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Old 03-22-2012, 04:18 PM   #1
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Remove or Not to Remove - Rubber Floor...

Okay... yes I've heard "Remove the Rubber Floor / Remove the School Bus Smell"...

How many remove the Rubber Floor if given the chance?
I'm going to pick up the Laminate Flooring this evening but would like some feed back on if you think the Foam Liner would block out the smell. I'm going to have Beadboard sides, Wood Trim around windows, Wood Slat ceiling, with a small section of bead board down the center of the Ceiling - maybe 3'-4' wide.

I'd like to keep it in / remove it for these reasons:

Pros - Extra layer of Sound Proofing

Cons - Possible Rubber Smell
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Old 03-22-2012, 04:46 PM   #2
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Re: Remove or Not to Remove - Rubber Floor...

Its kind of a personal decision based on condition, how much rust if any under it. I have several rust areas Im repairing so I removed mine.

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Re: Remove or Not to Remove - Rubber Floor...

And it's not just rust. There's a host of mold that can grow under it too. It's up to you.
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Old 03-22-2012, 05:24 PM   #4
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Re: Remove or Not to Remove - Rubber Floor...

Going to pull it I think... then 1/2" Foam Board, 1/2" or 5/8" Plywood, then Moisture Barrier, then a light color Wood Laminate Flooring.
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Re: Remove or Not to Remove - Rubber Floor...

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Going to pull it I think... then 1/2" Foam Board, 1/2" or 5/8" Plywood, then Moisture Barrier, then a light color Wood Laminate Flooring.

good plan what i did. pulled down to bare metal painted ,etc, I think a person isnt a true skoolie till they do one of the hardest parts of a conversion(floor removeal to the bare metal) sweat blood and tears

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Re: Remove or Not to Remove - Rubber Floor...

We pulled our rubber floor... there was a lot of moisture under there due to a leaky roof hatch. Preparing to paint the floor this weekend, with rustoleum primer + hytech insulating additive. We do not want to lose any extra interior height to insulation, so if the hytech is not good enough for us (we only generally camp during nice weather) we will insulate from underneath.
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Re: Remove or Not to Remove - Rubber Floor...

leaving mine. its perfectly good shape and id just mess it up to tear it out!
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Re: Remove or Not to Remove - Rubber Floor...

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Going to pull it I think... then 1/2" Foam Board, 1/2" or 5/8" Plywood, then Moisture Barrier, then a light color Wood Laminate Flooring.

good plan what i did. pulled down to bare metal painted ,etc, I think a person isnt a true skoolie till they do one of the hardest parts of a conversion(floor removeal to the bare metal) sweat blood and tears

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I pulled mine, but still haven't figured out what I'm gonna do yet... And I think you have to remove at least 2000 rivets before you are a true skoolie...
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Re: Remove or Not to Remove - Rubber Floor...

Just depends on how good the bus floor is, and what you want to do. Most of my busses i removed the floor.. esp the wood floor coach... on this thomas, i removed the center section, cleaned and flipped it over and reglued it so i would have a flat rubber floor to put underlay for the pergo flooring... then i glued that stuff down also.
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... I think a person isn't a true skoolie till they do one of the hardest parts of a conversion(floor removal to the bare metal) sweat blood and tears

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I guess we aren't true skoolies then. Our rubber floor will stay. It is securely fastened to the floor. The only thing I have done was remove small circles of flooring with a hole saw so that I could seal up all those holes in the floor left by the various screws and bolts. Our floor doesn't smell. Even in 100F heat. We plan on laying Armstrong commercial floor tiles on top. I put the same stuff in the popup and it held up very nicely to the dirt and gravel campgrounds we stayed in.
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