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Old 03-22-2011, 06:07 AM   #1
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Carpet Replacement

What is a reasonable number of labor hours to replace the carpet front and rear in my 2003 Magna Haven? I have an estimate from a facility that calls for 28 sq yds of carpet and 24 sq yds of padding. They will have to pull and replace driver & passenger seats, a rotating chair, and the couch up front. I really don't know what's entailed in the rear as far as the bed goes.

They are saying 48 mhrs at $85 per hour. While both seem high to me the number of manhours I think are over the top.

Thanks in advance,

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Old 03-22-2011, 07:39 AM   #2
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What is a reasonable number of labor hours to replace the carpet front and rear in my 2003 Magna Haven? I have an estimate from a facility that calls for 28 sq yds of carpet and 24 sq yds of padding. They will have to pull and replace driver & passenger seats, a rotating chair, and the couch up front. I really don't know what's entailed in the rear as far as the bed goes.

They are saying 48 mhrs at $85 per hour. While both seem high to me the number of manhours I think are over the top.

Thanks in advance,

Jerry
Geesh! I had three rooms in my house (approx 800 sq ft) - more than you mention above - for a little more than 1/2 of that for mid/high quality carpet. That included a thick pad and all the labor. While I can't tell you what to do, I'd certainly recommend that you keep on looking for other alternatives.
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Old 03-22-2011, 08:42 AM   #3
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Probably a lot of dismantling/reassembly in that.
If you know how to take the seats out then get a quote for laying only...2 hrs labour for you and save $170
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Old 03-24-2011, 12:59 PM   #4
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There is a lot more to doing this than you might think. It does not compare to doing a house, even though the house is much bigger. first you must un-install the old carpet, pad, and pull all the old staples. This means every thing inside must be removed first and carefully so as not to dammage any furniture. then you make a pattern for the various areas and make sure the carpet is all installed in the same direction or it will look a different color. All exposed edges such as in slide outs must have bound edges and they must be perfectly straight.
We just finished a total re-do in our 38' Sportscoach and it took us well over 48 man hours, and I used to sell and install carpet and tile. We used tile in the main areas, carpet in the slide out and bedroom, carpet on trim for the bathroom and under the drivers area and carpet in the entry step well. After we finished the floor, ot took another 8 hours to re-install all the furniture. The results are worth it but if you hire it all done, expect to pay $80.00 per hour if the installers are good at their work. DACOTAH
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Old 03-24-2011, 05:22 PM   #5
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I just remodeled my 2004 adventurer and mnhrs were not that high
Also the price to get things done was huge at different locations
Make sure you get different quotes from more than one source
I settled on Camping World. 40% cheaper and have been told by others it is as good as theirs
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Old 03-24-2011, 05:48 PM   #6
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I worked out a deal between our dealership and a carpet co. in Griffen Ga. They installed the carpet whenever the work was slow. They promised the work would be done within three weeks from drop off day. It worked well for us and saved or customers a lot of money. 48 hurs is way to high. You might call around and work a deal like this.
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Old 03-24-2011, 07:36 PM   #7
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You have to be clear what's being included in the 48 hours. Last year, we had the carpet and ceramic tile removed from our coach, and replaced with sheet vinyl throughout and carpet in the bedroom.

Three of us spent about 8 hours prepping the coach: removing captain's chairs, sofas, tables, baseboards, trim boards, the front drawer box under the dashboard, trim around the doorway, etc.

We hired the flooring professionally. Two men came in came in at 8:00 A.M., and had the old carpet and ceramic tile removed by 12:00 noon. When they left at 9:00 PM, the new flooring was installed. They came back the next morning to do a final inspection and do a couple of minor touch ups.

After they left, I began the work of putting everything back together. Quite a bit of the woodwork that I had removed had to be replaced, either because it was damaged, or old and dirty, or it just didn't seem to fit right. That work seemed to take me about 25 hours. The work of putting the captains chairs, sofas and tables back in took 2 of us another 4 or 5 hours.

Sorry for all the detail, but there you have it.
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Old 03-25-2011, 07:35 PM   #8
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My wife and I removed all the carpet, dinette set and couch and replaced with 2 recliners. We purchased the carpet and pad at Lowes. A local RV repairman replaced the carpet for around $400 labor. He did an excellent job but asked us to not recommend to anyone for he would not do it again for that price.

I can tell you that 85 manhours doesn't sound unreasonable. Preparation accounts for most time. Over a zillion staples. Maybe even 2 zillion. Total cost including recliners was around $1500.

We love the new carpet.
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I was quoted $65 a running foot labor only to remove and replace. In my RV that is 30 feet X $65 or $1950. I figured that was 20 to 25 hours of labor.
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There is a lot of preparation involved. If you have slides they may need to be hyper-extended to get to the carpet underneath. Plus all the previous posters comments.

Would it be possible to get an itemized list of preparations and work to be done? To replace the carpet in our MH, throughout, I have been quoted prices that range from $3000 to $5000, depending on the grade of tile or other substance put back in.
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Old 03-26-2011, 07:39 AM   #11
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I get $300 per day labor. Probably would take 3-5 days to do the coach.
Been installing since 1972 and I prefer to do coaches
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It will take a 12'x30' piece of carpet t redo mine. (Just ordered it Monday) Had to remove drivers seat and passengers seat, 2 sofas and a couple of small rails that attached to the slide out. The hardest and most time consuming part of the removal was the metal bar running across the floor on the slide out that holds down the carpeting. A couple of the fasteners were difficult to remove and it consumed a considerable amount of time. The carpeting we picked out was $5.60/sq ft plus padding. We will also have the expense of binding the carpeting that goes on the edge of the slide out, as well as binding the air step, drivers mat and a couple of runners. In all I will probably have close to $4,000.00 for a 40' MH. My kitchen, shower and bath area are ceramic and we will be keeping that flooring as is.
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$4080 just for labor

Does seem high...

Just did the BR and front of the coach (200 sqft) for $2700 (including carpet)
$13.50/sq ft




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nice looking job, nice looking coach
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