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Old 04-19-2009, 01:04 PM
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I'm Russ and my wife is Sandra. We are campers but have not posted on a forum before. We started camping with a popup camper. In 2004 we purchased a new travel trailer. Due to our work schedule, we don't get to go far but have found we can camp close to home and go to work from our campsite. We camp with a lake and it feels like a retreat each and every time.

I decided to post to see if anyone can help me solve a mystery. Our camper is stored every year all winter in a building. We just got it out and have found the flooring has split open. We have a 25ft camper and at least 1/2 of the flooring needs replaced. Which means all it will have to be done. It makes no sense at why this would happen. The underflooring is in excellant shape. There are no signs of any type of moisture or water problem. Has anyone had this problem or know of anyone that has?

We are just thankful our son-in-law does flooring for a living. He is going to do the flooring for us. I think we should use the self-sticking squares but the wife thinks laminate flooring would be better. Has anyone dealt with this and would like to let us know how they dealt with it?
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Old 04-19-2009, 03:52 PM
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Was the building heated? I'm wondering if the harsh winter temps may have caused your flooring problem (seeing how you are in Iowa).

Got a nephew getting married in Iowa next weekend (unfortunately, I won't be there).
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:13 AM
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I think we should use the self-sticking squares but the wife thinks laminate flooring would be better. Has anyone dealt with this and would like to let us know how they dealt with it?
Hi Russ....

I'd do the squares myself. The laminate is a lot heaver. If adding the weight is not a issue then I'd go the other way.
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Old 04-21-2009, 07:17 AM
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My advice, don't use laminate flooring. I've seen this stuff do some crazy things. First off it expands and contracts and in a trailer, it does so a lot. It buckles and hates humidity. And if you get it wet and don't realize it, water will find its way into the seams and it will swell up. I've seen people use it and by the next year they're pulling it all out. My advice would be to use peel and stick but the best would be to use linoleum flooring. So many awesome styles. In my trailer I have linoleum flooring and it looks like hardwood. Easy to maintain and clean. You can find great prices at discount flooring stores. We have a place up here called End of the Roll. Huge discounts.

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Old 04-24-2009, 05:05 PM
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Thanks for the opinions. We decided to go with either the squares or a sheet of vinyl flooring. We are having to decide now which is going to be best. With the vinyl flooring, we would have to put the trim around as the vinyl can't be put up flush to everything. Now we are checking to see if the squares would need it. I don't thinks so. I can't believe we need to learn about installing floors just because we are campers.

We are really itching to get out camping so hopefully we can get out next weekend. The wife says if the camper isn't fixed by then we are going to become "Red Green" and duct tape the vinyl floor along all the splitting.

Once agains thanks for your opinions. It helps when talking to other campers to figure out what would be best.
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