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Old 02-28-2009, 10:57 AM   #1
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Replacing Carpet in 1986 31' Soveriegn

As the snow melts I am preparing to tackle my first project on my first AS. After I replace gaskets, check axles and check for leaks, I am planning on replacing the old carpet. I have a few questions.
1) do most people remove all the cabinetry and beds to replace wall to wall?
2) or should I just remove the twin beds/ sofa and replace up to the cabinets, leaving the old carpet underneath??
3) does anyone recommend a durable carpet for 3 kids and a dog?

I also would like to replace curtains, but have not been able to contact silverthreads. Any other suggestions. Other than these 2 things, our new camper is road ready!

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Old 02-28-2009, 01:14 PM   #2
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Don't leave the old carpet under the new. That will look like an after thought job.

If you are installing new carpet remove as much cabinetry as possible using the reinstalled cabinets as a finish point. If not you will have to use TACK LESS strips around the edges and it will be very hard to get the carpet tight with such short working areas. Leaving the sink cabinets you will be able to remove the beds, table, vanity, and tv stand in about an hour. You could leave the couch and just remove the drawer, but the couch comes out quite easily and the additional working area you will like.

Now having said that I would suggest you consider a manufactured flooring with 3 kids and a dog. Same installation setup but a lot more durable and cleaning is a breeze. See you can have the kids help.
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Old 02-28-2009, 01:58 PM   #3
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A PO of our 86 Sovereign removed the carpet as far unde the cabinets as possible without actually removing them so we do have carpeting under the sink (way under). He or she also installed a snap together laminate floor that failed after getting wet.

We removed the previous laminate, fixed the sub-floor, fixed the leaks and installed a new floating laminate floor. After three years it still looks great despite dog and cat and me (spousal unit is a tidy sort of non-destructive person). Maintenance is a broom and the occasional pass with a Swiffer.

Just thought you might consider all the options....

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