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Old 07-08-2012, 12:50 PM   #1
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Laminate Wood Flooring

Has anyone replaced their vinyl flooring and carpet with the Pergo style laminate flooring. We have a 2009 Winnebago Adventurer with three slides. Can't seem to find any RV Dealers or service centers willing to take on this job. We may have to go to a private contractor. My concern is the clearance under the slide rooms to prevent scratching up the floor. Is anyone out there experienced with this issue?
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Classic coach works in Lakeland Fl replaced tile and carpet in my coach. Not inexpensive but very professional.
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I've been thinking of tackling this job myself on our unit. But I have been wondering about the weight. Doesn't it add weight switching to laminate?

Has anyone figured out how much it changes the weight and if it matters?

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I do it. Weight is not an issue
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Another consideration would be to use VillaStone, a resin and marble dust product. It is simi-flexible and looks like ceramic tile. Weight is about the same as the carpet and pad that you would remove. Outdoor carpet mastic is used to put it down and is grouted just like ceramic tile with a resin and sand base grout. If you have ever installed ceramic tile, you will find that you can do your own install. The hardest task is to remove all the staples that were used to install the carpet. Ours is a running bond, and I wouldn't recommend using a diagonal patern due to the amount of waste. Total cost for our living room and bath was a little under $800. The price would double if we had not installed. We installed ours two years ago and have found that it is very easy to keep clean and looks great.
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We had ours installed, but due to the fact our mainslide runs in on skids the flooring is scratched. If you have rollers on your slide you'll have better luck, just keep the rollers clean. I'd also recommend having the leading edge of the laminate tapered so the skids or rollers will climb over and on top of the laminate. Our installer didn't taper the leading edge and when I brought the slide in the bottom of my slide caught and was damaged (now repaired).
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Does anyone that changed their carpet out have pictures and information on what brand of plank flooring they used?

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Does anyone that changed their carpet out have pictures and information on what brand of plank flooring they used?

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When I had my coach done they were getting ready to install 6 inch art select vinyl floring in a prevost in an adjacent bay
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Laminate flooring is not well suited due to the expansion
and contraction with temperature changes, and it is a
floating floor that requires gaps at all edges.
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Laminate flooring is not well suited due to the expansion
and contraction with temperature changes, and it is a
floating floor that requires gaps at all edges.
THATS why I am such a proponent of adhered engineered wood. I cut it against the walls/cabinets. It doesn't move, sound hollow. Its just there- looking good- and no clunky trim on your rounded corner cabinets - how ya gonna make trim to fit around rounded corners- without some caulking- to fill in the gaps. tacky
Sorry- not really. I'm a professional at flooring-41 years-and can still walk
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Laminate Flooring

Might pause for a bit and not rush to pick product.
Looked at allure etc. from box stores.Happened to be in flooring store on unrelated matter and found a 3/4 inch wood pre finished product, floating and interlocking system. As stated removing and staples ere the biggest issue. Yes, must address issue for slide and this worked with mine, 1, 34' with 1 slide. DW says we are not selling until she can find same quality floor. Don't think extra weight has had any affect. Can't see it in the milage She always brags on her floor but rarely says what an professional job I did installing. Go figure.
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I've spoken to several places that do this kind of work and have been told that regardless of type of flooring - once you add the pad or the adhering etc - there is no real weight difference between any of them. So X2 for Ernie.

I was worried about it myself in going from vinyl to something else and one guy said - ever try to carry a roll of vinyl? Of corse I had not but point well taken.

I have read so many DIYs here and elsewhere of slides scratching (read ruining) woods - tiles etc. and rationalizations that throw rugs make it look homey and it's ok - better than it was.

I can't imagine spending all that money on materials and time on R&R and then having that happen. I know some people can do anything - but for me (and I suspect many) if you want it done right - this may be one of those best left to the pros.

As always - your mileage may vary.
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When I had my coach done they were getting ready to install 6 inch art select vinyl floring in a prevost in an adjacent bay
Thanks for the info! I want good quality since it can't really be that much square footage for just the living room.

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