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Old 10-30-2010, 02:31 PM   #29
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Flooring over plywood

The Diamond plate would be under the cabinets and under the refrigerator and cabinets on the other side. I am thinking that I would cut the diamond plate in half, each section 24" wide and 8' long. Then I would cut out sections to go around the wheel well on the street side. The section under the refrigerator would be 24" wide by approx. 4' long. The front room and hallway will be some type of laminate that can survive future water leaks. Haven’t made a decision on the flooring as of today. If any of you Airstreamers out there have found a flooring product that works well for AS, please let me know…..

When I got my Airstream home, a month ago, it had an inch of dirt under the cabinets and refrigerator. Some of the areas under the cabinets had aluminum insulation glued to the plywood floor and on top of the wheel wells. When I pulled the insulation up, I found a mix of contact cement and dark black road grime. The idea behind having diamond plate under the cabinets is to make it easier to clean when needed, and a sold base to bolt down the new cabinets…. trex

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Nice picture. That you on the red shaker?

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Old 10-30-2010, 06:21 PM   #32
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Old 10-30-2010, 07:07 PM   #33
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Did you drop your bellypan, trex? I think we would have taken mud in ours over what we did have - chewed insulation and tons of mouse droppings (and I mean tons)! Diamond plate would be an interesting bottom for your cabinets, clean but maybe a little noisy for stuff stored there? (I'm thinking pots and pans, etc.).
We're planning on using a cork floating floor when we get to that point in Little Girl. Others on the forums have said it's warm and durable. I've seen linoleum (the real stuff), and floating wood floors used too, along with the usual carpet. No carpet in OUR trailer - too hard to keep clean. We're not resorty kind of people.
We're also thinking cabinets made out of hickory. We love that wood - lots of interesting grain. We can get hickory plywood now at a lumberyard in MPLS, so we can keep the weight down enough.
We'll have to keep track of each other. You'll probably get ahead of us over the winter. Oh well.

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Old 10-30-2010, 07:50 PM   #34
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No… I didn’t drop the bellypan. I replaced the front section of plywood and cleaned below before I dropped the new section in place. Also cleaned below small section of plywood I replaced in front of street side wheel well. It had a good inch of mud in the bellypan in that location. I have been looking at some of the other threads concerning flooring, but still not sure what we are going to purchase. I think within the next couple of weeks The Bunny and I will need to pick out flooring. Trex J
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Wow, you're way ahead of us in that regard. We aren't putting in flooring until after we get the cabinets in - too expensive to floor the whole thing for us. We would do the whole floor first if we were going to put in sheet vinyl or linoleum, but can't afford to do it with what we're putting in. Right now we're figuring out plumbing and planning on buying the tub for the bathroom.

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I am retired....so the AS is my job, 8 hours a day last 20 days in a row. Today was the first day off. trex
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Ok, I'm officially jealous. Can't retire yet - still about 8 years to go if we're lucky and the economy doesn't tank again. Besides, can't work on the AS in the winter in this state - gets a little cool in the winter. (In Minnesota, we put winter jackets on when it gets "chilly", below zero). Oh well. Plan is to have her done by the time we retire anyway.

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Ok, I'm officially jealous. Can't retire yet - still about 8 years to go if we're lucky and the economy doesn't tank again. Besides, can't work on the AS in the winter in this state - gets a little cool in the winter. (In Minnesota, we put winter jackets on when it gets "chilly", below zero). Oh well. Plan is to have her done by the time we retire anyway.

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You just gotta find a friendly farmer that will give you real good rent on the main floor of a barn which is kept warm by a nice big herd of cattle that's downstairs.
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As to flooring, we have used the non-glue vinyl wood grain flooring both in the house, where the dogs go in and out, and in the our first trailer. We got along very well with it. It was simple to put in. Easy to clean and stood up to wear and tear. And folks had to look twice to tell if it was wood. We got ours at Lowes.

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Greetings Jeff & Cindy.... What kind of prep work did you do to your sub-floor, in-order to use the vinyl flooring? I sanded the bad spots and pulled staples out of the subfloor on Friday.

I am having a guy in Redding build new wheel wells out of aluminum sheet metal. I will use them to replace in “inter-shell” light colored plastic wheel wells. I was hoping to have them by Friday, but Mike skipped town for a long weekend. Hopefully he isn’t one of those businessmen who tell you they will get it done ASAP, and then take 2 months! I will find someone else, if he tries to pull that kind of B.S. trex :0
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