Newb here, but learning a lot from this wonderful site and helpful community!
I've gathered that there is a high priority placed on trying to keep the structural integrity of ones bus when doing a conversion, makes sense, these things are tough let's keep 'em that way.
I just began demo and after looking at the seats and how they are attached, I would bet dollars to donuts they are a part of the busses structure. At least on my bus, one side is bolted to a rail about 12" high on the wall and the feet are bolted to the floor. They act like 26 braces (13 per side) between the walls and the floor, evenly spaced the length of the bus. While the arch in the roof is sturdy and keeps the walls at a right angle to the roof, it seems the seats provide bracing to keep the walls perpendicular to the floor.
Since the first step in demo is removing the seats, can't' help but wonder if we're also throwing out significant integrity with the steel frame seats?
Or I'm just an unedumacated newb overthinking this... Thoughts?
Personally, I'm not too concerned since I'm using my bus as a tiny house platform that will likely only travel once, from the build site to my property. (its essentially a self powered 30ft flat bed for less than I could buy an 18' trailer)