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Wood floors
« on: May 09, 2016, 08:33:15 pm »
Hello again to all - still working on the best set up for me.  I know pretty much all the videos show Cruisers with the wood floors.  I have seen photos from an owner showing the vinyl floor.

Certainly the wood is impressive looking.  If I do this it would be the Hickory (I believe the Cherry is made by a different company).  So I am wondering how well you like your wood floors after a few years?  I will be FT with 2 dogs and one or more cats(aging population).  Will the finish on the wood hold up to all the wear and tear and the paws and claws?  Does it mop up nicely?  Do you have to worry about stuff seeping in between the planks?  Is it worth the price and the extra weight it adds on the carry weight? 

It seems that to some (perhaps slight) extent it may help with the floor R value.  The finish around the steps is not as flat as the vinyl would allow (tripping hazard?). 

I appreciate any experience you can share with me.

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Re: Wood floors
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2016, 10:23:35 pm »
I have wood floors in my summer cottage and my 70 pound dog has really marked them up. His claws have left their marks everywhere.  I have vinyl  floors in my 2010 3100 PC and there is no problem , no marks. Can't comment on how the wood used in the Rv would hold up, but I am satisfied with the vinyl.
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Re: Wood floors
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2016, 08:51:22 am »
On our first PC, the 2350 Sprinter, we had the factory install an Armstrong vinyl flooring that replicates wood flooring. We ordered it from Home Depot and had it shipped to the factory for installation. It really looked good. That was before they offered wood flooring as an option.

We did not have it installed in our 2551 or the 2910 due to the additional cost.

I don't like the look of the standard vinyl as compared with the wood but we cover it with throw rugs so it is not all that offensive.

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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2016, 09:09:45 am »
We have the cherry floors.  Only a few years old, but we've put it through its paces with two small dogs, spills, dragging furniture/boxes and all kinds of weather.  Our main concern was sand that invariably gets brought in on shoes/paws from various campgrounds, but the floor still looks brand new.  It's very easy to sweep/vac and mop (we use a Swiffer-type wet mop thing from Bona). No tripping hazards.  It really does wonders for the overall appeal of the interior. We are glad we chose this floor and would recommend it.

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« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2016, 10:51:18 am »
Good thoughts already.  I had not thought about asking to have different vinyl shipped to them for installation.

Mike - I appreciate the thoughts - especially noting about sand.  I had been thinking about muddy paws but you are certainly correct that the sand would pose a larger test to the durability.  Thanks for the report.

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Re: Wood floors
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2016, 04:23:07 pm »
We have the Pergo wood floors in our 2016 2351. We have a 12 year old Beagle. We use three area rugs on the floor for trapping dirt  and dog hair in the summer and to keep yours toes from curling when hitting the floor in the winter. Guess who gets to shake the rugs. But the DW vacuums with a small hand held. This works well for us and no sign of wear but have only had our Phoenix six months. :)

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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2016, 07:16:33 pm »
We now have almost two years wear and tear on our wood floors.  Since we most often boondock, we are constantly tracking in dirt, mud, sand, gravel, etc.  We try to be careful and we wipe our dog's feet before she comes in if it is muddy or wet outside.  Also, we love to use a couple of cheap throw rugs we bought at Target.  We shake them out on trips and run them through the washing machine when we get back home.  We generally take a very powerful small hand held vacuum we have at home with us and carry it in the toad.   

So far, the floors show nothing of any consequence.  We are perfectly happy with them and find them easy to clean and very practical. 

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Re: Wood floors
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2016, 12:38:14 pm »
We would agree with the others on ease of maintenance and durability of the "wood"  floors.   We have them (hickory)  in our 2015 2551 and have been in lots of places with sand,  dirt, pea gravel and plain old grit and they show zero wear and easy to clean.

I believe they are "engineered" wood not solid wood but we love them.

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« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2016, 04:28:04 pm »
More thanks to all for your input.  And yes I use the term "wood" loosely. I think it may be a bit better suited to this task than real wood would have been.   The responses make me feel like I can splurge on having the floors as long as I haven't used up my weight allowance with all the other options!  Thinking this will feel grander as I make the RV my only home. 

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Re: Wood floors
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2016, 01:17:54 am »
It would be interesting to know if the wood flooring (laminate or real wood) is installed over a vinyl floor.  I bring this up because the vinyl flooring covers 100% of the deck to protect the structural sub-plywood floor underneath.  Carpet, cabinets, walls, and all the rest is installed on top of the vinyl flooring.  At least it appears to be so done with our old 2007 2350.

If the fancy wood flooring option does not have the vinyl floor underneath it, that would make the rig much more vulnerable to water damage if a plumbing leak occurred.
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« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2016, 08:11:33 am »
Thanks for that thought, Ron. Based on what I saw at the factory, no vinyl when they are installing the "wood" floor.  The wood is put down before the rest of the build but I do not remember how far out they carry the flooring in that case.  I will look into that.

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« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2016, 10:30:51 am »
When I was at the factory a couple of months ago they were installing the "wood" laminate flooring.  It completely covered the entire floor area of the coach with the exception of 1" - 2" of exposed plywood subfloor around the outside perimeter of the coach.  The exterior walls were in part supported off this subfloor making the "wood" laminate floor continuous from wall to wall.

I got the impression the majority of new units have this type flooring.

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Re: Wood floors
« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2016, 12:17:49 pm »
Here are 3 Youtube video segments that show of the manufacturing of a 2007 Phoenix Cruiser.  It happens to show a model 2350, 2551, and a 2100 being built, but applicable to all models.  Unfortunately the sound quality is poor and the video quality isn't too good either.  But if you study it closely, you will see the vinyl flooring throughout with exception to a foot or two right behind the cab.  It's not easy to make out, but the vinyl flooring is throughout the rest.

1st Youtube CLICK HERE
2nd Youtube CLICK HERE (introduction mistakenly repeated)
3rd Youtube CLICK HERE

Though the slide show was made for 2007, there is so much applicable to current-day.  It is well worth watching to learn how your PC is made.

ADDING: I found a more current video of a PC being built with a laminate floor HERE at minute 2:30.  Earl does not mention anything about a vinyl sub-floor and there is none seen.  The exterior walls do NOT sit on the laminate floor, everything "interior" does.
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« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2016, 01:20:56 pm »
I had not seen these earlier videos so they are interesting.  It appears in the video the vinyl flooring was extended out to within about 1-2" of the outside of the perimeter.  The walls are installed on top the plywood (not on the vinyl flooring).   This appears to be the same as what I observed a couple months ago at the factory as they were installing wood laminate flooring.

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« Reply #14 on: June 12, 2016, 01:23:12 pm »
It appears in the video the vinyl flooring was extended out to within about 1-2" of the outside of the perimeter.  The walls are installed on top the plywood (not on the vinyl flooring).   This appears to be the same as what I observed a couple months ago at the factory as they were installing wood laminate flooring.
Exterior walls sit on the plywood deck direct.  Interior walls and everything else inside sits on vinyl flooring which makes sense to do, good practice by me.
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