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Old 05-07-2012, 03:01 PM   #1
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Replacing Carpet in Slide Out Models

I am interested in replacing carpet in our 2004 28' Safari S/O Model. I have been told by some that carpet is required with Slide out Model, at least under the slide. We are interested in replacing carpet with a different flooring, in particular, Marmoleum. Has anyone done this before?
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Old 05-07-2012, 03:58 PM   #2
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Removing Carpet

We replaced the carpet in our 30' SO some years ago without any problems. Take a stiff piece of flat metal several inches wide and probably 2 feet long and ram it under the slide while open. This will loosen the carpet and it will pull straight out. We replaced our carpet with a laminate. Surprisingly when I weighed the carpet and pad removed it was slightly heavier than the laminate with pad that I replaced it with. There is a set of steel rollers that you will have to work around when replacing the flooring. We made a cardboard template, cut the flooring, slid it into place. You should use care not to cover up the water drain holes on each side of the slide.
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Old 05-07-2012, 04:09 PM   #3
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Looking under my slide it appears that the vinyl floor (factory installed new)
only covers what shows with the slide slid out and perhaps 6 inches under the dinette. Bare ply wood floor is visible under the middle area of the dinette.
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Old 05-12-2012, 06:12 PM   #4
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Thanks to both of you. Will proceed with the process, and let you know how it turns out. I am a bit leary of all this, but sure will go over the options with the folks doing all the real work.
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I'd love to take out the carpet, and have the 'sheet' flooring through-out.

Typically, there's three methods to install this type of flooring. Full glue down, edge glue, full floating. It appears A/S used a full floating install. With that, the floor sheet is underneath all the furniture- out to out.



You can see the sheet is right up to the edge, under the plastic wheel well cover, under the water pump.


With a full float install, I can't seam a new section (even if I did match the color/print) where the carpet was removed. It would be way too conspicuous, nor advised by manufacturer

So that means removing all the base cabinets, shower enclosure, refrigerator, partitions, sofa, etc... to remove the existing, and install new.

Now I see why J/C quoted me +$4000
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