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Old 09-17-2013, 08:14 PM   #1
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Advice (floors) do I need to gut it before?

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Me and my husband are about to buy a airstream second hand about 10 yrs or more and want to add new floors from Home Depot .....

Do we have to remove the kitchen and back bed to lay these floors?
Most likely we will hire them to do it, not to good with renos oursevles

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Old 09-17-2013, 08:27 PM   #2
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If you don't have the trailer, how do you know you need new floors?
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:48 PM   #3
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I think she means floor covering like laminate. No you don't need to gut the trailer assuming the existing sub floor is sound. If it is an old trailer chances are it has some floor rot issues. It is best to leave floors that are not visible uncovered anyway so you can see leak issues and fix them before they cause rot.

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Old 09-17-2013, 09:09 PM   #4
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A hardwood floor takes part of the load capacity of the trailer, so think thin, if you need it.

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Old 09-17-2013, 09:23 PM   #5
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If you are talking about laying a new laminate or vinyl plank, the answer is no. you can make the cuts around the furnishings and then put molding down.

If laying the allure traffic master, start from the door or curbside to avoid difficulties. Don't ask how I know this.
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if you are talking about laying a new laminate or vinyl plank, the answer is no. You can make the cuts around the furnishings and then put molding down.

If laying the allure traffic master, start from the door or curbside to avoid difficulties. Don't ask how i know this.
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Well... For one thanks

And two we will buy one with no floor rot hopefully. But have a company install laminate for us... My question was should we remove the old floor and gut the airstream to lay or can we just lay.

Also maybe in case of floor rot, we should remove the old floor and start fresh!! Thanks for the info anyway, lots to think about!!!

Maybe we will just to be safe remove the old floor and add new laminate, I wonder what this would cost say for a 34 ft excella? Any contractors out here??? Any ball park would be helpful ))
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What did it cost you to lay your floor ball ark range?

Did u do it yourself or hire?

Also did you lay over or remove the old? Thxxx
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I think you're jumping the gun here. Easy to do when you're excited about buying your first Airstream. But I think you should focus on the trailer search and once you have one, then determine whether or not the floor needs to be replaced. If you aren't able to do the work yourself, count on the expense to be high. Materials may be cheap, but the labour cost will be high. Trailers are objects that require maintenance on a regular basis (more so than a house). If you aren't able to do this maintenance yourself, plan on budgeting for someone to do it for you.
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Also did you lay over or remove the old? Thxxx
You really should remove the old to help reduce weight, unless you don't plan on moving the trailer much.

You don't need to remove everything from the trailer to put in the new floor.

As said many believe it is a good idea remove floor covering from under cabinets and in compartments (I don't believe it's necessary to get every scrap of flooring out, which would require removing cabinets). This lets these places dry if they get wet and makes it easier to spot leaks.
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It is not necessary to take out all the stuff. It's a lot more work than putting the floor itself. The materials will be a fraction of the labor cost. I just got vinyl plans for a 27 footer for about $400. No, I won't be gutting her just laying the vinyl in the open spaces, and doing it myself. The only advantage I see to doing the whole floor is if you decide later to change the floor plan you have a finished floor. But if you are ripping out a floor that is only 10 years old by that time you will probably change the flooring again anyway.

I would not let Home Depot do the job. Find someone who does travel trailers and check references.
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