Flooring in my 2008 Coachmen Freelander

The friendliest place on the web for anyone with an RV or an interest in RVing!
If you have answers, please help by responding to the unanswered posts.

karhoot

New member
Joined
Apr 24, 2022
Posts
1
Location
Connecticut
Hello!

I'm looking at redoing my flooring in my RV. It had vinyl tile which was ripped out. The subfloor is actually in really good condition, but I wanted a little guidance on which type of flooring to replace it with.
I was tempted to use the vinyl peel & stick tile but wasn't sure if that would hold up with temperatures overtime.

Which would you folks recommend? Do I need any sort of underlayment when installing new flooring?
 

jackiemac

Site Team
Joined
Feb 22, 2016
Posts
7,317
Location
Scotland
Hi and welcome. I am surprised you haven't had any replies yet as several folks have done this.

Hopefully someone will be along soon with some advice.
 

Gary RV_Wizard

Site Team
Joined
Feb 2, 2005
Posts
76,153
Location
West Palm Beach, FL
I would not use peel & stick in any RV. The adhesive in that type of product is nowhere near sticky enough to handle the movement, heat & humidity common to the RV environment. The tiles or planks will shift, leaving gaps between or even climbing over adjacent tiles. Use vinyl plank that has interlocking edges (not the type with sticky tape). The preferred method is to glue that done with flooring adesive, but if a quality flooring is properly installed a floating floor (no adhesive) works too.
 

Ex-Calif

Well-known member
Joined
May 15, 2020
Posts
3,072
Location
NorthCentral Florida
I rarely disagree with Gary so here goes - LOL...

My floor in my RV is assembled from about 1/8 inch thick vinyl panels about 4 inches wide by 12 inches long. The adhesive is super sticky and in the 25 years it's been there there is no failure of adhesion. There are also no gaps anywhere.

If I were going to redo the floor I wouldn't hesitate to use a really good quality vinyl floor tile.
 

Gary RV_Wizard

Site Team
Joined
Feb 2, 2005
Posts
76,153
Location
West Palm Beach, FL
I wouldn't say that it is impossible to get a good floor using peel & stick, but for the average DIY RV owner, the odds aren't in your favor. You cannot skimp on the prep work, but the whole notion of peel & stick is "quick & easy" so the temptation to just slap it down is overwhelming. Armstrong used to make some high end peel & stick tiles, but they seem to have abandoned those in favor of plank & laminates.
 

Ernie Ekberg

Well-known member
Joined
Mar 17, 2005
Posts
1,566
Armstrong didn’t want the warranty headache associated with peel and stick.
 

HueyPilotVN

Well-known member
Joined
Jun 5, 2012
Posts
2,591
Location
Lake Havasu City, AZ
Here is a thread on replacing the flooring.

The pictures that are linked to photobucket in the post are duplicated later as reduced pictures linked directly. Hope this answers some questions about a project like this.

The link is to the middle of the thread. Go up to the start.


Bill Waugh
 

WILDEBILL308

Well-known member
Joined
May 6, 2012
Posts
3,126
Location
FORT WORTH TEXAS
This is way to funny. You have one of the best if not the best professional RV floor installer in the country commenting and you don't ask Ernie Ekberg how he would do it.
 
Top Bottom