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Old 08-11-2006, 06:19 PM   #1
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Question need new flooring ?

ive recently purchased a 1965 tradewind this is my first airstream its in real good shape but i want to update the interior the carpet is in real good shape but its a orange color an we have children and i was wondering what flooring would be the best to keep the feel of the airstream but be practical with kids (we were thinking of a pergo type ) any help would be app. and is it possible to go total electric with the appliances the hot water heater has already been replaced with an elec.

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Old 08-11-2006, 08:01 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Forums and congrats on your "project".. (We call all our Airstreams projects in some form or other..)

As new members, you are obligated to learn to use "Search" tab in blue bar above, which is now available as a registered member... Just type in works like hardwood or pergo or laminate floor and you'll be amazed at the number of threads that pop up, with photo;'s of others' replacement flooring projects..

Lots of owners have gone with pergo or other laminates, or combination of wood with carpet in rear bedroom areas. Several brands work well, so long as allowed to float to accommodate trailer flexing in motion... Others have successfully put down cork floors (see Uwe's thread on a 63 rebuld..) or wood-looking linoleum sheet.

As for appliances, hot water heaters come from Atwood with electric rod options to avoid need for gas, though they take good 110V circuit. You can always buy electric heater (ceramic or oil-filled radiator type) to heat interior, though those choices won't heat water and waste tanks under floor surface as installed gas furnace will. Small electric refrigerators might not be perfect fit, but they can be installed to replace existing unit. You're left with trailer that can't be "boondocked", but that may be acceptable tradeoff.. Value to any future buyer will be reduced...

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Old 08-11-2006, 09:21 PM   #3
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How you intend to use the trailer dicates what choises of interior finishes and appliances will work for you. If you are always hooked to cheap electric that is one thing but if you are using it over the road gas is preferred. If you have kids and the dog dragging in wet mud all the time you will want waterproof floors that are easy to wash. Old retire folks in a trailer park in Florida want carpet to keep their bare feet warm in the winter.
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Old 08-11-2006, 10:41 PM   #4
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I put a Pergo type floating floor in 2 Airstreams and they both worked out fine. The real problem is finding a trim molding that will fit around the trailer. I just used wood 1/4 round and it worked out.The clean up after an outing is great with the wood floor.Good luck with you project.
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