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Old 12-16-2017, 11:39 PM   #1
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Laminate floor

Has anyone put a floating laminate floor in thier 5vr and how did it hold up traveling

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Old 12-16-2017, 11:54 PM   #2
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I installed a floating laminate floor 3 years ago in our fifth wheel and it is working great. Twice now I have had to replace some boards from slide out scratches and it was pretty easy to replace them. I removed the old carpet but left the vinyl flooring that was under the carpet. I did put down a thin foam sheeting as suggested at Home Depot.
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Old 12-16-2017, 11:58 PM   #3
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Not in a 5er, but in our 1994 Airsream MH. It stood up well, but next time I will use a vinyl. There are so many great ones out there and eventually the seams were visable. Warmer to walk on in cool mornings too.
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Old 12-17-2017, 01:53 AM   #4
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I just installed vinyl planks so i can't give a history on how well it stands up. I used the 'ridgid core' about 1/4 inches thick. Home Depot calls it "Life Proof", fantastic to work with. I did the bathroom area and entry/kitchen areas. Initially I was going to do the entire living area but decided not to . I always planned on leaving the slides iwith carpet and doing the main living area in vinyl. My decision to keep carpet was for the insulation factor. I think the heat loss would increase with vinyl. Origionally the entry and kitchen was done in cheap vinyl. The trim molding in the 5er is cherry ,I picked a grey wood color for the flooring. DW is happy.

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Old 12-17-2017, 08:58 AM   #5
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WE put in vinyl plank this past year. It is holding up well but it does move a bit. We get some seams opening up just a tiny bit but then they close the next trip. One thing I would look for is the thickness of the wear layer. I got the thickest I could find.

We removed all the carpet, except on the slides, plus the kitchen because you will never match the existing flooring if your rig has any age on it.

A word of advice. Read all the installation instructions you can find. Mine had a specific way to start and lay out the planks and the joints go together much easier that way. They will probably want you to start in the street side rear but I could not because of the slide in the kitchen that I had to get under plus my L shaped counter. So I had to work backwards until I could clear my counter and get an alignment to the rear and then work back to the street side wall.

It is not hard just time consuming. Take your time and you will be happy with the result.

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Old 12-17-2017, 10:23 AM   #6
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If I were to put planks down I'd use LVP water proof planks. But personally I'd just get some wood plank look vinyl and go directly over the original. Or remove the carpet and put it down. Trim the edges with some qtr round.
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I use wood laminate on mine FW and after 4 years it still looks like new.
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Old 12-17-2017, 04:43 PM   #8
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Ok thanks for input. Had some left over from house just didnt want to trash 150sq ft
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I use wood laminate on mine FW and after 4 years it still looks like new.
Same here.....5 years and still looking good!
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I wedged our laminate flooring tight to the walls and in most places did not have to use any trim molding. There is no way the flooring could move or any seams open up in our fifth wheel. I know the instructions say to leave a space along the wall for expansion, but that is for large rooms and I figured our floor space is so small that expansion would not be a issue. So far the floor has performed well for 3 years of full timing.

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