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The Flintstones 07-10-2007 09:22 AM

My new floor
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Here is the new floor, I did this in about an hour and a half from goucho thru to galley. I will do the hall this afternoon. Very easy once I got the hang of it and purchased a pull bar. I wasted a box of laminate in the learning curve. Had to quit polishing for now as it is tooo hot for me.

Boondocker 07-10-2007 09:25 AM

An hour and a half? Mercy! you are way faster than me. Thats a nice looking floor. I put pergo in this spring and I love it, I bet you are going to love that floor too.

Zeppelinium 07-10-2007 09:54 AM


Very nice. You will love it. It is counter intuitive to the community, but solid floors and throw rugs are really comfortable and you can keep them clean! In all five of the trailers I've started to remodel, the wall to wall carpet was the worst, icky-est item and there was invariably 1/4" of sand underneath.

If you want cool, come on up to Palmer Lake. I've got plenty of Airstream work to do and I'd even carry your lemonade or, if acceptable, beer! Today is very coastal-like--misty and 65 degrees. Yesterday wasn't too bad, got all the way up to 78. Nights are in the high 50s. How do ya'll sleep down in Texas?


The Flintstones 07-10-2007 10:16 AM

How do ya'll sleep down in Texas?
With the windows open, its a cool 80 degrees at night :lol:

The Flintstones 07-10-2007 06:01 PM

Material Used
As requested by member:
I used glueless laminate flooring by TrafficMaster, Hamilton Oak. Available at Home Depot for $32 a carton, used 4 1/2, but one was used in learning curve. Also one roll of underlay moisture barrier for $25.


safari57 07-10-2007 06:27 PM

Great job James. It sure remakes the trailer. We find similar flooring in our rig extremely easy to maintain and it always looks good. I must admit it took me a bit longer than it took you, but in my defense I had to stop multiple times for "pop" breaks as it was in the mid 90's when I did it a few years back.

Glad to know you've quit polishing for a bit. I'm feeling very guilty that I've not yet done mine.

pcaines 07-14-2007 08:24 PM

Hi jsflint,
I'm currently renovating my 1976 Airstream TradeWind and am contemplating using laminate flooring. Did you glue yours down or is it truly "floating" as is the case in a home installation? As well, did you apply the moisture barrier and underlay before installing it? I admire the dedication and hard work you put into polishing your Airstream. What do you use to make it so shiny?

Happycampers 07-14-2007 08:42 PM

The floor looks really nice, so does the polishing job.


The Flintstones 07-14-2007 09:13 PM

Thanks for the encouragement
The pictures are a little deceiving. I have only polished about 1/3 of the trailer. The rest looks shiny just from removing the clearcoat. I am using Nuvite F7 grade for the 1st pass then will follow with finer grades for the next two passes.
The floor is free floating no glue used. Idid lay down a moisture barrier first. Its very solid with no slipage or creaking. I am not much of a carpenter either and there was about a four hour learning curve with one bundle wasted but once I got going in went pretty fast. I said it took an hour and a half but that is not the complete job, it ended in the galley. I have four boards needed to finish hall to bath but have to buy another bundle. There are several bad cuts but the quarter round should hide a lot.
It really make the trailer look and feel a lot more roomy too. I am very pleased so far.
I have many projects working at once and I just skip around when I get frustrated with one.:angry:

heybaby1 08-24-2007 01:26 PM

Looks great! Only thing I would have done different is had the pieces running lengthwise from one end of the trailer to the other.

crispyboy 08-24-2007 01:58 PM

What is the brand/specs on the flooring?
BTW - looks very nice - GOOD JOB!

Kistler 08-24-2007 02:32 PM

Your new floor and trailer polishing look great. I want that floor :) What did you do at the bathroom door? I think our bathroom is plastic "tile".

mello mike 08-24-2007 02:45 PM

Very nice!!! How rigid is this flooring. Does it have any "bend" at all. Reason why I ask is that in my trailer, I have a seam in the kitchen between the two floor boards that have a slight crest to them. Just want to make sure that any planking I put in doesn't crack over this imperfection.

leefields 08-24-2007 04:17 PM

looks nice......
:D i remember a post almost a year ago that dealt with laying the laminate length or width.....are you happy with going side to side....or do you think going front to back would have worked out better....

to me side to side looks great....and will likely be my choice on my squarestream after we get the walls and ceilings put back in.....

The Flintstones 08-29-2007 05:12 PM

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Just a few more pics, still need to glue the bath floor down. I have tucked the vinyl floor under the laminate at the bath door and will put in an end piece that slopes down to the vinyl under the door and tack it down. Also have to drill a hold for the latch so doors don't swing open while underway.

The Flintstones 08-29-2007 05:38 PM

I forgot to post that it worked better for me to lay across rather than lengthwise but that may change someday now that I have a little more experience but not anytime soon.

Uberphotos 09-01-2007 09:03 PM

I'm about to put the same flooring down in my Airstream and am very excited with how well your's looks. My wife and I debated for a long time about the color... light or dark... we choose light are I am glad we did. (I just hope mine looks as nice at yours)

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