No Factory Floor Covering
I'm not sure anyone has done this, but would anything prevent one from purchasing a new AS, and specifying no floor covering. Then cutting and putting down some carpet on your own (the small area means you can install a nice carpet economically). Not bothering to put it under cabinets and using minimum tack down, it would enable one to frequently check under the carpet for the first sign of a leak. Plus, as the carpet gets worn or dirty, it's easy to remove and put down more. A side bonus would be that change of pattern or color carpet might be a nice easy way to refresh the interior.
I know if I ever had to replace a floor due to rotting, I'd never trust putting down a perminent floor. Since it is almost a given that the AS floor will rot, this may be an easy way to keep your foot from going through the floor. Frequent checking means no damage and peace of mind. Any thoughts about this?