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    is it that important to have the floor of my mh insulated it is a wood floor anyways
     
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    that all depends how you use or plan to use your van. in temperatures from -2 to plus 30 you wont get the benefit of heat insulation

    however the sound deadening properties of insulating the steel floor of a panel van may make it worthwhile. I have converted several vans over the years and only insulated the floor in the last 2. mind you, I also switched from fibreglass wool to celotex type insulation in the walls and roof too. much better, but i doubt the floor had much of a benefit overall
     
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    its a selfbuild ex bus so has a 3/4in wood anyways then on top of that theres a 1 1/2 in of insulation and then nasty laminate floor just seems a vast ovekill and the floor is 3 foot in the air so i was thinking surely the standard 3/4 in wood floor with some nice lino/carpet would be more than enough
     
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    Basically, no. Heat rises.

    Wood is quite insulating anyway, so won't get too cold in itself. If you want to spend money on insulation, you'd be better off insulating the ceiling.
     
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    if its still serviceable, theres no point ripping it out. however you wont miss it too much if you do unless you plan camping in the snow
     
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    Snow is actually quite a good insulator. It is cold winds you have to worry about. If you've got a goodly ground clearance, a good wind and a completely non insulated metal floor, it is probably the only time you'll need decent floor insulation.
     
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    thanks for the replies guys i was thinking the wood is a good insulator and the rest of the van is fully insulated basically i am ripping up the laminate flooring as its knackered badly fitted etc.. and just dead weight with the insulation gone i will gain nearly 2 in of head height. and gonna cover the existing wood flooring with lino in the livin/kitchen area carpet in the end bedroom and cab area
     
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