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Old 08-14-2006, 09:23 AM   #1
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Pergo, lengthwise vs. widthwise

We are planning on installing Pergo and wanted to know if anyone has photos of an installation that is installed widthwise. (Most design treatments of narrow rooms seem to suggest the direction of an installation exaggerates the visual dimensions of a room.)
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Old 08-14-2006, 09:37 AM   #2
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We are planning on installing Pergo and wanted to know if anyone has photos of an installation that is installed widthwise. (Most design treatments of narrow rooms seem to suggest the direction of an installation exaggerates the visual dimensions of a room.)
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I didn't install Pergo, but I did install bamboo crosswise in my 2003 Classic 25. The visual effect is the same as Pergo. I installed in that manner partially because there was far fewer end joints and far less cutting than in a lengthwise installation. The lengths of the bamboo were just slightly less than most of the aisleway so that there were no end joints at all in that area.

I posted the following thread
http://www.airforums.com/forum...ghlight=bamboo with a lot of photos of the crosswise installation
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It has been done both ways of course, but the preferred seems to be width wise, less prone to seams splitting and the trailer movement does not effect it so much.
Also an easy install, but remeber to measure correctly, as it will accomodate the flooring differently than running the long way. see photos of my trailer if you like in the member photos, I just did this install.
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We are planning on installing Pergo and wanted to know if anyone has photos of an installation that is installed widthwise. (Most design treatments of narrow rooms seem to suggest the direction of an installation exaggerates the visual dimensions of a room.)
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I installed my laminate flooring crosswise. At first I resisted the idea (wife's idea) but the install turned out to be very easy because of the crosswise install. Much less cutting in order to make it fit.

Here is a link to my installed flooring:
http://airstreaminca.blogspot.com/20...-5-6-2006.html
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One benefit of crosswise orientation

To lay the floor lengthwise, I either would have had a very narrow plank along one wall or else had to cut parts off of two planks on either side of the iaisle to center the flooring. By laying crosswise, I needed only to shorten most of the planks by perhaps an inch.
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I guess I am bass ackwards with this.

I just put Pergo in both Caravels. Lengthwise. I did it that way because they are short and fat. Crosswise made it look worse. Length wise was a great visual enhancement....but a real pain to lay out and cut. A Caravel floor, including under the front Gaucho took three whole boxes (one extra board). Only real problem was the raised level of the forward floor missaligned the water tank fill spout and I had to go back and cut the Pergo out for the tank area. If you want to work harder....I just saw some Rosewood flooring on Ebay, RV parts section. Thats nice stuff!

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Hey Pahaska......just saw an 86= H at the old Perrin Field...North end. Nice but looks static
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Hey Pahaska......just saw an 86= H at the old Perrin Field...North end. Nice but looks static
Must be new since I was last there. Are you sure that it wasn't an 86-L, though? The H was never stationed at Perrin although the 86-L (highly modified 86-D) were stationed there until the 102 arrived.

There was an 86-L in the hanger in beautiful condition that last time I was there for a reunion.
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I used a gluedown laminate, I went widthwise so in case I have to do a repair to the floor I can just remove that section and stitch it in after repairs are completed.
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Sovereign or Caravel?

Lay it widthwise.

I layed it lengthways as I wasn't sure it would look ok the other way. I've since seen many other members photos that that installed it widthwise and it still looks great.

If you still want to install it lengthwise then it is ABSOLUTELY necessary to install "breaks" in your install. Seperate the "rooms" to allow for floor flexing. I'm going to have to pull it all up an install new in my 26' Overlander due to frame flex very quickly destroying the end joints.

Original install here: #52

And after 1600 miles here: #16
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Thank you for the great response!
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Old 08-15-2006, 07:39 AM   #12
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My son-in-law will soon be installing the floor for me. My one question is about the refrigerator. Our original '82 will not last forever and the floor will be over the bottom of the fridge. Does he take the old one out and put the new floor underneath? Does he put it up to the old fridge and say: your problem pops? Or is there some other arrangement?
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I installed lengthwise in my 32 and it still looks great after a couple of years and many miles. You may have less end joints widthwise, but now you will have more "side" joints. I think its up to you to see what you think looks better. Lay it out and stand back. I never gave it much thought, just went in the longest direction of the space.
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