Originally Posted by McFarlin AZ
Got a question about flooring. We have a 2005 Alfa Founder Edition and want to change out the carpeted areas to laminate flooring. For those who know more than I here is my question:
I have what is known as tip out slides that essentially ride upwards out of a recessed position when being retracted meaning that the slide floor is flush with the coach floor when extended. It travels upward at a slight angle then rises over the coach floor when retracted.
The existing carpet on the floors wraps under the leading edge of both the slide and the coach floor. My concern is twofold. 1. I expect I will need to hold the flooring back from the coach floor leading edge so the slide floor can clear it when retracting thus leaving me with a narrow strip of exposed subfloor when the slide is extended. What is the best way to hide this?
2. I am not sure whether I will have an air gap under the slide when retracted that will let in dirt and debris when traveling. I assume the P-Seals on the exterior of the slide will keep most of it out but when there was carpet i didn't notice anything. Now if I put a thinner laminate floor in, there will be gap. Don't know, maybe I am being overly cautious.
Any ideas or suggestions? I plan on doing the work myself using the Allure LVT woodgrain plank and underlayment. Floating floor rather than anchored.
I have tip out slides as well and my slides has a 6" piece of carpet that extends over the floor when the slide is in or out. The 6" piece covers the opening where the MH floor meets the slide guide. The guide is a long piece of hard plastic that the slide rests on when the slide is in.
That 6" piece is attached to the carpet that covers the slide floor. If you remove the slide carpet and put in vinyl flooring you could still put a piece of carpet on the inside end of the slide to cover the floor opening. If you pick the right color it will look great.
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