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Old 10-21-2015, 08:03 PM   #11
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Interesting, all the champions I have seen have been fiberglass?

So this has metal ribs and roof like a school bus

Sorry to see this, so it wasn't obvious from up top?

Like Tango said some chemical must have reacted with the metal, very weird....wonder what kid of fumes it put into the bus as it was working? Even big leaks at every panel wouldn't do that....every surface was affected

So what does the roof look like? (Minus the hole in it)

Might be better off to sell engine, tranny rear end (whole thing) and find another one, my worry for you was rotten floor wood and worst case replacing some metal floor joists

Again sorry to see this
When I was looking at the bus after I bought it I noticed the roof looked weird. Instead of being a smooth flat curve it had a lot of dips and divots going on like melted cheese hanging between two edges. I assumed it was just the skin since the inner paneling didn't have any of that going on. I took note of it but since I didn't have any experience with buses I didn't think too much of it after that. I guess I figured I would deal with it once confronted, but ****...
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Old 10-21-2015, 08:32 PM   #12
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That sucks, I really don't know if it is worth trying to fix. The time and effort it would take, might just be sell it and start again...
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Old 10-21-2015, 09:40 PM   #13
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THAT SUCKS A BIG ONE !!!!! (Don't do it EastCoast, don't you dare post a pic to go with that statement). LOL

I am so sorry for you. I've just been recently reading about reactions to the various types of spray foam insulation. This just brings it to light big time.

I wonder what caused it and how many others may end up with the same problem.
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Old 10-21-2015, 09:48 PM   #14
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Thats a major bummer. Sorry to see it
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Old 10-21-2015, 09:49 PM   #15
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THAT SUCKS A BIG ONE !!!!! (Don't do it EastCoast, don't you dare post a pic to go with that statement). LOL

I am so sorry for you. I've just been recently reading about reactions to the various types of spray foam insulation. This just brings it to light big time.

I wonder what caused it and how many others may end up with the same problem.
Could you link me to some of those articles? I'd like to read them.
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Old 10-21-2015, 10:00 PM   #16
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Oh...I'm not really sure but I can bet many others can tell you exactly where to look. I just did a search here for "foam insulation" and up came 405 postings.

I just came back from your New Member Post and DAMN that's one nic looking bus from the outside.

I only read a very small amount of your blog there (yes, I have followed it from the beginning, like all of the other skoolies here) but I noticed a couple of comments that on second thought should have been a warning.

One, where you were talking about removing the spray foam (you mentioned having to remove "rusted screws" prior to getting the panels off.

Then this comment below:

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Hmmm-on my Champion the windows are mounted opposite-little slider windows up top. I actually turn one over for my dog to hang her nose out.
Look real close at your wheel arches for rust. Champion used spray foam as a filler between their body + the Ford partial chassis' wheel well. It collects water over the years + rots out.

Again...so sorry, I can't bring myself to say what your next step might be.
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Old 10-21-2015, 10:05 PM   #17
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Hmmm-on my Champion the windows are mounted opposite-little slider windows up top. I actually turn one over for my dog to hang her nose out.
Look real close at your wheel arches for rust. Champion used spray foam as a filler between their body + the Ford partial chassis' wheel well. It collects water over the years + rots out.

Again...so sorry, I can't bring myself to say what your next step might be.
Yeah but he was making the point that the spray foam will hold water that will rust it, not the spray foam itself.
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Old 10-21-2015, 10:39 PM   #18
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Seeing how you bought this from a church maybe you can mention your problem and they can take up a collection to get you the difference between what you paid for it & what the scrap yard will give you.

If not, attend one of their services and let them know that the devil is just over the line in Georgia.
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Old 10-21-2015, 11:12 PM   #19
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This is what the insulation looked like underneath. Caked with rust:

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Old 10-22-2015, 12:31 AM   #20
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That sure looks like a chemical reaction between the spray foam & the metal. Is there a way to find out who sprayed the foam on or was that factory done?
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