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Old 12-22-2020, 01:06 PM   #1
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Insulating a Collins Coach and retaining the panels

So yesterday marked some big strides in getting the seats out of the way and it felt a lot easier to start imagining my next steps.

I discovered my Collins body bus has hex head screws holding in all of the paneling and ceiling instead of rivets! Originally, I was trying to get on the road pronto and was thinking of just putting in some insulation over the existing walls, floor and ceiling until I could manage a bigger build out in the summer or fall.

I was able to take a peek behind a few panels and the insulation looks great, aside from some gaps that need to be filled.

I'd like to keep as much durability intact as possible and am trying to watch the weight of the chassis as much as possible. I'm trying to build out a bit of a workshop in my bus, so I'd like to keep things as light as possible since my hobbies tend to weight a lot. Those wood builds are gorgeous but heavy.

My question is, has anyone ever put the original panels back in a Collins bus for strength's sake after insulating the walls, floors and ceiling?

I'm thinking of pulling the panels, insulating more as needed, adding some outlets, potentially adding some furring strips for a thermal bridge before reinstalling the panels, possibly adding a rubberized coating to minimize thermal conductivity and then layering wainscoting on top of that.

Would the furring strips in between the ribs of the bus and the panels be enough to keep the heat in?
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Old 12-22-2020, 01:13 PM   #2
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I'm thinking of pulling the panels, insulating more as needed, adding some outlets, potentially adding some furring strips for a thermal bridge before reinstalling the panels, possibly adding a rubberized coating to minimize thermal conductivity and then layering wainscoting on top of that.

Would the furring strips in between the ribs of the bus and the panels be enough to keep the heat in?
If the ceiling is curved in a Collins (which I'm pretty sure it is) then the panels won't go back up using the original screw holes if you put furring strips under the panels.
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