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Old 09-28-2010, 11:21 AM   #1
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New member, new project

Hi Guys,
just bought a 1989 Chevy Van 30 Short Bus as a project for myself and my teenage lads here in Vancouver, BC.
The idea is to convert to an RV/touring bus as they are both in a band.
I stumbled across this site and can see I will need to utilize the experience and mistakes of the members.
I do not have any firm ideas yet as I have not taken possession and measured up the floor for a plan but I do have access to 3d solid modelling CAD software as I am a design engineer. This unfortunately make me a bit anal when I do repairs or mods.
I noticed that some guys removed the wood floor, is this necessary?
If the floor is solid I would like to keep it as it would be excellent for screwing in cabinet and storage area attachment hardware.
I am also considering not building in beds and bunks but using fold up beds as used by our kids for sleepovers, they are certainly comfortable enough and can be stored in a rear compartment.
This will also save some space in a fairly small floor area.

Hope to utilize you guys in the future.


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Old 09-28-2010, 06:08 PM   #2
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Re: New member, new project

Originally Posted by timmylc it -could- help with resale value/along with documented conversion"

WHAT resale value??????
This post is my opinion. It is not intended to influence anyone's judgment nor do I advocate anyone do what I propose.
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Old 09-28-2010, 08:48 PM   #3
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Re: New member, new project

Welcome! The purpose of pulling up the original floor is to see how much rust is lurking under there and treat it accordingly. Then you can put a new wood floor back in and many people also add a little insulation under the floor.
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Old 10-18-2010, 09:11 AM   #4
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Re: New member, new project

My philosopphy is if it isn't broken don't fix it. My 98 Ford/Collins has a good solid floor and the steel beneath is in good shape with minimal rust. At the age of yours it might need a new floor but check it closely from beneath and above. Use an awl or ice pick to check for rot.

One thing I didn't do on mine, and wish I had, was remove the inner sheet metal and re-insulate the walls and ceiling with foam board. Removing the inner skin enables you to weld to the structural elements where you make openings or close in windows.
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