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Old 03-12-2015, 03:19 PM   #1
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Vinyl flooring issues and questions

While camping this week, I noticed that the vinyl flooring (Congoleum) in my bathroom has a fairly large area near the doorway that seems to have separated from the sub-flooring. I can see and feel it when I step on it or touch it with my hand.

Unless there are some seams I can't see, this one piece of vinyl covers the entire floorspace in my camper, so I'm concerned that the problem area will eventually extend into the living areas, too.

Is it possible the extreme temps this winter could have caused some expansion or contraction to account for this? We camped on and off all winter, except when the temps were REALLY low, so the inside temps have probably ranged from the teens to the 70's during this time. If it's going to resolve itself, I figure it already would have.

Any ideas on what I should do? Thanks.

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Old 03-13-2015, 06:03 PM   #2
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Separated versus an issue with water swelling the sub floor? If just separated it can be glued down or use a hot iron to seal the eams together.


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Old 03-13-2015, 06:19 PM   #3
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On ALL units I have seen the (Vinyl) is (1) Pc. front to back from the Factory! Then (Everything) is built on Top of the Vinyl even the Carpet! This is NOT glued down! Youroo!!
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Old 03-13-2015, 06:33 PM   #4
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In our experience, what you're seeing is caused by the cold weather 'shrinking' the vinyl and then the vinyl expanding when it warms again.

The floor in our travel trailer did this for 3 years...and after the 4th winter we opened the door to a crack in the vinyl running from the bedroom wall through the kitchen and all the way to the bathtub in the back bathroom.

Salesman we were talking to at the time we were buying our 5th wheel said it is known as 'cold cracking'. We upgraded and got plank flooring in the 5th wheel to hopefully avoid it happening again.

The gentlemen we sold our TT to was able to glue the flooring back down at the crack...but I suspect it will likely crack again in another location.

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Old 05-29-2015, 05:05 PM   #5
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Our vinyl flooring is bubbling in different area. I take it it will eventually crack with the weather shrinking and expanding. What do they do to repair this?
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