In June 2016, I replaced the flooring in the front of our Rev. The original carpet had seen better days.
I did much reading on iRV2 on how others had approached the project. It was very helpful. I especially like reading Ernie Ekburg's posts.
Here is what I started with; this is taken from the entry way looking toward the rear of the coach. I had started to move stuff around.
Pretty ugly looking carpet. We also decide to rip out the small section of tile in the entry way.
The next series of photos shows the various stages of demo. While I knew there would be a lot, and I mean a LOT, of staples, I was surprised on how many. Pretty sure I shed about 500 pounds once all the staples were pulled.
I also was amazed at how well adhered the tile was to the subfloor! I had a couple of big pry bars at work to gradually break the tile loose. A big hammer didn't hurt either!
Here is a shot showing most of the carpet removed and the beginning of tearing out the tile
Another angle showing the progress.
Closer view of the driver's area.
Making progress on the tile.
Had to move the center console around to get at the carpet and tile. It was held down with 4 screws to the floor and 2 screw on the top that attached to the dash.
Close view of what's under the carpet in the driver's area. That black cover is not flush! That complicated things a bit.
Better view of the cover. It's about 1/2 inch tall.
Just another shot of the driver's area.
Almost have all the tile out. This photo was taken from the entry way.
Here I show the carpet on the side was removed. Note the little carpet pieces on the wall. Those are staples that need to go!
Here I show the kick plate that also had carpet on it. It's the black area above the steps.
Success in getting all the tile out! It was a lot of work!
Carpet on the other side removed. More staples to pull....
I also pulled the carpet from the trap door. They didn't spare the adhesive.
Another shot of the trap door area.
Our Rev has 2 slides on it. The front one runs from just behind the driver's seat to the end of the galley. This space has a couch. It also has a magazine rack. Absolutely useless in my opinion.
I decided to get rid of the rack. I picked up about 5 inches by doing so.
Out with the carpet on the slide.
Time to Install the New Flooring!
I debated on what type of flooring to use. I finally decide to go with a Pergo product called Outlast
. Claims you can have standing water on it for 24 with no ill effects to the floor.
We went with a java color. Our cabinets are maple so the contrast of the floor looks really great.
This is a floating floor and the Pergo comes with the backing attached. I added another 2 mil of underlayment to raise the floor so it would be close to flush with the tile in the galley area.
This photo is the first piece of flooring laid in the slide area. Decided to start there so I could move the couch back into the slide.
Here most of the flooring is in the slide.
Here I'm attaching a trim piece to the front of the slide. The stairnose moulding goes on top. Oddly, I can't find a photo of what it looked like when the stairnose moulding was installed.
Once the slide was completed and I moved the couch back on the slide. I started working on the passenger side and made my way toward the driver's side.
I detached the pedestal in the photo so I could run the flooring under it.
Different view of the starting point.
Making progress around the steps.
More progress. I chose to cut around the seat mounts. It was too much trouble to pull the mount and you can't see it anyway when the seat is there.
Here the flooring is just about all the way across the coach.
I decided to leave the carpet on the seat mount. Like above, you can't see it with the seat installed. I did clean up the mount, removed the yellow sticker, and painted the mount a flat black.
One small piece to put in for the main floor.
Here a shot of the T-moulding I used for the transition from the new flooring to the tile in the galley area.
Close up view of the transition.
What to do about the driver's area
I mentioned above there's black cover that is about 1/2 inch above the subfloor. I sent a note to Ernie Ekberg with photos and asked his advice. He said it wasn't very often he's seen that but he has had to deal with it. He suggested carpet shims. Carpet shims are really long shim to gradually raise the flooring to the desired height. Given the short distance and driver's seat mount I have to deal with I decide to do it in a different way. I'd have a transition right at the beginning of the black cover.
This photo show the area that I need to make level.
Here I'm starting to add in plywood to build up the area. I used 1/2 inch.
Added in one more piece on the left side.
This shows where the main floor ends before the cover.
Here I disconnected the console to the left of the driver so I could raise it and run the flooring under it. It has the Allison shifter, mirror controls, and a few other switches for engine brake, air dump, etc.
Flooring under the console.
Here I'm fitting the flooring around the steering column. I remove the metal collar and put it on top of the flooring.
Getting closer to this being completed.
Flooring installed and the collar put back in place.
Here is a shot of the driver's area almost completed.
Here's the driver's area completed. There is a bit of gap on the left. But, without the extra light you simply can't see it. I also did paint the subfloor with flat black paint to help hide things.
I also trimmed around the seat mounts. Here's a shot of the driver's side.
Another view of the trim.
On to the Entry Way!
The following photos show the work on installing the flooring in the entry way.
In this photo, I started on the side. I worked from the top down.
Here I've added a couple more pieces. It took a bit of effort to scribe around the channel that the trap door travels on. To do the scribe, I made a template and then transferred it to the flooring. Cut it and then did fine tuning with a rasp.
Another section installed.
This shows this side completed. I also used a black Sharpie to color over the raw edges of the flooring and moulding. Really helps hide any minor gaps.
This photo shows the flooring that I attached to the frame of the kick panel. This previously had carpet. In this photo, I still needed to put on the remaining screw covers. You can also see that I had reinstalled the center console and installed the stairnose moulding in the step area.
The last part I tackled was the sliding trap door over the steps. In this photo, I show the completed product. I remove the backing from the flooring and used construction adhesive to glue it to the sliding door. I used a transition moulding to dress up the edges.
The clearance between the sliding door and where the door is stored it pretty tight. So, there is a larger gap than I would have liked. With carpet, it filled the gap.
Here's a closer view of that gap. Not too bad and you only see it when traveling.
That completes this project. I plan on doing the bedroom area but that'll have to wait until warming weather.