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Old 02-25-2017, 10:09 AM   #1
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Replacing flooring

I have a 2004 Newmar Essex. Want to remove carpet in the center living area ( not the slides) and replace with laminate flooring, has anyone done this? Laminate in a home is free floating, would I install the same way? Also my one slide have bottom rollers on one side , is that a issue? Thanks for any advice.
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i have been interested in the same, but i'd remove the tiles and cover the floor entirely (except the carpet on the slides). according to my reading on this board, you can't let the planks float. glue them down partially - at the center of the coach and the periphery. gluing every piece down like how you do it on stairs in home won't hurt but i don't see it being necessary.

good luck, keep us posted when done.
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Old 02-25-2017, 11:19 AM   #3
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We just did ours. We put carpet in the bedroom and the cockpit area. This was a change as we put Alumifoil under the underlay for insulating properties.

We put Cushionfloor vinyl flooring thru the rest of the coach. This was a 120 mil. thickness. It seems to make the floor warmer then the old carpet did.

We were recommended to put vinyl on the floor as it is one piece and moves with the unit better. We put a slate pattern down and it seems to enlarge the area it was installed in.

Where the slide comes in over the vinyl they put carpet under the slide so when the slide comes in the carpet goes over the vinyl and there is no marked pressure points. We also carpeted the slide under the couch, with the Alumifoil (an aluminum bubble wrap that is used specificly for insulation qualities) to make the slide area warmer as we fulltime and there was a draft from this area.

Hope this info helps with your decision as what to do. Laminate was not recommended because if it is not put down properly it can separate and there is also the possibility of slivering. The vinyl is also easier to vacuum and keep clean.

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i have been interested in the same, but i'd remove the tiles and cover the floor entirely (except the carpet on the slides). according to my reading on this board, you can't let the planks float. glue them down partially - at the center of the coach and the periphery. gluing every piece down like how you do it on stairs in home won't hurt but i don't see it being necessary.

good luck, keep us posted when done.


Thanks for the suggestions. It will be a while before I tackle that project but will let you know how it turns out.
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I replaced an area with hardwood that matched the interior trim. I am so glad I did this instead of laminate. The results were amazing and was no different than installing in a house.
Have you considered hardwood?
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I replaced an area with hardwood that matched the interior trim. I am so glad I did this instead of laminate. The results were amazing and was no different than installing in a house.

Have you considered hardwood?


Not sure of hardwood install, glue each piece or nail/staples or both?
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Not sure of hardwood install, glue each piece or nail/staples or both?
Stripped the floor to the plywood and than I used a nail gun just like in a house. I did this about 30000 miles ago and no problems.
I would not recommend glue.
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I did my previous unit with vinil planks. It is completely waterproof different from wood or laminate and very easy to cut. Worked great and looked even better. I had to sell my unit because of the offers after doing the floor. 6.000 dollars more then unit price.
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I did my previous unit with vinil planks. It is completely waterproof different from wood or laminate and very easy to cut. Worked great and looked even better. I had to sell my unit because of the offers after doing the floor. 6.000 dollars more then unit price.Attachment 152990
i always like seeing the pics of actual work, looking nice.
did you do the same on the new unit?
where did you buy the vinyl planks?
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Did not have time on the new unit but will do even better this time. Since i learned a lot the first time around.
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Here are some pictures of the job i will explain next
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Replacing carpet

I replaced my carpet a few years ago with engineered hardwood glued down.
Turned out great. A few pics attached.
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