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Old 07-22-2009, 12:12 PM   #1
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we are thinking about ripping out the disgusting rug in our '02 Bounder and replacing with a wood laminent. Has anyone done that? How much weight does this add?
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Old 07-22-2009, 04:44 PM   #2
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it doesn't add much weight at all.
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Old 07-22-2009, 06:37 PM   #3
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No problem I did it to my Southwind two slides you just have to prepare the sub flooring, also don't panic when you see the carpet under all the cabinetry just cut up to cabinets and remove old carpet
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I did it in my '91 Elite. We only took out the kitchen and the hall. Left the living room and the bedroom carpeted. It was about a three hour project and I don't think it added any measurable weight! Go for it, you'll be glad you did!

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I did my '95' Damon Daybreak. I cut all of the carpet (no slides) out, including up front where doghouse is. Even re-did doghouse. Just go slow and careful. On the floor, i found the centerline of the motorhome and then measured carefully so I knew ahead of time where all of the seams of the floor would be. You want to do this so you can set the first line so your 'thinner' cuts end up next to the wall and you have enough at the entry door so it won't split on you later. Just a little more effort that way, but does save a lot of mistakes. Good luck

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My brother ripped out all of his carpeting and replaced with real hardwood. Now thats heavy.
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No problem I did it to my Southwind two slides you just have to prepare the sub flooring, also don't panic when you see the carpet under all the cabinetry just cut up to cabinets and remove old carpet
how did you prepare the sub flooring? how did you finish the outer edges?
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how did you prepare the sub flooring? how did you finish the outer edges?
I just replaced the flooring in my 36' Southwind from the driver's seat all the way through the galley, hallway, and bedroom. It took about 160 square feet of laminate (I did not lay any flooring under the rear bed pedestal, I left the original carpet in there; I cut out the carpet around the pedestal and finished it off with molding-more on the shoe molding in a moment). I purchased the laminate at a place called Lumber Liquidators (check online for deals).

I pulled up the old carpet and the hundred or so staples tha went with it. I left down the old vinyl and laid the laminate on top of it. As for any other floor prep, there really wasn't any (just make sure you don't have any "lumps" under the laminate).

The laminate flooring floats so there is no need for gluing, but I did glue the laminate to the uprights at the steps and on top of the steps.

I used stairnosing around the steps and shoe mold everywhere else. I also purchased these at LL and they were pre-stained to match the laminate that I bought.

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Thanks for all of your help. The floor is in and it looks great!
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Thanks for all of your help. The floor is in and it looks great!
You will NEVER regret it. Ours has been in about a year and it is holding up well. We did buy a 2'X12' runner for the center of the flooring at Lowe's to help protect the planking and for the dogs to sleep on. When it gets dirty I hose it down and let it dry in the sun.
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