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Old 02-20-2014, 11:55 AM   #29
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Just my two bits worth. I've restored two Airstreams (a1968 Overlander and a 1967 Caravel) and a houseboat. I've used cork in all cases for the flooring. The Overlander was glue down and the rest were floating. Do not use the glue down as it will curl at the edges if too much moisture gets on it. The floating cork flooring is the way to go as it won't curl, and it provides more insulation. In the Overlander, I put down sheet goods in the bathroom and the difference in the temperature from the cork to the sheet goods on your bare feet is really noticeable. The cork is definitely warmer! In the houseboat, we have kids running in with wet feet and swimsuits with no damage to the cork. However, don't leave standing water for long periods without wiping it up. Cork doesn't allow mold to grow on it and bugs hate it. I very seldom find spiders or ants on my Airstream or houseboat. A note of caution, cork will be damaged if you drop something heavy or sharp on it. To say the least, we love our cork floors.
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Old 02-20-2014, 12:44 PM   #30
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Post 25 talked about sealing the cork... that is what I am interested in knowing about. I'm also curious about the effects of temps going from -25 f to +100 f., you know the expanding/shrinking effect it has on the joints of the floating( snap together I suppose) cork.
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Old 02-20-2014, 01:18 PM   #31
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I used a water based sealer as per installation instructions, really easy, just apply with the correct tool :-) Ours has only been down for a couple of years but from use in the Mojave to chilly 47 and below Canada there is no sign of anything. I used glue down and I think two coats of sealer plus I sealed the edges more to keep dust etc from getting stuck anywhere. The only reason I would consider an alternative is if I wanted something a little more original looking on the next trailer. The click stuff might be good I just didn't want the extra weight or floating floor but everyone want's something that suits their application best.
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:36 PM   #32
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....a lot of this is subjective and preferential. I detested every aspect of my factory installed roll linoleum floor. It showed every bit of dirt, dust or whatever. And while most folks here seem to be "anti-carpet" I elected to use FLOR carpet tiles. They are made from recycled plastic, and can be easily lifted up and hosed off if you spill something toxic (like a glass of red wine ...heh....heh). I have a Dyson stick battery operated vacuum and can clean my floor in 10 minutes. Oh, and the dog hair from the two basset hounds just comes right up. There are a LOT of options, and everything has pluses and minuses. (You'll see that I used a blue border with platinum as the main color scheme.)
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:38 PM   #33
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carpet tiles does sound neat.
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Old 02-20-2014, 07:26 PM   #34
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Thumbs up i went with strand woven carbonized bamboo

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Old 07-27-2014, 03:58 PM   #36
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We just recently replaced our citrus green shag pile carpet in our Argosy - it was stained and faded quite badly in some parts. We don't get as much sunshine as you guys do over in America so we wanted a solution that was both warm and practical... so we opted for Lino (vinyl) flooring at the back from the galley through to the bathroom and carpet for the front and up into the driving cab.

The carpet is commercial quality so will hopefully withstand whatever we can throw at it (unintentionally of course!)

I'll tell you what - I won't be in a hurry to do it again, it was HARD work and took all our patience to do a job that the Argosy deserves! The engine cover was dang fiddly, took hours all on its own - Chris dud the whole floor section while I did that on its own!!!!! Worth it though - he looks great now.

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Old 07-27-2014, 04:42 PM   #37
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Beautiful job!!


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Old 07-27-2014, 06:32 PM   #38
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I agree! It looks great, Beverly.
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In chasing down my water leak, I have removed both the dinette and gaucho. It doesn't take much more to replace the flooring. I am thinking of taking out the carpet and putting in wood flooring.

I am wondering how that has worked out for those who have done this. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
I used stranded woven bamboo the glue down type with vaper barrier glue. and i love it.

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