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Old 05-21-2009, 03:15 AM   #1
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Vinyl flooring ripped during storage

Our 10 year old Alumascape was up on six blocks to take the weight off the tires and suspension all winter. The vinyl floor covering ripped around heat registers - it looks like the vinyl wanted to move but the floor register caused it to tear instead.
Any ideas why this happened? The low temperature this past winter was about -20F.
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Old 05-21-2009, 08:31 AM   #2
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Probably already had a tear in the flooring. The stuff used in RV's is pretty basic. Your choices are, have it professionally repaired or replace the flooring.
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You can replace the flooring yourself with a kit from any big box home improvement center. It includes template paper that you lay out over the existing floor to make a pattern. You use the pattern to cut the new sheet flooring. Roll the cut flooring out and it matches. Use some quarter-round wood trim or install small baseboards to cover any gaps at the perimeter.

You can also lay down tile squares.
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That is a common failure mode in vinyl flooring .... It tries to re-roll, years after it's layed.
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Old 05-25-2009, 09:53 AM   #5
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I wonder if the trailer may have flexed more than it normally would, having the weight supported where the blocks were as opposed to where the suspension attaches?

Maybe a combination of that, and the vinyl getting less elastic/flexible with age?
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Add all replies together, and you have your answer. Vinyl will shrink slowly as it ages while also losing elasticity, anything that restricts movement causes a tear at the stress points. I have seen a solid sheet of vinyl shrink enough to cause a 1/2" gap completely around the room. Extreme cold will cause exaggerated shrinkage, keep in mind vinyl must be installed above 60*F to keep from breaking. It was warm when installed, combine extreme cold and normal aging and you know the result.
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