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Old 05-19-2005, 05:54 PM   #1
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We are tired of cleaning carpet and are considering ripping it and the existing tile all out and replacing it with tile/granite or hardwood.
1) Has anybody done it? I saw a new Alpine at homecoming in Yakima that had laminate throughout.
2) I have seen a number of high end coaches with tile or granite throughout. Is the Peak chassis stiff enough for me to do in an Alpine.
3) What are the pittfalls?
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Old 05-19-2005, 05:54 PM   #2
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We are tired of cleaning carpet and are considering ripping it and the existing tile all out and replacing it with tile/granite or hardwood.
1) Has anybody done it? I saw a new Alpine at homecoming in Yakima that had laminate throughout.
2) I have seen a number of high end coaches with tile or granite throughout. Is the Peak chassis stiff enough for me to do in an Alpine.
3) What are the pittfalls?
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Old 05-20-2005, 12:25 PM   #3
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Our '06 on order is (should be) coming with tile from bath to entry well. Only carpet is in bedroom.
At least that was how we ordered it. It's only money. Mike
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Old 05-23-2005, 05:52 AM   #4
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Thanks Mike. It is good to know that WRV feels confident enough in the stiffness of the deck to put in that ammount of tile. Tell me, will your coach have tile on the living/dining area slide(s)?

I have laid a lot of floor tile but I need to get data on adhesives and grout composition for a motor home floor. I have even seen brass strips used instead of grout.Classy look!!

In Kentucky, heading for Atlanta and Europe next week for 5 weeks. What inheritance?
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Old 05-23-2005, 09:38 AM   #5
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Why don't you put in laminate flooring. I just did my kitchen at home and am planning on doing it in my trailer. No glueing, nailing, etc. Floor floats on a thin foam pad. Seems ideal for a camper. Yes?
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Old 05-24-2005, 03:40 AM   #6
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I will also consider laminate flooring. Some of the wood grain textured surfaces look more like real wood than the totally smooth surface.

Laminate and real wood are both suseptable to water damage. Tile is heavy and cracking due to flexing can be a problem.
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By the way. Just noticed last night that Trailer Life has an article about putting this in your trailer. What a great idea!
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Basil Shannon:
I have laid a lot of floor tile but I need to get data on adhesives and grout. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

You will need to add the "flex" admix to the grout and use an adhesive that is very flexible (look for one that is used on plywood decking) and install the cement backerboard to help stiffen the floor. Keep your tiles small (under 12"x12", personally I wouldn't go over an 8x8" tile) and try to stay away from the real marbles especially travertine (marble is fragile and travertine is downright brittle). The porcelain tiles are usually very tough yet light.

BTW, My Dad was a tile setter for 50+ years. He taught both my husband & me to set & grout tile (both mud and glue). We set tile professionally as home remodelers.
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Old 05-24-2005, 09:58 AM   #9
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Slides would be iffy for tile. One reason for sure is the overlap-flap of carpet req'd to hide the flush-slide/coach seam- not sure how you'd do that in tile, but I'm prepared to be impressed when someone does. The other which I suspect, is that the amount of deformation in a slide floor is likely to be greater than on the coach floor (number of inches per foot of floor bend); just my suspicion on that.
BTW, as to type of materials, WRV has used procelain tile for a few years now.
We talked to Country Coach about an all tile floor & they wouldn't do it; said they needed a ~2' carpet strip along the flush-slide or the slide action cracked the tile when opening/closing. Coulda been one of those self-serving kinda truths, but who knows? That was w/the Inspire (their entry model) that comes on the DynaMax chassis, but is otherwise a fairly off-the-rack coach; to do any extra tile they build the coach per the brochure, then when completed they had a tile guy "in town" come & do the carpet-take-out/tile-setting.
One thing about adding tile- if you have a floor level washer/dryer, don't cement it into the closet by adding a 3/4" or 1" lip in front that the appliance can't slide over; friend of mine did that to his regret; made appliance repair somehwat challenging.
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When we bought our 98 Alpine, it had Wilson Art laminate tile in the kitchen dining area and in the toilet room. But it had carpet outside the shower and in front of the bath sink. Wife said no to carpet in the bath. Found out the pattern was 15" Ecru Fossil and ordered from ifoor.com. Was not too bad of a job since I have a full wood shop. Worst part was meeting the tile already there especially since some of WRV's cuts were not straight.

The wood laminate tile is supposed to be a full floating floor, but WRV put it down with what looks like construction adhesive. Instructions for the tile said to use adhesive on all joints and edges to water proof. Wife likes this much better and it even matches.

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