Well, just in time for the maiden voyage... and feeling good.
Ripped out 2 layers of old carpet, scraped the floors of old glue and foam. Replaced a section of plywood in front of the door, sealed the floor under the gaucho and installed the laminate. We used a high end flooring with waxed edges and a 25-year warranty. We were told the floor is a composite made with lots of melamine(?) so it should be very resistant to moisture.
I was worried that the floor might be to dark, but it works for us.
Special thanks to all on this forum for their generous advice throughout the process
. I don't know where we would be without this forum. We will continue to seek help when needed (brakes, axles, door seals, polishing, awnings, etc....)
Who knows maybe one day we will be able to help out a newbie.
Our shake-down trip is to a campground right in town (2 miles round-trip) so I expect the running gear to hold up. Our next trip (in two weeks) will test it a bit more.
Thanks to all.