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Guy Roan

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Posted: 09/13/20 07:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would do it in a heart beat.

I have installed laminate flooring in every room in my house over the years and just finished the last 15 foot by 25 foot one.
I firmly believe that the spacing around the edges is a CYA thing by the manufacturers.
In some of the rooms I had to attach portions of the laminate to the sub floor for one reason or another and through winters where the house was left in sub zero weather with no heat on I saw no change at all
We have a 40 foot trailer which I will never move on a permanent RV spot, and I intend on installing it in the slide so we can get rid of the ugly carpet.
If I were hauling the trailer I would not hesitate to glue it down

What ever you do, don't by the el cheapo stuff. It is next to impossible to install ( from experience !)

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Posted: 09/13/20 09:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Absolutely no problems with this method.
You might need less glue than you think.
There is no need for a floor 18 or 36 inches wide to float, only a house sized room. The "expansion" will be so insignificant.
Glue away.

Sometimes engineers are the least intelligent people I ever talk to..

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JimK-NY wrote:

...I can and have pulled the entire piece of carpeting out of the RV for cleaning. When it gets really dirty, I hose it off and even use a broom with soapy water.
And there is one of the best selling points for using a wood product or vinyl instead of carpet.

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If the weight of the rollers is a concern could you put a strip of flat aluminum there and paint to match the wood? It might not look TOO bad.

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If you are worried about the slide scraping the floor try a few of those "slide slickers" that you put down to keep the bottom of the slide from dragging on the floor.

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NJRVer wrote:

If you are worried about the slide scraping the floor try a few of those "slide slickers" that you put down to keep the bottom of the slide from dragging on the floor.



Lippert sells them for that purpose .

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cummins2014 wrote:

NJRVer wrote:

If you are worried about the slide scraping the floor try a few of those "slide slickers" that you put down to keep the bottom of the slide from dragging on the floor.



Lippert sells them for that purpose .


Just bought one from my RV place. $45.
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For expansion of floating floors width is generally not the concern. Length is. If each piece will expand or contract say 1/16th inch (Hypothetical for explanation) per foot. A four foot wide floor would only change by 1/4 inch. A 20 foot long floor would expand 1 1/4 inch.


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Here is my two cents. Just had my floor replaced in my trailer by a company that does this and who often work on Airstreams through our dealer. We went with an interlocking plank that is glued down. It gets above 100 degrees inside the trailer during the summer and close to or below zero in the winter. A floating floor will expand and contract and I believe would cause issues over time.

I do think that many of the horror stories you hear about are caused by people not knowing what product to use. Buy a cheap product that is meant to float and then glue it down is asking for trouble. I shouldn't use "cheap" because the product we went with was very reasonable. Talk to a professional installer who has done trailers and they will give you the information you need. Putting a floating floor in a house that only varies slightly in temperatures is not like doing one in a trailer.


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aftermath wrote:

Here is my two cents. Just had my floor replaced in my trailer by a company that does this and who often work on Airstreams through our dealer. We went with an interlocking plank that is glued down. It gets above 100 degrees inside the trailer during the summer and close to or below zero in the winter. A floating floor will expand and contract and I believe would cause issues over time.

I do think that many of the horror stories you hear about are caused by people not knowing what product to use. Buy a cheap product that is meant to float and then glue it down is asking for trouble. I shouldn't use "cheap" because the product we went with was very reasonable. Talk to a professional installer who has done trailers and they will give you the information you need. Putting a floating floor in a house that only varies slightly in temperatures is not like doing one in a trailer.



Thats pretty helpful, I am considering pulling out the cheap linoleum in my fifth wheel that looks like planking , but not. I would like to put in some quality stuff the glues down. Could you give some brand names on that stuff you used .

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