Posts tagged: replacing carpet with laminate

Floor Remodeling: Project Completed

By , December 24, 2010 10:24 am

Here are some pictures of the finished product of our hard work. Whew!!! We are happy with the new floor. 



FinishedFront Steps

Bare floor is colder on bare feet than carpet (we have carpet in the bedroom and under the sofa). That problem can be easily rectified with an area rug or wearing socks/slippers. We choose not to put a rug in the main area because we like the bare floor. We also like the visual continuity of the floor.

Floor Remodeling: Day 9 (Laminate flooring is down!)

By , December 15, 2010 3:27 pm

Yes! We finally completed the main area! We aren’t complete with the project as a whole as we still need to finish up with quarter round in some areas, put furniture back and finish up the steps. However, the challenging parts are done!



I may do another post or two regarding this project when we are “done” but our experiences thus far should (hopefully) provide some helpful insights to those contemplating any RV flooring remodeling project.

On Day 9 we did the following:

  • completed laying down laminate
  • added additional nails to the trim piece under the slide out steel plate
  • sunk the nails down (and remove screws)
  • made two trips to the hardware store

Here is a rough break down of our costs:




Floor Remodeling: Day 7 and Day 8 (Almost there!)

By , December 14, 2010 4:12 pm

We made progress on Day 7 and Day 8! But we are not done. We lay most of the laminate and set up support for the main slide out area (more on this later). Here are some shots of our progress.



The slide out area is a touchy area. If you do it wrong, you are in deep doo doo. Each slide out works a little differently depending on the make/model of the unit. Sometimes you don’t know how the slide out works until you do it.

Our main slide out has five rollers and each roller rides on five steel plates that ramp up/down as the slide out comes in/goes out. The old carpet went under those steel plates. Since the laminate did not have the correct slope, we bought a general sloped wood trim that is about the same height as the laminate and put it under the  steel plates. First, we had to pry the steel plates up so that the trim would go under it. Then we sawed off excess trim so that it is flushed against the edge of the carpet. We then glued and screwed the trim under the steel plates. 

LiftingSildePlate SlopedTrimUnderSlidePlate

So, Day 7 and Day 8 we did the following:

  • laid laminate in bathroom area
  • laid laminate around the pedals and steering wheel
  • laid down about 90% of the laminate 
  • made two trips to the hardware store

Here is to an uneventful day tomorrow! We don’t like drama! Sleepy smile

Floor Remodeling: Day 6 (“Are we done yet?”)

By , December 11, 2010 6:11 pm

Are we done yet? No. Are we quick? No. Are we efficient? No!  Did you count how many trips we made to the hardware store each day?!?

Are we going to do a good job? We hope so! Will we be happy when this is done? YES!!

We are more than one third of the way with laying down the laminate. We are probably closer to half way done. We got the laminate under the galley counter. It took muscle and lots of cutting but it looks good! That makes me happy! Open-mouthed smile I’ll take slow & done right over sloppy & quick any day!



On Day 6 we did the following:

  • laid down over one third of the laminate 
  • made two trips to the hardware store

We will be visiting friends in Jacksonville tomorrow, so we will not be working on the floor at all. We will not be posting about the floor remodeling until it is completed. I look forward to that day! Smile 

It may take us another work day or two to complete this project. 

Floor Remodeling: Day 5 (Underlayment & first boards are down)

By , December 10, 2010 3:04 pm

We finished patching and sanding from the previous day.

When shopping for our floor, we were told it doesn’t matter what you end up buying  but make sure you buy the best underlayment. So, we bought the best underlayment we found; FloorMuffler underlayment and moisture barrier. We measured and cut the underlayment for the front of the Star.

Underlayment FloorMufflerUnderlayment

We laid the first and second row of laminate planks. The first plank alone took  several cuts to get it under the step trim and around the seat belt holes. It was a lot of measuring and cutting. The first two rows took a lot of time. It is most likely going to be like this for the next few days; measure twice/thrice and cut once.




Our accomplishments on Day 5 are:

  • finished patching and sanding from previous day
  • laid underlayment
  • laid first and second rows of laminate
  • made 2 trips to hardware store

Floor Remodeling: Day 4 (Patch work & seat belt dilemma solved!)

By , December 9, 2010 12:29 pm

We continued to remove all traces of laminate underneath the fixtures. The only thing left remaining on the plywood is the linoleum that is used under the sinks and drawers. Some of the old laminate was glued on top of this laminate under the fixtures. We cleaned and scraped off any and all traces of glue and put down the first layer of patching. We’ll most likely do a second layer tomorrow. The sections that need patching were underneath the old glued down laminate.


