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Old 04-18-2009, 09:27 AM   #1
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Floor tile installation

I have an '05 36 mid-door with carpet in the living room and cockpit. If I can find tile to match the kitchen and bath (and I think I can) can anyone recommend someone in Southern California to do the installation ?

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Old 04-20-2009, 05:04 PM   #2
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Floor Tile Source

Well, so much for my eternal optimism...I looked at my 4 extra tiles that came with the coach and took one with me to Home Depot. They carried what was soooooooo close, but no cigar. Same Italian manufacturer, same 11 13/16" square, but just a slight shade darker. Does anyone know of a source for more tile? I've checked with Guaranty RV, Aubrey's RV Center ( who bought a lot of WRV spares). My '05 was built in Oct. '04 and the tile is sort of a mottled cream color.

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Old 04-20-2009, 08:09 PM   #3
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Hi Rick,

To my knowledge, it is nearly impossible to match tile unless you have tiles from the same dye lot as the original tile. We had tried for our house, but never had any success. We finally gave up, and the builder had to replace all of our tile just to fix two areas that had cracks running through them. They were NOT happy!

Also, be sure you find someone to do the installation that understands the movement required for our floors...i.e., they use the right kind of subflooring and grouting. Wish I could help you with that search...

Take good care!

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Old 04-20-2009, 08:50 PM   #4
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Rick- I presume you are an ACA member; send an email to Mark Harrah about the floor preparation required. They used ceramic & porcelain tile and one was a big problem (believe that was the porcelain), but the right type of floor prep was mandatory in either case.
Gail is right about matching, it is easier to go to a different tile shade completely and make some type of design with it, or else R&R the whole floor.
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:38 PM   #5
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Here's a place in Buena Park (near Anaheim) that advertises in various RV magazines. They also do other phases of RV remodeling (upholstery, valances, furniture, etc.)


I notice their website links to their residential division, too. I've seen their RV ads for years now, so they likely have experience, but I've never heard any reports from anyone.
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