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Old 11-16-2013, 11:14 PM   #1
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Wood flooring over carpet

We looked at a 1969 Soverign today. It was very nice and had wood flooring. But I thought it was odd because it looks like the wood flooring was applied over the original carpet. The seller is not the one who installed the wood like this. The floor seemed solid even in the bath area. Is this normal to install wood OVER the carpet?
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Old 11-17-2013, 12:27 AM   #2
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No - and the wood over carpet would probably prevent you from determining the condition of the sub-floor (soft spots, rot, etc...) which is the real determining factor as to the condition and structural integrity of the Airstream. A unit of that vintage (unless it was stored inside all the time) most certainly has floor rot issues...which lead to frame rust issues and a host of other problems. Precede very carefully...
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Old 11-17-2013, 01:32 AM   #3
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Old 11-17-2013, 01:48 AM   #4
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I've a 66 sovereign that spent it's life outside, and the floor/sub floor are solid.
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Old 11-17-2013, 02:22 AM   #5
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Cool now that is what we refer to as a lazy underlay or a sneaks attempt at throwing money but no effort at a problem. Save the floor lose the carpet replace the subfloor chip, sand, repair and treat the frame and rebuild! Love it!
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Old 11-17-2013, 07:42 AM   #6
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Thanks! Y'all have my same thoughts. This AS is the best we've looked at, though. It's a 1969 Sovereign. Are there people who I could ask to come inspect it? We are in south central Texas.
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Old 11-17-2013, 09:05 AM   #7
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Go to the PORTAL PAGE. On the right, down a ways , below the advertising there is a link to Airstream Inspectors by State.

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Old 11-17-2013, 06:25 PM   #8
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Be very suspicious. However in the past few years people are laying pre-fab snaplock flooring over short tight nap commercial carpet. Don't know how well it holds up but it does deaden sound and insulate. I'd expect moisture problems in a camper.
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I must agree with the first thought an attempt to hide soft floors and expensive repairs. Price has to be cheap or your in will be to high to enjoy the airstream.
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Old 11-17-2013, 07:45 PM   #10
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I have a 1998 AIRSTREAM Classic 31 ft. I took the carpet out of bathroom and put peal and stick tile in, had to remove toilet to get it all out. When they built unit they put carpet down then put everything else in. Had a real hard time getting carpet out around cabinets and wall. Did not find any flooring damage. Am wanting to put flooring Pergo (or similar) in lounge, galley, and hall, not rear bed room. Need suggestions as how to cut it out especially around walls neat and clean. Razor knife doesn't seem to be best way. That was how got it out of bath room , not very effective. SCTINMAN44
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I am also replacing floor in bathroom. Realized will have to pull head.this not a fun project. I have been just cutting the old carpet out. It is slow going.
Knowing what I do now would have been tempted to put wood over carpet
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LOL is right. Can't fathom this. Any tiny amount of moisture under there will never dry.
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