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Old 02-04-2004, 06:01 PM   #1
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Airstream Floors

Hi Guy's & Gals :

We are going to replace the floor covering in our Airstream, presently has linoleum. The present plan is to install 3/4" tonque and groove oak in the kitchen area, carpet in front living area and bedroom. The question is, has Airstream ever used chipboard or waferboard in their trailers or is it only plywood? I have not yet pulled up the present floor. All replies appreciated.
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Old 02-04-2004, 06:12 PM   #2
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I believe you will find the floor of your '84 to be chipboard.

I would do some calculations on the weight of the hardwood floor. It may reduce your useful load more than you would like.

There are several threads in the archives on wood, cork, laminated (Pergo type), carpet, and vinyl floors. Some have photos.

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Laying such a thick floor in the kitchen would create quite the step up from the carpet. Don't add additional weight by adding underlayment under the carpet!

Look at Cork Floor for some nice pictures of an alternative -- and rugs won't slide around on it!

The 'Ask This Old House' program on Public Television last week featured a trip to a factory for manufactured wood flooring. I don't recall what the product was but the finish process was 4-5 layers of finish with progressively finer filler of silicon dioxide in each layer. Now there is something that will out-wear everything you could apply as a finish. Manufactured flooring is probably much more stable with accidental water leaks. I've seen solid flooring heave unbelievably when flooded accidentally (not mine!). It holds up okay on kitchen spills when you are in attendance to wipe them up.

I've had 3/4" oak floor in my home and liked it. I now have 3/4" maple flooring in the foyer and living room -- and love it. It doesn't affect my house's GVWR at all.
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Old 02-23-2004, 09:00 PM   #4
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Re: Airstream Floors

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Hi Guy's & Gals :

We are going to replace the floor covering in our Airstream, presently has linoleum. The present plan is to install 3/4" tonque and groove oak in the kitchen area, carpet in front living area and bedroom. The question is, has Airstream ever used chipboard or waferboard in their trailers or is it only plywood? I have not yet pulled up the present floor. All replies appreciated.
Deny

I have a 92 limited and I recently installed Shaw laminate in classic
oak. It came out great! My sub flooring is OSB composite(chip board) I was not thrilled to find that I had this. but is has not given me problems.

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Old 02-23-2004, 09:33 PM   #5
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"My sub flooring is OSB composite(chip board) I was not thrilled to find that I had this."

I am not at all sure that, in this application there is any disadvantage to chipboard. It is wonderfully stable, and is no more compromised by damp than is plywood. Plywood tends to hide rot damage better sometimes by rotting out intermediate plies, but that is no real advantage.

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Old 02-23-2004, 10:26 PM   #6
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Deny,
I have OSB in my 86 MH. You might want to consider a wood laminate flooring product instead of toungue and groove. While my OSB as in good overall shape (no rot) but was less than perfectly level. We were originally planning on a commercial tile installation but decided the OSB wasn't level enough for it.

We installed laminate and found that the "floating floor" was very forgiving and easy to install. I think if you secured real flooring you could end up with some creeks in your new floor after a while.

Many others have also found Pergo (or similar) to be a good lower cost, easier to install option for wood flooring. The cork also looks great.

FYI - I bought my flooring from Sam's Club. It called UniBoard and it was about $1.10 per square foot. Came in Maple, Oak and Cherry. Bought 100 square feet or Maple and installed it front to back in about ten hours.

Link to our installation

Another 345 owner installed laminate up front and carpet in the rear and it looks great.

Good luck with whatever you decide and post pictures of the before and after!
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our 1983 excella had plywood floors......
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Another alternative to 3/4" T&G

You might consider 3/8" T & G hardwood floors. Half the weight and more flexible. A local factory: Launstein Floors ships nationally and advertises in Fine Homebuilding. They are held down with construction adhesive with 18 ga. nails to hold them until it cures. All the usual American hardwoods are available. (unfinished) Pick your wood carefully because it is on forever.
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