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Old 03-07-2010, 08:37 PM   #1
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Laminate Flooring Direction?

We have purchased natural bamboo laminate flooring to lay in our AS. For those that have used floating laminate flooring, have you installed it lengthwise or side to side. Would you do it differently if you had to do it over again? Any tips? Any pictures? Thanks for the help!

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Old 03-07-2010, 09:28 PM   #2
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Hi Roadrunner,
I haven't laid the flooring in an Airstream, but I have in our house. The joints need to be staggered for strength and looks. If you laid them side-to-side, you couldn't do that. I personally think lengthwise would work best. When you sweep, it will be lengthwise, so you don't want the broom sweeping dust into the tiny cracks. We did lay a floating cork floor in a much smaller trailer and tried to stagger the joints as much as possible. I hope this helps, but sorry I don't have experience doing this in an Airstream.

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I laid mine in my 76 Argosy and staggered it by 12 inches. Rows of 3. Also when I laid mine I laid it Longways....like from tail to tounge length wise. Will make the trailer appear longer intead of short and stumpy.









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Old 03-07-2010, 09:42 PM   #4
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Bob,

My wife and I have just laid "floating linoleum oak" look in out '78 Argosy 27ft trailer. We attempted to stagger the 8" x 36" sections but due to the configuration of the trailer floor we could only stagger part of the trailer floor. But it turned out to look ok. We treated the plywood floor with BIN product to seal the old trailer smells and it also made the floor surface better to lay the linoleum down.
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Bob,
We put down the laminate flooring in our trailer about 3 years ago. I decided to go side to side because of the expansion and contraction considerations. Had we laid it longways, we would have had a 30' end to end run. By laying it sideways we had 7 1/2' maximum run (and most areas less than 3 or 4 feet) which minimizes the product movement. We have had no buckling or even noticeable movement.
We don't feel side to side installation makes the trailer feel short and stumpy--if I had to do it again, I would lay it the same way.
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Old 03-08-2010, 08:44 AM   #6
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Front to Back....

Bob,

We bought engineered wood that looks great and plan to install soon. I've read most messages over the years on this topic and have decided the tongue to tail-end layout looks best in most of the units.

Actually no one has mentioned the sweeping benefit (see earlier post) and that makes sense too.

I want to spray the forward endcap before I do the floor as the spray travels.

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I did a floating oak laminate floor length way. I think it gives it a better look that way. When you install the floor make sure you adhere to the directions, leaving a space around the entirety of the floor for expansion. Much better than carpeting, easy cleaning. Look at my floor in my registry 1st page under "airdreamers".
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Bob,
We put down the laminate flooring in our trailer about 3 years ago. I decided to go side to side because of the expansion and contraction considerations. Had we laid it longways, we would have had a 30' end to end run. By laying it sideways we had 7 1/2' maximum run (and most areas less than 3 or 4 feet) which minimizes the product movement. We have had no buckling or even noticeable movement.
We don't feel side to side installation makes the trailer feel short and stumpy--if I had to do it again, I would lay it the same way.
I agree this makes the most sense, even if it means more cutting.

Here in Canada, the real world is pretty darn cold in the depths of the winter, and I don't think I want to have to do it again due to expansion...
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We installed floating flooring, length-wise...it was probably more difficult due to the fitting/filing, etc., but it looks great...IMHO, of course..

The vinyl, foam backed flooring planks (we used Prego) also helps insulate the floor to some degree...Ours have been down for about 1-1/2 years with good results...we like it, we used a Tigerwood finish...

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Our current pergo flooring is lengthwise, our new flooring is going in side to side. I think the way the current flooring is installed in our 25' trailer makes it look like a bowling alley. It will be removed in the next couple of weeks and the new flooring will be installed. I'll post before and after pictures.
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Laminate flooring

When we installed our laminate flooring, David from Roger Williams Airstream, suggested we glue down the planks at an angle starting in the door. It is impossible to keep the lines of the flooring straight with the cabinets and lines of the airstream. It looks odd to look down the trailer (from the inside of course!) and see a line from the flooring that is not parallel to the cabinets. We used a carpenter's square and marked a 90 degree angle at the middle of the door and used those lines to work out from the door. The finished result looks good, we have had no trouble sweeping or vacuuming. Good luck!
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This was just laid in our camper a couple of weeks ago, and we love the look and how it turned out....I also agree with Cantrell...I don't think that it makes our camper short or stumpy!
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I think this looks great! Does anyone have any concerns/ideas about the weight of laminate flooring as compared to other choices?
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When you glued the planks down, did you glue only the one's by the door or the whole trailer? The 90 degree direction..toward the front or toward the rear? Pictures?
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