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With the paint complete (well, down to touch up), it was time to install the flooring. After countless hours of research regarding what flooring would be best for an RV, I finally settled on installing a free-floating engineered vinyl floor. There are seemingly innumerable brands and types of flooring available on the market including; vinyl, laminate, hardwood, engineered hardwood, engineered vinyl, etc. I decided on going with an engineered vinyl due to it being 100% waterproof, much lighter than hardwood, no glue needed, dimensionally stable (does not expand/contract with temperature), covers floor imperfections, and does not require acclimation time. With other applications like laminate flooring you actually have to lay the planks out in the environment you plan to install for a few days so the product can swell or contract before install. Being that an RV will undergo numerous temperature changes, high moisture environments, and is constantly flexing during travel, I felt that the flooring purchase was critical to the renovation and an expense that should not be sparred. For those looking to tackle this project, be warned this job involves a lot of work and planning, especially when it comes to the slide out. One wrong calculation and you could find that the slide out no longer travels properly or could actually cause damage to your newly installed flooring. I won’t bore you with the details of planning the slide out floor but feel free to contact me and I’ll walk you though it. Just be prepared for 2-3 solid days of work, pulling up lots of carpet staples, constantly cleaning the floor, and hundreds of cuts. Once you have that completed, figure another day just for cleanup and installing the quarter-round. Overall, I am very pleased with the results!! Let us know what you think!!

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