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Old 02-24-2012, 04:54 PM   #1
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Interior Modification (Carpet replacement)

We just got back from three weeks in Arizona and decided that dogs and carpets just don't work. Since I know I am a klutz I am looking for someone in the Central Illinois / St. Louis area to replace the carpet in our 2010 Classic 31 with other materials that matches or goes with our existing "vinyl wood" floor.

Does anyone have recommendations for someone to do it and what flooring material to use. We would remove the carpet in the bedroom and in the "living room".

Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-24-2012, 06:16 PM   #2
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Try doing it yourself. You can easily remove the carpet in a trailer if you are handy at all! Then take your trailer to the nearest flooring store and look at vinyl or laminate to "match" or "accent" your existing floor covering. Vinyl is much easier to work with but both are doable DIY! If you are not handy most flooring stores have installers available that could do it for you. Price it out and see what works for you. Ed
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Old 02-24-2012, 06:16 PM   #3
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We replaced the grubby carpet and sheet linoleum in our Safari with composite flooring from Costco.
There is a huge selection of composite flooring around at Costco, Home Depot, Lowes ect. It looks good, is cheap and is quite durable. We have throw rugs which the dog likes to lay on.
It is easier and looks better to replace all the flooring. Starting in back, we laid the planks lengthwise (they are notched and fit together without adhesive) and trimmed around the edges with matching trim boards.
There are lots of carpenters out of work so we got the job done reasonably.
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:39 PM   #4
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The PO of my trailer put in a cork floor, it looks great and is holding up very well.
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Old 02-25-2012, 07:53 AM   #5
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Careful with DIY flooring options from Home Depot/Lowe's/etc., we used one that was rated for a wide range of temps and humidity values. After 2 years, last winter (very cold and dry in NM) the panels separated by 1/8" in several areas due to what we believe were caused by the low temps and dry air.

Also, real cork flooring is porous - especially to water, but it is naturally antimicrobial.
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Old 02-25-2012, 09:11 AM   #6
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Max, good advice. I will say that ours has weathered several years of very wide temps and humidity with no problems. It also has gotten rather wet from a leak around the AC with no problems (I cringed when I first saw it as I thought it would have been ruined). I think ours is sealed (with poly?) and perhaps that helps to eliminate problems with water. I believe that ours is laminated. It very much has the cork floor look with the natural "spaces and gaps" in the pattern, but not between the pieces. I must say the PO did a very nice installation and trimmed it out around the cabinets etc. I believe that we was somewhat of a craftsman.
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Sounds good, SB. We're looking to find something that's light weight, easy to clean-up, looks and feels nice, and as inpenetratable (to liquids) as possible. Not an easy find.
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Old 02-26-2012, 07:33 AM   #8
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Our composite looks good after two seasons of hard use even in the bathroom and around the toilet. It has frequently gotten wet, although water has not been allowed to stand on it.
At the same time as the flooring was installed, we took out the ugly jacknife couch and the flimsy flip flop table. A dinette was installed and the flooring was used to make a shelf around the dinette. We used 5 boxes of flooring for the total job. At 30 dollars a box, the price was certainly reasonable.
Perhaps gaps in the flooring are due to the installation. Our installer tightly fitted each piece. They are notched and fit together tightly.
I wish I could say I could have done it myself but honestly there is skilled carpentry involved, particularly with the trimming.
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Of course Max, the covering that really meets those requirements best is vinyl. Perhaps "dressed up". With some throw rugs. I don't think anything else would be as durable/water resistent. Plus if you want a wood floor look, they make vinyl like that and it looks pretty good, just check out some of the late model Airstreams, they use it.
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Old 02-26-2012, 08:08 AM   #10
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Should you do it yourself with faux wood planks be certain to take into consideration expansion and contraction. Keep the trailer temperature at 70F and use a playing card or two as a gap tool between each joint to provide for expansion in the heat and prevent buckling of the flooring. This worked out just great when we had six inch wide faux wood planks installed in our trailer some years back. Good luck with your installation.
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We just got back from three weeks in Arizona and decided that dogs and carpets just don't work. Since I know I am a klutz I am looking for someone in the Central Illinois / St. Louis area to replace the carpet in our 2010 Classic 31 with other materials that matches or goes with our existing "vinyl wood" floor.

Does anyone have recommendations for someone to do it and what flooring material to use. We would remove the carpet in the bedroom and in the "living room".

Thanks in advance.
Same with little people... can't understand why they install carpet in these...

Had J/C quote pulling the carpet and replacing with sheet flooring.
Somewhere around $3500 IIRC. Lots of labor. Have to pull front sofa, galley cabinets, bathroom cabinets, shower enclosure, toilet (leaving carpet in rear bedroom)- as it's a single continuous, floating sheet. Seaming that type of flooring isn't an option.
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We had our carpet replaced by a local flooring store. The only things I took out to help them was the front sofa, the flip up tables, and the drawers. They cut-and-fit the new carpet around all the rest and did a *fabulous* job. It's just the two of us. I love the soft surface for padding around in my socks. We carry a small vacuum. Love it, and it only cost about $1,800 labor and materials.
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Old 03-21-2012, 07:07 PM   #13
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Floor replacement, etc. in process

We dropped off our 31D classic yesterday at Fowler Interiors (fowlerrvinteriors.com) in Symsonia (Paducah) KY yesterday so they can remove the carpet and vinyl flooring and replace it with hardwood flooring. Also, we are going to have the front dinette seat (closest to hitch) removed and replaced with an ottoman that is "pleather" covered and has storage. The remaining dinette seat will also have the foam replaced and covered in the same "pleather". The cornice boards will also be recovered in material that is more appropriate to the new color scheme. Hope to get it back within the month and will post pictures then.

Arlene Fowler is a straight shooter who has been working on AirStreams for years. We are hopeful it will work out well.
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boodalu,

How exciting for you and if you're like us you're going to love the new look. We do look forward to seeing the finished product.
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