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Old 07-29-2008, 05:14 PM   #29
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I have a question on the installation/waterproofness.. I understand the pieces glue together side to side, but what happens at the end of the four foot length? What keeps water from seeping through where the lengths butt up? Is there overlapping glue there, too, and if so, what happens when you shorten a piece?
Yeah there is an overlap on the end pieces. When you shorten a piece you have to make sure the cut end is at a wall. You don't want to butt up two ends that were cut. It takes alot of forethought to lay this down correctly. If done properly it should be water tight.
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Old 07-30-2008, 06:43 PM   #30
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Yeah there is an overlap on the end pieces. When you shorten a piece you have to make sure the cut end is at a wall. You don't want to butt up two ends that were cut. It takes alot of forethought to lay this down correctly. If done properly it should be water tight.
If installed correctly, you should have glued joints on all four sides of each "plank", except for the edges right at the perimeter. It takes a bit of thought when you are cutting the pieces for the edges, but just remember that factory edges always connect with a factory edge, and you should be fine.
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Old 08-07-2008, 09:37 AM   #31
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This thread got me thinking about sprucing up the floor in the old Bigfoot. Nancy and I went shopping. In spite of all the cheaper priced laminates available, Nancy only liked the natural oak pattern of genuine, original pricy Pergo. Getting that stuff to "snap" proved challenging in some of the tight spots, but it got done. I put the new floor right over the existing vinyl floor. The 21' Bigfoot required three boxes of Pergo and I used every board. I notice there are differing opinions of how this product will perform in a trailer, but at least it looks good right now. The old vinyl floor is still usable if needed again, just not as pretty. I have an old friend who lives near a remote bush village in Alaska. He put a Pergo floor in his cabin 7-8 years ago. This guy is a big game guide and trapper who tracks in a lot of snow, mud, blood and other detritus. On those rare occasions when he mops that floor, it still looks like new. He often leaves the place unattended for weeks at a time in a climate that frequently gets 40 below zero. The Pergo has survived that, too. I'll let you know if it survives bouncing around the highway in a travel trailer. Thank-you for the others on this thread who inspired this project.
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Old 08-07-2008, 04:05 PM   #32
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it's pretty tough stuff Bobbie,
it's kind of a thick lino product and I can tell you for sure that once it's stuck... it's good and stuck and doesn't soak up moisture. I did a bathroom a year ago and there's been no change. looks like it did when I finished it and I have teens in my house so I can tell you it has been tested. I guess you could run a bead of caulking around the edges but I think it's better if it floats and is allowed to move with changes in temps. the glue tabs are on an end and a side so it can't seep at the ends either.

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I have a question on the installation/waterproofness.. I understand the pieces glue together side to side, but what happens at the end of the four foot length? What keeps water from seeping through where the lengths butt up? Is there overlapping glue there, too, and if so, what happens when you shorten a piece?
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Old 08-08-2008, 07:50 AM   #33
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Thought it was interesting that I was looking at the Trafficmaster Allure stuff this past weekend and now I see it here. Thought I'd pass the comment that the sales person mentioned. Lay it down across the joist rather than with them IF your floor may give any at all. Cracks open up over time. Can't imagine this being a problem inside a camper but maybe some houses.
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Old 08-08-2009, 08:44 PM   #34
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I am wondering if I am going to install the Traffic Master: should I just draw a template of my floor to be covered, and do it on the kitchen floor where I have tons of room to move, and then just lay it like a single piece of carpet in the trailer? Then I can go in after with my molding?
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Old 08-09-2009, 09:12 AM   #35
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I am picking some Allure to do my Trillium floor. I notice most people run the laminate from side to side rather than from front to back. Any particular reason you have done this? Generally the rule is to either a.) Run it parallel with the longest part of the room or b.) Run it in the direction of the light flooding the room.
You are right with the direction, but it really is not important either way in the campers, more of a personal choice as the areas are so small.

The topic of installing over the original carpet comes up often on the casita sites every now and then. I have laid quite a bit of this stuff and recommend that the carpet be ripped out and the moisture barrier that they sell in the same flooring section be put down first. The carpet if it does become wet will mildew then stink up the place and you will have to tear it all out. I have never used the glue in the trailer installs just in case you have to pull it out for some reason. I do use it in kitchens and baths in homes but, in other rooms ? no.
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Old 08-09-2009, 09:58 AM   #36
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Allure is very heavy I don't recommend trying to install it as one piece. One trick I found is to place the thin packing paper between the contact surfaces until the new panel is in place then slide out the paper. This helps in fine positioning of the panels.

