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Old 03-10-2014, 11:29 AM   #1
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New flooring hardwood for Revolution - documenting process

OK folks,
You may have seen me lurking with questions about the process to replace flooring or different materials. I own a 2005 Fleetwood Revolution LE 40L. My motorhome has 4 slides. 3 of the slides "float" above the flooring, and my larger slide has rollers embedded near the slides edge that roll on top of the floor. You could easily see prior to demolition that these rollers left an indentation in the carpet. These rollers are what causes the need to plan. The 3 "floating" slides don't care what your flooring material is. This one does ;-)

My coach came with carpet and tile. Tile was in the entry and kitchen/bath area. Honestly, my flooring had no flaws. My carpet had no stains and I would consider both the carpet and tile in like new condition.

So why am I replacing? I have two sons (10 and 12) and a 180 pound dog that really make having carpet more stress and trouble then I prefer. In addition, I think a hardwood floor can just flat out look gorgeous.

Here are a few pictures of the before:
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Old 03-10-2014, 11:33 AM   #2
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Look fwd to the progress pics.
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Old 03-10-2014, 11:40 AM   #3
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As you can see in the photos, there is a decent amount of tile, and not pictured is the bathroom as well.

To get started, I decided to remove the furniture. Pull the drivers and passengers seats. Unbolt both couches, will leave in coach but will shuffle them around as needed. Pull out the dinette and anything that has carpet under it (where feasible).

When pulling the dinette, I realized that the cabinets are finished "In the coach". There were screws holding the dinette against the slide wall that were under some plywood. Thus, I had to peel back some of the thin maple ply on some of the cabinets to get to all screws. No biggie once I finished scratching my head.

I then ripped up the main living area carpet. I was expecting 3000 staples, but honestly not that many were used, perhaps a hundred or so "only".

Upon removing the carpet the first of two beautiful revelations were realized. Firstly, that all of the tile was installed on a sheet of Luan (1/4" ply) and not directly to the subfloor. What was great is that although the Luan was stapled (profusely) AND glued, I could pry it up in decent sized chunks. Below is a pic of the tile being removed in the entry. I used two nail pullers and a 6 foot solid breaker bar. The nail pullers were used to get the Luan pried up an inch or two, then I would jam the prybar under and start lifting. It sucked, but could have been "sucky-er" The tile under the dash was a bit tricks as the dash was screwed down through the luan and took some time to free up.


The second revelation was that my large roller slide was AWESOME. I was worried about access around the inside edge and the ramps built into the coach. When I removed the carpet from the slide what was revealed was that about 8 inches of the edge of the slide was black metal AND WAS REMOVEABLE. I now had great access to all of the tough stuff! Hre are some pics below:
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After a pretty incredible amount of grunt work here is what I have. All of the tile removed. All of the carpet in the main area removed. I did not remove the carpet in the bedroom yet because I was WIPED OUT after pulling up the tile. I mean WIPED OUT. Whoofah! Check out the staples per square inch!!!
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More shots below. I obviously pulled the toilet and intend to replace all of the seals on it.
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I hope my tile is on luan. At least I think so.
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So. How did you handle the staples?

What type of tile did you remove?
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So. How did you handle the staples?

What type of tile did you remove?

For the staples on the carpet/foam - there werent that many so I just pulled them with dykes by hand. There are SOO MANY from the luan that I am going to drop by Lowes on the way home and look for a tool.

The tile was ceramic 12" tile. It was amazing how much flex I could get on the luan before the tile popped. It was durable and very well adhered to luan.

WEAR GOGGLES!

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I did my coach last year and did LVT (luxury vinyl tiles). Very happy with result. Total to remove existing and re-install, over 80 hours... It is a lot of work!!
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Keep it coming, Akeyzoo. I am very interested in your progress. Thanks for the great photos, too!
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Oops. Just realized you did all this today. I guess I can wait till you rest up before you are back at it. Sorry.
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Ya, I was able to do all of that work on Sunday. Paying for it today. I work FT, so hoping I can chip away at the staple removal and even bedroom carpet this week. Wife and I haven't finalized a wood choice yet, but we like this:

Columbia Gunnison Antique Hickory 5" Engineered Hardwood GUH514F

It is a handscraped hickory engineered floor. 3/8" thick T&G

I may also keep looking for a floor that has been distressed as lord knows I will add to that.
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Oh, and I found evidence of 3 wet spots in the past so far, no structural damage. One from a toilet supply leak the PO found when prepping the coach to sell and two near windows that may have been left open. Nothing recent at all or indicative of a structural issue.

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I am looking at doing the same thing. Good thing for me is your interior (wall paper, cabinets, couches) are exactly what I have in my 07 Discovery. Can't wait to see the finished pictures. I am looking at two options. 1. Go with a light EW for the floor and paint all the cabinets/trim a darker color or 2. Leave the cabinets/trim along and go with a little darker EW.
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