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Old 06-26-2014, 12:57 PM   #1
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Tile floors in bus, has anyone done this?

I recently remodeled my bathroom and found some tiles that I really like and think will look great in my bus. The tiles are pretty large (6" x 24") and look just like a wood floor. I have seen some people use tiles for countertops in bus conversions but I have never seen anyone use them for their floor. I am worried they might break due to movement when driving the bus, potholes etc. Just wondering if anyone has done this before and if so did you have any problems?
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Old 06-26-2014, 09:42 PM   #2
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Re: Tile floors in bus, has anyone done this?

Ceramic tile likes a rigid sub floor. The least bit of flex tends to crack the tile or pop it off the mortar. That said, I remember one conversion with tile in the shower area but no idea how well it worked out.

If you decide to go with ceramic use a latex additive to make the mortar more flexible.
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Re: Tile floors in bus, has anyone done this?

We did a tile floor in the bathroom on our conversion. Going on 2 years of fulltiming and not a single issue. We installed it just like you would over a wood subfloor.
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Re: Tile floors in bus, has anyone done this?

I would think you would have problems with cracking. If you want some insurance you can lay down Ditra. Its a plastic waterproof membrane that goes down with artificial thin set (I think read the instructions they are clear) then you tile on top of it. By separating the layers it can take shifting a lot better without cracking the tiles. You could also use durarock between the tile and the subfloor. I would go with Ditra because its weight much much less and guarantee no water seeps below.

My advice comes from the home construction world. You can lay down tile right on subfloor but the difference between a bathroom molding or rotting in 10 to 15 years vs lasting 100 is a waterproof membrane between wood and tile. I always look at ditra as the difference between doing it to code and doing it right.
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Old 07-03-2014, 12:49 AM   #5
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Re: Tile floors in bus, has anyone done this?

Thanks for the input. I was at Lowe's earlier today and found a self adhesive vinyl tile that can be grouted. They had it on one of the display boards with grout and it looked really nice. I think that is what I am going to do in my bus. I will post some pictures here when I do but that will probably still be a while.
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Re: Tile floors in bus, has anyone done this?

I would imagine if anything is going to give or crack it would be the grout. We did our counter tops the same way we did the floor.... plywood with cement board and then tile. While the floor is bombproof I can't say the same for the counter tops. My guess is there is a slight amount of movement/vibration with the counter tops and so I have a few spots with the grout popping up. Not a huge deal but still not what I was expecting. On the other hand, the 3x4 area of the bathroom is rock solid. I can't imagine how much off road or the like it would take to twist up a bus and warp the floor. These buses are built so rigid it is unreal. Either way you go, good luck. It should turn out looking nice.
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