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I installed Allure several months ago in my trailer because the carpet had odors and affected my wifes allergies. On the first camping trip after installation my wifes allergies really acted up. After a lot of detective work we discovered she was alergic to the new Allure flooring. Allure seems to have a problem with off gassing when new.
If you have any type of allergy I suggest you place a piece of allure in a plastic trash bag by itself and place it in the sun and take a smell before installing.
I really like Allure but I may have to remove it and go back to another product. We have let the trailer air out for about a month and we plan to make one more trip before making a decision on removing the Allure.
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Old 08-09-2009, 03:04 PM   #37
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Here's my own follow up after a year with Allure - It scratches pretty easy. Sliding the cooler in and out with a bit of grit on the bottom has left a number of thin marks on the floor. I think it would be worse with true laminate and it's still much easier to keep clean then carpet. Does tend to be cold in the mornings =)
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Old 08-17-2009, 09:22 AM   #38
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easier to do right in the trailer Dawn. planks are 6" wide so you just have to figure out want direction they should run for the least amount of waste and the best look. you don't want to end up with an inch left to do at the end. it's easier to cut single planks too when you get to the last one. the planks in the box are separated by wax sheets... use them to keep the adhesive parts from touching while you trim and fit the planks. then pull it away bit by bit as you fit them together. I hope that makes sense.
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Old 08-29-2009, 12:16 AM   #39
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Allure is very heavy I don't recommend trying to install it as one piece. One trick I found is to place the thin packing paper between the contact surfaces until the new panel is in place then slide out the paper. This helps in fine positioning of the panels.

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I installed Allure several months ago in my trailer because the carpet had odors and affected my wifes allergies. On the first camping trip after installation my wifes allergies really acted up. After a lot of detective work we discovered she was alergic to the new Allure flooring. Allure seems to have a problem with off gassing when new.
If you have any type of allergy I suggest you place a piece of allure in a plastic trash bag by itself and place it in the sun and take a smell before installing.
I really like Allure but I may have to remove it and go back to another product. We have let the trailer air out for about a month and we plan to make one more trip before making a decision on removing the Allure.
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Hi Eddie,

I did install the allure. It looks AMAZING!! But yes, the off gassing is quite strong. I am not allergic but my boys are, so I hope we will be alright. I have it airing out now. I figure that by next summer it will be fine. As bad as it sounds, I have eperienced off gassing lasting for a year on some products, where others will only be a week or two. I am hoping this is the later.

Thanks for the warning. I hope you don't have to remove your floor!

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Old 09-20-2009, 08:42 PM   #40
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I did install the allure. It looks AMAZING!! But yes, the off gassing is quite strong. I am not allergic but my boys are, so I hope we will be alright. I have it airing out now. I figure that by next summer it will be fine. As bad as it sounds, I have eperienced off gassing lasting for a year on some products, where others will only be a week or two. I am hoping this is the later.

Thanks for the warning. I hope you don't have to remove your floor!

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Latest up date on Allure.
My plans for this weekend was to go camping in the WV mountains. My wife and I had planned to leave Friday morning. So Wed. and Thurs. I started preparing for the trip, cleaning up and checking things out on the trailer and truck. I was realy proud of how everything cleaned up. Thursday night after dinner my wife made her way out to inspect the trailer. She had barely entered the trailer and she started sneezing. She made two more trips to the trailer with the same results. We finished loading up the trailer later that night and went to bed.
I could barely sleep Thursday night, trying to decide what to do. My choices were to cancel the trip or take out the Allure. When I woke up at 6 A.M I decided my wife and I were going to the WV mountains but not the Allure. I backed the trailer in the garage and in less than two minutes the Allure was out of the trailer and on the garage floor in one large and one small piece. I had planned to just use a runner on the bare floor but things went so well with the removal I decided why not go all the way and do it right. I had two boxes of laminate flooring that I had bought for another trailer I was working on and it almost perfectly matched the Allure. With a square, jigsaw and pencil the two boxes of laminate were installed on the main floor in just slightly over an hour.
By 7:45 A.M I moved the trailer to where it was the night before. I went into the house and got my wife to go check out the trailer. She went into the trailer and with out a sniffle she asked how did I get rid of the odor from the floor. I then told her what I had done and within an hour we were on the road and spent three great days camping in WV with out a sneeze or sniffle.
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Old 09-21-2009, 02:29 PM   #41
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I installed allure in the spring it works and looks great,I never had a anybody complaining of allergies, as someone mentioned it is heavy stuff I used 1 3/4 boxes on my trailer (50 lbs.) the only strange thing that happened was when I left the door open in the direct sun a large bubble appeared (expansion from heat), at first I thought I it was a reflection in my glasses or something, after I closed the door it went back down but it never caused any trouble, I'll see what happens over the our harsh winter. Overall its working good,I have carpets in front of the sink and under the table because it is cold on the feet.
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:05 PM   #42
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I figured out the picture resizing finally! My allures in too!
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