Also, before we took any action regarding our seat belt dilemma, we called Newmar Corp. The customer representative gave us the confidence to remove the bolts, he said the bolts were screwed in differently using lag bolts and indicated we shouldn’t have any problem. The bolts were not technically lag bolts (lag bolts have pointed ends) but hex bolts with some sort of threaded nut under the plywood. Newmar Corp came through again! Thank you Newmar, you guys rock! We have resolved our seat belt dilemma! Hurray! !


We did the following on Day 4:

  • removed all traces of the old laminate (even under fixtures)
  • patched some areas of plywood
  • resolved our seat belt dilemma
  • made one trip to the hardware store

The end of our prep work is in sight! We have about another day of prep work and then we can start laying down the new floor!

Jumping smiley 48

Floor Remodeling: Day 3 (New flooring arrives!)

By , December 8, 2010 2:52 pm

We continued to remove the remaining laminate. We decided we were doing to try to remove the laminate we had sawed off because it was underneath fixtures/walls and therefore difficult to get to. It just looks so much better when the floor goes under the fixtures/walls. The ones we can’t get to we will finish off with quarter rounds. We actually got most of the laminate from underneath the fixtures/walls out! After we removed the glued laminate pieces out from underneath the fixtures/walls, we jammed a loose piece underneath to maintain the weight/level.  Boy! That was a lot of painstaking work!

Let us also say that Newmar did not cut any corners when they built our rig. Things were both glued and screwed to keep them in place.


The new flooring arrived today. Here is the old beside the new. The new flooring has more red in it. We probably have another day or two of prep work before we can start installing the new floor.


So, we accomplished the following on Day3:

  • removed small section of existing laminate
  • removed most of the laminate under fixtures/walls
  • made two trips to the hardware store (not counting the trip to pickup new the floor)

For those who are curious, this is the ceiling underneath all our bays and our slides. It is heavy duty looking nylon material. It looks good too. It would just be a shame to cut them in order to get to the screws/bolts for the seat belts if we decided not to saw them off.


Floor Remodeling: Day2 (Glued down laminate is a pain!)

By , December 7, 2010 3:48 pm

We tackled the remaining carpet and started to work on removing the existing laminate. We knew there were some pieces that were glued down, but did not know that all the pieces where glued down. Some of the pieces on the ends were heavily glued down. It was a pain removing the glued down laminate! The floor was not only glued down but a portion of it went under the cabinets and doors!


We had to get a floor scraper to get under the glued laminate to lift it up without taking too much plywood with it.  We also had to get a hand saw cut around the edges of the cabinets/doors that we couldn’t pry loose.  Fortunately we got most of the laminate removed today. There is a small section that we’ll tackle tomorrow.


In review, on Day2 we did the following:

  • ripped up padding and carpeting on the remaining section
  • removed existing molding and quarter round
  • removed all electronics equipment from RV because of remodeling dust
  • covered sofa and other items because of remodeling dust
  • removed a large portion of glued down laminate flooring
  • removed all tacks and staples from floor
  • made two trips to the hardware store


We still have not decided on what to do about our seat belt dilemma from Day 1. We shall address that when the time comes.

Floor Remodeling: Day 1

By , December 6, 2010 2:20 pm

We started the floor remodeling process today. 


By the end of Day 1 we accomplished the following:

  • removed driver chair
  • removed passenger chair
  • removed the J-lounger (into 3 or 4 parts)
  • removed the console & drawer/lower panel area
  • ripped up carpeting by the entrance steps
  • ripped up padding and carpeting by the  J-lounger area
  • made three trips to the hardware store


The plywood looks to to be in good condition.


We had one challenge today: how to remove the seat belts by the J-lounger since the screws/bolts could not be accessed from the bottom. The other screws/bolts from chairs and seat belts were easily removed because they were accessible from the bottom. We have posted this dilemma on iRV2 forum, hopefully a solution will arise by the morning.


Goodbye Carpet!

By , December 4, 2010 1:11 pm

We are back in Central Florida. We are currently at Jonathan’s folk’s place. We will be here for about about a week (and maybe a few more days) while we are doing some remodeling. We will be ripping out the existing carpet in the main living area and existing laminate in the galley/bathroom area and laying down new laminate flooring.

The carpet and laminate pictured below will go bye bye! The additional hard surface will help us keep our home cleaner.GoodbyeCarpet2

We will keep the carpet in the bedroom and in the main living room slide (pictured on far left).

We have placed the order for the new laminate today. We should be getting them in by midweek. In the mean time we will be moving furniture and ripping up old flooring.

Jonathan  will be doing most of this work himself. I shall be assisting where I can. We have planned and have anticipated some potential gotchas but hope that all goes well.

I am looking forward to the end result!

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