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View Poll Results: Should I totally gut the bus to insulate?
Yes total clear out, check for leaks and rust and get her good as new 4 100.00%
Just strip the floor and get rid of rust but leave the ceiling alone 0 0%
Just remove the ceiling and insulate 0 0%
Don't bother, add insulation on top existing surfaces since you are following the sun. 0 0%
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Old 05-03-2018, 08:51 AM   #1
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Hi, my name is Starr and 3 days ago I bought my bus while I was on vacation in Nicaragua. Funny thing is the bus was less than a mile from my home in Oregon. I had planned to purchase a bus in June after my Nicaragua trip, but I just couldn't stay off Craigslist. I saw the bus advertised and it met most of my wants, flat nosed, rear exit door, automatic, at least 30' of living space. So I asked my brother to check it out for me, thinking if he said it was in good condition, I would contact the seller to buy. Well, he approved of the condition and bought it for me. The seller drove it to our house and then walked home. All while I was getting a massage and mani/pedi in Granada. Now I have to wait another 3 weeks before I get home to put my hands on her.

She is a 1998 Thomas MVP 40' (I hope I can drive her) with an extra rear exit door and a wheelchair lift. I am thinking the lift might come in handy during conversion.

I plan to live in her full time for 2-5 years and travel around North America. I want to paint her white (taking on the yellow) with some fun accent colors. I would like to put a roof deck on as well as solar panels.

As I plan to travel following good weather, I am trying to decide if I need to do a full gut job and insulate. My brother says to insulate over the existing walls and ceiling. What is the general consensus of this forum? The bus was born and raised in Hillsborough Oregon, so no road salt exposure.

I am a single female in my early 60s and I retired 6 years ago. I spent most of the last six years traveling around the world. Now I plan to travel the US so I can take my dog traveling with me. I am fairly good with tools and I have space on a country property where I can do the conversion work. I hope to have the bulk of the work done within six months and be able to leave Oregon for southern vistas by Thanksgiving 2018.

I plan to be haunting this forum a lot in the coming months. See you in the funny papers!

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Old 05-03-2018, 09:01 AM   #2
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Old 05-03-2018, 11:59 AM   #3
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Have fun with it.

The consensus is that to do it correctly, and prepare the bus for the variety of conditions you will face in a tour, you really should remove the walls and ceilings and insulate it properly.

You will only have to do it once, and you will never regret doing it right.
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Old 05-03-2018, 12:40 PM   #4
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Full timing for a few years i would say it's a no brainer to insulate as good as you can. You're following the sun, and the sun brings heat, insulation helps with heat as well, and being a Texan i never questioned it.

I didn't go all out with spray foam, but got everything with XPS rigid foam
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Old 05-03-2018, 01:58 PM   #5
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