We have a Fleetwood Southwind 32 ft 2 slides. Our carpet in living area is terrible. I have read so many posts on Allure and would like some input before we continue. My husband has remodeled and added on to our home, was in sheet metal for many years, and is a pretty good handyman. So, I think he can do this. We had a quote for someone to install it, and the cost was astronomical. It looked like about $5000. was for the labor. Here are my questions:
1. Smell - I have read many accounts on the Home Depot sites complaining about smell to the point of getting sick and pulling out the stuff. These comments were mainly installations in homes.
2. Separating and lifting - again, mainly in homes, a lot of separating and lifting. Others had absolutely no complaints.
3. Scratching - We have dogs and grandkids and we do camp a lot in state/fed parks where stuff is tracked in (hence the dirty carpet).
4. Install - The person that gave us a quote said he would glue it down, so it wouldn't pop up. Has anyone done this or recommend it?
5. We have a "level" slide. Most of the installs I read here are the roller slides that sit up an inch or so. Anyone have feedback on level slides? My concern is the slide scratching the floor when bringing in and out.
We thought about the slide glides you put under the slide when moving it and also floor rugs for the slide to go on. Don't know if this works or not.
The guy that quoted us said he would carpet the bottom of the slide so when it rolled in it would not scratch floor. But he was removing the slide, we wouldn't. I'm not saying he isn't worth the price as he comes highly recommended, I think, but we can't afford the price.
I will welcome all input positive or negative. That will help us decide what to do. I think laminate is out because of the thickness and water issues. Also, we will leave the doghouse and front area by the driving and passenger area alone, and we will leave the carpet on the top of the slide where the dinette and couch sit. We will leave the carpet in the bedroom also. There is laminate in the kitchen and partially down the hall to the bathroom, and it will have to come up because of the depth difference, but I haven't had problems with it at all.