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Old 08-11-2012, 01:51 PM   #11
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... I saw some non-stick tile but NO WAY do I want to deal with that in the bus--been there done that, and it's obnoxiously messy and nearly impossible to lay without getting glue everywhere or having the tiles separate and leave huge gaps.
We put the glue down commercial tile in our pop-up. It did so well in the various dirt & gravel campgrounds in the 10+ years the flooring was down that we will use it in the bus. We lived/camped in FL, GA, NC, SC, TN & VA. Floor held up well to the heat (100°F and up to 125°F) and the cold (into single digits). And I didn't have huge gaps. I'm the one who put the floor in. We ripped the non-stick stuff out of the food cart when it came up in 90°F heat. Never again.
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Old 08-28-2012, 03:47 PM   #12
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Re: Flooring questions

I second the "Allure Trafficmaster". I install it regularly in the houses I build / renovate. It has all the ability's of the commercial tile, with the look of hardwood. Extremely tough, its used here in our Wal mart, and our Safeway grocery store. I lay down a layer of 6 mil plastic for a vapor, bug, smell, ect barrier, and install it on top as a free floating floor. It cuts easily with tin shears, and lays fast. Way quicker and easier than laminate flooring. The Trafic Master is the best of the Allure products, with the thickest wear layer, and a 25 year warranty. I install it in bathrooms, kitchens, and mostly basements.

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Old 08-29-2012, 03:07 PM   #13
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Re: Flooring questions

I also used the Allure vinyl plank flooring. But rather than let it float, I stuck it to itself (as it is designed to do) and then used liquid nails to glue it to my plywood floor. It looks great (people often mistake it for real wood at first glance), resists scuffs/scratches, and has not had any problems due to heat or cold. I have only had it in for a year or so, but I am very satisfied with it.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:05 AM   #14
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I hope this isn't too ridiculous a question but did everyone lay the flooring over the entire floor before framing in the rooms or did you cut around afterwards? Thanks.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:19 PM   #15
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i put down laminate before anything else. alot easier that way. Also looks better inside cabinets etc
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:22 PM   #16
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Thanks. Seemed to me it would be a lot easier to get it to lay down nicer.
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:25 PM   #17
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What is the general opinion of putting in carpet over 1 inch foam insult boards. Wife is concerned wood will be too cold wintering in the northern States.
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Old 10-19-2012, 10:25 PM   #18
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In my experience, the foam board will quickly mash down, loose its "R" value and make the carpet sag. How about a few wooley bear throw rugs to keep the toes warm but still retain the ease of care of the wood floor?
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I had thought about that as well. I guess I'm looking for ideas on how to keep the floor as warm as possible during harsh winters. Seems like so many decisions and being such a newbie on conversion I'm reading everything I can find but still am worried about making costly mistakes.
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:09 AM   #20
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Re: Flooring questions

We are planning on our bus to be dependable whether we are in the desert, in the mountains, or anywhere in between. So I really am trying to aim for a flooring that is both well insulated and versatile for so many places.

I have read a lot of good (and a tiny bit o' bad) about using rigid foam insulation. Most claim that rigid insulation will not "mash down", although a few people claim it will. I suppose this depends on the type/brand/what have ya of insulation and the weight/usage on top of it.

Is there a reason why some claim it "mashes down" while others claim the opposite? Is this related to the actual type of insulation or possibly even to much weight?

As of now, my mind is set on using 1/2" pink board between resin paper and 1/2" plywood or OSB... and finished with Allure Trafficmaster. All of these materials will remain floating. I am going to be prepping the metal floor beforehand by using a coating of Ospho, then covering the seat holes with flashing tape and the smaller screw holes with black silicon. As far as I can tell by researching, I should not have any issues with the insulation mashing down with the type of material I plan to use to fill by bus in with. It seems to be able to handle the weight loads I expect to have.

Has anyone else dealt with this happening in their flooring? What type and thickness of insulation did you choose and what may have caused it to happen?
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