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Old 05-11-2020, 08:01 AM   #1
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Iíve removed the carpet now what

I have a 70s model Casita 13footer, itís gutted to the shell, the carpet was beyond repair so itís been removed. I would like to replace it and Iím not sure where to start looking and what carpeting would be best.
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Old 05-11-2020, 08:46 AM   #2
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I have a 70s model Casita 13footer, it’s gutted to the shell, the carpet was beyond repair so it’s been removed. I would like to replace it and I’m not sure where to start looking and what carpeting would be best.
Actually, you might consider using Reflectix and Ratfur, or maybe Reflectix and Ozite.
Ozite is like half way between carpet and marine fabric, it comes in two patterns and a variety of colors.
It is readily available, cheap, and durable. The non-directional pattern is best to work with.
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I have a 70s model Casita 13footer, itís gutted to the shell, the carpet was beyond repair so itís been removed. I would like to replace it and Iím not sure where to start looking and what carpeting would be best.
Watch some videos from the Sailrite company that shows how to install various types of headliner materials. That will help you make up your mind on which type you want to tackle. These are show the installation inside of a boat but the methods are the same so for the most part the videos are still relevant to our fiberglass trailers.



Here is a link from youtube with some of their videos listed on it.
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sailright+marine+headliner


I am not going to tell you which method will work the best, you get to decide that for yourself.
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Old 05-11-2020, 12:32 PM   #4
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cutting out the flooring help

I've just added a set of instructions in the document department on how to copy shapes like the floor in an egg like yours. It's called Compound Shape copier. It was written for copying vertical planes (cupboard fronts of bulkheads) but, if you take away the upright supports and just tape the rest of the jig to the floor, it will copy the curvature of the wheel-wells and the curvature of the walls allowing you to cut a piece of linoleum or other flooring to fit.
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Old 05-11-2020, 01:24 PM   #5
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do you glue the ozite carpet to the reflectix which is glued to the fiberglass?
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thank you!
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Old 05-11-2020, 02:24 PM   #7
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We used closed cell foam glued to the fiberglass shell then glued boat hull liner on top of that. The boat hull liner does not retain moisture - I think water will actually flow right through it. You can use velcro to stick stuff to it as well, an added bonus. It resists mold.

We got the foam direct from the manufacturer who is close by. Be sure to use the recommended glue so you don't melt the foam. We used a spray gun which got tossed after the project was finished.

Good luck!
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You might want to do some research on reflectix and FGRVs. IIRC there are differing views on whether it will work as designed in these trailers. I read a pretty convincing discussion but I can't remember if it was pro or con.
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Probably con in this application.
I've read that to be effective, Reflectix needs an air space. If you sandwich it with other materials, it doesn't work.
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Probably con in this application.
I've read that to be effective, Reflectix needs an air space. If you sandwich it with other materials, it doesn't work.
I know that per itís instructions, it should not work, but just like on paper the bee should not be able to fly, I have used a single layer of the Reflectix under marine headliner, and it works (I understand that Scamp uses a double layer)... no more moisture accumulation around the mattress.
Best of luck with your project.
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Older threads in the Modifications forum have addressed some successes with this:

Pattern or Template for Wall Carpet Liner
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do you glue the ozite carpet to the reflectix which is glued to the fiberglass?
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In looking at the closed cell sheets, approximately 20" x24" as shown in the Sailrite videos, I think this could be an opportunity to cut shapes out if this sheet to create a pattern on the walls. It could be a brick pattern (as in subway tile), hexagon, or even herringbone in the right areas.

This is an edge I used in another sailboat project for seams. It really looks tidy when done.



I tore out the carpet on my sailboat ceiling and spent a lot of time removing glue with now a smooth surface but yellow discoloration. I think I will do a brick pattern. It will be easier to install smaller pieces overhead and create visual interest.

When I get to this in a few months, I'll post photos.

Very interested in your outcome. Based on your nicely done floor, I think it will be great.
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