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Old 09-19-2022, 07:30 PM   #1
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Replacing carpet with something else

We are in the process of updating our 14 coach and now wondering if there is an alternative to carpet on the slides. If you have replaced the carpet and wouldn't mind sharing what you did, we would appreciate it. One of the mental stumbling blocks I have is how to transition from the wood floor of the slide to the black plastic "transition" pieces. There is a gap between the wood and the plastic and not sure if that gap would show through. Also, the black plastic needs to angle down to the tile to close the gap. Anyhow, any thoughts, suggestions, appreciated. Pictures would be great.
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Old 09-19-2022, 07:51 PM   #2
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Here's 1 of a few videos on YouTube.

https://youtu.be/s_7EFfHydEc
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I have been looking at this as well. Another issue is to replace a roller you need access from the top so any new flooring needs to be removable in some form.

As for the plastic, I was thinking of removing it and using a lip of wood maybe with foam to contact the floor.

Im still in the thinking stage, the bedroom slide looks like an easier place to start.
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Question: Are the cabinets in a Tiffin on top of the carpet? Not a huge issue but still a PIA if so......
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Old 09-24-2022, 12:41 PM   #5
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I don't know for sure, I think so. Seems like when we had ours replaced they used a utility knife against the cabinets to cut it out. They then used the cut out carpet as a template for the new carpet.
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Old 09-25-2022, 06:18 AM   #6
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MS RV in RefBay Al is replacing the carpet with a vinyl material. You could do a Google search on them and find them and Red Bay Alabama.
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Old 09-25-2022, 08:49 AM   #7
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Thanks for the tip on MS RV. Wife is going to reach out on Monday on not only flooring but the large awnings. We have not been able to find anyone that would/could do them but looks like MS can. Another expensive trip to Red Bay is in order.
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LVP, luxury vinyl planking. The only way to go. Pulled up all of the old carpet, bought 2 sheets of OSB to match the level of linoleum floor, leveled and sanded seams then glued the lvp down. Wish Id of done it years ago.
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LVP is the way to go.
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Do you have any pictures? We don't have carpet in our house and would like to get rid of carpet in our RV.
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LVP is the way to go.
I agree. If you are going to go with a laminate, you really should use LVP. If you look at the temperature range for regular vinyl flooring, it just won't work in an RV. If you exceed those ranges, you will see a lot of expansion & contraction. Even within those ranges you'll see more movement with regular vinyl vs with LVP.

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We had all of the carpet replaced (including slides) with fully adhered engineered wood floor in our previous motorhome. The work was done by Ernie Eckberg in Fort Worth. He had made a name for himself for being able to handle the slide out transition that looked good - basically, added a 3/4” plywood base with an wood edge trim. Without the plastic transition piece, there is a 1 1/2 to 2” gap between the floor and the bottom of the slide. That’s what the black plastic covers up. It could take some meat off the top of your foot if you jam your foot under the slide out as you bounce down the road. I know - couldn’t wear flip flops for two weeks. Also, one slide was level with the main floor until we did that so we ended up with a 1” height difference in the slide and main floor.

We used 8” x 8’ reclaimed barnwood planks for the floor. It was beautiful. Having said that, I would have just used carpet in the slides if I were to do it again. The floor is mostly covered by furniture and it’s easy to replace if you keep the motorhome that long. Slide carpet gets very little wear so it doesn’t age like the main floor. IMHO, get the best stain blocker carpet you can find and you’ll be better off.
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