As a result of the discussions here (and some info elsewhere) my wife and I are having cork floors installed (commerical tiles, gluedown, with urethane coating). We are dealing with a wholesaler known to us here in Dallas, but otherwise would have gone through iFloor to purchase APC tiles of the same grade. The cost difference was not great per square foot, but the knowledgeability of the sales staff and installers is not comparable.
We will be living and working from this trailer the next few years.
Institutional-quality cork is not inexpensive, nor is the floor prep necessary, so I recommend reading the installation guidelines most all distributors give via PDF on their websites. Essentially, excellent leveling (from 1/8" per 10' to 1/8" per 6' depending on the site.) and the use of ARDEX [I]Feather Finish[I]. Curiously, some funny contradictions on how to acclimate the cork at the worksite among the different sites. Our installer said not to worry over it, a trailer is not a climate-controlled site. The actual installation is straightforward.
We especially like the fact that some 75 and 100 year old floors are in use today; churches, libraries and hospitals. Anti-microbial properties, as well as resistant to fire and pests.
Between moisture introduced via skin leaks or via "accidents" we are rolling the dice that the gluedown will work best for us in our 34' 1983 [I]Silver Streak[I]. The trailer is due to go into a shop for assorted repairs here shortly, and the removal of the current [ugh] carpeting will hopefully reveal no real problems evident besides that already known. I'm curious to see what thickness the plywood sub-floor is after reading of some differences on the various AS years.
We're glad to be working with a high-end installer used to unusual installations and I'll try to figure out how to post photo's for those interested.
As to "theme", the outside of our trailer features the usual SS
gold trim. Only, in contrast to the earlier 60's and 70's trailers, the windows are black-tinted and there are several narrow, though prominently featured, black trim bands. That, along with the medium-dark wood trim of the interior is our guideline for new furniture, fixtures and soft-goods. A dark-brown leather Italian sofa awaits disassembly, and I have been researching higher-end marine 12V
lighting fixtures in both gold/brass finish as well as brushed chrome (which the kitchen has a bit of). Once the floor is in we'll begin to investigate curtain and bedding materials, and possibly new countertops. This trailer is truly in excellent condition, cosmetically and mechanically, so we'll give things time to gel. We want consistency inside and out (new awning material is on the list; black/gold if I can find it, we've already seen another trailer with it), and the continuation of browns, with black/gold accents inside with highlights given by rugs, etc.
If I had an Airstream, I might consider the use of different exterior accent colors (than stock) to achieve the same effect. But, then, I really love those late '70's red/white/blue (Bicentennial?) Airstreams
I've seen. Met a man in Corpus Christi (John) from Carlsbad, NM as he was polishing out the tanks on his 1978 model. Still original down to the (now replaced) carpet. A beautiful AS!
This site has been a big help with this orphan trailer, thanks!!!