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Old 03-09-2022, 09:13 AM   #1
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Changing out carpet for vinyl flooring

Our Revcon class A has some super plush carpeting throughout. With two dogs and two young kids, the prospect of traveling and trying to maintain the carpet is...a lost cause. The carpet covers the floors, about 36" up the walls, up into the cockpit and over the doghouse cover.

We would like to change at least the floor covering to some sort of vinyl product. I'm leaning toward a glue-down VCT for ease of installation, wife wants sheet vinyl/linoleum because she thinks tiles will eventually separate at the seams from driving. My biggest concern though, is the loss of sound insulation when the carpet comes out. The doghouse, I can apply some sort of insulation and then cover with a leatherette type stuff, but I'm not sure if there's a reasonable option for the floor and walls. Something that's firm enough to walk on, that will accept vinyl floor adhesive, and provide good sound deadening. Anyone have any creative suggestions or been through this before?
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I put in vinyl planks that clip in. Not glued. That way it can move a bit with the expansion and contraction, twisting or flexing, so far it's holding up well after 8 months of full time use so far. I have a black lab and cats

I think it was Smartcore from Lowes, the instructions said not to use an underlayment. So I just pulled all the staples and sanded plywood floor to remove any lumps or bumps and installed it. Took maybe a day and a half or two days I don't remember. I was still working my full time job at the time so I could only work on the floor a few hours a day.


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Old 03-09-2022, 11:29 AM   #3
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Viking257 -- I really like the look of what you did.
I have an 03 Dutch Star and need to change out the carpet as well (was done once by previous owners as well). I don't want to put carpet back down and really like how the vinyl planks look against the tile --- that transition is what the significant other is battling with -- and why she just wants carpet again.

She is not a visual person but showing her what you did and how well it looks against that tile, i may have a chance to swing the update.
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I put in vinyl planks that clip in. Not glued. That way it can move a bit with the expansion and contraction, twisting or flexing, so far it's holding up well after 8 months of full time use so far. I have a black lab and cats

I think it was Smartcore from Lowes, the instructions said not to use an underlayment. So I just pulled all the staples and sanded plywood floor to remove any lumps or bumps and installed it. Took maybe a day and a half or two days I don't remember. I was still working my full time job at the time so I could only work on the floor a few hours a day.


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Interesting, thanks...I wasn't sure how a floating floor would hold up in an environment like an RV. I think my biggest concern would be, I'd be taking away a lot of the "float" after screwing down chairs, couches, etc and I wasn't sure how that would end up. On the upside I don't have any slides so that's one big hassle I don't have to work around.
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Floating floors expand and contract , the greater the floor size the more the movement. Floors in RV's are not very large and the amount of movement will be very little. I have vinyl planking and in some areas it's tight against walls etc. no issues have happened in a few years. Go for it.

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I have put vinyl plank down in several RV's, and have it in my own. It is wonderful. Easy to clean, looks nice. Don't glue - let it float. Put a thick bead of silicone down around the outside edge between it and the wall to keep liquids from getting under it if you spill. Pay attention to the instructions regarding gaps. Throw some small rugs around.

I haven't noticed any noise issues.
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