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Old 01-19-2007, 08:16 PM   #15
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Old 01-19-2007, 08:50 PM   #16
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if you travel with critters...

stay with carpet. We are now cleaning the floors twice a day since we see all the dog hair, dirt, etc. We love the look of the floors but maintenance has gone thru the roof
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Old 01-19-2007, 08:56 PM   #17
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Old 01-19-2007, 09:21 PM   #18
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stay with carpet. We are now cleaning the floors twice a day since we see all the dog hair, dirt, etc. We love the look of the floors but maintenance has gone thru the roof...
But maybe you now see the actual evidence of why my wife and I are going for more hard floors, and less carpet. The dog hair and dirt are going to be there whether we put in carpet or hard floors. Since I want to get rid of the allergens, the hard floors allow us to see what's there and clean easily. And although what we didn't see in the carpet made it longer between vacuumming, it seemed kinda' like a "if we don't see it, it isn't there" attitude. So, for us (with my allergies), it's better to plan on more cleaning (albeit quicker) as a trade-off for the longer looking-clean that carpet may provide. We will probably have carpet squares in the bedroom though.
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Old 01-20-2007, 09:52 PM   #19
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I can tell you the laminate is so easily cleaned, and when there is mud and mess outside in the campground, it cones right off. With carpet you are hiding the reality of all the dust and dirt in those fibers, they may look clean but yikes!...shake 'em out.......
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Old 01-21-2007, 09:20 AM   #20
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I used a HD product manufactured by Dupont. It has the backing installed and was easy to install. I'm pleased so far - easy to keep clean and tolerates the Lab. I have noticed small quanities left over from home projects on ebay for attractive prices
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Old 02-10-2007, 05:04 AM   #21
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cork floor

we have just brought home our 1999 classic excella. some work to do, carpet goes first and we want to keep weight down. Cork, they tell us, is lighter then carpet.
With allergies I too want to see the dirt so I can clean it and it does not get more into corners etc. we travel with a small long hair chihuahua and I can not believe all the hair.
I use a swifter daily, fast and easy, use the wet ones for mopping. not the fancy one, just the basic one.

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Old 02-10-2007, 09:01 AM   #22
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I used cork in my classic motorhome, loved it. I now have the laminate in my trailer, it was a lot less expensive, looks good also. The cork was easier to put down though.
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Old 02-11-2007, 08:48 PM   #23
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First thing to go in Stella the Excella was the carpet. Same reasons....I wanna SEE the dirt! Not breathe it. The laminate went down easily...just a few tough notches here and there. We bought the type with the backing already attached. After several searches on different threads, we decided to go for laying across the width of the trailer.(East/ West) It's a little more work...but turned out great. We are installing in the Argosy now. Use the spacers along the edges of walls. Be sure your first line is correct...and have at it! The quarter round for trim is expensive! We just bought the regular wood trim...stained it...and saved lots of $$. Ill have pics soon.
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Dear bum,

Can you tell me about the spacers along the wall? Where to buy, how many, how much?

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Old 02-11-2007, 10:27 PM   #25
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Ease of cleaning is a must, considering where my trailer takes me. I couldn't find what I wanted, so I guess I am the only one who built their own flooring. I cut light and dark 8 inch squares of mahogany from 1/8th inch plywood and laid them down alternately, much as the black/white linoleum tile floors were. I then sealed the floor with 2 coats of epoxy resin, the first coat thinned with acetone to soak in well and seal between the tiles. After I get all the cabinets built and installed I will put on a final coat of gym floor finish or marine spar varnish. Plywood cost was about $40 and epoxy was $30. Final cost will probably be around $100 for the finished, full length floor. I think the weight will be less than most wood floors, but the cost in sore knees while gluing the floor down was higher than anticipated!
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Samb,
I'd love to see pictures of your mahogany floor. We are planning to put down the wood laminate as a temporary fix to get us by, but would sure love to have a wood floor.
We've pulled the carpet out of the Safari, and are trying to decide if we want to tackle getting up the asbestos tiles right now, or just cover them with the floating wood laminate until we're really ready to tear it all apart.
We just want to get it on the road and start using it.
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Have you thought about cork flooring? It's pretty and quiet and easy to keep clean.
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I have not used spacers along the wall, just left 1/4" or so of expansion room. The shoe molding or quarte round will cover this anyway. The cork is a breeze to care for, but then again so is the laminate.
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