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Old 01-18-2005, 03:43 PM   #1
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Removing the Rubber Flooring--Good idea?

The weather is warming up here in Utah, thanks to global warming, and I am getting back to working on my bus. What are the pro's and con's of the rubber flooring? I am going to put carpet in. I don't have rubber flooring in my house and I can't see why it would be an advantage in my bus. I'm on my first conversion and would like to have some input. Thanks.

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Old 04-18-2005, 03:40 PM   #2
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You've probably already made your decision but I would remove it. Won't serve a purpose if you are carpeting, just adds more weight for no reason.

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I think it would act as a good moisture barrier if the floor is wood or partical board.
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Mine seemed to do a good job of trapping moisure (over plywood). If there's a chance that moiture can get under it then you risk rotting the wood. Part of mine works good as a rubber mat in front of my workbench

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Old 04-19-2005, 01:54 PM   #5
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I ripped mine out just to get the floor even. the center isle had metal running strips that stuck up from the floor about .25". I threw plywood and linoleum tiles down and i like how its working as far as sound and insulation...
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Old 04-23-2005, 11:00 PM   #6
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I would not only recomend ripping up the rubber matt,but the whole wood floor. School buses sweat a lot and you would be suprised at the amount of rust that could be there.Ours wa rusted through the floor in some places and needed to be reinforced.~ Pixie
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the rubber mat in mine did an excellent job of trapping moisture and rusting the floor!!!
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Old 07-05-2005, 04:54 PM   #8
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Rubber floor removal

It took a while to get to it, but I removed the rubber flooring. What I found was damp plywood. That didn't seem too good. I also ripped out the wood and found that the metal floor wasn't really too rusty. I'll be replacing the wood in the next few days and start building this old bus up. And, yes I am glad I did it.

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Old 07-16-2005, 12:04 AM   #9
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Just wondering.... what thickness of plywood are you/did you put down? I too am going to be ripping up the floor and putting carpet down, but I am wondering if I should just put it right over the steel?? (after paint of course) or should I put down 3/4" so I have something to screw into, or is 1/4" thick enough?
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What we did was put 1x2"s the length of the bus ,then we put foam insulation in between,and a layer of 1'4 inch plywood on top.

We chose a tounge and groove wood floor,rather than carpet because of ease in cleaning-and looks.-Pixie
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