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Old 12-07-2007, 08:37 PM   #1
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Carpet replacing tips / suggestions??

My wife and I purchase a used 94' 30 ft Excella summer before last. Couple that owned it prior to us used it for lodging during summer road projects. To say that the interior was dirty is quite an understatement.We just sent the upholstery off for recovering and are thinking it might be nice to go ahead and replace the original carpeting while things are apart.
Our queery is, how in the world do you replace carpeting without raising (I realize that's impossible) the cabinetry? Up here in the colder temperatures, having the added warmth of carpet suits our purpose very well. Also, this is one more project she and I are sure we can do better (take the required time) than hiring someone who'll gouge up the wordwork and then look at you with an unintelligent glare.
Do you just take a box knife and try to cut to the surrounding cabinetry as close as possible? Also, what's the best padding to use on these? Have gone the wrong route with padding/carpet combos in our own home. Would much rather do it right the first time versus having something that won't last.
As always, whatever info any of you "experts" can share would be very much appreciated. Pat and Bev

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Old 12-07-2007, 08:50 PM   #2
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I ended up removing the carpet on our Limited (especially in the bathroom area) not too long after purchasing it. Since it had hardwood floors in the galley area, none was required there, but actually replaced that which was in the bath with ceramic tile. Re-carpeting the front area was pretty easy - just removed the couch and credenza, and converting the bedroom from twins to RV queen made replacing it back there relatively simple. The only place where original carpet remains is under the wardrobe - I just cut it with a carpet blade at the base of the cabinetry, and tucked it back underneath.

At some point I'm likely going to re-do the entire interior stem to stern, and this will involve complete removal of the wardrobe, at which time I'll get that last bit.

Had to get that other nasty stuff out of there quick, though! (bleah!)


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Old 12-08-2007, 02:47 PM   #3
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thanks for the nice comment

Wish I had taken the time to research this topic more before I posted this queery. Have seen where many members have done just as you by cutting out the carpet (as close to the wardrobe as possible) and then either use laminate or tile of some type.
I really hate to think about tearing the cabinetry out of this trailer, think we'll start looking around for choices in flooring first. As always, much better to take our time versus rushing into a project similar to this.
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Old 10-17-2008, 02:42 PM   #4
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bake315 - what type of ceramic tile (small or large squares) did you use? How did it fit around the toilet. Thanks for your response.
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