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Abigail Abts

Ford E-350 econoline shuttle bus floor

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Hello! 

I am working on converting a little ford e-350 econoline shuttle bus into a home. I’ve run into an issue in the process of demolition; after taking up all of the rubber flooring exposing the wood, I fell through the floor where some water damage occurred and discovered that there is no metal body under the wood, just a metal frame with the wood screwed to it. This came as a surprise to me. So now I need some advice. I’m weary about just putting new wood down after taking up the old wood, even if it’s treated to be water resistant. I don’t have any experience with construction really, so I don’t know what my options would be. 

 

Please help! 

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One option would be to use treated wood, either planks or plywood.  You could paint or otherwise treat the bottom of it before you installed.

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Well, it might help to stop the leak which caused the rot to begin with.

Most travel trailers have plywood flooring which is not even treated.  They do put a layer of plastic under the wood which resists wetting from below.

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