Good Sam Club Open Roads Forum: Fifth-Wheels: Updating 5th Wheel?
Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Fifth-Wheels

Open Roads Forum  >  Fifth-Wheels

 > Updating 5th Wheel?

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 2  
Next
Bionic Man

Colorado

Senior Member

Joined: 04/03/2009

View Profile



Posted: 10/31/20 05:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've owned our current 5er since new, bought it way back in 2002. It's been garaged most of it's life, but at nearly 20 years old it is dated. We don't camp nearly as much as we used to, so I have a hard time justifying new RV prices (especially at a quality level similar to what we have now), so we are considering trying to find someone to update/remodel.

The main thing I want done that I really don't want to deal with is removing the carpet and replacing with something like linoleum (at least in the main living area). I found one place in Colorado that remodels RVs, but they quoted $5500 just for the flooring. That price seems high to me, and more than I think I am willing to pay.

I've tried calling a couple of carpet/flooring installers, as well as two RV shops, and neither are interested in the job. Any other suggestions on where to find someone to do at least that amount of work at a more reasonable price? Or am I destined to have to buy something new(er)?


2012 RAM 3500 Laramie Longhorn DRW CC 4x4 Max Tow, Cummins HO, 60 gallon RDS aux fuel tank, Reese 18k Elite hitch
2003 Dodge Ram 3500 QC SB 4x4 Cummins HO NV5600 with Smarty JR, Jacobs EB (sold)
2002 Gulf Stream Sea Hawk 29FRB with Honda EV6010

MFL

Midwest

Senior Member

Joined: 11/28/2012

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 10/31/20 06:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wow, that RV remodel place must to busy, to quote that high price. I would think that RV dealers could give you a number of someone they use for flooring repairs. I have a friend that is a RV dealer, and he has a flooring guy that comes and does several RVs at a time, right on his lot. He does carpet, linoleum replacement/repair, such as cracked/damaged flooring etc. He said this person charged $400 dollars labor, for small fix/repair jobs, and up for bigger jobs.

Jerry





N6761U

Eureka, CA

Full Member

Joined: 09/09/2011

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 10/31/20 06:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's not rocket science, watch a couple of YouTube video's and try it yourself. If you screw up, just do it again. I replace my dated flooring with vinyl planking and it looks great. There are a lot of independent floor layers who will do the job. Just ask at any floor dealers like Carpet One.

Pritch

dblr

Newark De

Senior Member

Joined: 01/29/2005

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 11/01/20 04:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If your willing to travel ( or make a trip out of it ) have you considered going out to Indiana area where most are built? There are quite a few shops out there that do this, might be worth a look. Plus there are a lot of touristy things to do.


2017 River Stone Legacy 38MB
2001 Kenworth T2000
2009 Smart on the deck.

Tyler0215

Iowa

Senior Member

Joined: 03/13/2013

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 11/01/20 05:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Do it yourself if you are able. Or hire a handyman. It's not a hard job.

ReneeG

Meridian, Idaho

Senior Member

Joined: 07/13/2005

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 11/01/20 06:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That's pretty high. We use United RV Repairhere in Boise Idaho for all our maintenance and updates. Ours is a 2011. We just took ours in to replace all the cheap factory decals with laminated ones. Just to give you some idea of pricing. We paid $1700 for the decals and he's putting them on for $1k - removal of old, buffing surface, and applying new. We may have to do a new roof, he quoted us $4k. Last time we took our rig in for repair and update, he replaced all fenders, new slide out awnings, new slide seals, sealed the skylight, replaced front end of FW lamination with diamond plate, added a WeBoost, inspected all appliances and the system - all for $4500, parts and labor. Last year we replaced our cheap factory awning with an updgraded one and he threw in for free an aluma-guard for it. Great shop, great owner!


2011 Bighorn 3055RL
2011 F350 DRW 6.7L 4x4 Diesel Lariat and Hensley BD3
1992 Jeep ZJ and 1978 Coleman Concord Pop-Up for remote camping
Dave & Renee plus (Champ, Molly, Paris, Missy, and Maggie in spirit), Mica and Mabel, both Rat Terriers!


Super_Dave

Harrisville, UT

Senior Member

Joined: 01/19/2007

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 11/01/20 07:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Find the laminate or vinyl plank that you like and you should be able to find a handyman to install for under 5 bucks per square foot. Home Depot or Lowes even can do it.


Truck: 2006 Dodge 3500 Dually
Rig: 2018 Big Country 3155 RLK
Boat: 21' North River Seahawk


valhalla360

No paticular place.

Senior Member

Joined: 08/19/2009

View Profile



Posted: 11/01/20 09:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What was included in the estimate? Especially the older slides, didn't play nice with vinyl flooring (hence why so many rigs have carpet which I hate). Did this include an upgrade to the slide mechanism or was there floor rot to address?

If it's just tear out and put down vinyl, most any small general contractor who does household flooring should be able to manage and it should only be a few hundred. If you can take the rig to them, that would be even more of a help.


Tammy & Mike
Ford F250 V10
2021 Gray Wolf
Gemini Catamaran 34'
Full Time spliting time between boat and 5er


jdc1

Rescue, Ca

Senior Member

Joined: 05/30/2011

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 11/01/20 10:07am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Keep looking for an independent installer. You'll find one. I did 4 trailers in the last 5 years.....vinyl, carpet, laminate....

Durb

NW

Senior Member

Joined: 01/15/2016

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 11/01/20 10:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Our trailer is 12 years old. Although it is in exceptional condition we still find ourselves trying to cost justify upgrades. We were quoted $5k to reupholster a couch; don't think so. We decided to live with the peeling unit or find an alternative which is what we did. It just doesn't make sense to toss money in some directions.

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 2  
Next

Open Roads Forum  >  Fifth-Wheels

 > Updating 5th Wheel?
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Fifth-Wheels


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:




© 2021 CWI, Inc. © 2021 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.