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Old 11-29-2006, 11:55 AM   #71
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i hear ya. i live in a log cabin, though... log walls, log roof, wood floor, and wood furnishings... sometimes it gets to be too much. wood looks awesome with aluminum, though!


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JP - It sounds like you have a wonderful home. The only area in our home that has much wood is my den which my wife finds "dark" even though it has big windows. I still remember a Scotty trailer my parents had that was all knotty pine. I loved that trailer. It will be neat to see how Theresa moves forward with her AS. She's shown great taste (and patience) and I suspect there will be an idea or two along the way for me to consider.

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Old 11-29-2006, 12:58 PM   #72
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I'll take wood any day over the options - do I have an old log cabin complex perhaps?

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For now I live in a log home and find it calming. Hoping to recreate the same feel in my airstream for my move this Spring. I do love the wood floor - really do - it feels grounding and compliments the aluminum beautifully. So Barry I too have a log cabin complex - nothing like it.
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Old 11-30-2006, 09:43 AM   #73
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i'm definitely interested in the real wood floor program. what thickness was the wood you used? i am a bit concerned with weight in my Traveller. she's just a tiny thing! i may have to run up to Dalton and see what the shops up there are selling. the good thing about these little trailers is you don't need much at all... 100 sq feet would do it nicely!

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Old 11-30-2006, 10:39 AM   #74
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i'm definitely interested in the real wood floor program. what thickness was the wood you used? i am a bit concerned with weight in my Traveller. she's just a tiny thing! i may have to run up to Dalton and see what the shops up there are selling. the good thing about these little trailers is you don't need much at all... 100 sq feet would do it nicely!

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The floor boards are regular flooring which I'm not sure about the thickness maybe 1". My plan was to run them through a planer to pull some of the weight but I found myself too anxious and just went forward and laid the flooring as is. Although, because it's reclaimed wood it had a thick layer of poly which I sanded after - for amount it was 150 sq feet or less and a bit of leftover - I do love the floor but the weight does concern me in case I take it out on the road. But my plan for now is just a place to move into in the spring overlooking the Kalamazoo River through the trees.
Good luck on your floor.
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Old 11-30-2006, 10:53 AM   #75
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If the weights on this page are accurate:

http://www.reade.com/Particle_Briefings/spec_gra2.html

and you chose cherry (for example) and planed it to 1/2".... 100 square feet of flooring divided by 24 (square feet of flooring per cubic foot of wood) - multiply this by your weight per cubic foot of 34, you get something like 150 lbs. Oak is heavier. Thinner wood would reduce weight but I wonder how thin you can go to still have some kind of integrity there - I think regular (stuff that is made now) flooring wood is 5/8 or 3/4" and is thicker so it can be sanded up to a few times - older stuff is probably thicker yet (as Theresa says), up to 1"

anybody know what pergo weights per square foot? Cork is pretty light but I will have to weigh a piece...

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i think i'm going to look for something in the 1/2" range. i know there's a lot of those pre-finished choices out there now. thick enough to be real wood, and add a little structure to the floor, but thin enough to not add a ton. i'm going to definitely snoop around the stores this weekend and see what i can come up with.

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How stable is wood flooring in a trailer? My question would be around would you get gaps or caps? These little spaces are intersting since their temp swings are much different than a house, also humidity. I've wondered why Airstream never offered this as an option in the past, to the best of my knowledge.

carlos - do you have any epansion or contraction issues with your remod?
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How stable is wood flooring in a trailer? My question would be around would you get gaps or caps? These little spaces are intersting since their temp swings are much different than a house, also humidity. I've wondered why Airstream never offered this as an option in the past, to the best of my knowledge.

carlos - do you have any epansion or contraction issues with your remod?
I have cork on my floor, which has not had any expansion issues. I would think the wood floor would be fine long term in an airstream - I think gaps will appear and disappear, but wood floors in old structures in europe must have had the same kind of temp. swings and seem to be in pretty good shape... The nice thing about wood is that it looks good when it is worn, I don't think pergo (or cork for that matter) wear as well.

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Old 12-01-2006, 08:10 AM   #79
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How stable is wood flooring in a trailer? My question would be around would you get gaps or caps? These little spaces are intersting since their temp swings are much different than a house, also humidity. I've wondered why Airstream never offered this as an option in the past, to the best of my knowledge.

carlos - do you have any epansion or contraction issues with your remod?
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Over the years I've seen many RV's with wood flooring. Other than a few creaks/groans and some almost attractive wear patterns they stand up extremely well. In my view there's an agelessness about them, and a feeling of permanence and quality, that's hard to replicate with most other floor coverings. The only bad wood floor that I have seen was due directly to poor preparation and installation. I believe how you use the trailer will also have an impact. If you are camped at the beach with a lot of sand being dragged in I'm not sure what that would do to it and I suspect it could get a bit tough to clean out of some types of installations where there's gaps, but I don't think that this is anything a portable vacuum wouldn't address.

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wood floor

The reason I asked the question about wood floors is that I am in the midst of re-doing my 56 caravanner. I briefly thought of a wood floor and then dismissed it because I thought it would add to much weight and not do well with the temp and humidity issues. I was leaning towards either a laminate or marmoleum floor. I wonder how bamboo would hold up?

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The reason I asked the question about wood floors is that I am in the midst of re-doing my 56 caravanner. I briefly thought of a wood floor and then dismissed it because I thought it would add to much weight and not do well with the temp and humidity issues. I was leaning towards either a laminate or marmoleum floor. I wonder how bamboo would hold up?

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The other alternative for me was bamboo - I think it looks nice it's a renewable product and lighter than wood. But for me I chose reclaimed wood because of the price, the look and the feel. Bamboo for me feels too slippery and I was looking for something fine, yet something that would but wear beautifully. Doug, good luck with re-do... sounds fun.
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Oh, Theresa... it's GORGEOUS! You're doing a GREAT job! Sorry I didn't see this until just now... only about five months behind, but yes, the 110AC worked fine... then. Check to see if perhaps a wire has rubbed through and is shorting on the aluminum somewhere... that has been known to happen, and the 110 was re-wired by the previous owner, so I can't tell you what that may or may not look like...

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Thanks Roger for your kind words - yes the power is working it was shorting out as you suggested - sure is nice to use the lights and shed the clamp lighting. Lately working on the front seating - just enjoying the process. The challenge I'm facing is the layout and placing the tanks - processing in my head a good layout but it's not coming together yet. I'd like the stove/sink/tub and toilet with tanks along one side but too much weight.
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looking nice! i was thinking about the same wood colors for mine. how wide are your floor planks?

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I'd like the stove/sink/tub and toilet with tanks along one side but too much weight.
You do need to balance the weight. My suggestion would be to put the tanks immediately in front of the axle in some fashion. That would evenly distribute the weight of the liquids in the tanks between the axle and tongue. If you locate them aft of the axle. you'll have the potential of unloading tongue weight, not a good idea.

The fixtures themselves, while adding weight, aren't such a big deal, as long as they're balanced on the other side in some fashion.

Again, you're really doing a great job. Keep us posted!

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