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Old 08-31-2016, 09:05 PM   #11
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I have a friend who has a same level slide out (not raised) on his 5th wheel and he tore out the carpet this summer and replaced all the flooring in the coach with vinyl flooring. I did not see him do the work but can try and find out how he did it. His finished product is really nice looking and has me wishing my slide out did not have carpet on it (it's the only place in my TT with carpet and I hate the carpet). If I can find out anything from him, I will let you know.
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Old 09-01-2016, 09:12 AM   #12
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A member of our camping club used leather to cover that.
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Old 09-01-2016, 08:54 PM   #13
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Went to Lowes and I think I have a solution. It's 2" wide metal trim that is meant to be used along the edge of carpeting. Bought a piece and it covers the black seal just enough. Plus it's almost flush so will not impact the operation of the slideout. And as a bonus, it comes in pewter which matches very nicely with the wood/tile. I'll post pictures of the project.

To answer the question from bemilner: I removed the screws holding down the seal, then was able to pry it up enough to remove the carpeting from underneath. Except for the 2 ends, it simply came out - not attached in any way. Initially I cut the carpeting from around the ends, then pulled harder and it came out from them as well. Very easy to remove all the carpeting - be prepared to pull the hundreds of staples holding it down! And the carpeting goes under the walls, so you have to cut it along the walls to remove it - utility knife did the trick.
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Thanks for the detailed explanation of how you removed the carpet.

Let us know (with Pictures too.) how the new install goes and looks.
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Old 09-02-2016, 09:44 PM   #15
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My friend said he got something called a vinyl threshold from Home Depot and it fits right over the black strip. It's u shaped and comes in a roll. Looking back he said he would have cut the one side off so it would fit better. Cost around $65. Otherwise works great. Hope that helps.
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Still a work in progress, but I finished laying the floor so thought I'd share.

First picture shows the floor installed. Still needs moulding around the walls and the trim piece on the seal is not fastened.

Second picture is closeup of the interface area. The trim piece is not fastened, but you can get an idea of how it works. We'll be able to see a little of the black seal, but it's a very smooth transition. And the slide works fine!

More pictures coming when I get it completed.
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That looks great! I want to have the carpet removed from my slide out now!
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Good job. Thanks for posting this.

When it comes time to replace the carpeting in our slide, I know how I'll be doing it!
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UPDATE with a better solution

I wasn't quite happy with the previous solution. It was not finished enough and left the edge of the slideout floor exposed to tripping or damage.

Took a while to consider... Why not a piece of trim that provided the transition when the slideout is extended, then easily removable when it's time to travel? That's what I did.

Two 1x4s that are 'hollowed out' underneath (see picture) to go over the black rubber seal; one edge sits on the main floor, the other edge on the slideout floor. It has 4 screws to install/remove - takes less than 5 minutes.

The wife is very happy with the results - so I'm very happy with the results!
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