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staggerlee917 04-14-2004 09:04 PM

Just wondering if anyone removed the rubber flooring before starting thier conversion project. I am thinking about doing this to make it easier to put down linoleum in the kitchen area.

Thanks, Keith

stego 04-14-2004 10:14 PM

HEY 917-

I would defineltey (SP?) pull up the old rubber. It's not too hard if you have a warm day (90+) , or a heat source of some kind. Not only will it give you a flat floor, it will let you see what shape the plywood is in!
Go for it & good luck!


lapeer20m 04-14-2004 10:32 PM

pulling up the rubber flooring sounds like a lot of it necessary?

The rubber floor was in excellent condition on my skoolie, so i just left it alone.

I put foamboard insulation on top of the rubber floor, followed by plywood, then carpet/tile.

The rubber flooring should help with sound deadening too.

One downside to leaving the rubber floor in is that my floor isnt square. It bows up slightly in the center.

busone 04-15-2004 12:41 AM

I don't know for sure but I am just guessing that if water gets under the rubber you could have some problems. I would think it is more likely that water could get under there from the holes where the seats were attached. It could just be me though I always like to start with a clean slate. When we bought our house we gutted it down to the studs.

Vern1 04-15-2004 07:39 AM

I also wanted to start with a solid foundation, so I ripped the rubber floor up.
I have a 1/16" steel floor in mine, so I wanted to see what rust damage there was.
Fortunately, there was not much rust and only thru in two small places less than 3/8" diameter, so after I cleaned, treated the rust and primed it with 2 part epoxy primer, I patched those and all the seat mount and screw holes with galvanized tin caps held down with butyl caulk.
There was a little caulk sticking out the sides of a few, but that was trimmed off with a wood chisel.
This made for a relatively flat and well sealed floor.
I have carpet everywhere except the bath where I used vinyl tile.
The vinyl is pretty flat with no padding, but is covered with a rug!
If I was going to use tile or sheet vinyl on a whole bus with a steel floor, I would probably install a subfloor or float out the seams with bondo or something to make it as flat as possible.

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