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Old 06-18-2012, 10:31 AM   #1
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Vinyl on the fiberglass floor.

In talking with Jim Palmer about another issue, another discussion came up about allergies. He mentioned that putting vinyl on the fiberglass creates a great spot for mold to grow. That's why he puts carpet in Egg Campers instead of something else. He mentioned someone, being allergic to the carpet, used the carpet as a pattern for a custom rubber mat.
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:41 AM   #2
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I painted my floor with some paint that had an additive not to support mold before covering with a floating Pergo floor. I used the carpet on top that in the winter.
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:10 AM   #3
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CPA,

So you put a new floor over the old one? What type of trailer was in? Any clearance issues? Did you use any trim at the edges or any sealant?

Our BF has the original vinyl floor, good shape and think it wouldn't be much work to put a cork floor in it. I was planning to remove the old floor but perhaps it would not be needed.

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I did it twice, once in an Egg Camper. I painted the subfloor, trimmed the wood and secured it with molding around perimeter. Any rounded corners I used matching caulk. In my Lance I installed over the factory tile floor and used caulk one one side and molding on other. The caulk allows for expansion and contraction due to weather.
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I found that carpet got wet too easily, and laminate was too much trouble, so I went to a remnant store and got a 3 x 10 section of linenoleum for $1, cut it to fit and laid it down. I thought about taping the edges, but because it was cut exactly to fit the main area, it does not move around. I stuck the extra piece under the dinette area. Also, my Boler has the original fiberglass floor and I didn't want to mess it up with sticky glue or tape. When this piece of linenoleum wears out, I'll just slap down a new one. Dirt sweeps off great, and I can lay down a rug or two for comfort. The rug is easily shaken off when dirty. I'll post a picture if anyone is interested.
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:55 AM   #6
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Okay. Now I'm thinking cork floor over existing and use colored caulk around the edges for expansion. Besides I hate cutting trim.

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Mold??? Can't say that I've ever heared that said about tile over fiberglass.
I personally strip out all carpeting in RV's because it collects so much cr@p underneath.
A new one isn't bad, but a 10 year old RV is a trashpit when you pull out the original carpets.

BTW: It's a lot cheaper to put down carpet when building that any kind of solid flooring or tiles.
But Mold????

Speaking of flooring.... I often use laminate but, just this weekend, at a yard sale, I bought 3 bundles of 1/2" thick solid oak flooring (the real stuff), more than enough to do 2 FGRV's, for..... $5.00. I feel soooo bad!
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Ollie's has Pergo flooring, $16/box, you will need 1.5 boxes for an EggCamper
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Thanks, love the minimal cost when it comes to jobs like this!
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I find "solid" floor with a throw rug that can be taken out and cleaned with a good shake to be my preference. Vinyl, pergo or what have you that is easy to sweep and clean with an area rug to catch dirt and make the floor more comfortable on bare feet. Not really a fan of trying to maintain installed carpet in a camper.
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Went to Home Depot to check out cork flooring. The samples they ahve are about close to but less than 1/2" thick with a click lock. I think this could cause some clearance issues by the entry door and bathroom door, though I am think of removing it.

Even if I remove the existing vinyl it is much thinner than what I would replace it with.

So did any of you have these issues come up?

Did you use any padding they recommend?

Is it floating?

Any problems from the motion/flexing of the trailer?

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Pergo?

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Ollie's has Pergo flooring, $16/box, you will need 1.5 boxes for an EggCamper
Is that genuine Pergo or a more generic brand. Most Pergo brand runs more like $60 a box.
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Be Prepared "THESE ISSUES" wll continually come up and haunt you when least expected. The easiest to find parts suddenly become unavailable, the part you just cut will be 1/4" short, the prices on anything will have doubled this week due to gas prices going up and standard parts, that look exactly the same, never fit.....
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I really wanted to use click lock cork flooring- probably the exact same stuff you got a sample of. I love the look of it, and it's feel.

Ultimately I decided I wanted something that could stand up to MORE water/moisture and handle abuse more than real cork. It was a tough decision for me NOT to use real cork flooring. In fact, I had my denit card in my hand ready to order the cork on 2 separate occasions while in Home Depot or Lowes- I forgot which one actually had it, bu only one of them did.

If water sits on top of the engineered cork flooring for an extended time, or a leak gets underneath it somehow sewerage damage seems pretty likely to me. After all, it's substrate looks very similar to MDF which fares terribly with moisture.

While the cork works okay with spills and such (especially if you use the special laminate seam glue to seal of its seams) I figured that one day one of my young boys would drop their wet bathing suit on the floor and leave it there all day long. That could cause some damage. Additionally once you factor in the seam glue, as well as the underpayment, plus tax the cost starts to approach $200US. Not a ton of cash, but more than I wanted to gamble on.

The Home depot allure plank flooring is available in a cork pattern that looks pretty nice, but my wife and I decided that "fake cork" flooring should at least fell soft like sort flooring. Allure is not soft like real cork- so we ended up buying a "wood" look Allure plank flooring.

The thickness of engineered cork flooring was also a bit of a turn off- it can be worked around, but the other factors steered away on their own first.

If I didn't have kids using my trailer, or my kids were older I may have gone ahead with the cork. It may work for you depending on how worry free you want your trailer flooring to be.
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