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Old 04-19-2015, 04:38 PM   #1
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Repairing Vinyl Flooring

We had a mishap when closing the main slide yesterday, and an electrical plug got caught under the dinette, ripping a 4 inch V shaped wedge in the vinyl flooring. I was thinking of using an adhesive and securing the flap down to the floor, or using duct tape facing upward under the flooring to hold the wedge back in place. I want to find a way that shows the least damage. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I also have a dry mounting iron from my photography days. I just don't know how the flooring would handle any heat.
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Old 04-19-2015, 04:44 PM   #2
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find a flooring guru, bow down and make obeisance. ive seen tricks with vinyl that make a guys head swim...he may want a chunk of original vinyl to make repair. rob from under drawer if FR cant help. sometimes no glue is good
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Old 04-19-2015, 04:46 PM   #3
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Is it a beau flor? If so, go to their website and they have a PDF file that shows how to repair the floor using a repair kit from them.
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Old 04-19-2015, 06:15 PM   #4
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Where did this electrical plug come from? And how did it and the slide work together to cause this damage? Is this a issue that we all need to look for to prevent others from this damage? Or was it like a extension cord deal that was in the way of the slide?


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Old 04-19-2015, 06:29 PM   #5
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It was the cord from an electric heater that the Mrs had sitting on the dinette table. When she closed up the slide she didn't realize the cord was dangling.

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Oh no, I'm sorry that happened. If it were me I'd invest in a floor repair person and see what him/her might say for a repair. That's the 1st thing we loved when we 1st looked at the FR3 was the floor. Keep us posted please on how you deal with the repair and the out come.


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Old 04-28-2015, 11:39 PM   #7
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Very frustrated. Everyone we've called said they couldn't help. One place has a site for getting an estimate. Their site's estimate page (Fibrenew) wasn't working, so I tried for an estimate through email, as their site suggested. Here we are, several days later, and still no reply. We're heading out on a camping trip and still can't get it repaired. We will try again next week when we get back. If anyone knows of a reputable company, please drop me a line.
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Old 04-29-2015, 01:48 AM   #8
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No direction from Forest River directly?


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Very frustrated. Everyone we've called said they couldn't help. One place has a site for getting an estimate. Their site's estimate page (Fibrenew) wasn't working, so I tried for an estimate through email, as their site suggested. Here we are, several days later, and still no reply. We're heading out on a camping trip and still can't get it repaired. We will try again next week when we get back. If anyone knows of a reputable company, please drop me a line.
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The floor you have is a random pattern wood grain type vinyl. Patching a floor like that only looks good with the same pattern patch. Basically replacing a full plank of the floor, not always possible, based on the source of the material to be had. When ordering material from some places, you might have to order a decent amount, with extra left over. Some floors are installed using adhesive or they are perimeter fastened (floating). The problem you have, according to what I can make out of the picture, is pretty mangled. You can use heat to help restore it's original shape. A heat gun or a hair blower with careful attention to not a lot of close heat. It will damage the vinyl. Once you get it to the original shape, then the operation starts. Check to see if it is adhered to the floor. If you can stick your finger under the floor without any resistance (be careful not to cut your finger, vinyl can be very sharp) than a vinyl flooring tape can be used. If not than a vinyl flooring adhesive can be used. You probably have some of the white backing showing on the material that was ripped, if so, than lacing the material back and forth will be necessary when re-applying. If you want PM me to get more help. Larry.
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I did get through to Fibrenew and spoke to the local rep. He came out and spent a between an hour and a half and two hours and the result was amazing! My wife knew where the damage was and still had trouble finding it. I can find it because I know where it is and I watched him repair it. I have his card stuck on the RV refrigerator. I will recommend him to anyone!

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