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Sissy7378 11-08-2005 08:59 AM

Sissy7378 11-08-2005 08:59 AM

We want to replace the carpet in front part of our RV with flooring that can be washed. We have the wood look floor in part of the kitchen and it is great. Does anyone have any experience with this task? Hints? Etc.? We full time and it is impossible to keep the carpet clean.

Captain Bud 11-08-2005 11:45 AM

Sissy you have to provide a little more information. Is a slide(s) involved? Is there a dinette or a free standing table? There are many details that will determine the degree of difficulty in replacing carpeting.

Digital Boy 11-08-2005 12:28 PM

We plan to replace all the carpet and existing laminate flooring with a wood (possibly laminate) floor, within a year or so.

I hate the carpet along the stairwell and the floor by my front entry door.

I solved the dirt problem, however, by purchasing one of those plastic desk chair pads that the chair would sit on in an office. It has teeth on the bottom and grips the existing carpet. It sits right up against the stairwell.

Gary RVRoamer 11-08-2005 06:24 PM

Is any of the furniture bolted through the floor? Those might be a headache! Seats that have seat belts will have through-floor bolts, for example.

How much of the "front" are we talking about here? Living area only or will you go up around the driver & co-pilot seats? Is there a doghouse or is it a flat floor?

Sissy7378 11-09-2005 03:51 AM

There is a slide involved but the carpet it is on will remain as well as where our dinette is located. The carpet lifts up as you move the slide in. There is also a recliner that is attached but can be removed and the new floor fitted around the chair brace. Will put the new floor as you enter but not up front where our seats are located. Thanks for any advice. I wonder if we should try to find a professional to do the job. It is a 2004 model which we bought new. Sissy

Gary RVRoamer 11-11-2005 03:49 PM

Problem is, most flooring professionals know nothing about RVs and RV professionals know nothing about flooring. But at least one of those two pros would know something about half of what he was doing!

I would think an experienced do-it-yourselfer could handle the job as you have described it.

Don (W5IT) 11-12-2005 02:18 AM

Actually the job is not as bad as you think......

We have re-done several Airstreams when things are slow at the shop. (Kind of a hobby for one of my business partners) Most of the couches and such are easily removed. Also easy to re-install afterwards. Just takes time and patience.

We have done an old single slide MH as well. I little tougher, but not too bad. If you are handy with a table saw or radial arm saw you will have very little problems.

The MH we did was a Monaco Dynasty (98) that had been in the rental fleet for some time and was looking kind of "Ratty" in the carpet dept. We did all of the MH in a wood laminate. (Except the bedroom, it got new carpet) Used 1\4 round to trim the edges with a transition piece between the carpet in the BR and the rest of the rig. Turned out better than we expected actually. Kind of surprised ourselves......

About a month after we finished it, someone came in and loved the flooring and the "Refresh" we had done on the interior and bought the rig......

When stuff slows down a bit, we got a 98 Dutchstar we want to go through........ But we ain't sellin that old girl when we are through. Over 170,000 miles on her and she STILL drives and runs SWEET! (THe fact it is paid for helps too! )

Retired and Happy 11-14-2005 04:14 AM

When my sofa/dinette slide has been in for some time, it leaves depression in the carpet. Does this mean the slide will damage new laminate flooring? Can I cut the laminate to fit around the extended slide or will I need to remove the slide to install the laminate properly?

I've considered using pieces of an under-desk pad on my inside carpeted steps. Doesn't this pose a slippery-when-wet hazard?

Sissy7378 11-16-2005 03:13 AM

We are located at a nice fish camp Lake Marian Paradise in Florida (South of Orlando). A lot of full timers here but some are snowbirds. Yesterday our neighbor told me a guy is coming down right after Thanksgiving that knows all about putting carpet in RVs. Might luck out with some professional help on our replacement. I will keep you posted.

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