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Old 07-02-2018, 01:54 PM   #11
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BrewerBob, so you're thinking a big sheet of vinyl. I'll look into that too. I believe the concern was the condensation. Although beer and Kool-Aid would be pretty gross under a floor too.
There are far grosser things under there already!! Plywood acts like a sponge when covered with the bullet proof vinyl that the OEM uses. My floors were wet from driving 12 hrs in the rain... weeks later when I was ripping all of it out.



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How do we make sure there no condensation under there... you know, "growing" things?
Excellent question and one I'll leave for others to answer.


Personally, I'm using spray foam. It will seal all of the bolt and nail holes while also being a moisture barrier. I've yet to hear anything better.


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We're registering as an RV (with the bare minimum requirements being met) the end of July and taking it out for a spin the beginning of August. I won't be able to do the floor before then. So I'm thinking cleaning the existing (nasty) floor REALLY REALLY REALLY well and work with it until fall when we have time to do the floor.
OEM covering and plywood has to go if your bus is from anywhere other than AZ. I had rust holes in mine. Some fairly large. Pay special attention around the wheel wells and the entrance/exits of the heater hoses.
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Old 07-02-2018, 04:16 PM   #12
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If you go laminate or Luxury Vinyl, install it almost last. You don't want to build walls or put cabinets over a floating floor. It all needs room to breath (contract and expand).

If you go this route, you'll buy significantly less flooring as well but you may have some fun cuts to make.
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Old 07-02-2018, 06:12 PM   #13
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I didn't want to spend much figuring laminate flooring planks are laminate flooring planks. The bus will be used for short camping trips and for child's friend sleepovers in the backyard. We're not living in it. I would install much nicer stuff if it were my house, but I was looking at this...

https://www.menards.com/main/floorin...9979243&ipos=1
Not all laminant flooring is the same. Some is all wood and some are composite/particle board base with a laminate top. These types don't take kindly to water saturation. That's why laminate floor pricing ranges from $.50/sf to $7/sf.
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Old 07-05-2018, 08:07 PM   #14
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Peel and stick vinyl tile if it's just a camper for weekends and what not. Durable and easy to install. All you really need is a clean floor, a straight edge, and a razor knife.
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Old 07-05-2018, 09:25 PM   #15
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Look into the all vinyl click lock flooring. Various manufacturers out there and the make it from water resistant to completely water proof. Cuts with a regular utility knife, easy to install. Same as the "wood" laminate, it stays roughly a quarter of an inch away from any wall so it has the ability to expand and contract. Baseboard/trim goes down after the floor is installed and covers the 1/4" space.
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Old 07-06-2018, 08:42 AM   #16
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Roger the spacing for expansion. Oddly, vinyl expands more than wood. On siding you have to allow 1/4" per 10 feet and all the screw/nail hole are slotted to accommodate the movement (if installed correctly).
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Old 07-06-2018, 09:37 AM   #17
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All really good info. I'll look into the vinyl option. Hubby would be happy about just rolling something out and done.

Thanks Everyone!
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Old 07-11-2018, 06:49 PM   #18
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After trying the sticky floor and then ripping it up and returning it, we then purchased vinyl tiles that you have to glue down. The first started curling up when the heat came in. The glue works great but i recommend doing it when its not hot and sunny to avoid minor separation. Dont have to worry about water either.
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Old 07-12-2018, 10:12 AM   #19
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1969 Bluebird. We have laminate floors on insulated pad and it's floating. On a 1400 mile drive no movement no issues.

Other than all the sawdust that the vacuum missed!!
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Old 07-12-2018, 11:14 AM   #20
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Used peel and stick vinyl plank on the shelf at lowes and pretty affordable. Henry's makes a primer that improves adhesion which I would recommend. This is the second year it's down and so far so good. I also used a roller when installing because I had one, probably not necessary though.
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