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Old 02-13-2003, 11:26 AM   #29
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"My fellow floating floor afficianados, does temperature/humidity expansion occur in all directions symmetrically or more lengthwise?"

As a laminate material it does not really have "grain", so expansion/contraction should be more or less equal in both directions. It is cumulative, however, so if you lay it lengthwise the total expansion will be greater in that dimension.

To try and simplify, say it expands 1/4" in 10'. If your floor is only 6' wide, total expansion in that direction will be about 5/32". If it is 25' long, however, total lenghtwise expansion will be 5/8".



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Old 02-13-2003, 12:08 PM   #30
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further floating floor follies

64GT and Mark, thank you for your info. I still have not completely hatched my plan so any and all info is helpful; especially that which is based on experience.

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Old 02-13-2003, 12:17 PM   #31
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We have a 2001 Bambi which I took out all the carpet and put in a floating wood floor. It is a Bruce flooring that is a real wood put on a thing laminate board. You have the rich texture of real wood and the ease of installing like a laminate.

I have attempted to post some pictures.
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Old 02-13-2003, 12:48 PM   #32
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I'm putting commercial carpet tile in my Overlander for the best reason of all, I got it for almost nothing. I had some in a truck camper some years back, you roll down a thin coat of easy release tack glue and then just lay it like tile. It is easy to lay, comes in various sizes, usually 2'x2', can be easily removed and repositioned to clean or replace. Most commercial flooring installers or distibutors have small stacks of it laying around left over from jobs that they will happily part with for little money. I have taken pieces of it out, took it down to the carwash to clean, put it back in and it still looks great!!

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Old 02-17-2003, 07:18 AM   #33
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Smile wood flooring - Bambi

Hope this is with an attached picture of our Bambi with the wood flooring.
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Old 02-17-2003, 08:17 AM   #34
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real wood

Real wood eh? Glue or snap? It is beautiful. Did you figure cost vs laminate?
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Old 02-17-2003, 11:58 AM   #35
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Wood flooring


I got the flooring on a clearance at Lowe's. It was Bruce snap together and it was originally $93 a carton. I got three cartons at $28 a carton so I really didn't do any comparison shopping. It was something I stumbled onto at Lowes. Just enough left to do my Bambi.
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Old 04-13-2003, 08:38 PM   #36
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I put a snap together laminate floor in my 345 last year. I ran the pieces across the mh and started just behind the raised drivers area and went all the way to the end. With the snap together you have to start at one end and work to the other. There were some pieces that were hard to get in place. My problem was the shapes of the built ins. It was impossible to cut the laminate to fit the cabinets. I tried quarter round but the corner trim on the cabinets make the cuts very difficult. I therefore ended up with gaps betweeen laminate ends and the cabinets etc.

The problem with the laminate is water which gets under the slats. I had a water leak in the ice machine and it ran down the walls and got under the slats.

I am really looking at the vinyl slats just to see if the transition is better to all the built in pieces. I would like a better fit(no gaps). Carpet covers small errors but I do not want to put carpet back in.

Has anyone replaced the carpet on the drivers area and the engine cover?
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Old 04-14-2003, 06:43 AM   #37
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When I finally trash the carpet (or I should say the dog does), I plan on going with a lightweight wood product like Pergo or Bruce flooring. I've seen and heard many great installs.


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Old 04-14-2003, 11:46 AM   #38
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I have been toying with using the cork tiles in my motorhome from the area behind the raised driver/pass seats to the bedroom. I wonder about the plug for the two removeable tables that go into the hole in the floor. How would I pull out a cork plug? With carpet you can grab it and pull out the piece.
Also you have to seal the cork?
I figure cork might be quieter than laminate, although not as quiet as the carpet/pad combination.
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Old 04-20-2003, 08:19 PM   #39
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In search of the perfect floor

For a variety of reasons Pergo Prodigy has been selected to replace the carpet in the living area of the 1987 345 motorhome.

I removed the carpet after an attempt to salvage it by professionally cleaning (even after the steam cleaning it was nasty, nasty, nasty). The chair pedestals have also been removed.

The motor home underlayment is an aligned wood chip polymer composite in pretty good shape. The question I have is would anyone not recommend sealing the exposed underlayment with a Latex paint prior to installation of the Pergo?

I intend to hit the exposed particle board with a deodorizer to neutralize any odors that may have permeated down from the carpet, and I think that the Latex would breath enough as not to create a moisture barrier. Another advantage that I may realize would be the leveling benefit that a good Latex would afford.

After studying this and other threads, I intend to lay the panels lengthwise and pretty much do the entire living , bedroom, and bath areas. Any negative thoughts on this scenario? We tend to use camp showers, so I donít think water saturation of the Pergo will be a problem in this scenario.

This would leave the cockpit area to redo in carpet. Anyone have any hints or traps to avoid in this area?


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