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Old 05-24-2016, 11:55 PM   #1
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How to seal and level metal floor?

Hello everybody. You probably don't remember me because I was only here briefly and I took a 5 year break on our bus. However, I am in the process of converting a double decker bus into an rv.

I am wondering if anybody has advice on what options I have and what would be the best option for trying to seal, insulate and level a metal floor so that I can lay down wood flooring? Currently the metal floor dips considerably toward the middle. I was thinking of doing something like bed liner to seal it from moisture and level it much of the way, then lay down 1/4 inch plywood to flatten and give the wood floor something to expand/contract on.

Any advice? I am going to be posting some more questions in separate threads.

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Old 05-25-2016, 01:37 AM   #2
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First off, cool build. I'm glad to see someone not making another one of those into a coffee shack. I wanted to give you some idea of what we're going to expect from you.



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Old 05-25-2016, 06:51 AM   #3
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maybe get in underneath it and jack it up to level then weld a couple cross members in to keep it where you want it?
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Old 05-25-2016, 07:57 AM   #4
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is it sagging because of the poles holding up the upper floor? or was it done purposely.. ie if you aree underneath does it look like it was built to have a slope in it downward toward the center to perhaps give extra ceiling height in the aisles?

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ive used a self leveling epoxy... slick stuff...."Devcon" if i remember right


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If the floor is dipping in the middle that sounds structural and needs to be properly addressed. As noted above, check from below, lift and and add bracing as needed.
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Old 05-25-2016, 12:09 PM   #7
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Thanks for the responses. I am sure it isn't a structural issue. This metal is quite thick and the bend go along with various elements on the floor. I will try to take a picture and post it this weekend.

The dip is to allow for more head room while walking down the center isle between the seats. The seats are no longer there and we are a short enough family we can sacrifice the 1/4 to 1/2 dip if it gives us a wood floor.

thanks turf, I will check it out.
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That's a very cool bus to have while you kids are still with you.

This is such an unusual build that you're going to be teaching a lot of us new things.
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