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Old 09-26-2012, 07:29 PM   #1
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Would you, why or why not?

Hi everyone, I need a little advise as well as ideas some of you may have as far as my upcoming remodel goes. Here is the deal; a few months ago I purchased a used class A to take out on trips with my friends, and to use to race (Motocross) out of. Most of the time the wife/s don’t go along, and the motorhome is proving to be less than ideal from a utilitarian stand point. Things like the carpet, flower wallpaper, floral sofa/chair covering and the….whatever they are called above the headboard/windows that sort of look like window boxes or something? Anyway all of these things get dirty fast, stay dirty long, and are tough to clean, plus I take a ton of BS about the overall appearance of this soft décor.
I am contemplating converting it to a more of a toy hauler décor throughout. That is to say tearing out all of the carpeting, painting over all of the existing wallpaper, and do those previously mentioned window box deals serve any purpose what so ever?
My question/s is/are, what would you go with if you were doing it yourself, and why? Peel and stick tile, linoleum, epoxy/paint (think garage floor)? Keep in mind this thing is usually in a dirty (Oklahoma/Texas Red Dirt) environment, I want to be able to sweep, mop and be done. I don’t know how or why but occasionally I end up with a couple mountain bikes inside, or we end up working on thins inside because it’s too hot outside, probably the same this winter when it’s too cold outside. How about the 2mm thick Park Smart Diamond Plate rollout decks, has anyone used these? As much as I can I keep the really nasty stuff in the trailer, wet gear etc. but this thing gets super trashed with people running in and out with muddy boots, and nasty gear and things like that.
Ideally I guess I would have a toy hauler but I do not have a truck to pull one, and I subscribe to the half the fun of being there is getting there so I really like the Class A vibe.
Any thoughts, or advise would be greatly appreciated as many of you may be able to bring things up I had not previously considered. I do not want to spend a ton of money on this as I have no long term plans for it, nor am I concerned with resale as it more than likely will be used up or sold within the Moto community.
Also what about the cockpit area, do you suppose the carpet/liner keeps out lots of heat and road noise? Anything you guys could think of that I am not considering, ideas, warnings, etc. would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 09-26-2012, 07:36 PM   #2
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I have my home garage walls covered with 1/4" pegboard. It is painted with high gloss paint, which is easy to wash with a wet towel or sponge. I have a 3 color scheme - Blue on the bottom (doesn't show the dirt) white on the top (reflects light well) and a 6" red accent stripe between them, just for looks. It has a neat, industrial look, and a lot of stuff can be stored with pegboard hooks.

For your floors, you might want to just use commercial carpet runners. They will hold a lot of dirt - which vinyl flooring won't. That will minimize dust in the air. Just pull them out , hose them off, hang up to dry, and refit.

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Old 09-28-2012, 09:48 PM   #3
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Are you saying carpet remnents/runners just over the bare floor? If so I appreciate the feedback, but tht seems like, or almost like waht I have now except I can't just take it up when it's dirty. I am thinking something more dry, and less influenced by the elements/conditions. Thanks for th efeedback though, it is of course much appreciated.
Am beginning to wonder if I am the only one who dosen't appreciate the home like set up of their motorhome? Maybe my wife is right and I should just leave it? I don't think so though!
I'll post some before/after pics when I do it up!
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:08 PM   #4
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I believe that bluepill is talking about those mat things in the doors of places like Wal-mart, auto-part stores, schools, etc. They look like carpet with a 2" vinyl border.

Those frilly deals around the windows are valances. The only purpose they serve, as far as I can tell, is to catch dirt and dust. If it was me, I'd replace them with something that was covered in camo (won't be able to see the dirt then) and block the light around the blinds so I could sleep in.

The carpet on the dog-house or engine-cover does help with noise and heat. My plan for my Class-A is to remove it. Pad it with some closed-cell foam. Sacrifice a couple of naugas and use their hydes to cover it over. Looks good on paper anyway.

We have some really old blue carpet and vinyl on our floor. Eventually, the plan is to remove and replace with some light-colored, wood-grained vinyl "planks". We are hoping that will make it easier to clean up after all the grandkids have tromped in and out.

I've painted over wallpaper in the stick house before. It was ok but ya gotta make sure it is stuck on good. For me, trying to paint over the vinyl wallpaper was kinda like trying to nail jello to a tree. Your mileage may vary on that.

Good luck with the transformation. Don't forget pictures!!!!

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Old 09-28-2012, 10:41 PM   #5
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Face it.. you want a man cave on wheels. I get that. The "boxes" you speak of are called cornices. The serve to hide the blinds when up, hide the curtain rods, and help block out light. They can also help you keep from getting brain damage if the Wifey ever does come along and the rv gets to rocking.... well maybe not. And moving on....

Whatever you do, consider how much weight you are ADDING to your Rig and be sure to balance one side to the other.... Definitely tear up the carpet, scrape well and put that epoxy garage floor stuff down. Later if you decide on something else at least it's sealed already. You can even paint the counter tops with a similar stuff. Here's a kit... that I've been considering. Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations® - A Revolutionary Kitchen Transformation System

And since you are working on bikes in there Please make sure you have at least 2 fire extinguishers.
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:17 PM   #6
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For the floors, how about interlocking floor tiles for a garage. They seem to be durable and cleanable.


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