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Old 08-17-2015, 11:28 AM   #1
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Replacement Carpet

I want to replace the carpet in my 39' presidio with 4 slides. Is there a type of carpet or carpet manufacturer whose product is best suited to motorhome applications?

Has anyone tried other replacement materials, like Pergo or Linoleum?

Thank you in advance for any advice or experience you can offer.

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Old 08-17-2015, 01:39 PM   #2
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We pulled out all the old carpet and the ceramic tile in the kitchen and bath. We put carpet back in the cockpit area and laid premium vinyl tile in a diamond pattern through the rest of the coach. Love it!

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Old 08-17-2015, 07:08 PM   #3
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Most any kind of carpet can be used, but I would be looking for one that got high grades for moisture and sun fade resistance, cause both sun and high moisture/humidity are a typical aspect of RV use. Stain resistance might be high on your list as well.

You don't use much carpet in an RV, so you should be able to afford to buy top quality stuff. An extra $1/yard gets a much better carpet grade, but only adds a small amount to the total cost.

You can use vinyl, laminate, or engineered wood if you like. If the rig has slides, some care is required concerning the flooring height and possible scratching.
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I am a commercial flooring contractor. We replaced all of the flooring in our 32 ft Southwind. We removed all of the carpet and vinyl flooring that came with the MH. You will need to replace with carpet the front cabin area and also on the slide out tops. All other areas you can use a vinyl plank floor with either a wood look or a stone look in various sizes. I would strongly suggest buying a 20 mil wear layer product. No to Pergo or any laminate floor for a lot of reasons. Be careful about the clearance between your slide out and the floor so you don't scratch your new floor. I have cut a plastic "For Sale" sign and used a 4" by 16" strip placed between my slide out and the floor when I retract the slide out to help prevent scratching the floor.
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Old 08-19-2015, 06:45 PM   #5
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Stayed With Carpeting for the Warmth

We replaced all our OEM carpeting with new carpeting. Company we used does a fair number of RVs and was able to recommend a proven "family" of products to us. As I recall, the carpets they presented all had a soft, flexible back (so they can wrap around slide edges, etc), a very tight closed loop weave, a short pile, and were of higher quality (of course) to withstand the predictable wear patterns common in RVs. I don't remember the brand names, unfortunately, but ours was $1600+/- for carpet/pad/glue (including a 12 foot runner that we roll down the center when the slides are in).

With the scraps he made covers for the steps and two small rugs for the bathroom, etc., by sending the extra pieces to a binder. The carpeting on the steps turned out to be a very nice bonus.

Total project was four days. I spent one day up front removing all of the furniture pieces and closet mirrors, etc, and one day at the end to put it all back together. The three-person carpet install team took two full days to remove the old carpeting and install the new. Total installation costs ran about $1000, as I remember.

We chose a medium brown color called "Dirt," which we have learned to appreciate over time.

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Old 08-20-2015, 11:58 AM   #6
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Thank you for the replies! I finally found the one and only motorhome specialist in Reno. He has a small selection of proven carpet, we chose the lowest pile "dirt" color as well.

Turns out to do the job right the 2 starboard slides must be removed, so it is quite an expen$ive job.

I am now preparing the rig for the second (and last) year renting it to a billionaire's Burning Man camp for a ridiculous amount of money, then rig will be detailed and the carpet will be replaced.
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