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Old 01-04-2013, 04:46 AM   #1
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Allure floor by trafficmaster

I would like to put in a new vinyl floor in my trailer. With four dogs, I don't think having carpet is helpful. I am open to any suggestions on what type of floor. though I have been thinking of allure, at home depot.

Can I put the allure flooring right on top of the carpet, or do I have to rip the carpeting out? The carpet seems to be in good shape.

Does anyone have any idea of the square footage of the floor of a 16 foot scamp, or how many boxes of allure I will need?

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Old 01-04-2013, 05:55 AM   #2
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Ruth, you would definitely need to take out the carpeting, and have a solid level substrate to lay the flooring on. Not certain how thick the Allure is, but most vinyl flooring will telegraph any irregularities in the floor, like dips and bumps, through to the surface.

Not sure of the square footage, but a quick check with a tape will get it for you. It is a product I know others have used, so they might have some tips too. A quick Google search turned up a ton of helpful videos and links. LINK
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:08 AM   #3
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We put in Allure and love it because it is vinyl and can handle a little water and abuse. We were not sure we would like it so we did not take out the carpeting. It gives the Allure floor a squishier feel with carpet underneath and I think keeps it a little warmer in the colder seasons. If you know you will never want to go back to carpet and want a more solid feel under your feet, I would rip out the carpet.

You likely will use around 2 boxes in order to finish the job depending on how much you do, but get out the tape and measure to be sure.
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I have installed this type of floor in my prior 2 campers. In the EggCamper I took up the carpet and painted the floor, it was rough and I wanted a smoother surface. With the second camper I installed right over the linoleum floor. Either way, you want to allow some contraction and expansion room. I did this with matching caulk around the perimeter and 1/4 round molding on the other side.
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I put the Allure ultra in my 13ft uhaul. Took a box and a half. Love the way it looks and feels. And so much easier to clean. The old carpet in ours was bad and smelled awful so I pulled it up. I'd be afraid of water/sweating getting trapped in the carpet and not drying out with the floor on top.

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I put the Allure ultra in my 13ft uhaul. Took a box and a half. Love the way it looks and feels. And so much easier to clean. The old carpet in ours was bad and smelled awful so I pulled it up. I'd be afraid of water/sweating getting trapped in the carpet and not drying out with the floor on top.

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I had removed our carpet, used roof coating on the subfloor, and placed the Allure over it. I later had the water filler tube for the tank under the seat rupture. I tried drying out the trailer by placing two fans running 24 hours a day for 3 days here in the very dry summer Arizona desert, but when I pulled up the Allure, there was water still trapped between the flooring and subfloor.
I ended up removing all the Allure for a few days as I continued running fans for a couple more days. No damage was done as I could tell, probably because I had sealed the subfloor with the roof coating. I would not recommend placing the Allure over the carpet for this reason, as you never know if moisture will cause problems from just spilling anything on the floor.
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I put the Allure ultra in my 13ft uhaul. Took a box and a half. Love the way it looks and feels. And so much easier to clean. The old carpet in ours was bad and smelled awful so I pulled it up. I'd be afraid of water/sweating getting trapped in the carpet and not drying out with the floor on top.

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Sean, looks great. How did you level the original floor under the plank flooring?
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Allure is great stuff and holds up well. I have had it in the kitchen of my cabin for several years with no problems. Plan on buying 2 boxes.
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Right now with well placed scraps of the Allure that I had trimmed. :-) I'm waiting on summer heat to see how it fits. I'm debating looking for a waterproof thin insulation material to go under it.
The dips in the floor tend to be between the side seams from the inner hull and the center seam if I recall correctly.
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Sean, looks great. How did you level the original floor under the plank flooring?
My leveling was done by applying the thick roof coating applied to the subfloor. The roof coating was purchased from Home Depot and is a roll on or trowel on application. I felt something was needed as when I pulled up the glued down carpet, the chip board let some pieces go along with the carpet.
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The pictures look great. I am so going to do this. I am gonna buy 2 boxes, and am thinking about laying it right on top of the carpet, that way I don't have to level it, seems easier.

Thanks for all the advice.
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The pictures look great. I am so going to do this. I am gonna buy 2 boxes, and am thinking about laying it right on top of the carpet, that way I don't have to level it, seems easier.

Thanks for all the advice.
Wow... didn't know one could lay vinyl on carpeting .
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The pictures look great. I am so going to do this. I am gonna buy 2 boxes, and am thinking about laying it right on top of the carpet, that way I don't have to level it, seems easier.

Thanks for all the advice.
It might be easier, but it's not right.

I can't speak to allure, i haven't used it, but stay away from the $.99 stick down vinyl floor at Lowes. it's in an almost all white box with some red on it, I think. It's cheap crap, doesn't stick down well. I put it down in my trailer, and I'm ripping it all back out again to try glueless vinyl sheet.
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I think once you read the instructions you will realize that the old has to come out before the new can go in, no way you can install that floating floor on a floating floor.
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