Since sealing the floor, a fair amount of time has passed since then. It’s hard to imagine how much planning actually needs to be put in place before you continue moving forward. Not to mention work and other activities getting in the way of construction time. It’s important for us to make sure that we mix in play along with hard work, allows for idea to follow in and out before we settle on something.
This past weekend we decided it was time to install the floor. We trekked to Huntsville and picked Kayley’s step-dad, Dennis’ brain since he’s has well-round knowledge when it comes to building anything (He runs a successful Handyman business), along with lending us his plethora of tools.
After grabbing all the necessary supplies at Home Depot, the afternoon was spent cutting wood, ensuring all our measurements we’re correct and fastening the ribbing to the van floor.
For the ribbing, we decided to use 2 1x12x18 Rough Pine which was ripped into 8 pieces, running widthwise about 16 inches apart from each other, figuring our floor wouldn’t have any room to sag within that spacing. By the side doors where most of our walking traffic will be, we added 3 smaller pieces lengthwise to ensure that area would have no room to give or sag. Pine was our wood of choice due to it’s low cost, strength to weight ratio and doesn’t feature harmful preservatives other treated woods feature.
When it came to securing the ribbing, both 8x Construction Adhesive and 1′ 1/4 metal screws we’re used. I’ve read previously that using metal screws in the floor was sketchy but Dennis advised otherwise and said there is no issue with doing so, they will ensure everything would stay in place and wouldn’t rattle around.
Insulating the floor was super important for us since a lot of our travels will be in winter, moving from mountain to mountain and most heat loss is through the floor and roof. Through our research, Durofoam EPS Rigid Insulation 96x48x1 came to be the best option. It’s cost effective, very durable, easy to manipulate, holds a great R-Value (3.75) and it’s Eco-Certified. We cut the foam with an exacto-knife a bit bigger than our measurements to ensure it fit in tight and precise, leaving little to no space between the wood and foam.
The floor top is 2 3/4inchx4ftx8ft Untreated Spruce Ply cut into four pieces to allow them to fit in easier and precise. It’s important to get untreated woods since they don’t contain dangerous chemicals and using spruce is a must since it’s strong, durable and light.
Our next step will be to insulate and panel the siding and roof!