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Old 05-30-2006, 05:48 PM   #1
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Diamond Plate flooring?

I'll Try this again, My 61' Overlander is gutted and ready for some flooring. I'm thinking of using aluminum diamand plating to give the floor some additional strenth and ease of cleaning. Also thinking about running a strip or two bamboo or hardwood flooring down the center. Has anyone ever seen or done this? Should I not use a moisture barrier? Any drawbacks? Any help greatly appreciated!

My plan when finished is this Airstream will be like no other as we are having everything customized except for the cabinets. Still checking on that.
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Old 05-30-2006, 06:05 PM   #2
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Sounds pretty cool...although diamond plate is pretty pricey. I think instead of wood or bamboo I'd go for the checkerboard racer look on that strip down the center...that with the diamond plate would look sweet. Be sure to post pics if you follow through with your plan.
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Old 05-30-2006, 06:08 PM   #3
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Sounds good to me. Only drawback I can really think of is that aluminum is a very good conductor of heat, so your floor will really be hot or cold to the touch, at least as compared to a carpeted one. Not that you couldn't put some rugs down if it got too rough on you. Wouldn't have to worry about it ever rotting out!

How will you handle the joints where one panel attaches to the next? Maybe put a backing strip on the bottom to bridge the two and then rivet?

Sounds neat. Please post some pics when you get it done.
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Old 05-30-2006, 06:16 PM   #4
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Yes, I thought abouth the conductivity and I will most likely get some type of roll up rugs or mats for the winter. I priced the plating today and it runs about $195/ 4x8 sheet. Ouch! But I still plan on doing it unless I get some other ideas???
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Old 05-30-2006, 06:21 PM   #5
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Any drawbacks? <snip> having everything customized except for the cabinets.
I would imagine the diamond plate is quite a bit thinner than the original plywood flooring. If you aren't changing out the cabinets they will be "floating in space" or have to be lowered after the diamond plate goes down which could expose some "ugliness" on the walls, either holes or mars from where the cabinets "used to be".

Or, if the diamond plate goes over the plywood, I would be concerned about the added weight and the cabinets having to be raised up higher adding more holes to the interior skin as it's thicker than "normal" VCT.

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How much weight will the flooring add? I really like the diamond plate in my storage space in the rear of my Safari' I wish they would have put diamond plate in the front storage the underbed space. It is carpeted with plastic over it. Not the best for a greasy hitch and other tools I store up there. I'm thinking about cutting two pieces of diamond plate to fit. Has anyone else done this?
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Basically the whole trailer has been gutted, including the cabinets. I plan on laying 3/8" diamond plate over the existing floor. It's in really decent shape but I treated with a good wood preservative and sealer to make sure it stays that way for awhile. I tried to be as careful as possible when I gutted it and did minimal damage. I even got the shower pan out without breaking it. It took quite a few days but I think it was worth it. What is "VCT"?
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my 2005 international ccd has 1/8" (looks to be aluminum?) diamond plate on the floor area in the two exterior storage spaces from the factory. looks good.
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Uhhh, yeah

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I'll Try this again, My 61' Overlander is gutted and ready for some flooring. I'm thinking of using aluminum diamand plating .... Any drawbacks? Any help greatly appreciated....
Have you ever actually stood on diamond plate?

Try it with your shoes on for a while...then take your shoes off.

Mighty uncomfortable.
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Hey there Sparks. Sounds like a pretty radical design so be sure to post pictures once you get it done.
VCT commonly refers to VINYL COMPOSITION TILE.
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Old 05-30-2006, 08:05 PM   #11
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saw some today

hi- was picking up some alum. sheet for my kitchen backsplash today, and they had the thin (1/8" I guess) alum. plate there too- looked cool, and was light, would sure give your coach an industrial look! Did you really mean 3/8"? that seems unnecessarily thick. have fun with it-
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Did you really mean 3/8"? that seems unnecessarily thick.
I agree. Did you really mean 3/8??
I mean this is a camper not an M1 Abrahms Battle tank.
I think your idea ie. "the Look" would be great but I'd think about putting 1/2" plywood down first and then overlay it with 1/8" (or thinner if it can be found) diamond plate. I would also not put the diamond plate under the cabinets etc. to save weight. Maybe you could "dry" fit the cabinets on top of the plate, scribe them in, remove the cabs. and then cut out where the cab. sit to get the look and the ez cleaning.
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I agree with 87MH (dennis).

The idea seems better on paper. But if you stand barefoot for a while in a "decked" type surface, after a while your feet will let you.

The other concern would be the weight of the material. I would also question how easy it would be to clean/sweep the floor.

I know that there are companies out there that make a rubber tile version of "decK plate". Airports sometimes have this stuff installed. Here's a link to a placethat has something that might be of interest-

http://www.diamond-safety.com/Mitchell%20Rubber.html

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Yeah I think your right, I used to drive Bradleys for a living so I like the heavy stuff. The supplier I went to today has some 1/8" coming in the next few days. The stuff I like is called a 5 bar diamond plate which looks a little more interesting than the regular stuff. I'll be sure to post pics when it's done.
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