Asked on Jul 16, 2016

Suggestions needed for refurbishing a 1978 trailer

BuckDorothy CollettYou2645734


Hi.. We just bought a 1978 trailer. It needs a lot of work...but undecided on how I want to precede. Any insight or sugestions? We want to pull up the carpet and maybe tile.
6 answers
  • Vik
    on Jul 17, 2016

    You'd have to provide a lot more info and photos to get any response. Also, decide what features are and are not important to you before the flip begins..

  • Bette
    on Jul 17, 2016

    We stay in a trailer in the summer. I just used peel and stick tiles from Home Depot to redo the hallway, kitchen, dining, living room, and bathroom. I bought a inexpensive throw rug for the living room. It turned out just great! I used Travertine. They were very easy to lay and cut with a utility knife. I wish you the best with your remodel.

  • Buck
    on Jul 18, 2016

    I don't think I would use tile, to many seams to catch dirt, and I am sure after a period of time some may come loose. In my Champion Motor Home I had 1 piece flooring like linoleum, never had a problem waxed and always look good. I have done a lot of work in 2 motorhomes and several boats. If you are doing the work your self don't buy the cheapest materials, the job should be there long after you forgot price of the material.

  • You2645734
    on Jul 18, 2016

    Are you planning to stay in the trailer during winter months? We are living full-time in a 'mobile home' while we complete a self-build house. Best recommendation and best thing I did was to fully insulate beneath the trailer/caravan. Assuming you have a metal chassis with floor joists above .. Pack insulating material between the joists (I found stuff that was just the right width and had some 'spring' in it (eg Rockwool or similar); if you can - leave a 25mm air gap between the insulation and the floorboards. Then staple silver reflective plastic bubble foil right over the joists to hold the fibreglass or mineral insulation in place. This provides an additional layer of insulation and of course keeps any vermin out. Result - the floor now feels positivley warm to walk on even in winter. If you're not already double-glazed - do it!

  • Dorothy Collett
    Dorothy Collett
    on Jul 18, 2016

    Al has a point about buying better materials. My experience with econamy materials is that they are only cost cheaper at first. Either they require more supplies, take longer to install, and/or do not last as long. Sometimes they are really more expensive. If you have everything removed to the bare walls and floor, consider adding more insulation or vapor barriers. A 1978 probably does not have much.

  • Buck
    on Jul 19, 2016

    Not clear is it a Travel Trailer or a Mobile home that sits on a year round site?

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