few areas that still have it. And given that much of it survived WWII, it still looks good.


Theirs...


...Mine (yet to be installed).

I have to say though, my favorite parts of the Metro are the old Art Nouveau elements. Some amazingly beautiful metal work...


Would love to have this as railing for my rear deck.
That ain't the Paris metro I saw. No clue where the hell I was. It was in '94 and I wasn't planning on staying in Paris but someone at the airport decided to grab my suitcase and leave theirs.
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Depending on the size of your bus, don't forget to leave access to the screwed down panel in the floor, in line with the filler plate. That's access to part of the fuel system, and if you ever bring your bus in for major fuel system maintenance, the mechanics will probably tear up your floor getting at it.
The tank straps on my bus look to be 16gage sheetmetal with 5/8 all thread welded to them that bolt into crossbars, my plan is to bolt all thread in place that is about 4in longer than what on the strap now have new metal bent for straps & secure from the side of the tank. I've already moved my fuel tank rearward about 20in so I know I have enough wire & fuel line to lower the tank & reach the fittings if I need to.
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Old 12-13-2016, 02:37 PM   #20
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Wow! That looks amazing and again thanks for all the tips! Off subject but kind of excited about what I did today!

I went to the bus garage for our local school system and they were over the top friendly, helpful and over the top excited to tell me everything they could. I got to see what a line item sheet looked like, they let me go back and talk to the head mechanic! They gave me a contact here locally that gets all of their buses for resale! Awesome experience!


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