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Safari Tim 07-05-2003 12:17 PM

Pergo on early 70's trailers
I was wondering how many owners of early 70's trailers with the dark wood laminate and dark tambour doors, have put pergo flooring in?

I was thinking it may look too woodsy and dark. If you did it, how did it turn out?

TBKP's Overlander 07-05-2003 01:22 PM

We have the dark wqood in our 68. We went with a Armstrong Laminate that had a lighter color wood with wood grain that matched the dark wood. We were woried about being to dark also. It turned out pretty good.

Dbraw 07-05-2003 03:42 PM

In our '71 Safari, we removed the carpeting and used 12" self adhesive vinyl tile from Home Depot. It is in brown and rust tones. Looks kinda like slate.
does a good job and easy to clean.

Tikihut 07-05-2003 04:39 PM

I put down a Purgo floor in my 77 Argosy 6 meter. I used a darker oak and it looks great.


j54mark 07-05-2003 04:48 PM

You might have to look at other brands as well to get what you want, but laminated flooring comes in all kinds of faux looks - wood, tile, stone, and probably tin for all I know. You can get light, or dark finishes, or anywhere in between.


Ken J 07-05-2003 06:21 PM

I've seen laminate in a number of 70's trailers and I think it looks great - have not seen one I did not like. That is on my project list.

Ken J.

Safari Tim 07-05-2003 06:31 PM


Originally posted by Dan Brawner
In our '71 Safari, we removed the carpeting and used 12" self adhesive vinyl tile from Home Depot.
I put the Armstrong self adhesive tiles in mine. Even though I prepped the wood floor, I must have did it wrong. The tiles have never stuck. That's what I get from listening to a 16 year old at Home Depot for what I should prep the floor with.

It was some kind of sealer that had the look and consistancy of milk. It just kind of soaked into the wood as I painted in on. I am sure it was the wrong stuff.

I can pick any tile I want and remove it easily. Some even slide around if you try with your foot. :(

Was thinking of upgrading to the pergo type of flooring. But have shocks and polishing to do first :)

You can see me hard at work putting the tiles in here:

Tim's non-adhesive flooring ;-)

Chuck 07-05-2003 07:22 PM

Tim, check my photo album for a few pics of my pergo job. looks like I have the same "brady-bunch" interior as you. The name of this style is "honey oak", of the "pergo presto" line that is available at home depot. at the time, it was the best match I could find for the cabinets. It seems to me that the popularity of this stuff has taken off, as there are many more color/style options available now...even compared to last summer, when I put this in. I've seen pics where people have used lighter colors, but I just didn't think that any of them coordinated that well with the dark cabinets. I took the little kitchen counter extension off the cabinet, and brought it around to all the stores to pick the flooring.

in the last month or so, we picked out a style for my house, and found that less than a year later, there are alot more styles available...and also, it seems that darker colors are coming back. there was hardly anything available last summer in darker there's tons of it. may actually be a better match now.

it does look dark, though. I'd much rather go with a light color...but only if it doesn't "swear" w/ the cabinets. maybe someday I'll replace the interior with 1/4 inch oak or birch plywood instead of the fake stuff that's there. maybe the cat will grow another tail, too...:D :rolleyes:

overlander64 07-05-2003 08:35 PM

Pergo on early 70's trailers
Fowler Interiors installed Armstrong Laminate flooring in my '78 Argosy Minuet. The coach has the medium to dark maple cabinetry for bases and the upper cabinetry is covered with the same vinyl as the walls - - the upper cabinet tambour is pickled birch veneer. In answer to my request for a light and airy interior, the Fowlers selected a color from the Armstrong Laminate line called "Light Cherry" - - the darker tones coordinated perfectly with the base cabinetry while the lighter tones coordinated with the pickled birch veneer in the upper cabinet tambours and the beige patterns in the vinyl wall coverings. If you prefer lighter floor coverings, it is possible to find a lighter color that will coordinate with the darker finishes on the '70s interiors.

Good luck with your search for the flooring product that meets your decorating goal.


71Overlander 07-06-2003 10:52 AM

Tim, we are trying to find the correct color of wood laminate flooring to coordinate with our dark cabinetry and tambour. We are trying to lighten it up a bit because everything is so 'brown' in there right now.

So far we cannot agree on a color. My husband loves the very light, pickled look but it just contrasts too drastically with the cabinets. My thoughts are to install a light Berber carpeting in the front, and a darker wood laminate beginning in the kitchen area.
That way the overall look would be much lighter, yet the darker Pergo would go well with the cabinetry.

We may be installing carpet throughout if we cannot agree on a color.

nds 07-06-2003 10:57 AM

Has anyone tried cork flooring?

thenewkid64 07-06-2003 11:25 AM

Try this link:

Cork Floor

AirStreamScottie 07-06-2003 04:23 PM

Bilt in stubbornness here

Replaced awful looking original blue carpet in my unit

Used Berber


Have small Scottie with 4 large feet. Couldn't keep it clean, even though I was told it was stain guarded

Removed it prior to current X country trip. used Pergo Presto in a lite shade to contrast with the dark brown pseudo oak woodwork
Best move for me and dog. Takes 3 minutes to brush dust and dirt from entire unit.
The important ? is to determine the weight of each carton of flooring and multiply by total boxes to be needed as it can mount up in the weight department

Stefrobrts 07-06-2003 06:24 PM

I agree, the vinyl is a lot easier to keep clean. I just sweep out the trailer after a trip and we're ready to go again.

I have been looking for something to cover the floor with, as it has a rather dated bright orange and yellow honeycomb vinyl now. Whoever put it down must have removed the furniture, because it goes underneith everything all the way to the walls.

I don't want to pull everything out so I found some self-stick vinyl squares. They look like a light oak. We bought a few and laid them out in the trailer next to the cabinets to see how they look. I don't see any problem with the oak looking floor against the mahogany cabinets. No worse than the bright orange floor.

I thought about Pergo but I'm afraid it would interfere with the drawers under the gaucho opening because it is so thick. Plus it's quite heavy compared to the vinyl squares.

We'll see how it goes. So far I haven't had the guts to try and stick them down yet. It looks like a lot of tiresome trimming and fitting will be ahead of me under the angled dinette. Ugh!

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