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Old 05-29-2020, 11:06 AM   #1
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Best Flooring to survive hot and cold storage extremes?

I own a 1976 Sovereign and plan on using it for a commercial venture during the warm months. However during the harsh midwestern winters it will be parked in an outdoor storage location. My question is what flooring would be best? I would like to use some of the new LVT flooring but not sure if it will survive a hard winter without buckling or breaking.

Any tips/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. :-)


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Old 07-09-2020, 03:08 PM   #2
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You can now buy the lock and go flooring that just lays flat; floats with no gluing or nailing. used this in my 2006 31 several years ago. it is holding up very well. Stuff I used was advertised for use in 3 season cottages with temps from 0 to 100F. My trailer is used in Florida and Canada and stored outside. I'll look up the brand if you are interested. sold in Canada and Usa.

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Old 07-09-2020, 08:06 PM   #3
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You might want to take a look at the LifeProof flooring. I used that in the tack room of my horse trailer. It gets a lot of abuse and is held up well regardless of the temperatures in Pennsylvania
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Old 07-09-2020, 09:14 PM   #4
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I used ProSource Puzzle Exercise ¾”, Interlocking Eva Foam Tiles Floor Work Gym Mat.
  • These have good thermal stability: they do not appear to expand or contract with temperature.
  • They are softer than a faux hardwood floor. If necessary, the kids or their friends can sleep comfortably on the floor in sleeping bags.
  • Super easy to clean, one can even easily remove a square and take it outside to hose it down
  • So easy to install, a ruler, straight edge and box cutter is all you need.
  • Insulating properties: floor stays comfortable in bare feet.
  • Water resistant. Spills easily cleaned, doesn't stain.
  • Durable. Have held up well in 100+ degrees and below freezing.
  • Affordable at twice the price! I think I did the whole trailer for under $60.
  • If they ever are damaged, quickly, easily and cheaply replaced.
  • Available in wide selection of colors and textures, I chose a modern dark grey and light grey and installed in a cool checkerboard pattern.

Cons? If you like the look of a wood floor, this doesn't look like a wood floor, unless you get the ones that have a faux wood texture printed on them, which honestly, looks ridiculous, IMHO. You've seen cheap wood grain contact paper stuck on products? Like that, only worse.
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Old 07-14-2020, 01:22 PM   #5
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Cork. Hands down. The glue down cork tiles have been amazing for the last 11 years. See my thread here for more info. We have not baby’d this trailer. It’s been full-timed for several years. Stored outdoors in FL and the northeast. No issues with the flooring whatsoever.
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Old 07-14-2020, 01:34 PM   #6
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I used Mannington Adura Rigid Vinyl Plank. It had the widest operating temperature range of anything I looked into. I looked a CoreLok, Cortek, and/or Lowes and Home depot's versions of the same. The Adura Rigid has a very strong backing (PVC?) and is touted as resisting print through of seams, etc. We have been very pleased with it. It was installed floating, not glued down.

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