Originally Posted by pepepito
Ok this is interesting :
Pictures of the demolition I will upload some but to give you and idea I'm still removing panels, need to replace rear windows panel because of rust so right now I have half of the bus without interior panels, it is a short bluebird 2002 chevy 6.5L diesel.
I was thinking to screw 2x2 against the ribs and use something like fir that is harder than pine but I see in the picture you went parallel to the ribs ? My idea was to add more thickness for more insulation because I will like to go to alaska in the winter with this bus at some point and I'm short guys so head room is still good if I add the 2x2 in the floor and ribs but may be there is a better method or is not much what I gain in insulation value by adding 2x2....I dunno.
I read a ton of threads about builds and I see people going different ways and I just wanted to to get an idea of pros and cons of each approach before starting to screw thing together.
For example :
Cabling : I was thinking to route the cables through the floor using piping but I could use the original side panels for it but I haven't found threads mentioning benefit of one over the other. Questions about this that come to mind are like, what about routing in ceiling and heat from outside ? if batteries are going to be in the floor or under the bus maybe is better co table through the floor ? what about installing the piping and then do the injected insulation ? is that recommended or you can just cut the injected insulation by hand after to install the pipes?
AC : I see a lot of people installing forced air AC but I want ducted because the bus didn't come with AC and I know is a huge pain in the but to install AC on Checy express/savanha because you need a whole new wiring harness so I was thinking to cool myself while driving in hot weather by ducting under my feet and from the top but I haven't seen something like that in any thread/project website but I have found documentation of RV builds that have such setups.
AC/Diesel Furnace: I know some rv AC have a heater controler/connection so they can force air from furnace through the ducted AC vents that could allow the hot air to go back down from the top and therefore use less heat etc and this goes back to the cabling ducting question that maybe routing from the top is easier.
sorry for the many questions.
for driving A/C its not hard to install in a savannah / express to get dash air... that van should already have the dash vents... there are kits that include all to upgrade heater only to A/C... Ive done it before for those and econolines... a but of work but good solid dash A/C...
there are camper rooftop A/C units made that have ducting... you would need a large inverter / alternator or ru na generator when driving to get cool air that way... you could duct it overhead to the driver compartment.. then you have A/C for driving as well as being parked from the same unit....
I believe there are some procey high end units now that are fully central which work through your furnace ducts... im not familiar with those...