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Old 02-06-2013, 09:31 PM   #1
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I'm working on my 1978 Argosy Minuet, and I think I'm going to lay down half inch plywood to get a more level suface for the flooring. Can anyone tell me how thick the composit aluminum subfloor is? Thanks
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Laminate floor won't work? The aluminum is about 1 inch thick if I remember correctly. Many of us have put laminate flooring down with good results. It is relatively easy to do, evens out the floor, and gets away from the carpet. Not much additional weight added to the trailer which is a consideration with Minuets.
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I'm working on my 1978 Argosy Minuet, and I think I'm going to lay down half inch plywood to get a more level suface for the flooring. Can anyone tell me how thick the composit aluminum subfloor is? Thanks
I've seen many people on the forum trying to find an aluminum subfloor Minuets because of the light weight and resistance to rot and decay. You may negatively impact your resale value if you add the weight and potential rot trap of a wood floor.
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Does the aluminum floor get rid of frame rot caused by soaked insulation? There are various types and thinknesses of laminate. I would think you would want to put it along the long axis of the trailer to take advantage of the added stiffness. I would not add sub floor and try not to floor underneath everything to save weight.

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Laminate floor only where you walk. Under the gaucho(s) or in the cabinets is unnecessary. It doesn't seem to matter whether you lay it across the long axis or with the long axis as the width of the planks spreads the weight. Laying on the long axis is a way to find out how irregular the floor plan can be with some interesting cuts necessary to fit to the cabinets, enclosures, etc.

As for frame rot, if water gets and stays under the floor, the frame will suffer. My Minuet had a trashed stove and furnace because of leaks through the vent pipe opening in the roof. The floor was perfect and the frame did not seem to be compromised as the aluminum did not hold the water.
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