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Old 05-02-2014, 10:06 AM   #1
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Yet another flooring thread

We're starting a flooring upgrade in our 2001 Damon Daybreak 3070. The "Boss" says all the carpeting must go starting with the bathroom. So....
We have read through many of the threads on flooring upgrades and are thinking about using Allure, but there are many pros and cons about using it. Some say it's great, others that there are numerous buckling/shrinking problems. Some say floating is best others say glue it down.
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I've started tearing out the bathroom rug, leaving in the vanity, cutting the rug along the base of it and cutting along the walls where the rug wraps down between the raised floor and the wall. The first problem is the rug attached to a piece of wood in front of the tub. How is this piece removed without damage to the tub or removing the vanity.
Any Suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated.

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A fun project , there MAY be screws in the corners of the panel , buried in the carpet , RV manufacturers are great at hiding them that way , but don't be surprised if the vanity has to come out.
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Old 05-02-2014, 10:54 AM   #3
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We have done 3 rooms with Allure, and will use it in our Damon when the carpet is worn out.
The Mrs. wants all the carpet gone in the end just like the OP's situation. Throw rugs will be acquired as desired.

Do not glue down the Allure. It is a floating floor and will buckle and lift if glued down.

Leave a small gap along all the walls for expansion and contraction. Cover the raw edge with a matching molding (match the wall or the floor -your pick) mounted not too tight against the flooring. If there is any chance of water going under the edge of the Allure (bathroom, kitchen, and entryway) use a nice fat bead of silicon or similar material to keep the water above the Allure...you DO NOT want water getting under the flooring, because it will never dry out and will rot the subfloor out from under the Allure.

Ensure the subfloor is as flat and clean as possible before installation, but the Allure will span 1/4" holes in the subfloor if needed (less filling needed than other products).

These steps are all written-up in the Allure instructions, but some do not read instructions.

About the fascia's covered with carpet...it's less easy to address. Damon covered many of these little pieces with carpet in our RV too...like around the engine doghouse. It is just glued on. You will need to figure out what you want (new carpet, painted wood, varnished fine wood finish?). It's all up to you.

Best luck and please share more pics of the project
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I am at the same point but have a specific question for the version of Allure flooring. DW likes the Chandler Cork model but this is not the "Ultra" level of product. Has anyone installed the basic Allure vinyl plan flooring? Opinions on this level of flooring..... We full time and temperature should not be an issue....

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We have only used the standard Allure. It is amazingly resistant to damage and looks like new after over 4 years of daily use, significant since we have large house dogs (St. Bernards).

Back in 2010, they only had about 5 finishes...so many more choices now.

From looking at the new Ultra, besides adding new finish colors, Ultra is "shock absorbent" and is as much as twice the cost of standard.

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