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Old 10-23-2015, 01:58 PM   #1
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Laminate flooring put down and new toilet?

We are currently in Campbellsville, KY at AMZN for peak but in January heading to Pensacola then west thru Alabama and still further west.

Not being the handiest at flooring or toilet replacement..looking for installers.

We are full-timers and need any references for this that you might have.

thanks!
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Old 10-23-2015, 02:09 PM   #2
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We put 'peel and stick' down in bath. Easier to clean and handles "splash" / poor 'target acquisition' issues well. Hallway is the "laminate'.

I would pick out my favorite flooring (Lowes/HD/flooring store remnant).... then look for a 'local' RV Mobile Tech. When you 'land' in your RV park, they will have good 'local' service folks who work the area.
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Old 10-24-2015, 08:51 AM   #3
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It has not been that easy..we have been inquiring. We have found some laminate planks at Lowes that we would like. Right now we have a Allure laminate floating but bad installation..left some of the tacks from the carpet and they are starting to come thru after 2 1/2 yrs.
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Old 10-24-2015, 09:47 PM   #4
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Wow... We have been fortunate to find "capable" people....
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Old 10-25-2015, 01:23 PM   #5
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The only caution I have about Laminate is do not go cheap. Low grade laminate will swell and curl if it gets wet or too humid. A presentation at one of our unit rallys noted some 10 years ago, that you need to get a laminate which is waterproof...That means upward or 4 or 5 dollars per sq ft to get the water proof glue holding the fibers together.

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Old 10-25-2015, 01:58 PM   #6
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I really like the look of old-school linoleum, but it's more difficult to install than peel 'n' stick. I'd stay away from a floating floor, as it might become more "floating" than you'd like! Installing a single sheet would smooth out the floor and be fully water resistant. Winnick's "Airstreams" book shows some fine examples.

Since my bathroom is a wet head, I went with a fiberglassed-in floor that wraps up the sides. Not an installation for the faint-hearted!
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Our "floating" laminate has been flawless... Very unusual for my "luck" level...
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Old 10-25-2015, 05:40 PM   #8
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problem with laminate floor is temp differentials can destroy it . pergo does not recommend their product for rv's . I have customers that love it and some that hate it . I have never installed floating floors in my shop . we use engineered flooring for those that don't want vinyl. did 1 recently with bamboo , was real work.
toilet flange needs to be reinstalled on top of your new floor for proper closet flange seal . if flooring ie: laminate or wood is installed around existing closet flange gasket won't reach well enough . fyi
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Is there any laminate that won't be destroyed by temperature differentials? I have the original vinyl floating floor - it rippled - took it to dealer and had it smoothed out - what are advantages/disadvantages of floating floors? Thanks for heads up on toilet flange.
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]Is there any laminate that won't be destroyed by temperature differentials?[/I] I have the original vinyl floating floor - it rippled - took it to dealer and had it smoothed out - what are advantages/disadvantages of floating floors? Thanks for heads up on toilet flange.
If you buy the best available quality of laminate it will most likely be "waterproof" since they use a better grade of glue to hold the fibers together. It will not stand up to a full flooding or being submerged, but it will withstand temporary pooling of water and not be affected by humidity. Talk to flooring stores not big box companies. They know their products better than most. The underside of the laminate looks like dark plastic; that is the waterproof (resistant?) glue. If it looks like chip core or fiberboard it probably is not waterproof. Floor in my trailer is now 10 or 12 years old and still smooth with no signs of swelling at the joints.
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I'm looking at a 4.5mm locking luxury vinyl tile that is a close color match to the current factory vinyl. The RV shop will be using a product for RV use to glue the LVT down. They work with a local flooring store.

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I just picked up a new product made by Shaw. Totally waterproof , minimal expansion / contraction, snap together full floating. I chose the color Luce. About $3 per square foot. Much thicker than lvt with much sturdier locking joints. I hope to get it installed in the next week or so.

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OK, I have been digging on info for flooring for a while now. Mine is in so so shape. Lots of scratches showing and a slit now about 8 inches long along an edge- soon.

I read several posts on this forum and have been digging around on RV forum and others. It seems there are mixed results on exactly WHAT to use in an RV that is best. One poster mentioned that many available brand floors have that MD or "stuff that swells when wet" for the core material. The other day I went to a floor "specialists" place not too far from my house and learned of a different product- Downs LVT. Supposedly it has the thickest wear layer in the business, a waterproof top layer and the core is also completely water resistant as it is fiberglass. The click section is also watertight. It is made by MasterCraft. It says that no matter what the environmental conditions it will stay together, clipped and "as new" because of the fiberglass core. Anyone familiar with this product. It looks beautiful. I really liked the one called Cheyenne 24821 because it did not show the lines and it looked like it would blend any mark or dirt, etc.- better than a solid color where every spec of sand, etc. shows.

I looked on the Internet for the product and it is not marketed in that manner. I found some posts where people shared of praises. One about a flooded bathroom- no impact at all (in a house). It seems to be a product only at Flooring America/Canada stores.
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