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Old 06-13-2020, 02:10 PM   #1
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What type of flooring should we use?

We need to replace the flooring in our 1977 Boler. What works best? Glue down vinyl or laminate click floor?
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Old 06-13-2020, 07:00 PM   #2
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Glue down vinyl. Water can't get underneath it which is very important, it is less expensive, it is lighter in weight, it is faster to install.


If you don't want to install it yourself you can get pretty much any flooring store to do it for you at a reasonable price.
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Old 06-13-2020, 07:33 PM   #4
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Glue down vinyl. Water can't get underneath it which is very important..
Water can still get under the flooring at the edges. But if the flooring is glued down completely then it is is bear to remove when the water from the edges has rotted the sub-floor. Floating vinyl planks would be my choice. Floating floors are basically one piece when assembled but also not attached to the sub-floor so they can expand or contract with the temperature changes and can be removed if needed.
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If you go with a click-lock style of flooring, I suggest staying away from anything with a "fiberboard" core as any particle board or fiberboard tends to become a sponge over time. There apparently are some click-lock system with a solid vinyl core. Those would resist water much better. Overall, though I'm not a fan of these products in general.

Personally, we have sheet vinyl which was installed by Escape. We keep an old-fashioned floor mat made from recycled tires at the doorstep, a shaggy piece of old carpet inside at the entry, and a polypropylene runner down the center-line in front of the stove.

If the vinyl ever wore out, I'd float leveling compound and install another sheet of vinyl on top of the old one. While I've had a lot of experience installing sheet vinyl, I'd say it's not impractical for someone to learn. Or perhaps you could hire it out.
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At a glance, this looks like a good bet as the Isocore is comprised of vinyl and waterproof.

One of the difficulties with click-lock can be installing it in small, odd-shaped areas. However, if someone were to go the click-lock route, this looks like the type of product to do it with.
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Both are great choices.
We installed the click together flooring then sealed it with industrial grade floor wax. It is durable, attractive, and easy to maintain.


Of course, most any good vinyl one piece sheet flooring is nice.
The surface is durable but subject to tears in the surface when scuffed or scraped.
There are some very good and strong commercial grade vinyls,while expensive by the square foot , you don't need many square feet.


I have found that some grades of sheet vinyl ,especially light colors will have a chemical reaction to throw rugs with a white rubber grip coating, causing a yellowing which can not be remedied.

A dark color or wood grain pattern, or no rubber backed rugs should avoid this problem.
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Old 06-14-2020, 10:46 AM   #8
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Vinyl Flooring

We used floating vinyl, the kind that has self-adhesive strips that glues them together, but can easily be picked up and removed from the trailer for later work, cleaning, whatever.

I had been looking at this option for some time, then found some remnants at a garage sale - just enough to do the lower (main) floor area in our Trillium 4500 for $5.
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Old 06-14-2020, 11:31 AM   #9
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2 years ago we installed Pergo Outlast + flooring and it still looks new. Easy to install and suppose to be water proof when installed properly.
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We put down vinyl planks. Easier than laminate and still looks great after 5 years. + it is water proof and no glue.
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We need to replace the flooring in our 1977 Boler. What works best? Glue down vinyl or laminate click floor?

I wouldn't use click flooring. It will come unclicked and you'll be reclicking it all the time. The man that did all our floors told us since our house didn't have perfectly level floors it wouldn't work well. We used a laminate floor that had glue strips attached and it all worked well and is still great today. It goes with the unlevelness of the flooring. We have glue down vinyl in our motorhome and like it also. It's a 2012 and has held up like new still. We used to have a cat and our grandson went with us several times. With the plank flooring you cannot glue any of it down especially the edges since it is a floating flooring and needs to move to prevent bending or shrinking during temperature changes. If you use vinyl get some high quality.
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Old 06-14-2020, 08:27 PM   #12
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I sealed the flooring edges so that water will not pass to underneath.I did mention it would hold out water if installed properly.
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Old 06-20-2020, 01:50 PM   #13
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I used a 100% waterproof flooring from US Floors called CoreTech. Was not cheap but very nice, wish I would had found it earlier. I cut 2" wide strips, painted the edges and used it for trim around the cabinets. I used a heat gun that made it very easy to curve it around corners.
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I choose a gray tile pattern that matched the Casita interior very well. It was the 6th floor I put in our 1999 Casita in the 13 years I owned it. Composition laminate flooring swells when damp and absorbs water. Vinyl at least what I had needed to be in a controlled environment that was definitely not a camping trailer. It got hard and brittle in cold weather and soft and mushy in hot weather.
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Old 06-20-2020, 04:29 PM   #14
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all-vinyl click flooring

I used an all-vinyl click flooring. Waterproof and not nearly as heavy as regular click flooring. Nice to work with and it fits so tightly together I'm not worried about it lifting up on its own. In Canada, here's a link to one brand: https://www.rona.ca/en/vinyl-planks-...t-box-54835859 , but I'm pretty sure it's a U.S.-made product.
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2 years ago we installed Pergo Outlast + flooring and it still looks new. Easy to install and suppose to be water proof when installed properly.
How much flooding did you need? Iím wondering what the square footage is if youíre not taking out all the benches.
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Our Trillium has a sheet of soft-ish vinyl/linoleum floor cut to fit snugly and just set in place (and tucked under the fridge). I usually lift it out to sweep after a trip. The fiberglass underneath is in good shape. The lino protects, is nicer to walk on and looks nice.
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How much flooding did you need? Iím wondering what the square footage is if youíre not taking out all the benches.
With the Pergo Outlast + I used almost 2 boxes. Bought flooring and moulding at Home Depot. PM me if anyone wants details on how I installed moulding and sealed edges.
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