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Old 01-02-2021, 09:47 PM   #1
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New Flooring for 2005 30' Classic Ltd

Hi all. I thought I would show my current project. We have owned our 2005 30 foot Classic Limited since 2011, almost 10 years now. We have totally enjoyed our trailer. The flooring, however, was in need of updating. So, we thought we would install new flooring. We started the process just after Thanksgiving. The flooring we went with was Bruce Hydropel Hickory, Light Gray, engineered flooring. First we had to remove a bunch of the interior (couch, dinet, cabinets on the floor (except kitchen/bath and refrigerator), bed, toilet, and the bath/bedroom walls). This turned out to be a bigger job than expected, but it was not too bad. Then we ripped out the old carpet and linoleum. Then install the new flooring. It went pretty well, getting the rounded end sections was a challenge. Pictures of the progress so far...
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Old 01-02-2021, 10:16 PM   #2
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Next step is to put everything back in. This will take longer than taking it out as some things will need to be trimmed to fit with the new flooring. Will show progress as it goes.
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Old 01-03-2021, 11:37 AM   #3
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Nice job installing the engineered hardwood flooring. It is a big job when you do it properly.

I will be doing something similar in our 95 34.

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Old 01-03-2021, 12:13 PM   #4
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Following, since you have same unit as mine, and I will do this sooner or later.
Questions:
1) I see you left the carpet under the bedroom wardrobes. Was the spacing going to be a problem?
2) what did you do with vinyl under galley, bath and fridge?
3) any idea on weight gain?

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1) I think I would leave the area under couch and rear trunk as naked subflooring with some removable rubber flooring. Historically, leaks have been common in the ends and removal for drying is necessary.
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Old 01-07-2021, 04:50 PM   #5
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Following, since you have same unit as mine, and I will do this sooner or later.
Questions:
1) I see you left the carpet under the bedroom wardrobes. Was the spacing going to be a problem?
2) what did you do with vinyl under galley, bath and fridge?
3) any idea on weight gain?

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1) I think I would leave the area under couch and rear trunk as naked subflooring with some removable rubber flooring. Historically, leaks have been common in the ends and removal for drying is necessary.
Sorry for the late response, our internet has been down since Sunday(!). Answers:
(1) I was just lazy, I did not want to take those out, too big a job.
(2) I left the vinyl under those items, just cut it around the cabinetry.
(3) I calculated the weight for the flooring at about 350 pounds. The old flooring maybe weighed 150 pounds, for about a 200 pound gain. I am not worried about the weight gain, it is evenly distributed and is relatively low in the trailer.

On your comment, we have no indication of leaking in those areas, the flooring is supposed to be "waterproof." I guess time will tell...
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Old 01-07-2021, 04:55 PM   #6
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Sorry for the late response, our internet has been down since Sunday(!). Answers:
(1) I was just lazy, I did not want to take those out, too big a job.
(2) I left the vinyl under those items, just cut it around the cabinetry.
(3) I calculated the weight for the flooring at about 350 pounds. The old flooring maybe weighed 150 pounds, for about a 200 pound gain. I am not worried about the weight gain, it is evenly distributed and is relatively low in the trailer.

On your comment, we have no indication of leaking in those areas, the flooring is supposed to be "waterproof." I guess time will tell...
Thanks, my leak comment was not to imply you had one. But the ends are very common leak areas in our layouts.
Although the flooring is waterproof, it gets between the subflooring and the top flooring, doesnt dry and rots the sub floor.
I am not saying you made any mistake, just that I would leave those hidden areas naked.
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Old 01-07-2021, 05:39 PM   #7
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Another suggestion just popped into my head. Since you have the pocket doors/walls out, I would recommend installing extra screws in the door tracks in the ceiling. And glue the screws in place. I had a couple of screws back out, which allowed the door to fall to the floor. Very difficult to fix without a lot of disassembly....which you have already done.
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Another suggestion just popped into my head. Since you have the pocket doors/walls out, I would recommend installing extra screws in the door tracks in the ceiling. And glue the screws in place. I had a couple of screws back out, which allowed the door to fall to the floor. Very difficult to fix without a lot of disassembly....which you have already done.
Yeah, thank you. While putting it back together, I have added strength to some of the the parts. That's one thing nice about taking these apart is that you can see how they were thrown together and make improvements.
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Old 01-09-2021, 01:36 PM   #9
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A note I'd like to make is that nothing in the trailer is perfectly square and/or parallel. As a result, when fitting flooring boards around cabinets, you need to make many measurements before cutting/ripping boards to make sure there will not be excessive gaps in places. I was, however, a bit surprised when I got to the bedroom that the boards were maybe a quarter inch different relative to the trailer side as in the living room where I started (that is after going around the kitchen cabinets and shower). I really like the Bruce flooring, it seems to be quality and (relatively) easy to install.
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Old 01-24-2021, 04:27 PM   #10
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Making more progress. Our cabinets are hickory, so I wanted to cover the two side covers (cable chases), and the water heater cover, in the bedroom with hickory; they were originally covered in carpet. So I picked up some 1/4" hickory plywood and some hickory boards. That stuff is expensive (about $100 for a sheet of plywood and $50 for a 3/4 X 6 inch eight foot board). Here's how it came out...

We also decided to upgrade to a ceramic toilet and get a new Kohler bathroom faucet, picture of that too...
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Old 01-27-2021, 08:06 PM   #11
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I dont think I have seen hickory cable chases before! All your custom woodwork looks terrific and is a huge improvement. I am definitely taking notes for when I redo our 95 34.

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