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Old 08-22-2015, 10:24 AM   #1
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replacing TT carpet with sheet vinyl - slides?

Hi, I justs purchased a 2008 Forest River Ultralite 32 foot TT and the carpet is old and worn. I work for a flooring company for a few more weeks and we have some very nice sheet vinyl leftover from jobs that I can have one of the guys install. I don't like synthetic carpet for allergy/offgassing reasons, as well as the fact that I don't like it in a vehicle you use to go camping anyway as it gets too dirty. Some questions

1. replacing the bedroom carpet seems pretty easy, but the carpet in the living area straddles the slide-line and is bound on one end so it slides over the other floor when you close the slide. Has anyone tried replacing this with a resilient product to see if it would slide over as easily? I don't want it to buckle.

2. I could use carpet in the living area because we have 100% wool carpet I could use which won't be as toxic, but I won't have time to bind the edge. woudl rather stick to vinyl if I can.

Any thoughts on this? With dogs and my chemical sensitivities, I like harder surface floors as they are easy to keep clean and are not as toxic. The first thing I did when I bought this thing was throw out the mattress and pillows. Would really like to toss the carpet too. Anything we need to be aware of in regard to the subfloor?

Many thanks in advance.


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Old 08-22-2015, 12:26 PM   #2
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We had sheet vinyl install. Left the carpeting in the slide search my username for thread with picture and details.

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Old 08-23-2015, 09:44 AM   #3
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I don't think that would work on a flush floor type slide. The usual technique for anything other than carpet on those is to apply another layer of plywood subfloor to the slide, extending out where the carpet flap now goes. Maybe 3/8" or 1/2" thickness. Then lay the vinyl (or laminate or whatever) on that. It's no longer flush, but the height isn't great.
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Old 08-24-2015, 05:08 AM   #4
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if you wanted to replace carpet on slides

Hey thanks I did go back and read the other posts on this. The carpet is pretty beat up and I don't want to keep it, so I think I will try and have my guy install the plywood but as you say you will have a different height floor. We have plenty of 1/8 inch luaun plywood but that might not be enough to make the jump when the slide is moving.

The other option is I replace the carpet with some 100% wool carpet we have in the warehouse but I don't think I have time to bind the edge. Going to see if I can get the guy to bind along the 12.5 foot piece. I would rather not have any carpet but wool is better than synthetic and we do have some leftover from a casino job the boss said I can use. Of course my choices are gold or red but free is free.

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