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Old 07-28-2019, 08:26 PM   #1
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Insulation and subfloor

Hi, everyone!

I have a bus. YAY!!!! Our plan is to turn the bus into a nonprofit children's bookstore. My number one priority is waterproofing the roof and windows in order to protect books. Based on what I've read, I plan to use a 3M polyurethane seam sealer on the roof then cauking windows with Dynatron 550. Please let me know if I'm overlooking something.

My question tonight is about insulation and subfloor. The book bus will be out and about town 3-4 days a week, setting up shop for no more then 6 hours tops. If it's terribly cold or terribly hot, the bus won't be out. Also, we will be using generator to run ac/heater when "store" is open.

Because no one is living on ths bus, how much do we need to worry about the subfloor and wall/ceiling insulation? Is what the bus came with good enough (2003 Chevy Express 3500)? Oo should I follow the standard advice given for liveable skoolies?

Thanks so much!
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Old 07-30-2019, 04:45 PM   #2
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Since no one is really spending any time on the bus, insualtion is much less critcal than if it were lived in. This will save you a bunch of extra work if you have an alternate source for heat or AC..
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Howeva... If an alternative perspective may be injected...
As I recollect; yours will be a non-profit endeavor, so unlikely to be recipient to any fat subsidies.
Regardless of the season, making an effort to improve upon the floor and ceiling insulations seems a worthwhile investment.
Either you'll be running your genny at full-tilt boogie while parked, or you'll be running off customers because either their feet are becoming blocks of ice, or their huevos are hard-boiling in the sac...
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Howeva... If an alternative perspective may be injected...
As I recollect; yours will be a non-profit endeavor, so unlikely to be recipient to any fat subsidies.
Regardless of the season, making an effort to improve upon the floor and ceiling insulations seems a worthwhile investment.
Either you'll be running your genny at full-tilt boogie while parked, or you'll be running off customers because either their feet are becoming blocks of ice, or their huevos are hard-boiling in the sac...
Mi dos centavos.
The insulation may also be moldy if there has been a leak at some point, presumably not something you want to expose children to. My insulation looked brand new when I removed it but YMMV.
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Hence my suggestion to, "improve upon"
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I used 1/4" insulation on my subfloor and even though the "R" factor is low, it made a huge difference in road noise. I prepped the bare floor, laid tar paper down, laid the 1//4" insulation, and then the 5/8" plywood...........
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Did you clad the wheel wells, or is that paint?
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