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Old 11-01-2012, 02:47 PM   #1
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Replacing carpet with laminate flooring

Our 1995 '21 Sovereign came with carpet throughout. We want to take out the carpet and replace it with laminate wood planks. We went to Home Depot to look at the laminate options and found a nice color laminate that requires underlayment.

Being a total Airstream newbie, would this be a good plan?
1) take out the sleeper couch
2) remove all the carpeting
3) check the subfloor (hoping this is OK since it's a '95 and is in good condition overall)
4) lay down new underlayment
5) 'click' together the new laminate wood planks
6) reinstall the sleeper couch
7) what about baseboards to hide the edges?

Thanks for any advice you can give; we're likely to try this on ourselves so we can use any help!
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Old 11-01-2012, 03:55 PM   #2
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Not sure about what baseboard options are available but I would do this in a heartbeat. I don't care for the carpet except in the sleeping area. When our carpet gets tired this is what we plan to do. Actually if yours is anything like ours there will be very little exposed baseboard to even worry about. Our older trailer had a floating cork floor. I really didn't care for it but it was functional and easy to clean. I pulled some out to do some floor repair and just made some wood moulding to act as a baseboard where needed.
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:07 PM   #3
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When replacing carpet with laminate floor, how do you deal with the folding table in front of the couch? That currently is "pressed" onto the carpet when folded so it doesn't move while driving.
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:22 PM   #4
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The floor will expand and contract up to 1/4 inch with temperature so don't put it in too tight. What kind of underlayment are you talking about? Aluminum angle iron makes a good trim and also will hold the ends of a floating floor down. Do you plan on putting this down as a floating floor? I think it is a better choice in an RV than glued down.
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:51 PM   #5
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We replaced the carpet with laminate flooring in our 96 21' Sovereign. One problem to be aware of is that most laminates have a compressed wood base under the top laminate surface. The wood can be susceptible to moisture and swelling. We used a laminate that had a vinyl base so was not affected by moisture. We used shoe moulding around the edges, leaving a small gap to allow for any expansion. We nailed the shoe moulding to the sub-floor but not the laminate so it could still move. Do not nail the moulding so tight that the flooring can still move. If your AS is like ours was you will still have some carpet edges showing under the fridge, cabinets, etc. The moulding will hide some of that but not all. We learned to live with it.
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Old 11-09-2012, 05:40 PM   #6
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We tore the carpet out of our '89 Excella 25' this summer. We replaced it with the all wood laminate "clic" together floor from Lowes. It went quite well. The biggest job was carpet tearout. I also removed the night stand in the rear between the beds, the fold up/extend out table streetside and the added in fold up table/chair stg just ahead of the door. Removal of these items so I could remove carpeting and install the laminate made the job easier in my opinion. I trimmed the removed items by hand or power miter saw where I could. They were reinstalled into the original wall mounting holes. I did also fasten them down thru the flooring but am not wild about doing that. I told myself that these small areas don't expand that much. I trimmed the edges with 3/4" prefinished wood quarter round. Most areas had wood that I could air nail into from the side. A couple places I was able to fasten the trim to the subfloor in the expansion gap area. A little dab of glue could be used to fasten quarter round right on the new floor where necessary. (I did this in my other trailer)
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