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Old 02-16-2014, 10:09 PM   #11
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ETA: We are also concerned about extreme heat sleeping up there in the summertime...
Many here have repainted their bus roofs and added some ceramic beads to the paint to cut down on solar heat gain. All who have used the additive reported a big difference in interior comfort.

Check out Hytechsales.com and "Buscote." Hytech sells beads you mix into your own paint and Buscote sells premixed paint.

Our resident home builder (Nat_ster) recommends Allure Trafficmaster vinyl plank flooring which isn't made from pressed wood so there'll be no issues with water swelling the planks. The planking isn't all that heavy so shouldn't add much weight.


I just checked out your video and MAN THAT THING IS HUGE!
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Old 02-17-2014, 12:08 AM   #12
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All I can say is OMG.

Please for the heath and safety of your children, speed up the process of moving into a healthy safe home.

Its a real shame that whoever built that did such a sticks and staples route. This is a real good example of why wood should not be used as a building material in a RV.

How did a rat get into a steel structure?

Did you get insurance on it?

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Old 02-17-2014, 12:29 AM   #13
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We don't plan to be in it for longer than we have to. The house we are building is a kit home and so shouldn't take as long as a typical home construction project.

The rat got in via a hole that was cut for a drain for the bathtub. My husband has since filled in the opening around the hole.

Regarding insurance: we have auto insurance on it, does it need to be transferred into an rv policy? It's currently registered non-op.
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Old 02-17-2014, 12:37 AM   #14
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We don't plan to be in it for longer than we have to. The house we are building is a kit home and so shouldn't take as long as a typical home construction project.

The rat got in via a hole that was cut for a drain for the bathtub. My husband has since filled in the opening around the hole.

Regarding insurance: we have auto insurance on it, does it need to be transferred into an rv policy? It's currently registered non-op.
Depends on where you live.

Most places only if you plan on driving it down the road.

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Old 02-17-2014, 12:44 AM   #15
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We have a one day moving permit for when we finally take it to the land.

Also, to ease your concerns, my husband, who has also been concerned with the potential contamination of Hanta virus, has been strictly following the guidelines listed on the cdc website for cleaning up after rodents:
http://www.cdc.gov/rodents/cleaning/index.html
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Old 02-18-2014, 10:57 PM   #16
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Its a real shame that whoever built that did such a sticks and staples route. This is a real good example of why wood should not be used as a building material in a RV.
I'm curious as to why you say that. We obviously haven't built our own before, but what does everybody else build with? Metal? Fiberglass?
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Re: Reckon we'll be double-deckin'...

Nat has stated in other threads that wood should never be used as a building material, due to the fact that it is affected by moisture and can swell, rot, mold, etc... Although I get what he is saying, I thinks it's overboard. My entire bus is built with wood and I love it. Laminate flooring, 2x4's, T&G knotty pine, plywood, etc... It's pretty much exactly what Nat would NOT build, lol... To each their own. Don't worry about it. Get it clean, keep it dry, and you'll be good. Sounds like an adventure!!!
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Yeah, I know... but I still like wood. It's warm, easy to work with, and is aesthetically pleasing. If you read that sentence with a dirty mind, it's pretty funny.

Also, that video doesn't really prove your point remotely. There was an equipment malfunction. They should have made sure no water was running before they left. For that trailer to not be destroyed by what happened, there could be no organic, porous material ANYWHERE in it.

Moral of the story, don't dump sewage all over your RV
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Interesting.

Again, I don't know much about this, but doesn't building with metal add a ton of weight? Something we're obviously concerned about with the whole 14' high issue...
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