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Old 09-10-2014, 07:37 AM   #1
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Flooring on slides

Is there any way to replace the carpet on my slides as well in the center of living area with an engineered product ? I would like to eliminate ALL carpet. 05 Magna 45. Thanks.
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Old 09-10-2014, 07:57 AM   #2
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Yes, there is. It takes careful planning and flexibility, though. The tricky part is figuring out what to do where the slides come in. I just redid the flooring in mine, but wound up keeping some carpet so that the slides could ride in and not damage the floor. Other folks have used all engineered product.
Are you planning on doing it yourself, or having someone do it for you? I started to do it myself, but wound up having an installer finish it for me.
There are many threads on here about replacing the flooring. Mine is titled Replacing Carpet With Allure. Ouch! I read about all of them, and came to realize that about every coach is different in the way you have to install so that your slides don't scrape up the flooring. Some are easy, some, like mine, take some creativity.
What product are you going to use? I started to use Allure, but changed to a different luxury vinyl when I read the reviews on Allure.
There is a guy on here named Ernie Ekberg who is the guru of RV flooring. He is a great resource to ask questions/bounce ideas off.
Good luck. And remember, it looks so good when you finish, you completely forget what a pain in the butt it was to install.
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Yes it can be done but as noted by Jeff, it can be tricky. I had it done on my previous coach, a 2002 Winnebago Journey with a flat floor LR slide. The installer replaced all the carpet in the coach, including carpet on the slide floor, with Allure. He removed the metal runners under the slide that slid on the carpet and replaced it with a thin board covered in thin carpet. That allowed the slide to move across the new Allure on the main floor without scratching it. However, it raised the slide floor about 1/4" when the slide was extended.

I want to replace the small amount of carpet in my Allure but have decided rather than use another material to just get better carpet. My coach has a 2" wide nylon ramp where the slide runs up to clear the main floor, and the carpet that overhangs the slide floor hides that ramp when the slide is extended. Plus most of my main floor is porcelain tile and we think mixing a wood-look flooring will just create too many different surfaces.
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I maybe the only one adding engineered wood to slides. It can be done.
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Is there any way to replace the carpet on my slides as well in the center of living area with an engineered product ? I would like to eliminate ALL carpet. 05 Magna 45. Thanks.
Thank you for your input. I definitely will not do this job myself. I'm leaning toward a faux ceramic tile product that is supposed to be floating. Have also considered different types of cork and commercial Marmoleum . Looking for maintenance free & do not want any more wood.
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While I'm sure you can replace the carpet, you might want to think about how the transition joint between the main floor and the slide when extended will look.

My coach has had the entire main floor (with the exception of the bedroom) with heated bamboo wood flooring, but the front slides were left carpeted and the small 'flap' on the leading edge of the slide covers the tradition from main to slide when extended.

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that's because the factory doesn't know how to add wood to the slides
read post 4
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that's because the factory doesn't know how to add wood to the slides
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Uh, if this comment is meant towards me, the coach came with carpet originally. I'm pretty sure CC was more than capable of doing it if designed that way from the start...
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While I'm sure you can replace the carpet, you might want to think about how the transition joint between the main floor and the slide when extended will look.

My coach has had the entire main floor (with the exception of the bedroom) with heated bamboo wood flooring, but the front slides were left carpeted and the small 'flap' on the leading edge of the slide covers the tradition from main to slide when extended.

Good luck.
I did mine the same except I used natural cherry,1/2" thick to mate with the height of the tile... I just lay a scatter rug down for the slide to ride on,(rug near each end). No scratches on over 3yrs.now. I don't think I would do inside the slide area, i see no way without having the slide floor a tad higher.. Good luck
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Uh, if this comment is meant towards me, the coach came with carpet originally. I'm pretty sure CC was more than capable of doing it if designed that way from the start...
no sir, not to you.
I have never seen a coach from factory with wood on the slides. If you are not aware- I do this all the time
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no sir, not to you.
I have never seen a coach from factory with wood on the slides. If you are not aware- I do this all the time
Can you do the wood and keep the. Floor even? (No speed bump)? I know some newer coaches has level floors with wood?
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with the coaches coming to me, no, there has to be a step up for the stair nose. These coaches vary from 2000- 2009 model years. We don't go to rv shows, so I don't know what is going on with the newer coaches.
I do know that Newel has the flat floor in their million dollar plus coaches
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