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Old 07-27-2013, 08:55 PM   #1
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Hardwoods in Cockpit

We just purchased a 2003 Newmar Kountry Star with hardwoods throughout, including the cockpit. Problem is, previous owner did not install hardwoods under gas and brake pedals, leaving an ugly black "hole" that DW wants covered up. I'm told we can't put hardwoods there because there is no flat floor to glue the hardwoods to. Has anyone had success cutting a good looking floor mat and placing it under the pedals? My cousin said pedals are bolted and could be taken off to put a mat down, but I'm not sure that is possible. Anybody know? Any ideas and suggestions would be very much appreciated.
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Old 07-28-2013, 12:01 AM   #2
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You could make a wood cover that has holes for the pedals or use carpet, depends on your skills.

Problem with both is binding and dirt.

Clearance to insure good movement without binding up, then avoiding shoe dirt scraping off shoes on pedals filling up the space.

You may be able to lift both and place floor in place and install on top.
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Old 07-28-2013, 12:24 AM   #3
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MissMyGolden..... I also have a wood floor installed by the previous owner. In my case he was able to run the wood right up to the front wall because in my DS the pedals are both suspended.

I believe your floor is like mine, and I think there's a solution for you. This floor material is not solid hardwood. It is called "engineered flooring", with a thin hardwood veneer laminated onto a different grained wood base. The strips are typically about 3/8 in thick, and are usually laid down without adhesive. They snap together on end and side, and are laid on top of a thin foam sheet underlayment that prevents sliding. This is called a floating floor, and is used in many locations where floors are not truly flat, or on floors that are subject to movement or wracking-- i.e., a motorhome!

The good news is this. I notice several joints in the wood pieces right in front of the seat. If you can determine that the pedals can be raised (and my guess is that they can be), then you can lift up some of the pieces that run from the driver's seat forward and reinstall new pieces that will span the area of the pedals. Then just reattach the pedals (and their linkage, if necessary), and you're back in business. If you're not comfortable with the carpentry involved, I assure you this would be not at all difficult for anyone who works with flooring. I'm sure you can find someone.

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I took a 18 X 18 black rubber mat made nice surgical L shaped cuts and you fold the flap back slide around the pedals and there is a small slit behind that you can not see. You can vac and then remove to wash the crud off.

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I don't believe that you can raise either of the pedals. The brake valves are usually attached under the brake pedal.
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