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Old 04-01-2007, 01:39 AM   #1
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How noisy is your bus when you frame with wood.

I am not looking for a Rolls Royce, but creaks, rattles, squeeks that can be avoided drive me nuts. When I picked up the bus, the clock rattled. I fixed that (temporarily) with a gum wrapper. All the crap that was in the bus made lots of noise. I only made it home because I told myself this was not permanent. I talk to myself sometimes, OK, I talk to myself all the time. Happy now. So how much noise comes from the walls, counters, etc. that are made with wood? Has anyone used aluminum?
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Old 04-01-2007, 02:04 AM   #2
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I've thought about the same thing. I've been going through my bus and eliminating all of the rattles. It's mainly the windows and the emergency windows in particular. When I start building, I'm going to bu using a lot of liquid nails and wood glue. I LOATHE squeaks and rattles. I'd imagine that aluminum would make more noise than wood. Use lots of glue, nails and sealant and you should be able to keep the noise to a tolerable level.
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I agree. The noise in my bus is not from the stuff I did, but rather from the factory stuff. Those bodies flex a lot by design and you're going to hear it. Liquid Nails is like magic, but your best bet is going to be to build stuff so it can easily move the little bits that it needs to silently if you want it to be quiet. Being less dense and rigid that aluminum means that wood should be quieter. It has insulating properties. Many speaker cones, on the other hand, are made from aluminum because it transmits sound waves so well. Just some food for thought.
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Old 04-01-2007, 09:30 AM   #4
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So if I hook up speaker wires to aluminum framing, I'll have one big speaker?

I have never ridden in a converted school bus before. I just thought all that wood would make lots of noise.
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Old 04-01-2007, 11:47 AM   #5
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i'm opposed to carpet in my skoolie....but i do have to admit that putting carpet and pad in my first bus made things way way quieter!
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I am certain that all of the wood in my bus makes it quieter and probably stiffens all the long factory metal. I have a few things that squeek when driving but the vast majority of the noise come from the engine, windows, and wind noise.
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Old 04-01-2007, 09:26 PM   #7
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... WHAAAT ??? I CAN"T HEAR YOU.... I'VE GOT THE RADIO TOO LOUD ...
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My little bus isn't too noisy at all and most of my metal panels are still visable and my floor is still only plywood. But I also drive a school bus about once every other week on saturday or sunday for different school trips or church groups so maybe I am just used to the sound inside the bus.
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Its not as noticable until your passengers decide they would like to watch a DVD on the tv and end up having to turn the volume up all the way just to hear the movie over the engine and road noise.
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Old 04-02-2007, 08:15 PM   #11
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I found when framing to make sure the wood studs did not touch the ceiling causes far less (if any) squeaks. I learned this after going all the way up on the first conversion. It drove me crazy with all the squeaking coming from where the walls met the roof . And throwing down a few rubber backed small carpet peices help with driving noise, and the dogs appreciate it also.

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Thats a good point steve. Now that I think about I don't even turn on the am/fm radio's while driving a school bus or any bus for that matter. I often do the ear clip on the right ear in a bus for tunes. I did look up the law by the way and it is legal to do that in one ear only.
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My plan is to place a thin rubber gasket material between the wood and the metal when I screw down the headers and footers to my walls. This should give me some flexibility between the two stiff layers: Metal & Wood.
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That's not a bad idea. I've done a similar thing on just about every vehicle I've owned. Plastic dashboard material just doesn't deal well with drastic changes in temperature and humidity and it starts to squeak which drives me nuts. My solution? Disassemble the dash and put those little felt self stick circles between every panel. You'd think they would do it from the factory....I think your idea to use rubber should work equally well since you're dealing with parts on a much grander scale.
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