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Old 01-16-2024, 10:51 PM   #1
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Install LVT in GT7 36D7

Happy New Year everyone.

Just curious - has anyone tried to install LVT or another type of vinyl plank flooring to replace the cheaper factory vinyl.

I know weight is always an issue to consider.

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Old 01-17-2024, 08:11 AM   #2
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One issue you'll need to look out for is that the inside, bottom edges of the slides in some model years, like ours, has a support to keep the slide from tilting while it's coming in and while it's in. If you add thickness to the floor the slide will need to somehow come up and over whatever you add.

The extra floor thickness may also cause the slide position to shift vertically by the added thickness. That might cause slide alignment problems.

If you take a thin board like a ruler and slide it from one end to the other from the inside (under the wiper seal) you'll find out if yours has a support because the board will strike the support as you slide it. This can be done with the slide in or out.

Ours have what seems to be a short piece of carpet-covered 2x4 at a few places on the bottom inside edge of the two front slides.

We saw the vinyl being applied at the factory. The chassis was on the production line with nothing but the wooden floor. Two installers placed a large roll of vinyl at the front and rolled it to the rear and cut it. So the vinyl is one piece from the front to the rear and also from side to side. Everything is then built on top of the vinyl.

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Old 01-17-2024, 09:01 AM   #3
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This is VERY helpful Ray. Thank you so much. The flooring is 1 of only 3 things we really want to change, but may just live with.




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One issue you'll need to look out for is that the inside, bottom edges of the slides in some model years, like ours, has a support to keep the slide from tilting while it's coming in and while it's in. If you add thickness to the floor the slide will need to somehow come up and over whatever you add.

The extra floor thickness may also cause the slide position to shift vertically by the added thickness. That might cause slide alignment problems.

If you take a thin board like a ruler and slide it from one end to the other from the inside (under the wiper seal) you'll find out if yours has a support because the board will strike the support as you slide it. This can be done with the slide in or out.

Ours have what seems to be a short piece of carpet-covered 2x4 at a few places on the bottom inside edge of the two front slides.

We saw the vinyl being applied at the factory. The chassis was on the production line with nothing but the wooden floor. Two installers placed a large roll of vinyl at the front and rolled it to the rear and cut it. So the vinyl is one piece from the front to the rear and also from side to side. Everything is then built on top of the vinyl.

Ray
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