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Old 02-09-2013, 07:17 PM   #15
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WOW!!!!!! Really looks great. I know you are proud of it.
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:34 AM   #16
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Hey Master Chief...looks great! I have a few questions:

1. What was the process for replacing the carpet near the slides? What I am referring to is when the slide is extended...Do you just lift up the lip of the slide carpet and lay the laminate so that the carpet overlaps?

2. Did you need to do anything to raise the level of the laminate to mate up properly with the remaining vinyl? I assume you used the typical laminate underlayment?

3. What ARE you doing next weekend?
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:36 PM   #17
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Maybe we are talking apples and oranges. I am talking about the underside of the slide at the leading edge inslde the coach there is a carpeted runner if you have a hard surface floor. If you have carpet, it will probably be metal. This should be replaced with the carpeted runner. If my coach, this involved tipping the slide enough to get clearance under the slide to replace the metal runner. I have a Winnebago Journey, you may have a completely different setup. I just finished replacing the floor with vinyl tile.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:55 PM   #18
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Looks great. I just did a similar replacement, but when I got the carpet all out I found dry-rot in the sub-flooring next to the drivers seat, so I took it into a shop to have that fixed and had them install the laminate and I finished the trim.

I am mostly happy with it, but not with the work done by the RV Repair shop.
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:00 PM   #19
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USMCRET- Yes, you lift the carpet up and run your new floor under it. Every coach (only four) that I have done has been somewhat different, but everyone of them you have to bevel the leading eadge of the new floor so that the slide will climb up and over. In my current coach I have four rollers about 12" wide, these rollers run up a metal piece that forms a ramp. even with the rollers I had to bevel the entire leading edge of the laminant becasue you have a metal lip (your actual slide) that has to clear. My new floor was 5/16" plus the pad. I would not go any more than that, but that is my opinion. YOU HAVE TO BEVEL THE LEADING EDGE OF YOUR NEW FLOOR.....That is probably the single most important part. Actual floor installers may say different, but in the four coaches I have done it has to be beveled.

I don't have any vinyl in my coach. The tile you see is actual ceramic tile. My laminate floor is actually 3/8" lower than the ceramic. The way I did this was to rip a strip of fir 1x6 1/2" wide and beveled 30deg. Then I had to rip it again to get it down to 3/8" high. If you had a planed board that was 3/8" to begin with the last cut would not have been made. Anyway then I laid the strip along the edge of the tile. Then I laid my floor up to it within about 1/4". That beveled strip then allowed for my transition strip to have support under its entirety. Now had I had only srtaight runs, or runs with outside corners I could have used carpet shims to make a gradual slope to the same height as the ceramic, but I had an inside corner and could not figure out how to slope in two directions at once. After it was all done and the transition in it is actually a very gentle and smooth slope. You really don't notice the 3/8" difference and it actually looks good being the different height. it kinda gives it a 3D look.

As for #3, helping you do your floor if you are anywhere close to me.....LOL I am no expert by any means, and I am sure I do it the hard way in alot of instances, but it works and my labor charge to me is cheap...lol far as that goes, I would probably make an actual installer cringe....LOL I assure you I learn something everytime I do this. And at some point I need to learn to stop doing this....lol

B-Kane, sorry I am just now following you on your description. No worries though, every coach is certainly different.
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You did good! Really looks outstanding.
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MrChips- you are absolutely correct when you say that you must bevel the last piece of flooring. If someone just adds their last piece, who knows what damage and stress will happen to your floor and slide if it is not beveled- I do a 45 degree angle.
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:34 PM   #22
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I under stand about the knees, just finish the stick house floors. Now the DW wants the MH done.
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Old 02-12-2013, 03:19 AM   #23
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Very nicely done. Adds abit of class. Carpet is so dirty.
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