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Old 03-12-2018, 09:44 AM   #21
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Ok thanks I want sure I know plenty about gas motors but this is my first diesel and I read that one thread about adding the trans cooler too these so I was planning on doing that I will have to see what the engine temp does when we start to drive it in the summer heat. It seems fine when I drove back I was on the highway for 30 mins or so but it also was like 40 degrees out.

I think we are going to leave factory insulation in the ceiling for now and windows but we are going to paint are roof white and do you know what insulation they use in the side walls is it the same as the ceiling ?
I think it usually is the same kind of insulation. The kind that holds moisture in under the windows where they leaked in your side walls. And that rodents nest in. That stuff is disgusting once it's old. I would at least check it near the rear wheel wells and/or near any place with evidence of a leak.

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Old 03-12-2018, 11:11 AM   #22
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It takes a few days to strip out the walls and ceiling to replace insulation that does very little, with new stuff that works. Cost is about $600 for foamboard and maybe $1200 for spray foam for a 40' bus.

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Old 03-12-2018, 12:07 PM   #23
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It takes a few days to strip out the walls and ceiling to replace insulation that does very little, with new stuff that works. Cost is about $600 for foamboard and maybe $1200 for spray foam for a 40' bus.

It is the best money you can spend on a bus conversion.
Amen!

If you are going to invest time and money in converting the bus this is a relatively small investment that will reward you with great return.
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Old 03-12-2018, 10:55 PM   #24
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Thank you everyone for the great advice. I think were going to to do the bus in 2 phases. Phase 1 will be fix the floor seal all the windows insulate the floor and lay a vinyl floor on top of plywood. Also we want to paint the bus during phase 1. Summer is coming quick and we want to use it! We will just use the bus as a big tent and get a feel for it and see exactly what we want in it. When winter rolls around we will start phase 2: Rip the walls and ceiling out to insulate and build out the interior. We'll also need to add water tanks and solar panels. Then I guess phase 3, whatever is left! Bottom line... go on adventures!!
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Old 03-18-2018, 09:06 AM   #25
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Well hooked the bus up to life support and started cutting the floor up there a few rotted cross members I going cut them out and just replace them with spare tubing
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Old 03-18-2018, 11:14 PM   #26
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I would like to ask what you used to cut the flooring? I'm having a rough go of it in my bus .

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Old 03-19-2018, 05:44 AM   #27
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now that the sun angle in ohio is getting nice and high, paint your roof white.. there are many opinions on what paint to use on the roof, but having been in a forum member;s bus that has the elastometric 'BUS-KOTE' type paint on it. i can say that if you arent going to pull the ceilings then I would invest in that type paint.. park the bus out in the sun. and touch your ceiling.. does it get burning hot or stay nearly ambient temp.. that will at least give you an idea if you can keep cool in the summer, obviously heat loss is another issue (as is condensation) in cold weather if you are planning to use it in cold weather.. cooking or heating inside with an open propane flame will create Lots of moisture that will want to cling to any surface thats cold..
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Old 03-19-2018, 10:52 AM   #28
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I would like to ask what you used to cut the flooring? I'm having a rough go of it in my bus .

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Old 03-19-2018, 09:25 PM   #29
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now that the sun angle in ohio is getting nice and high, paint your roof white.. there are many opinions on what paint to use on the roof, but having been in a forum member;s bus that has the elastometric 'BUS-KOTE' type paint on it. i can say that if you arent going to pull the ceilings then I would invest in that type paint.. park the bus out in the sun. and touch your ceiling.. does it get burning hot or stay nearly ambient temp.. that will at least give you an idea if you can keep cool in the summer, obviously heat loss is another issue (as is condensation) in cold weather if you are planning to use it in cold weather.. cooking or heating inside with an open propane flame will create Lots of moisture that will want to cling to any surface thats cold..
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We are going to definitely going to paint the roof white do you know the best place to buy the it can you get it at home depot or a paint store or just online thanks
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We are going to definitely going to paint the roof white do you know the best place to buy the it can you get it at home depot or a paint store or just online thanks
Home Depot sells a white elastomeric paint that is going on the roof of mine.
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