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Old 09-29-2010, 06:11 PM   #1
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Installing Cork floor

I am going to put a cork floor in my 65. I can pull out all of the cabinets bathroom and beds. nothing but plywood floor. Is it best to cover the entire floor or should i leave everything in?

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Old 09-29-2010, 06:18 PM   #2
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Depends on what cork you're using. If its $5/sqft laminate I would go around the beds and cabinets. I did this and its a lot of cutting and fitting.

If its glue down sheet goods I think I would do the whole floor.

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Old 09-29-2010, 06:45 PM   #3
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If you take out the cabinets etc and apply flooring, they will sit higher when you put them back. This can cause problems.

Best to fit the material without taking anything out. If in doubt hire a pro to install it, he will do a great job in a surprisingly quick time and the charge should be modest.

To give you an idea, in my area a pro will install carpet and vinyl in a 400 sq ft 2 bedroom apartment for $250 or less. I would guess $100 should be par for a trailer.
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Old 09-29-2010, 07:14 PM   #4
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We thought about cork laminate, but our supplier talked us out of it.
He had numerous problems with moisture in kitchens and baths with expansion and deterioration, which resulted in replacement.

We used Aztex (sp?) vinyl tiles. Glue down, not "peel & stick".

Don't think that a 200 SF apt flooring price will be the same as a 200 SF Airstream! Nothing is square in an AS (That's why we love them)

I told my supplier, I'd install another AS for $2K labor and I don't want any work!!! I scribed all cuts and I'm happy how it turned out, but don't call, I'm busy!!!!.

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Old 09-30-2010, 09:41 AM   #5
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I have some rental units and to save money, I started buying carpet and vinyl wholesale and hiring an installer. I was surprised how little he charged, and how fast he finished the job. He did a real nice professional job too, better than I could. That is why I say, hire a pro if you want a good job. The cost is surprisingly modest especially if you have done it yourself.
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Old 09-30-2010, 11:20 AM   #6
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I was gong to install cork but the price is prohibitive. I think I will install vinyl. I was told that since an AS has a floating floor you do not want to install it under the furniture or appliances. Go up to them and install trim. The original carpet was in my Overlander and it was not installed under any of those areas either.

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Old 09-30-2010, 02:55 PM   #7
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I installed cork (from Lumber Liquidators). Glue down. Ran it up to cabinets and then installed aluminum coving. Not expensive. Easy to cut and install.
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Since you are removing everything you will have a large area relatively flat and only straight cuts for four walls, easy job professional or not, leaving in and cutting around as others have said not easy for anybody, ALL cuts have to be exact. Professionals only do it fast and cheap when it is an easy job, or if they make a mistake on the quote.
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Old 09-30-2010, 03:45 PM   #9
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I did cork in my 82 280 MH. It looked great, and holds up very well. I was lucky to find a few boxes on EBAY from someone who had bought too much.
I recommend the "Allure" vinyl laminate though, after using that in two Airstreams.. it's sold at home depot . It is a breeze to put in, water will not damage it and it has sticky overlapping ends that make the install work well.
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I installed a floating cork floor that we are very pleased with. Check out my posts #21 - #24 in this thread.

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Old 09-30-2010, 06:24 PM   #11
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If possible take your trailer to a flooring installer and get an on-site quote, or take them some photos. I was planning to replace carpet with laminate and went to a local flooring retailer for a quote. They gave me an install quote based on the square footage of flooring that was needed.

The installer called me and said the install quote was incorrect because of all the cuts necessary and the time involved. The actual install price was three times the original quote.
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We had ours professionally installed after doing some of the prep work ourselves (smooth, smooth subfloor). No cabinetry removed.

The total was well above $1k but worth it. These trailer interiors are only as nice as their fittings.

We fulltimed in highly humid South Texas and had zero problems with kitchen or bath floors. Same for later in storage when humidity stayed above 90% (and I got around to placing a de-humidifier in the trailer).

Cork is simply outstanding: as quiet as a carpeted trailer, with the wood floor advantage of cool in summer and warm in winter . . with a bit of cushion.

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