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Old 11-24-2009, 07:28 PM   #1
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Replace the carpet

Am new to Airstream ownership and this forum. At the risk of asking a question that has no doubt been answered many times. How was the factory carpet laid in my 1976 Airstream? Was it installed and stretched? Over a pad?
Was it glued?
Am considering replacing the carpet and am trying to learn as much as possible about the task I'm considering tackling.

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Old 11-24-2009, 07:54 PM   #2
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Every older one I've seen has had the carpet tacked down. Many newer trailers had the carpet installed over the bare floor, then all the other components installed over it.

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Old 11-24-2009, 08:21 PM   #3
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The wild orange, bright gold, and green high-profile sculptured rug that was in mine originally (and is STILL in the closet /cabinet bottoms for a tiny bit of memorabilia! ) was tacked down on the subfloor.

I'll have to see if it will photograph well enough for a photo!

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Old 11-29-2009, 05:13 PM   #4
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Our 1979 had yellow shag originally (as we found scraps under the cabinets). One PO put down a blue lower profile carpet at some point. The floor was full of staples where the blue was tacked to. There was also tack strips which looked 30+ years old and were probably were original. There was also a foam pad underneath all of the carpet including the yellow shag so was original as well and was stuck to the floor. Using a small scraper, it came up easily enough.
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Old 11-29-2009, 05:27 PM   #5
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Generally the carpet is laid over the complete sub floor before any cabinets or fixtures are installed. It is cheaper to just cover the whole floor then to try and fit it in later in construction.

Look under the sink cabinet or open any of the outside compartments and look at whats there.
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