How Should I Replace The Vinyl Floor In Our RV?
The vinyl flooring in our RV cracked over the cold Wisconsin winter. Can I replace it with new vinyl flooring and glue it down? I have a slide out and I know I have to be careful not to damage it or the new floor. Some other campers say that you should not glue it down. How would I go about replacing it then?
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You have entered a world where there are many opinions on this subject. You are not alone in the problem with the cracking vinyl flooring in your RV due to exposure to extreme cold. Quite a few RVers in the colder parts of the country have quite a surprise when opening up their RVs after winter storage to find their vinyl floors both brittle and cracked from the floor contracting due to the cold. Extreme heat also takes its toll on vinyl flooring.
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Gluing the whole vinyl floor down seems to alleviate the problem in some cases, but not all cases. I am not going to go over the whole installation process but I am going to give you few tips:
1. Most RVs have subfloors made out of Plywood or Oriented Strand Board (OSB). Most Vinyl floor manufacturers do not recommend gluing a floor directly onto untreated OSB or plywood subfloors as the floor adhesive
may not adhere well to that material. Before installing any vinyl flooring read the manufacturer’s instructions thoroughly as you may have to use an underlayment before actually putting a vinyl floor down.
2. The quality of vinyl flooring varies. If you plan to keep your RV for a long time you should really take your time on selecting the vinyl flooring you plan to use. Yes, better quality vinyl flooring will cost more, but if it saves you from having to lay a new floor every couple of years it is worth it.
3. Don't hesitate to contact the vinyl flooring manufacturer to find out if the flooring will be right for your particular application.
Let me also refer you to the answer I gave to this question What Can We Do To Stop The Linoleum Floor In Our RV From Cracking?
As far as how vinyl flooring will be affected by a slide out. The one factor that you must insure is the slideout clears the flooring when opening and closing. This is especially true if you end up having to use an underlayment material under the new floor. You may have to dry fit the floor and operate the slideout to make sure it clears.
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