Originally Posted by ellcrimm
Hi! I am a brand new owner of a 2006 Bluebird Ford F450 Diesel Shorty Bus with 100,000 miles on it. I need some advice to get the conversion started. I looked it over really well and there is absolutely no rust or signs water damage showing inside or underneath. As well the factory wood seems like it's in good shape where I've pulled up the rubber top sheet. A friend of mine whos a contractor suggests I don't remove the original wood and just seal it then build my insulation on top of it. I'm worried that even though it seems solid all these forums say you should remove everything to see the metal you're working with. If I remove the all the rubber top layer and the wood shows no signs of damage do you think it would be safe enough to assume the metal is also undamaged? Please let me know what you think.
I just finished pulling the flooring out of my shorty, and it wasn't as much of a bother I thought it was going to be. I'm sure others will quickly echo the idea of better safe than sorry. While mine wasn't as rusty as I thought it was going to be, I wouldn't have been able to get to spots without removing the ply. Plus by removing it you gain that half inch back when you put the ply on top of your insulation vs sandwiching it.