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Old 04-25-2011, 04:48 PM   #1
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We purchased our second AS last year, a nice well-maintained '76 International Caravanner. The only problem so far is that it smells musty, and as we clean and scrub to get the smell out we decided to replace the carpet. It extended through the bathroom and up the bathroom walls, and now that it's out I'm looking to replace with cork. The carpet was cut up to the cabinets and sofas. I want to use cork because 1. I like it 2. I can easily cut it to fit around the cabinets and sofas. Anyone have any thoughts? Tips? A local restoration place quoted $1800-$2000 for laminate flooring, I have to assume that was a full floor installed with cabinets, appliances, and furniture removed.
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Old 04-25-2011, 05:19 PM   #2
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YouTube - Airstream Restoration - 07-1 Flooring
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DIY Network rebuilt a 77 Overlander. I think I did the link right. This is the You tube video on the flooring installation. They used cork and I thought it looked pretty sharp. If I screwed up the link just go to youtube and search for DIY Trailer restoration..
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Old 04-25-2011, 05:25 PM   #3
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Cork has been around for many years as flooring in Architecturally designed projects. I remember discussions about it in collage in Construction Materials Class. It is a good flooring product is easy on the feet but probably net a good choice if you have large dogs that could possibly scratch the cork over time. It has sound deadening properties also.
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I'm going with cork tile 1' x 2' glue down.
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We installed a 'floating' cork floor last Spring. It was 1' x 1 1/2 ' planks that clicked and locked together. Easy to cut to go around cabinets and doorways.
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We installed a 'floating' cork floor last Spring. It was 1' x 1 1/2 ' planks that clicked and locked together. Easy to cut to go around cabinets and doorways.
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I am also going with the floating cork. It looks really sharp, I have seen it in a couple of trailers.
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I'm going with cork tile 1' x 2' glue down.
I'm surprised that you would go with a glue down, given the expansion/contraction that is bound to happen with the temperature extremes we get here in Canada...
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I used a "corK" heavy traffic sheet vinyl I found at a local building supply. My wife wanted cork but I wanted a seamless floor, we both won. I had the interior removed, it would have been tough if the cabinets had been in. Which brings me to my second point. There is no way I would let the restoration guys remove and reinstall the cabinets in my trailer unless they had done a lot of work on Airstreams. I'd get references. Their objective will be to get the floor done and fast. Just a thought.
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The PO of our trailer installed the floating style cork. He did a very nice, pro level job. Looks great and seems to be holding up very well with the pea gravel from campsites and the sand from the beach. We added a few throw rugs for areas such as by the sink and in between the beds.
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A little information on cork flooring.
APC Cork offers high quality cork flooring for all your flooring needs. Cork is an alternative to pergo, laminate flooring and carpet.
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I used cork in our AS, not the best installation but it looks nice. I had it installed in our kitchen as a test, to learn how it works before foisting it off on clients, and bought enough for a DIY project in the trailer. Am Cork is a great product, however for a DIY install I'd recommend a floating floor. The glue down, when done right is awesome (in our Kitchen) but it was a pain for me in the trailer, and the moisture fluctuations in a trailer are significant for a "wood" product like cork. The floating floors are easier to repair as well.
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Old 04-26-2011, 01:12 PM   #12
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Cork and Allure Cork

TRAFFICMASTER from Home Depot has a cork look vinyl plank that looks great. I have used real cork and this stuff, both are good choices and easy to put in.
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A couple of years ago we put cork down and vertical tongue and groove cedar in the bathroom to replace our smelly (smoke and dog) carpet. Easy to do and smells much better.
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looks good-- nice lens too
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