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Old 11-30-2007, 07:35 PM   #11
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I believe the biggest benefit of using the pink insulation will be sound dampening. I could tell a big difference between before with regular floor and after with the 1/2" insulation in between.
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Old 11-30-2007, 09:51 PM   #12
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Re: Subflooring question!

If nothing else go cheap and use the white foam insulation. The r-factor isn't as high, but it works just as well and is about half the price.
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Old 11-30-2007, 10:16 PM   #13
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There is a big difference between felt and tar paper. Felt is just that felt! It is used manly for hardwood floors. Tar paper does stink though. Felt is non smelly.
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I really appreciate all of the help you guys are giving me. I'm probably going to run up tomorrow morning and get some of that insulation stuff. There's no way I'll be able to wait to work on my bus until after Xmas! So the white stuff is cheaper huh? I don't see how the difference would be that much different. Do you think that I should put the felt paper between the insulation and metal floor? I swear, I didn't think that I'd have this much dilemma over my floor.
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I would for that stuff is a super moister barrier. And it also is good for noise. I put some down in mine before I laid my 3/4" plywood. I went with a thicker plywood since my floor was a little to rusty.

But those are my two cents.
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My floor is in pretty good shape. I haven't done much work to my bus. I bought all the wood, but the weather has been super crappy. Rainy with 40mph + winds. I'm not too motivated to be outside. Today, the sun is coming out, but it's VERY windy outside. The wind would snatch one of those insulation things right out of my hands! Probably the sub flooring too. I'm still deciding on how I want to do it. I'm thinking that I'll lay some felt paper down, lay the insulation on top of that, and then lay the sub flooring on top of the insulation. What do you guys think?
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40? That sounds like a tropical heatwave to me! Today is the first time in a week we've seen double digits...which is good because plowing twice last night (and again this morning) was on fun in the cold.

I think your plan sounds good. Just a generalized question for people that don't use furring strips...what do you anchor your walls to then? Do you just run really long screws through the subfloor and insulation down to the metal?
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Re: Subflooring question!

I have been wondering the same thing. The foam insulation is pretty dense, and when you have wood sub-flooring sitting on top, you don't really compress it at all. However, I'm worried about building on top of it like that. Originally, I was going to just lay the foam down, put the sub-flooring on top and then put screws through the wood, then the foam and into the metal. But I'm thinking that I should put some firring strips down as well. I still haven't even started on my floor yet as I've been hemming and hawing over what to do. The bus has just been sitting in my driveway for a couple days now. Oh, and today I was looking at the insulation again. The white stuff is actually more expensive than the pink stuff. How much does a firring strip cost? Say one that's 1/2"x1"? Thanks for all of the advice you guys have been giving me!
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Do you just run really long screws through the subfloor and insulation down to the metal?
that is my plan in some way or an other, but not all screws have to go all the way to the metal, (if at all) The plywood floor is fastend down enough, so putting screws just in to the ply wood shoul be enough, I think. Top of the walls will be secured to angle iron which will be attached to the roof rips.
If you look at a regular camper / RV the walls are just screwed or stapled to the floor. One good hit with a sledge hammer and they come out. (I know I tried it ) Not that I'm trying to build something flimsy as an Rv but I'm not going to overdue it either.
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I forgot to said it was in the low 80s this weekend brrrrrrrrr
are you nuts? BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR? for low 80's???? that summer im Northern BC
we are fighting -30F right now, with the windchill more like -40, that is called BRRRRRRRRRRR.
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