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Old 10-13-2016, 12:35 PM   #29
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I did this myself.
Your "Before" is just like how mine looks like now... I have always been wanting to replace it with winyl or wood laminate entirely (i did it in our brick house a few years ago)... it'll be painstaking, i know, but worth it... someday...
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Having owned a property restoration company for many years, and flooring being one of most often damaged and replaced things... I would respectfully disagree. If you are laying any wood based flooring product you must leave a gap on 2 sides of the room. Not doing so and putting in the product too tight will result in "floor pop" regardless of how much glue or edge nails you put in. Now in areas with extreme low humidity the expansion/contraction effect will be much less. Also it depends on what is the sq ft of the area in question as the bigger the space the greater the effect.

Or are you more referring to the idea of using the base board molding to hide the edges and not needing quarter/shoe? Because yes, if you have a fresh clean room with no trim, you can simply use that to hide the edge without the added need of "round". But you are still hiding the edge.

In a coach you can lift or disassemble furniture so you will have blind edge, but on the built in cabinets and kitchen it would be very difficult and much more work then its worth to do it with out "round".

Ernie is pretty much the godfather of RV flooring, and there are hundreds of RVs across the nation that have engineered flooring with no "floor pop". And I can attest to no problems with no gaps on my wood floor as well. I guess it just comes down to using the correct glue and the fact that it is in an RV, and not a home.
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curious, when you selected the floor material, did you worry about the weight? i assume both laminate and vinyl are pretty heavy...
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The vinyl,laminate,and wood are less heavy than the ceramic tile that was in before. Expansion is needed for all flooring including ceramic tile. The grout will normally absorb the expansion and contraction in tile as the expansion is extremely small. Vinyl expands and contracts with temperature. Wood expands the most even an engineered wood floor or laminate thus the need to leave expansion around edges. RVs are small as far as flooring space and thus the expansion needed is small as long as you have no moisture leaks. I am a flooring professional with 26 years experience and have probably witnessed every flooring issue there is.


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There are 50 ways to install flooring. I'll stick to what has proven itself. I just have 44+ years in the business.
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There are 50 ways to install flooring. I'll stick to what has proven itself. I just have 44+ years in the business.

Looks like you have some mad skills Ernie and extreme patience. RVs are extremely hard to remodel the flooring as most of the original is installed before all of the accessories. They also have so many varieties of material involved. Hardwood, plywood, aluminum, steel, fiberglass, and mirrors, mirrors, and hidden wiring everywhere.


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the hardest area would be in the cockpit in front of the pilot seat. how did you go with that? took the chair out, laid a template then cut the hole for the steering column?

also the thickness of the planks - did you use the least thick one 7mm or 8mm?
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Walmart sells rubber cement in the crafts section.
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I have been laughing for days......
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Before and after pics of the steps. We are 98% complete, just need to finish the bathroom area.
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I stop my plank at pedals as the subfloor stops and the metal floor of the chassis starts
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This how I handled the stairs. I serged carpet to cover the metal bases under the captains chairs.



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how about a little stainless for your risers
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