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Old 01-08-2019, 10:08 PM   #1
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Question Anybody installed wood floors in their Sierra355RE

The carpet has just about had it in my 2014 355RE. I would like to replace it all with Wood flooring. Concerned about the thickness of the flooring to be used for the main floor in the living room. Both opposing slides have to be able to slide across the new floor without scratching or gouging. Wondering if laminate flooring or thinner vinyl flooring would be better suited for this project.

I am open to thoughts and suggestions especially if you have tackled this kind of project. I am a full-timer so carpet is just not practical.
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Old 01-08-2019, 10:14 PM   #2
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The carpet has just about had it in my 2014 355RE. I would like to replace it all with Wood flooring. Concerned about the thickness of the flooring to be used for the main floor in the living room. Both opposing slides have to be able to slide across the new floor without scratching or gouging. Wondering if laminate flooring or thinner vinyl flooring would be better suited for this project.



I am open to thoughts and suggestions especially if you have tackled this kind of project. I am a full-timer so carpet is just not practical.

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Im going to say hardwoods wont work in an rv. Because of the slideouts drag across the floor and will scratch them all up. You would be best with vinyl flooring.

But be aware when you go to vinyl it will be less insulation there because your removing the carpet and padding. We have had campers with both and prefer carpet because of the extra layer of insulation acting carpet/padding.
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Old 01-08-2019, 10:22 PM   #3
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Laminates are durable, but much too thick and heavy for an RV IMO. I would go with some form of vinyl or linoleum.
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On mine I pulled the carpet found they had vinyl linoleum under it left it for now and use a area carpet for when I pull the slides in.
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Wood floors don't generally respond well to drastic temperature changes. If you're full timing, it might be ok, but otherwise, I wouldn't chance it. An engineered wood, laminate, or vinyl are your best options.
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We put down a quality lamintate flooring (about $3.25/sqft) in our living area. We left the carpet in the opposing slides. Our slides are hydraulic and raise up about 3/4 inch before they come in so they do not drag across the floor.

The RV sat in the hot AZ sun all summer and the floor was fine. Weightwise I would guess we increased the weight by maybe 125 lbs (about 1# per sqft. I do believe the carpet installers get paid by the staple!!

On a travel trailer, I put down some Costco "wood" flooring in the kitchen area over the existing vinyl. I did not know that the manuf. had used screws to screw the carpet under the edge of the slide and when I brought the slide in for the 1st time, it left 9 gouges in the new floor. I would definately check for clearance.
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Old 01-09-2019, 08:24 AM   #7
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Thanks, Guys for all of the replies. You all brought forth points that I need to investigate further. That's why I come to the experts.
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Keep in mind that hardwood, engineered wood and laminate are not waterproof. The new luxury vinyl planks are waterproof and are made to look almost identical to either hardwood or Tile. You can get them with or without backing depending on the condition on the sub floor.
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X2 on the luxury vinyl planks. Yanked up my carpet in my Mirada 32ds and put them down. Fairly easy project if you take your time and get the angles right on the cuts.
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Here ya go.....Allure vinyl plank flooring from Home Depot. About 137 sq. ft needed to allow for cutting etc. Planks were of the glue strip style so that when complete, if the floor needed to expand/contract, it would do it as a whole & not pop the joints on the snap together style. Over a year in and no problems, bulges or separations.

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