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Old 12-22-2020, 01:13 PM   #1
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We just bought a 2001 Thomas Freightliner F65 school bus. We have removed all the seats and heater. My next move will be to start putting in some flooring and I have run into a dileema of whether to remove the rubber mat throughout the bus or leave and install over it.

The floor is metal and doesn't seem to show any rust. Do I need to also put down a moisture barrier between the flooring? We are going to use vinyl plank flooring that has padding attached to the underside.

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Old 12-22-2020, 09:50 PM   #2
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I’d remove, clean, treat any rust, and paint the steel floor. A fresh surface to start with will be a big help. Insulation would be recommended on the floor as well. I’m not sure what state you’re in but if it’s not a dry state then it’s almost a guarantee that the floors are rusted if not rotted through.

I’d pull the mat and any other factory flooring and start fresh.
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Old 12-22-2020, 10:11 PM   #3
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I've got a thomas similar to yours. the rubber really is best removed.
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