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Old 04-23-2015, 07:28 AM   #1
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Question Hardwood in Classic 345

Dear all,
now our beauty is finaly on the road with German registration, we passed the TÜV control !!!!
I begin now to "make up" her inside, we have torn out the old, dusty carpets and we wish to install a hardwood / laminated floor instead of new carpet, due to hygienic issues.
Who has done this Before?
What can i install between the Airstream floor (plywood/OSB) and the laminated new planks, to avoid the noise of a "rolling drum" by travelling or walking inside?
I am also concearned anout "cold feet", because we use to camp in her in wintertime.
Do we need any special treatment / coating, beforte we cover the underfloor with some new planks?
I am a woodworker, i know, how to install properly the new woodflooring, but we have no expirience with woodfloor in Motorhomes

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Old 04-25-2015, 06:28 AM   #2
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If you look in the "classics" section, there is a thread titled "what did you get for you motorhome today?" Post 1194 on that thread has info from my flooring job last summer. I used no underlayment between the plywood and the flooring, no squeaking or noticeable change in road noise. It Is slippery and chillier on the feet than carpet, but infinitely cleaner.

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Old 04-26-2015, 07:11 PM   #3
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Use cork instead of wood. Cork insulate is easy on the feet and soft of you drop something. You can finish cork like wood or I know in Germany the have pre finished tiles.
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Old 04-26-2015, 07:33 PM   #4
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A cabinetmaker myself, I have an engineered hardwood floor in my 310.

An engineered flooring is very stabile in comparison to a true hardwood floor, thusly alleviating the problems with shrinkage, cupping and expansion. An engineered floor also weighs less, is easier to install, more importantly remove if needed and is cheaper. I would imagine that there are some really good engineered products in Germany.

The Torly's product I used also had a soundproofing underlay that I used under the engineered floor but also underneath the front cockpit area carpeting as well. Look at underlay in the link below.

IMHO I would avoid a true hardwood as the temperature and humidity variations in a RV make for a nasty mess if not done correctly. Also I used a carpet in the cockpit area as doing hardwood up around the doghouse is not only a pain, figuratively and literally, but carpet has give and is softer for driving long distances.

Cork makes for an excellent floor and would be a hell a va lot warmer than the flooring I have.

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Old 04-28-2015, 01:24 AM   #5
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I'm thinking about having engineered hardwood installed in my XC diesel. I have it thought out my home and I usually advise my clients to do the same. I live in California where most homes are built on cement slab foundations and real hardwood cannot be installed on cement without putting a plywood layer down first which then raises your floor a good 2".

I completely hadn't thought about cork for my motor home but I LOVE a cork floor. They're so comfortable and will totally flex with the movement of the RV. So glad I read this post as I think that's the direction I'll be perusing. Just know cork is very expensive right now due to its endangerment.
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