Originally Posted by Elliot Naess
I don't understand why people tear out the old floor. That has to be a ton of work! Unless it is that the plywood is rotten like on my first bus -- the floor was actually soft in many areas. On Millicent (my new TC2000) I will leave the floor alone. Mind you, we are not trying to make Millicent into any kind of Wanderlodge. Everything will be crude and simple and functional. Drag pounds of mud in on our shoes and hose it out with the garden hose.
I'll try to chronicle the roof lift here.
I have to laugh!
Here's a guy about to raise the roof on a 40' long bus saying that pulling up some rubber and ply from the floor must be a ton of work! [You're quite likely right but my goodness, in comparison I think the floor is a piece of cake.
I want (no, make that feel I need to, since I don't really want to do it) to pull the floor for a couple fo reasons; one is that I want to make sure, since I am going for a Wanderlodge result, that the floor is in good shape and secondly, I'd like to attempt to get some insulation in the floor without increasing its height. For instance, if it's 3/4" ply now and the rubber mat maybe I can do 1/2" rigid foam and 1/2" ply and only lose 1/4" of headroom but end up with much better insualtion.
The theme here is that I don't really want
to raise the roof if it isn't absolutely necessary to maintain sufficient headroom. I suppose, in the spirit of converters everywhere, I should look at it as a fun and interesting challenge and just go for it but I don't know the first darn thing about welding or metal work and that tends to make it look like an intimidating process. Hmmm...maybe I should wait for better weather in the spring and in the meantime I can take a welding class during the winter quarter at the Community College (it's about 45 minutes from me). I still have lots of work inside (like taking out all the seats and interior panels, and at least the rubber floor), and some mechanical work (upgrades, etc) that will keep me busy over the winter at any rate. Decisions, decisions!