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Old 06-16-2015, 09:49 PM   #15
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This thread is kinda funny. Lots of folks say rip up the carpet here on FiberglassRV, but folks on the CasitaForum say lay laminate over the carpet. I guess the owner needs to decide what would work best for them!

BTW: Vinyl is standard on an Escape, they won't even install carpet unless the owner asks... then, it's an option! AND, the owner needs to buy the carpet and ship it to ETI.
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Old 06-17-2015, 06:26 AM   #16
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donna.

Saying "rip it up" is easy.
But actually removing all the flooring carpet is not easy.

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Old 06-17-2015, 08:07 AM   #17
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What does the laminate mfg say???? While there may be some, I don't know of any flooring material that suggests laying over carpet and all that I have worked with warn to NOT lay over carpet. Carpet removal is usually easy-peasy, just cut with a mat/carpet knife at the edges and pull it up.
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The carpet in a Casita is MUCH thinner and glued down then what's commonly installed in houses.

The laminate I've used recommended a underlayment that is about the same thickness of the carpet in my Casita.

I don't think the laminate manufacturers have travel trailers in mind at any rate.
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Old 06-18-2015, 11:38 AM   #19
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Thanks for all the input.
The Allure looks terrific. I'm putting it in this weekend.
Carpet is so hard to keep clean.
I can't understand why any manufacturer would not install laminate flooring and LED lighting.
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Old 06-18-2015, 12:06 PM   #20
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Thanks for all the input.
The Allure looks terrific. I'm putting it in this weekend.
Carpet is so hard to keep clean.
I can't understand why any manufacturer would not install laminate flooring and LED lighting.
Unless I am mistaken, Allure is a vinyl product, not a laminate. Laminates do have some drawbacks in RVs. In some cases, water can seep into the seams and cause damage. It may be heavier, too.

As to why they don't all use a hard-surface flooring material and LED lights, the answer is cost (see post #14). Some people (like yourself) care, but apparently not enough do for an entry-level manufacturer like Scamp to make the switch. They seem to be able to sell as many trailers as they can make right now, so there isn't a huge incentive to change anything. Frankly, mine came with the standard carpet and incandescent lighting, and I haven't felt a great need to upgrade. A large throw rug covers most of the carpet, so clean-up is easy, and a small group 24 battery keeps our lights on for the shorter duration of our outings (3-5 days).

At least Scamp offers vinyl flooring as an option. It would be nice of they did the same for LED lighting.
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Did laminate over the carpeting in our Casita - no problems. The carpet provides a nice layer of insulation.

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I wish Casita offered as options the LED lights and a starter Solar kit! Then I really would be able to stay off-grid for a week or more without having to reinvent power!
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Thanks for all the input.
The Allure looks terrific. I'm putting it in this weekend.
Carpet is so hard to keep clean.
I can't understand why any manufacturer would not install laminate flooring and LED lighting.
That was a good decision for us.
When completed, you can show a photo before and one later?
One photo is worth one thousand words...

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Even if it required a bit of effort to remove the carpet and prep the floor for vinyl, I would go that route. I would not want to leave the carpet in place and cover with vinyl or laminate, as that would trap odours, dirt, mold, moisture, and all forms of creepie crawlies between the two layers.
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Even if it required a bit of effort to remove the carpet and prep the floor for vinyl, I would go that route. I would not want to leave the carpet in place and cover with vinyl or laminate, as that would trap odours, dirt, mold, moisture, and all forms of creepie crawlies between the two layers.
I approve to 100% Dave.
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