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ReneeG

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Posted: 11/01/20 12:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Durb wrote:

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.


You're right! Our recliners need replaced and we'll go with regular as opposed to RV specific, to save money.


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Posted: 11/01/20 02:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

dblr wrote:

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.


Good thought, but we both work full time. A trip to Indiana isn't in the books for a while.


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valhalla360 wrote:

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.


That was just a break out of removing the existing flooring, and installing new. Nothing else.

I've tried one general contractor, and he wasn't interested in doing it. I'll call around, or maybe check with Home Depot or Lowes as has been suggested.

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Posted: 11/01/20 03:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Durb wrote:

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.


That is exactly where we are at this point. We'd like to do the floors, update the lighting and hardware. That, plus a few other things, and the quote by someone who "specializes" in RV remodeling was just short of $10k. No way I'd put that amount of money into a 20 year old trailer.

I'm worried that we may be going down a road where we will just need to bite the bullet and buy something built within the last few years. But, as I said, the quality just doesn't seem the same. Plus I'd want to have another generator installed, and a heavy duty hitch and frame reinforcement done.....

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Posted: 11/01/20 05:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bionic Man wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:

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.


That was just a break out of removing the existing flooring, and installing new. Nothing else.

I've tried one general contractor, and he wasn't interested in doing it. I'll call around, or maybe check with Home Depot or Lowes as has been suggested.


Then that's wildly overpriced.

When you look for contractor's look for smaller 1-2 man operations. Or go to Lowes/Home Depot and they will have a list of installers they will give you. You can call them directly. Be prepared to explain that there isn't anything really special about it other than it's a small space.


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As of last estimated night count we have put nearly 2000 days on the road in 11 years with our 5er. As expected the carpet is looking tired, even with using runners for the life of the trailer.

The new flooring desire has been kicked around & we are willing to tackle it ourselves. Trouble is, the job has to be done while we are living in it. We don't have a house to live in while we park the trailer on the side.


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