Monthly Archives: April 2011

RV Remodel Series-Flooring

Continuing my quickie makeover series in our new RV, “Road Kill”, I am delighted that I have finally zeroed in on the color scheme…light tan, chocolate and TEAL.  I’m going to salvage what I can of the existing improvements and make it work.  After all, a steal isn’t a steal if you pour money into it for cosmetics.  My goal for any improvement is how to get the most bang for your buck.  So teal we are sticking with.

For an RV, the ideal floor covering is one that is durable, flexible and will tolerate dirt, wet and easy to clean.  So I found myself looking at VINYL tile again.  An aisle I hardly ever venture down in the big home improvement stores.  To my surprise, they now carry a product called “Allure Ultra”.  Its a heavy duty vinyl product that is made to look like real wood.  I’m impressed to say, it really does look good…not some cheesy, grainy looking screening.  It carries a hefty warranty and is “WATER PROOF”; the cost was $2.97 psf and they have one that is less than $2 psf with the only difference being that it is considered water resistant.  It is installed similar to a floating laminate floor with a tongue and groove interlocking design.  There is no glue or other tools required except for a razor blade and straight edge.    Let’s see what happens!

Before I start, because the rental RV we had last summer had some sort of engine or drive train problem, it caused the RV to feel like a rolling oven inside.  The floors were so hot, it was hard to walk around and we were all fighting for the best spot by the air vents.  I did not want a similar experience this time.  I found a product called EZ Cool which is an automotive thermal insulation that is said to reduce noise and heat transfer.  I installed it  directly over the wood subfloors.

Next we laid new 1/4″ plywood directly over the thermal layer.

So now the new vinyl goes in.  I started with the wall opposite of the door and the directions call for working left to right:

A little trick I learned along the way is to leave the stuff sitting in sunlight before you score and snap it with your blade.  The heat makes it very pliable and easier to cut.  And now the finished project result; the Allure product really does look good!  I wouldn’t be bashful about putting this product in my home and I must say, we are beginning to have a classy looking RV.   I definitely give a thumbs up to this new flooring because it really is very easy to install yourself and looks really nice:

Here is the information from Home Depot’s site about the Trafficmaster Allure product:

Enjoy the resilience of 100% waterproof flooring and the look of real wood with new Exclusive Trafficmaster Allure Ultra flooring. The no-glue floating floor installs over most existing surfaces with a simple installation Click & Lock System. No underlayment, expansion joints or heavy tools are required to install. Allure Ultra is perfect for any room in your home, including basements and has a lifetime residential warranty and a 10-year commercial warranty.

RV remodel series

It serves as “home away from home”, so hopefully, its still considered a “home improvement”.   We are excited to have purchased our first RV for a steal, a 1995 Class A motorhome.  Its 33′ and completely outdated.  It didn’t help that my daughter has already said it looks like Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine upon first sighting. Sure shiny brass, teal and purple may be heaven for some, but not this home improvement nerd.  I’m considering a total redo and converting to a sandy tan, chocolate brown and maybe a cranberry color scheme.  It’s all about presentation, right??

Here’s the new blank slate, what my daughter has now dubbed “Road Kill”:

Day 1: Demo of carpet, prep walls for paint

It took about 2 hours to demo the existing carpet and linoleum flooring.  Doing so, I can see how much dirt lives under carpets even with the cleanest of Mr. and Mrs. Clean’s.  Yuck!  Another bonus to doing this is that we can now see just how good of shape the sub floors are.

The interior walls have a wallpaper covering throughout.  In case you haven’t read it before, you can save yourself a lot of time and sanity by leaving a wallpaper in place and painting directly over it.

Here’s my secret:  Using 2 1/2 cans of spray texture set to “fine”, I sprayed the texture directly over the wallpaper.

Day 2:    Painting, painting, painting

Allowing the texture to completely dry overnight, I began painting.  I use Behr’s Paint and Primer in one over wallpapers.    The painted walls instantly tone down the teal.  I’m rethinking my color scheme strategy already.  Maybe it also helps that after I have been gathering estimates for reupholstering or a replacement of furniture inside, it would run over $2,000.  Yes, the teal isn’t looking so bad after all.