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epowell Fri Aug 05, 2016 3:06 pm

Gettin' there :)



Trey_h Fri Aug 26, 2016 7:59 pm

I'm trying to embrace the smarter not harder approach (counterposed to just being lazy) and wanted to plan it and line up what I need before ripping out the carpet.

I'm looking to strip out the carpet and OEM subfloor and put in wood. I want to slide the new flooring under the cabinets and bench of my Westy.

does anyone know the total hight of the layers to the high ribs of the floor? how deep am I looking at layering to get it to the original hight of the carpet? and how far can I go under the cabinets?

thanks.

torbot Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:33 pm

Trey_h wrote:
does anyone know the total hight of the layers to the high ribs of the floor? how deep am I looking at layering to get it to the original hight of the carpet? and how far can I go under the cabinets?
thanks.

Trey, hopefully this isn't too late, but we have the same van ('82 Westy) and I'm currently doing the same project. :) Here's a pic of the different layers we have (about 15mm without the carpet). The top piece is your plywood, the bottom is just a strip that appears to be the same height of the ribs.



I bought Pergo Outlast which is 10mm thick. I've only test-fit the pieces so far, but with the carpet out it fits perfectly snug under both the cabinets and the bench using the existing plywood. Only drawback is the planks are 47.5" long and our floor is 49.5" so I'll have to figure something out there.

I'll post a quick writeup here once I'm done. hopefully this helps!

Trey_h Tue Sep 13, 2016 11:50 am

Turbot,

thanks for that, it's exactly what I was looking for.

greebly Tue Sep 13, 2016 1:13 pm

Custom Kick panel

Installed with floor and custom threshold.


andrew_c Fri Oct 28, 2016 8:14 am

greebly wrote:
Installed with floor and custom threshold.



Hey greebly, can you take another pic showing the trim you've got covering the painted step-over area right beside your aluminum threshold?

I'm looking for a way to cover that area up on my bus, and not interfere with the sliding door. Would love some info on what you used and where you got it!

crukab Fri Oct 28, 2016 8:37 am



Yes, yes I do...... :lol:

greebly Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:37 am

andrew_c wrote: greebly wrote:
Installed with floor and custom threshold.



Hey greebly, can you take another pic showing the trim you've got covering the painted step-over area right beside your aluminum threshold?

I'm looking for a way to cover that area up on my bus, and not interfere with the sliding door. Would love some info on what you used and where you got it!
Are you referring to the diamond plate? I fabricated it from Aluminum diamond plate angle I think it is 2" angle. I have several pieces of the angle at least 6 or 8 feet long if you cannot locate any.
Here are some better Pictures.


Windex_ Fri Oct 28, 2016 11:54 pm

This is my floor, I am still waiting on the threshold to arrive and I have quarter round for the kick plate.



Jasonhreinhart Sat Dec 31, 2016 7:00 pm

SO you didnt put a sub floor in? Did you just lay the Laminate? Does it squeak or move around at all?

climberjohn wrote: Sort of a "Thread from the Dead", but I wanted to show mine. I am VERY happy with this mod. It's super easy to sweep dirt out of the the van, it looks great, and it's fast and inexpensive. I did add a strip of quarter-round molding around 3 sides, stained to a near match. No photos of that.

Floor after lifting the rear rubber mat that was on there and removing the seat channels


Halfway along, about 30 minutes into the job


Done, but dusty. . .


I had to rip cut a narrow strip to fill the front edge.


This is what i bought from a flooring outlet in Hillsboro OR, about $45 for 1 box. (I had 2 pieces left over.) 21.3 square feet in the box. http://nwflooringoutlet.com/index.cfm


and onto the ceiling. 1/8" Baltic birch, polyurathane spray can, stainless steel truss head screws.


and the same on the rear hatch:

JimmyJagged Thu Jan 05, 2017 3:39 pm

We used wood laminate flooring in my son's Vanagon. His aunt had a leftover box and gave it to him for free! We spent a leisurely day to install.



Thebeas Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:19 am

I'm sure its been asked, but is a sub floor necessary?

Been doing some interior work and wanted to put down something nice. I tore out the original (rotten) sub floor. I started putting down the fatmat and wondered why do I even need a sub floor?

I was planning on putting a pergo type floor down on top of the fat mat...any issues in not having a sub floor?

igarrett Thu Jan 26, 2017 12:29 pm

Love all the great wood floors you guys have done!

I have a 85 weekender (no kitchen) and want to slap some wood in there.

In an effort to coordinate all the posts on wood flooring installation in Vanagons I thought it may be useful if people could answer the following:

1. Did you insulate your floor? What products did you use?

2. Did you use a plywood or other type of subflooring? What thickness did you use?

3. What type of flooring did you use - laminate? solid wood? What thickness?

4. Did you find a subfloor big enough to use for just one piece or did you have to buy more than one? If so where did you get it?


Thanks!

mikemtnbike Thu Jan 26, 2017 12:43 pm

In a tin top:

1) Yes. Just the aluminum frost king stuff. Not ideal but affordable. Attached to floor with double sided carpet tape.

2) 1/4" particle board subfloor. Industrial glue to the insulation.

3) Salvaged laminate from a remodel job. It was...laminate thickness? This worked well, a standard 1" aluminum stair edge bridged the gap between the stock sliding door trim and the laminate.

4) One 4x8 sheet of wood can be cut into three pieces to cover a completely empty cabin floor. Seat out, rear heater deleted.

dobryan Thu Jan 26, 2017 3:02 pm

Do not over think this. Just go with it. You can easlily modify later if needed. :D

h00drat Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:26 pm

Got my wood in.












katstan Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:01 am

You guys inspired me and I knew we had a few boxes of bamboo flooring in the garage so Iron Pots now has bamboo floors. It only took one box and was ridiculously easy to do. I laid them right on top of the grey rubber mat that was under the old carpet. Didn't move any of the cabinetry or anything though I did have to move the fire extinguisher holder up a little after I was done. Looks so much better than either of those did. The metal strip on the edge was over the rubber mat before so I just repurposed it.






This saw and the box of flooring was all it took. It probably would have been easier to use something else for the two little notches I had to cut but I made do with some creative sawing. (edited to add:) Oh wait, that's a lie... I did have to rip the edge of one board with a table saw as well.

Paulbeard Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:03 am

=D> =D>

Kombi///M3 Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:26 am

Did u guys trimed the bottom seat bench panel?
I'm doing the same.. putting a 3/8 plywood on top of the
Flooring cork pads.
Thanks.

nemobuscaptain Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:16 am

h00drat wrote: Got my wood in. Very nice. I've been thinking about doing this and hoping it would bring some warmth to my nasty gray plastic interior.



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