Our 74 Trillium 1300 still has the original orange lino which is starting to curl up around the sides. It also had a burn spot in the centre, which we cover with a round green rug. We've been thinking about bamboo flooring, but we are hesitant to pull up the old lino as we're not sure how uneven the floor will be.
Has anyone else had this experience?
On our '84 Scamp
the only plywood I had to replace was the small piece next to the door.
However after pulling the vinyl linoleum that had previously stuck down with copious amounts of contact cement the floor was certainly not too even. The screws that secured it to the frame had also rusted off, so the plywood was a bit "bouncy". I don't think you could ever expect this kind of floor to be very even. As you tow down a rough road, there must be quite a bit of flex in the chassis, so any seams are bound to open up and accumulate dirt/debris which will cause uneveness.
I used a floor leveling compound from Home Depot after cleaning all the contact cement residue off. The compound is a paste-like substance that you trowel on. It dries quite quickly and is easily sanded flat. I used a quarter sheet sander (Makita) with 50 grit paper and a vacuum hooked up to the sander.
Once that set up, I just painted it with grey floor latex. I haven't gone any further than this because I see potential problems with about any kind of floor covering. Wood is visually enticing, but not too desireable in our damp climate; carpet is nice feeling, again not too practical in our damp climate; vinyl seems practical until it curls at the edges, etc.
So we just have a couple of throw rugs placed where needed and repaint the floor when it begins to look too dowdy. This is not a final solution, but workable.
After seeing this series, I am going to check out the bamboo mat. Another idea is a poly olefin carpet bound at the edges like a throw rug that you could roll up and hose off in the driveway when needed.