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Old 06-16-2021, 01:38 AM   #1
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Headliner Ceiling Material

I'm working on the motorhome, but thought this would be of interest in general, so here ya go.

There are probably 100 ways to do a ceiling. What seems popular is doing wood slats, always a crowd pleaser. For a 26,000 bus, the weight would not matter much, but an 8,000lb motorhome, I want something lighter.
Also without a tall ceiling, using 1/2 thick material is not ideal.
Seen a lot of carpet done for vans. Plastic panels in motorhomes too.

Having mulled over all kinds of ideas, I think I hit on a good one, which is using the cheapest vinyl sheet flooring. It is fairly tough stuff (the cheapest stuff however it terrible for a floor, this isn't for a floor..)

The key though, is to use the BACK of it on the outside, as it is white and has some texture to it.

I think that is my plan.

Wanted to throw out the idea and see if it sticks so to speak.

Let me continue...also thinking of painting it with some stripes to give it more jazz, some thin black lines.

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Old 06-16-2021, 02:08 AM   #2
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Sounds like a pretty decent versatile option. It probably doesn’t apply to your sheet flooring, but I’ve seen some comments on here about people applying vinyl floors in their bus that expanded with high temperature extremes, causing them to warp. Might be something to look into.
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Old 06-18-2021, 05:25 PM   #3
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It didn't stick. Even epoxy would not stick to the right side of the vinyl flooring,
so glueing it up does not look feasible. Perhaps if scratched it up enough. That is lots of work. Staples though should be good. If I put the black lines staples could go there.

Could try some other adhesives, contact cement might work, anyone?
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Old 06-18-2021, 06:15 PM   #4
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I would worry that excessive heat could cause any adhesive to fail. What about screws with fender washers? You could paint them, and they would probably blend in fairly well.
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Old 06-19-2021, 06:19 PM   #5
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Contact Cement does the trick!
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Old 06-20-2021, 12:02 AM   #6
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I'm always wary of using adhesive on anything I might have to remove.

I also agree with the comment about warping due to higher temperatures.

Luan is used in RVs and I've read several times where others have used it. Here's an example.

If you're looking for an appropriate adhesive for the floor material, why not just use what they use when they lay it as flooring?
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