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Old 12-08-2019, 07:07 PM   #1
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Removing original sheet vinyl flooring

I'm planning a project of replacing the sheet vinyl flooring in our 2014 Thor Hurricane with luxury vinyl planking. Does anybody have any experiences removing the old sheet vinyl without damaging (too much anyways) the plywood or OSB I'm likely to find underneath?

I thought I would just cut it into strips and then use a heat gun to loosen the adhesive beneath. I know could play the new floor on top of it, but I'd like to keep the weight down.
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Old 12-08-2019, 07:41 PM   #2
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Seems like alot of work to reduce 20lbs of wt.
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I just watched a friend of mine do this. You are not going to know much about it until you get into it and see how it was laid and if there is any water damage. The portion of the floor that was covered by carpet was far easier that the part covered by vinyl as it was glued and the sub floor came with it. you will most likely have to do some repair filling and leveling.
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Seems like leaving it, would be a good vapor barrier unless it's all puckered up.
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Old 12-09-2019, 06:58 PM   #5
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That's why I like this forum. A little dose of reality is always helpful. So you're right. It probably does only weigh 20 lbs. Plus it's stuck down really well, smooth and clean. It would make a great underlayment for a new floor and make the whole job easier, faster and cleaner. It stays. Thanks.
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If you have a slide that comes in over the floor you want to cover then the thickness of the original flooring plus your new floor may be thick enough that the slide will scrape on it.

Be sure there is sufficient clearance before installing your new floor over it.
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If you have a slide that comes in over the floor you want to cover then the thickness of the original flooring plus your new floor may be thick enough that the slide will scrape on it.

Be sure there is sufficient clearance before installing your new floor over it.

As a test, you could lay down a couple of new floor pieces, then bring the slides in and see if they rub or move any.
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There's no carpeting in that area of the MH. But there's a rubber sweep on the slide that covers the gap on the main coach floor. There's tons of gap-space when I lift the sweep up. I'm going with a luxury vinyl plank that's 1/4" thick. It will be perfect.
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Please post before and after pictures. Good luck with the project, we have been very happy with our vinyl plank floor installed 6 years ago.
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You will love it. Here is a picture of mine almost finished.
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This fall we removed carpeting and put plywood underlayment down. Put a primer made for flooring on the plywood and layed place and press floor tile down. We wanted to make sure the tile had good adhesion.
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You will love it. Here is a picture of mine almost finished.
That looks great. Nice work!
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You will love it. Here is a picture of mine almost finished.
Really nice, yeloduster. It looks like you chose Pergo floating. You'll be coming back with quarter-round trim?
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That looks great. Nice work!
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Really nice, yeloduster. It looks like you chose Pergo floating. You'll be coming back with quarter-round trim?
Thanks for compliments!

It is indeed Pergo. Pergo intended it to be floating but I chose to staple the perimeter. This is the second motorhome I installed the Pergo flooring in.
I stapled the first one's perimeter as well. The interior temperature when the motorhome is in storage varies from a few degrees below zero to ~110į and after several years of use neither motorhome experienced problems with buckling or separating. You're correct Fairfieldwiz when you mentioned quarter-round. That was the only thing left when the picture was taken.
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