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Old 08-07-2016, 07:27 AM   #1
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Has anyone removed the carpet and replaced it with hardwood floors? if so how thick should i get the hardwood flooring so the slides will work okay? Thanks.

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Take a look at vinyl floor tile--much thinner, comes in a variety faux wood finishes, and is a lot more durable than most wood/fake wood products--especially around the slide feet/glides.....

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Give Bobby and Scott a call in Junction City. They have a vinyl called Flexitec that they install.
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Has anyone removed the carpet and replaced it with hardwood floors? if so how thick should i get the hardwood flooring so the slides will work okay? Thanks.

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I have put hardwood into my Hurricane. I used the readily available parquet type squares. They are about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
I did that modification early in 2011 and it still looks very good.
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engineered wood planks, from 3/8 to 1/2 inch thickness will not impact your slides. glue it down with urethane adhesive so it won't move or sound hollow when you walk on it
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I used 3/8" glue down engineered wood in my prior MH. I had some pieces left from doing a few rooms in my house so I laid them out on the existing vinyl floor and ran the slide in and out a few times to check clearance.

It's a given that you can go at least as thick as your tile. You could lay some 1/4" plywood or paneling on top of the tile and run your slide in over it and see if it clears, if so try some 3/8", and so on. I believe I taped mine down and moved the slide a little at a time.

I'm sure there are several of us that will be interested in seeing how much you do and hearing about the install. I will say that it was very time consuming and I made what seemed like 10,000 cuts and consequently 10,000 trips in and out of the MH. I swore I'd never do it again, but that was then!!

Send me a PM if you'd like more info or pics.

Oh yeah, I read a lot of Ernie's posts before starting.

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Not sure on how the slide on an Alpine is setup but on our coach it came from the factory with carpet and was later changed to a vinly tile. The vinly tile was spaced up with 3/8" plywood. When I removed the vinyl tile I also removed the 3/8" plywood and replaced it all with engineered flooring. This was just slightly less than the vinyl floor but slides worked just fine. I am using some protectors when bringing in slides so floor is not damaged. With protectors I am at almost exact same height.
With all the flooring changes rollers were never changed. They are still at orginal height and slide works fine.

I studied Ernie's methods and looked at many of his installs for inspiration and knowledge. He knows his stuff!

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We wanted the elegance of real hardwood so followed Ernie's advise and our install came out great. I did go slow to be sure I didn't screw it up so it did take some time. Engineered hardwood and it has held up great to the dogs and the slides. Pretty much 100% of the folks that see it will say "oh wow!".

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