Flooring - Fiberglass RV


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Old 05-27-2009, 11:33 AM   #1
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Hi All,

Sorry if this is covered somewhere else, I did have a look around, but i'm new (go easy on me!).

Last night I picked up a little 76 Boler for my son and I to take on a cross Canada move. I have about a month and a half before we have to leave, and I want to do some improvements, albeit mostly the interior cosmetic stuff and some functional fixes before we leave. We'll see if I'm overly ambitious as usual!

Anyway, my question is this - I would like to put flooring into this boler - I see that many people are doing laminate - I'm thinking about cork that goes in like laminate (so I guess first question - does anybody have any experience with or comments on this?).

The main question is that the floor is currently the fiberglass shell, so I'm assuming that there is some sort of a sub-floor required? I saw one thread where the owner had done a sub-sub floor on the trailer frame (amazing job, btw!), but I'm talking about a sub-floor over the fiberglass on the inside. Do I put in some kind of shim and if so what are people using? What thickness? and it seems like people are suggesting MDF (thickeness?)? Is there anything I should know?

Thanks for all input!
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Old 05-27-2009, 09:51 PM   #2
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Last year I put in leftover laminate flooring in my '78 13ft Trillium and it has woorked out great. Looks good and is easy to clean and sweep out. Laminate flooring installed in your home "floats" (is not glued or nailed down) and requires an underpad. Since I already had a carpet glued to the fibreglass floor, I used that instead (after cleaning it, of course). It was in pretty good shape because it was always covered with a vinyl floor, which was preferable to me than the carpeting. I'm no expert, but I'd think that the underpad you buy with the laminate would suffice on top of the fibreglass. Anybody else out there agree with me?

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Old 05-27-2009, 09:52 PM   #3
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Jerri Lynne, Sorry I can't help with your flooring question. But wanted to say, Welcome aboard and Congrats on your new trailer! Someone will be along to help with your floor question. Robin
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Old 05-27-2009, 11:08 PM   #4
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My Boler has a finished solid white fiberglass floor. I put bamboo flooring from Ikea right over it with no padding. That was a couple years ago and so far so good!

Congratulations on your new trailer!
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Old 05-27-2009, 11:48 PM   #5
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I just put cushion-backed linoleum that looks like cork in my 75 Boler today. It was super easy, and looks really nice. I know that a lot of folks on this forum have done laminate flooring. I hear that laminate doesn't cope well with moisture... hence the lino. Just a thought.
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Old 05-28-2009, 07:47 AM   #6
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I tried laminate but found that it warped when I spilled liquids on it. Perhaps mine was a cheap brand.

My Boler does have the pebbled fibreglass floor so I decided to paint it instead. For warmth I put down a small mat.
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Old 05-28-2009, 08:39 AM   #7
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Hello and Welcome
Home Depot carries a product called Allure and it's made for laundry rooms and concrete areas. I just finished laying a new floating floor in our second bathroom. We used a tile pattern but it comes in wood-look as well. It cuts with a utility knife and is fully waterproof. There's 24 sq feet in a box, so one might do your trailer.
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Old 05-28-2009, 09:46 PM   #8
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Thanks Guy,

This is really helpful - and I even have installed laminate in a home, so hopefully it will similar in the camper. For some reason it hadn't occurred to me to just place it right on the padding over the fiberglass . Maybe I should paint though, before installing. The glass is a fantastic bright yellow colour which is great... only I'm not crazy about yellow!

Do you happen to know anything about the countertops? How Are people doing these? As far as I can tell, my entire kitchen counter is a solid fiberglass unit - including the top. Are people just putting the laminate right over it?
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Old 05-28-2009, 09:47 PM   #9
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Thanks Robin! I'm VERY excited, have wanted one for about 15 years!! I just hope I have time to do some of the really interesting stuff before I have to head out on our *long* road trip!
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Thanks Lizbeth,

Bamboo is a great idea - I was a bit worried about the cork not being durable enough. But the bamboo is sustainable *and* works like the laminate. No trouble with moisture yet?
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It is a good point and something I'm going to have to think through for sure...

thx for the input!
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Old 05-28-2009, 09:51 PM   #12
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Thanks Kevin - it is definitely a concern I have had - and I have a 9 year old boy - so if something can be destroyed, he will do it! The previous owners had done the carpet over the fiberglass... I had hoped for something that looked a bit more like 'home"
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Old 05-28-2009, 09:52 PM   #13
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Thanks Jim,

I will definitely head to home depot and check it out before I go ahead with the project. I guess that will be in the next couple of weeks after I have gotten through the painting (no idea how long to expect that to take.. I'm still trying to figure out how to take out the cabinets, etc.
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Old 05-29-2009, 12:04 PM   #14
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Yikes!
I would have to do some major cutting to remove any cabinetry in our 84. It is all glassed in place. Maybe just mask everything off that you don't want painted.
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