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Old 06-01-2017, 01:28 PM   #1
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interior trim/moulding suggestions

we have been completely renovating a 1966 road runner travel trailer. my husband and I are beginners at this and he is doing an excellent job rebuilding this from the ground up; however... I am a bit stuck in the subject of interior trim for the ceiling, walls and floor. aside from caulking, I would like it to look nice and cover up seams and such.
our trailer is a curvy gal, so regular wood trim wouldn't work... or would it? does it come flexible enough? is it cost efficient?
I have found some rubber stuff on amazon, but I just don't know if it is or isn't ideal, or durable enough, or whatever. any suggestions? links to an amazon product you would recommend?

here is the trim I am looking at on amazon now:


if that link doesn't work... here is the name of product:
InstaTrim Flexible Trim Solution (Ivory)

I am really hoping for some great suggestions as we are now in "time crunch mode"

thanks guys and gals,
jen and neil

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Old 06-03-2017, 08:48 AM   #2
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Go to your local Home Depot or Lowes. They have all sorts of trim. The thin stuff is pretty flexible and will conform to moderate curves. I'd be very wary of peel and stick trim. The glue is not very good but you won't need any woodworking tools to install it.

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Old 06-03-2017, 12:40 PM   #3
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Go to your local Home Depot or Lowes. They have all sorts of trim. The thin stuff is pretty flexible and will conform to moderate curves. I'd be very wary of peel and stick trim. The glue is not very good but you won't need any woodworking tools to install it.
What Bob said. I have used the wood trim many times. As to you interior being 'curvy', just how curvy is it?
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Old 06-03-2017, 09:37 PM   #4
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The front and back are both pretty rounded in the ceiling. It's only got an 11 ft living space, so the only flat area to trim is the floor, and maybe 4 feet along the center of the ceiling.

It's rounded enough that we had to get thinner interior paneling than we had anticipated to get the proper curve without it splitting.

I will try home depot then before ordering anything rubber from amazon. I would really prefer the wood look. They made such beautiful campers in the 60's, so we are trying to keep it as original looking as we can.
I will try to upload a "before" picture from my phone tomorrow.

Thank you for your input. Watch for that photo tomorrow and tell me what you think

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We had a similar challenge in our home built cargo trailer conversion. Saw a picture of another guys way of handling it, and it made the job easier. We made flat panels out of luan, then covered the joints with strips. My joints were at 4', but I did cover strips at 2' just to look uniform. Since I had metal tubing to deal with in the roof, I installed furring strips North-South and on each cross member, to mount the luan panels to. Call me cheap, but the best purchase I ever made on this project was a pneumatic stapler. Already had the air compressor, and once I got the settings right, it made the job a lot easier.

A picture probably will explain the idea better. (apologies for the forum watermarks, if they appear...)

Ceiling close-up with our homemade cabinet.

Finished view.

Looking at some interior pics of your era Road Runner, the factory took a similar approach, what I call "cutting the corner". They had maybe 2-3" wide, East-West strips of wood, each piece mounted top to bottom of the curve, making the transition from roof to wall. Appears they also put in cabinets, which they could easily radius the back, and the interior rear surface wouldn't matter so much.

Here was the inspiration:
Teardrops n Tiny Travel Trailers € View topic - A 7X12

Edit: Here's another fellow building a roadrunner, good original interior pics. (it is from that other rv site however...)
Those pics reminded me of the local guys that built the skateboard ramps. They literally wet the plywood with a hose repeatedly until they got the curve they wanted, then finished mounting it to the support bracing so it wouldn't lift. I've not done it but it would be an interesting experiment.

Good Luck, show us the finished product.
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If you cannot manage to make wood trim for your curves, another option to consider might be pvc trim. You will see this material in the home improvement stores (lattice strips and door stops for example). With heat you can form it into curvy shapes. For a small project, I have used a heat gun and homemade form to create a custom sized and shaped object. Smaller, thinner pieces are easier to shape with a heat gun then are larger this kind ones; fortunately small scale will likely be better for you small space. With an internet search, one can also find other methods of heating and forming pvc.

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