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Old 07-26-2013, 07:35 PM   #1
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Question?? Floating laminate

All of you that have a floating laminate floor in your camper, how are you attaching your bedframe and sofa to the floor, since it is a FLOATING FLOOR. It seems like this would cause a problem.
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:04 PM   #2
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I have not done this myself, but I recall reading a post recently where there was a problem with the floating floor buckling because of the attachment points for the bed and sofa. i believe it was suggested that you cut out around the attachment points, and then add some trim to cover up the cut-out.
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:05 PM   #3
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Some don't attach to the floor, they attach to the walls.

Others drill a larger hole in the floor at the attachment point so the screw can float.
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Any thing that had to be attached to the sub floor I drilled a 1 in. hole through the laminate and screwed down through that hole. In 5 years I have never seen any evidence that any movement has talen place anywhere.

Do this as apposed to cutting around things and having to put down 1/4 round that makes the job look half done.
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We have no problems. I laid flooring within 1/8" to1/4" of walls and floor mounted items.

We then trimmed with 1/4 round laminate trim at walls and floor mount points.

Also we changed directions three times, about every 8-10 feet.

We mounted trim to walls with air nailer and where best, double sides sticky tape. We did not attach to floor!
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It will take you far less time to remove the cabinetry, not including the kitchen sink, than it will to cut and trim around it.

You should pay particular attention to the Locking system of the flooring before you decide which one to buy. Some systems require you to stand and kick each plank into place. Maybe OK in a large room but not in a trailer. I used Armstrong because of color match to the trailer cabinets and ease of folding together.

It is an advantage if you can get a good helper as I did.
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I have always been curious as to how to replace floors in an Airstream. If all the cabinets have to be removed then it would be very difficult (removal and clearance). Naturally the factory I installed everything on the laminate. How is it under the stove etc?
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If you are referring the a factory install, they would cover the complete floor before installing any cabinets. Don't know if they provide clearance around the screws to the sub floor or not. I would assume they do not as quality is not a strong word at the factory any longer.

In my case there is no laminate under the kitchen cabinet and i trimmed along the one edge by the door. The leading edge at the front is back under the kick spacing and is not seen.

I drilled 1 in. clearance holes at each place where a screw went into the sub flooring.
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