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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:13 am    Post subject: Re: Who's got a wood floor? Reply with quote

^^^ Very nice!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:53 am    Post subject: Re: Who's got a wood floor? Reply with quote

After years of watching this thread, finally joined the club this weekend!

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I took a bunch of photos throughout and will post with notes to help answer some of the questions I had before going through this for others when I have a moment.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2020 1:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Who's got a wood floor? Reply with quote

That's helpful...thanks for that.

As for alternatives to plywood subfloor, anyone have any pointers on pros and cons of cork vs rubber (the other two alternatives I seem to have seen browsing the forums).
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2020 8:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Who's got a wood floor? Reply with quote

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Been watching this thread literally for years, and excited to finally be putting a wood floor in my 87 Westie next weekend with the help of a handy friend Very Happy

Some things still aren't clear though...


I think there is quite the range... from little prep/planning to a deliberate plan with sound deadening, insulation, specific geometry, etc.

If you want to keep it simple, prep the floor and put down a few plants to see how strong it is by itself. If there is too much flex, you need to build up the sub floor. If not, maybe consider insulation and youíre done. My planks were a bit thinner so I was more concerned with sub floor.

My experience is that I could have done less, or rather, differently with the same results. Anyway, here are some pointers that address most of your comments:

-Strips of insulation or sound deadening will also reduce flex in sub floor. I used an insulated underlayment across the entire metal floor.
-sub floor of plywood is popular, i wonder how it holds up in 5 years with moisture, so would consider alternates here. I used the thinnest backer board I could find and I am embarrassed to think of the unnecessary weight... the idea was to avoid plywood with a mold-resistant material. Donít know the best solution, it all sounds heavy and I am probably overthinking it.
-for me, all 4 layers are floating (insulation, sub floor, underlayment, planks)
-floating cont...I have room for expansion lengthwise under the rear bench, and trim on the other 3 edges to clean up the ends.
-Strongly suggest removing the rear bench, not sure about the Westy kitchen (I have a ton too, so no direct experience)
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2020 8:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Who's got wood? Reply with quote

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I got wood!
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Hey!

How did you do the headliner? What thickness of plywood did you use and did you need to do any steam bending to get it to work?

Thanks,


I'm also interested.
I might try to do this next
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2020 9:25 am    Post subject: Re: Who's got a wood floor? Reply with quote

Cedar fence boards finished with beeswax
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2020 4:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Who's got a wood floor? Reply with quote

Been watching this thread literally for years, and excited to finally be putting a wood floor in my 87 Westie next weekend with the help of a handy friend Very Happy

Some things still aren't clear though...

First, it seems like a lot of folks put insulation strips in the grooves in the body under the floor. Is that standard practice, and recommended?

Do folks typically add a subfloor on top of this? Looks like valvecovergasket used plywood. Does that work out ok in hot climates? (I'm in Southern California). Are there other recommendations? And if subfloor, how thick? I'm guessing it would have to be pretty thin, around 1/4". We're installing an engineered hardwood that is 3/8". Are there other subfloors folks use besides plywood that work well? ezmass looks like some kind of corkboard.

If you use a subfloor, do you attach the subfloor and then just float the flooring on top? And what do you use to attach it? I'm thinking glue might not be best due to varying weather conditions in a bus. So do you repurpose the holes from the original flooring and screw in the subfloor? Do you glue the flooring to the subfloor?

Thanks in advance for any advice!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I was asked by a sambanite to post how I did the pergo on top of the seat tracks. These pics explain what I did. Basically I made it so I could remove the center section and expose the seat tracks for when I install the single or double seat. The pergo is laid directly on the stock grey floor. The outer two sections are held in place by one flush screw each.

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I like how you did the hidden removable panel to expose the seat tracks.

Great idea
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2020 4:17 am    Post subject: Re: Who's got a wood floor? Reply with quote

valvecovergasket - that's really nice. It looks bright in there. Is it from the camera flash, or do you have led lights on the ceiling?

I want to do something similar, but put a heater where you have your cooler.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2020 12:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Who's got a wood floor? Reply with quote

ooh i really like the darker tint of that!


ill throw ours in for posterity

i wanted to float it, but it needed a little bit of screw assistance to really fit perfect, and ended up mounting the fridge slide in through it anyway.
it was a single box of cheap pergo.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:35 am    Post subject: Re: Who's got a wood floor? Reply with quote

Installed my wood floor last weekend. I needed 2 x 24sqft boxes (well, 1 box + about 1 plank) for weekender/multivan passenger area. Product is TrafficMaster Teak Luxury Vinyl Plank from HD. Replaced my rear heater core & valve and installed sound dampening while I had the bench out. Turned out nice, kid loves the new "dance floor"

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2020 4:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Van-go108 wrote:

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I really should take some new shots.


I want to do something like this above and below, but I have a couple of questions...

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I plan on doing a wood sidewall on the left hand side, along with a panel just aft of the seats like the bay above.

1. Do I do the floor first, then the left side wall? Or should I do the sidewall first?

2. I'd like to use a nice plywood for it. What type and thickness would you recommend?

Thx
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Who's got a wood floor? Reply with quote

Installed this today
Cost $35 for the wood and calk from HD
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Who's got a wood floor? Reply with quote

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MichaelCampingInVA wrote:
Did mine...


Now that is cool. I dig the log cabin/sauna vibe. I wish Westfalia would have continued longer with the wood veneer finish, or at least made it an option for later vans.


Thanks joe, I'm pretty happy with it..
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:55 am    Post subject: Re: Who's got a wood floor? Reply with quote

MichaelCampingInVA wrote:
Did mine...


Now that is cool. I dig the log cabin/sauna vibe. I wish Westfalia would have continued longer with the wood veneer finish, or at least made it an option for later vans.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:57 am    Post subject: Re: Who's got a wood floor? Reply with quote

photogdave wrote:
Disappointed with the title change. Clearly this thread is about more than floors.


Yeah I agree. I thought original thread name was pretty funny Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:54 am    Post subject: Re: Who's got a wood floor? Reply with quote

Did mine...


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:08 am    Post subject: Re: Who's got a wood floor? Reply with quote

Disappointed with the title change. Clearly this thread is about more than floors.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:54 am    Post subject: Re: Who's got wood? Reply with quote

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I got wood!
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Hey!

How did you do the headliner? What thickness of plywood did you use and did you need to do any steam bending to get it to work?

Thanks,
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Who's got a wood floor? Reply with quote

Real happy with this Coretec Flooring. Did a beer test and it didn't stain or anything and was dry by morning with no marks. Easy to apply and scratch resistant.
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