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Old 09-23-2011, 09:53 PM   #1
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Replace old carpet

Any suggestion on what material to use in replacing the old carpet? Why that material?
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Old 09-23-2011, 09:59 PM   #2
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In one of our prior Airstreams, we had new carpet installed in the area around the sofa (front of the unit), we had laminate installed from the front door ... through the kitchen area and into the mid bath area ... then resumed with carpet in the bedroom area (rear of the unit).

If we were to do it again ... we would not install any carpet. What a pain to keep clean. And we are actually pretty picky about cleanliness. If you're looking for suggestions ... no carpet ever again.

Our current unit has no carpet. Much happier with no carpet.

But ... if you are definitely set on carpet ... then I would strongly suggest carpet squares.
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Old 09-24-2011, 04:15 AM   #3
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We're interested in the thread as well. Linda wants to replace the carpet with wood look vinyl. I love padding around in my socks on the carpet. We try to slip our shoes off when entering, but keeping it clean in camp IS a challenge.
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Think about cork flooring. Installed by previous owner and we do like it. Quiet to walk on, warmer too ( I think). We did a sectional floor repair and found matching new cork and used it to cover the repair area. Still looks good and functional.
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Old 09-24-2011, 09:07 AM   #5
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You could have throw rugs on top of hard surface flooring if you want carpet and then you can take them out and wash them.

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Old 09-24-2011, 10:40 AM   #6
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You could have throw rugs on top of hard surface flooring if you want carpet and then you can take them out and wash them.

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Yep, that's my suggestion. No carpet, only something that can easily be cleaned.

You can get rugs almost any shape and size these days, can have the feel of carpet but still be able to pull it up and wash it.


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I'll second the recommendation for carpet squares. I have used them in two Airstreams now. Much easier than bulk carpet to lay in the restricted space and, if you make a bad cut, little is lost since it is probably usable somewhere else. I keep an extra square as a spare in case of damage.
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Old 09-24-2011, 12:55 PM   #8
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Best thing we have done to our trailers is to dump all the carpeting and put in a wood look laminate flooring. So much easier to keep clean. And it feels almost as warm as the carpet to sock feet. It is very thin vinyl over mdf over a thin foam underlayment over OSB. Nothing with a lot of conduction or thermal mass in contact with the feet. And throw rugs can go wherever you feel you need them.
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Old 09-24-2011, 08:41 PM   #9
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I am looking for something quick and dirty right now just to cover the yucky wood floors till I get time to put something permanant in. The carpet squares would work well but I don't want to spent all that money and them rip them out.

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Here's a question that no one has considered. Which is heaviest? Laminate, wood flooring, cork flooring, or carpet? Realize that Airstreams have a fairly good rating when it comes to extra weight, but don't want to pull out carpet, only to make it heavier and have to dump something I'd really like to bring along.
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There is a whole range of thicknesses of flooring. The Pergo type laminate is probably the lightest because it is some sort of plastic over the press board. There are some that have real wood on them but that makes them even thicker and heavier. I plan on leaving hidden areas bare floor. Some mix flooring and carpet. The Kitchen and hall are flooring and the front section is carpet. Permanant flooring makes me nervous because you can't tell if you have a leak and if you do it can't dry out.

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Anyone considering carpet in any camper is missing out on the joys of having children :-)
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Yup, depends upon the type of camping that you do. We installed cork flooring. Really nice without the need for carpet to vacuum. Sweeps up easy. We have throw rugs for the times we 'forest' camp. Just shake 'em out occasionally.
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Yup, depends upon the type of camping that you do. We installed cork flooring. Really nice without the need for carpet to vacuum. Sweeps up easy. We have throw rugs for the times we 'forest' camp. Just shake 'em out occasionally.
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Neil,
I'm leading towards the cork flooring. Like the appearance, and feel that the overall weight of the flooring, as well as durability of cork.
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