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Old 03-18-2013, 02:38 PM   #1
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Hi! Stripped out the old disgusting, moldy carpet in my Burro 13'; thinking of using a self-leveling underlayment (adding acrylic to the mix to reduce brittleness), then gluing down sheet vinyl. I figure a bag of the stuff is 40#, so using a whole bag (which shouldn't be necessary) wouldn't add much weight, and would level out the diff between the inner shell flanges and the plywood deck..

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Old 03-18-2013, 11:35 PM   #2
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I don't have any good advice, but we also have a 13' Burro that we just yanked the carpet out of. I picked up some Allure vinyl floating floor that looks like wood (pretty neat stuff), but then realized that some of the bolt heads in the floor look like they stick up too much and might cause problems with the floor, so now I'm not quite sure what we are going to do. Maybe replace all those screws? Seems like a hassle. I also wondered if we could just drop a thin piece of plywood or something down first to give the floor a smooth base.
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:21 AM   #3
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Hello Felix and congratulations on your 'new' trailer.
I used Dap Flexible Floor Patch and Leveler levelling compound and it is very strong stuff. It comes pre-mixed in a plastic tub. Great stuff.
Then put Armstrong sheet vinyl over it.

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Old 03-19-2013, 12:43 AM   #4
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I don't have any good advice, but we also have a 13' Burro that we just yanked the carpet out of. I picked up some Allure vinyl floating floor that looks like wood (pretty neat stuff), but then realized that some of the bolt heads in the floor look like they stick up too much and might cause problems with the floor, so now I'm not quite sure what we are going to do. Maybe replace all those screws? Seems like a hassle. I also wondered if we could just drop a thin piece of plywood or something down first to give the floor a smooth base.
Hi Mary,
You could put a sheet of plywood on top to cover the bolts, but why not remove them, and put them back on top of the Allure? It will be a bit*#! getting under the trailer to loosen the nuts and then drill through the Allure, but it's not too bad; I did it on my back, which saves your neck. By the way, all of my trailer's bolts were inside cabinets, or rather where cabinets were going to be, since this was a total re-do.

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I don't have any good advice, but we also have a 13' Burro that we just yanked the carpet out of. I picked up some Allure vinyl floating floor that looks like wood (pretty neat stuff), but then realized that some of the bolt heads in the floor look like they stick up too much and might cause problems with the floor, so now I'm not quite sure what we are going to do. Maybe replace all those screws? Seems like a hassle. I also wondered if we could just drop a thin piece of plywood or something down first to give the floor a smooth base.
Hi Mary, I too had bolts sticking up in my floors (why they wern't put in the cabinets, I'll never know). I placed 1/4 " plywood on the floor and cut out around the bolts. That brought the floor up to the height of the bolts and then I placed the Allure flooring over all. Marina

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Old 03-19-2013, 01:27 PM   #6
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Thank you both for those ideas!

To sort of piggy back on this idea, how did you attach your little quarter-round molding there? I was thinking about using that peel and stick vinyl molding, just because it looked easy, but I don't think it would look as nice as the wood trim.
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Marina, when you put down the plywood, did you screw it to the floor, or did you just float it? Dh is concerned that floating both the plywood and the Allure would cause too much shifting in the floor. Thoughts?
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get some of the vinyl padding they put under the laminate flooring, spread it out and then go around and feel for the head bolts then take a utility knife and cut a hole around the bolt head, that should make them pretty flush or at least it should make a big difference. Then lay you allure down over the vinyl and then go camping. I have that stuff under my Allure
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Thank you both for those ideas!

To sort of piggy back on this idea, how did you attach your little quarter-round molding there? I was thinking about using that peel and stick vinyl molding, just because it looked easy, but I don't think it would look as nice as the wood trim.
Hi Mary, I just used a nail gun to hold the moulding in place.
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Marina, when you put down the plywood, did you screw it to the floor, or did you just float it? Dh is concerned that floating both the plywood and the Allure would cause too much shifting in the floor. Thoughts?
Yes, I screwed the plywood to the existing floor. I also put chalk on the bolts so that when I laid the plywood down, the chalk transfered to the plywood so I knew where to cut out the holes to fit around the bolts. There may be better ways to do it but that worked for me.
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I put glueless vinyl in mine. I like it. Roll it up to work inside or clean it, put it back down when done.
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Also did glue less vinyl years ago...easy install, easy maintenance.
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:59 AM   #13
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I dropped our EggCamper off at our local carpet store and had them install some sheet vinyl. Used the removable carpet for a pattern. Now the carpet is stored in the basement in case we or the next owner would want it back in the trailer.
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Yes, I screwed the plywood to the existing floor. I also put chalk on the bolts so that when I laid the plywood down, the chalk transfered to the plywood so I knew where to cut out the holes to fit around the bolts. There may be better ways to do it but that worked for me.
That chalk idea is brilliant!
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