Why you dont install laminate in a boler. - Fiberglass RV


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Old 08-27-2007, 11:54 PM   #1
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Good story for you.
This summer we decided to head out to Halcyon hot springs In Nakusp B.C .My Boler had a regular pump sink where you pump up and down on the handle and water magically appears at the faucet. The GF didnt like the pump thing so i decided to install an electric pump with a shiny red button to activate it. You can buy these pumps at any rv place. So the switch to turn the pump on was mounted directly in front of the faucet. Meaning. The switch was closest to you as you stood in front of the sink. So you push the button just under the faucet spigot and water magically comes out into the sink.

Worked great. We were now in the 21st century.
Here is an old picture of the counter and sink with sink cover installed.(At bottom of page)

I dont have a picture of the new setup but you get the idea. Just a new spigot and shiny red button.
So on with the story.
On the drive to Nakusp we encountered rough roads. Smooth highways but rough sections in the steep mountain passes. I was driving in front and my friend was behind me driving his camper.
We came upon a long 4 lane section and my friend passes me and they flag me down. We stop and (pat) (friend) tells me that smoke was coming out from behind my boler tires. I look at the boler. Nope .No smoke. But there looked like what appeared to be clear liquid streaming out from the gap under the door.All bolers have the gap so dont think yours does'nt.
I open the door and water is pouring out of the door. I cant tell where its coming from but i can see a waterfall of water streaming over the counter onto the bunk area of the boler. I look at the sink spigot and the tap is apparently running at full blast with the sink cover nicely in place. The water cant run into the sink because of my wonderfull cover but instead water is waterfalling over everything. Great effect by the way. Try it out for yourself.

I turn off the water VIA the shiny red button and wonder who or what turned the water on.

What had happened was the sink cover jumped up in the air as i hit rough sections of the road. The sink cover is held in by gravity and will not move unless a force is acted upon it vertically. The sink cover jumped up, Hit the shiny red button,and fell down perfectly in place to cover the sink.
Long story short. Lots of towels came into play. Cushion covers were removed etc etc and laminate floor ?
Yup. All nicely swollen. And the great thing about laminate is if you dont wipe up spills right away your floor will swell as if it were stung by a bee.

The floor did recede after a few months but you can clearly see the damage . I will replace it sometime when i have a few hours.

I have since moved the shiny red button to the back of the spigot so the sink cover can not touch it again.

The camping trip BTW was ok at best. The campground SUCKED . Halcyon campground is basically a parking lot. No privacy. Its all about the dollar tourist trap.Not my idea of camping.
It rained the whole weekend. We still had fun but was not my best trip.
So...
My lessons.
1) Dont install laminate in a boler.
2) Dont camp at tourist traps.
3)Dont install the sink switch in front of the spigot.

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Old 08-28-2007, 12:01 AM   #2
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Bummer. I will make note. Thank you for your comments about the laminate. I found some on sale and was about to go get some for the Play Pac. Think I'll stick to more water friendly stuff.

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Old 08-28-2007, 03:31 AM   #3
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Yup. All nicely swollen. And the great thing about laminate is if you dont wipe up spills right away your floor will swell as if it were stung by a bee.
I have always said THIS was the big draw back of the Laminate floors, Even though I believe my Boler has no Major leaks, while raining, I am sure over the course of the Spring or Fall after snow has fallen and we get warm days and there is no way to get to the Camper due to deep snows there are some puddles in there (can see stains on fiberglass floor when I do open her up in the Spring. So unless I was going to re-floor it yearly or take it out after every season or put her in dry storage, I would not use it in this application.
I have it all though my house and love it but as far as in the camper..I bought fiberglass because of it ease of maintenance I am NOT going to put a high maintenance product in it.
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Old 08-28-2007, 06:56 AM   #4
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What had happened was the sink cover jumped up in the air as i hit rough sections of the road. The sink cover is held in by gravity and will not move unless a force is acted upon it vertically. The sink cover jumped up, Hit the shiny red button,and fell down perfectly in place to cover the sink.
Oh man, who would have thought of this happening? By the way, that is a great interior, the cabinets and counter are beautiful!
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Old 08-28-2007, 07:02 AM   #5
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Hi: Glad to know "This doesn't only happen too me"... Nice cabinets and I am sure the floor will be nice too!!! I covered the fiberglass floor with a cut to fit piece of Berber $20 bucks and just pull it out shake it off and put it back!!! If you got 20 min. I will tell you the story about the earwig that some how plugged the hole in my brand new bar sink taps
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Old 08-28-2007, 08:08 AM   #6
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Almost Rube Goldberg... But really, I have a big cutting board over my stove burners and I have a bungee cord to hold it down and in place... A flying butcher block can do a lot of damage to the inside of the trailer ...

Nice woodwork ... Come to calgary, bring your table saw; I'll supply the beer...
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Old 08-28-2007, 04:28 PM   #7
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Old 08-28-2007, 04:47 PM   #8
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Accidents like this can happen, anywhere, anytime....hopefully it`s not the norm...A relative was wondering what was happening to his laminate floor in the kitchen...it was swelling along the joints....what happened was that their dishwasher developed a leak and water seeped under the laminate and wasn`t visible....the laminate just kept swelling....so the laminate wasn`t the problem....I have laminate in my 13' and there is barely visible joint swelling in over 3 years of use and I used a cheap product.....I was very skeptical of the laminates years ago, but am now impressed how well they hold up otherwise..... ...Benny
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Old 08-28-2007, 05:49 PM   #9
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The solution is the new vinyl laminate that HD sells.
It is just like laminate in terms of strips and look, but it is all vinyl and self-gluing which seals all the seams.
I put it in ours and it looks great and is bombproof. You also need no underlayment, it is built in to the product so it is a breeze to install. We have two kids and spent 10 days at the beach and we were sure glad that we went with this stuff instead of laminate.
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Old 08-28-2007, 05:58 PM   #10
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I assume that Greg's stuff from Home Depot is resilient plank flooring.

In another of those "coming full circle" things, it seems like sheet vinyl flooring is replaced by "laminate" (plastic laminated onto a wood product), which is being replaced by... vinyl flooring, which was the right answer in the first place. Okay, it's in strips, but wait a while and it will be back to one continuous sheet, which is the most functional answer for a small space, although the interlocking planks may provide a significant installation advantage (the reason that vinyl tile exists, but the interlocking would be better).

I have plastic-on-wood-product laminate flooring in my house, in both glued and snap-together forms, and there is no chance I'm putting it in my Boler... but it it works for other people, great!
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Not to hijack this thread, but Gina, where'd you get that table? It folds flat for travel, right?

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That's the stuff Brian


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We also have been looking at the Allure TrafficMaster stuff at HD. We will be putting in it our kitchen at home. If it doesn't work out we can easily take it out. In our town it is offered in 3 colors.

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