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Old 09-12-2007, 04:08 PM   #1
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Replacing The Carpet

When we bought the Sunline, the previous owners had sprinkled moth balls in the forward storage compartment under the bed, in the shore line storage compartment, and under the shower. The bedroom carpet just reeked!
We did everything we could, but the smell remained.
The carpet was faded and sun damaged, so we tore out the carpet and pad. Even the OSB subfloor was saturated with moth ball smell. It took two days of a fan blowing on it to make it tolerable.
The next step was to replace the carpet. We bought a remnant from the carpet store, bought foam padding as close to the original as possible, and went to work.
The new carpet was stapled with a Bostitch 1/4" crown stapler, 3/4" long for the pad, and 1 1/4" long for the carpet. That was as close as we could get to the original.
I was able to roll the carpet edge by the dinette where it overlaps the seamless flooring. Came out like the original!
We decided to reconfigure the storage under the bed while we were at it. We extended the front compartment accessed from the outside all the way across the bed. That way we can keep the easy up canopy, and chairs etc. under there. at the same time, I added support for the bed platform to the top of the partition. Keeps the plywood from sagging under the weight of two people.
We're very happy with the results, and hopefully it'll last another 11 years!

You can see the process and results HERE


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Old 09-12-2007, 07:03 PM   #2
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WOW! the new carpet looks great! Let me get this straight, was that all original carpet? the stuff under thebed looked Grey, and the 'outside' stuff looked beige?
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Old 09-12-2007, 09:29 PM   #3
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WOW! the new carpet looks great! Let me get this straight, was that all original carpet? the stuff under thebed looked Grey, and the 'outside' stuff looked beige?
Was the outside that faded???
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Old 09-13-2007, 10:06 AM   #4
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The outside was that faded! I don't know how it came to be like that, but I assume that it was from something used to clean the carpet. It can't get that much direct sun on it.

Actually, the photos tone the difference down. The section under the bed was dark green, and the faded section was kind of a light grey/brown blotchy color.

We were gonna replace the rug because of the color, but the mothball smell made it a priority project.

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Old 09-13-2007, 10:46 AM   #5
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Wow, that was really faded! I have never seen any carpet that bad before. They probably tried to clean out the smell and took the color out. You don't think it was bleach, do you?

I found that rubbing baking soda all over the carpet and vacuuming it up really helps clean it too, but you are a little past that stage.

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Old 09-13-2007, 01:01 PM   #6
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I don't know what it was Jon, but it did a number on the rug!

They put mothballs in the compartment where the shore line is stored, which happens to be the hutch in the bedroom where the converter is.
Unfortunately, the carpet is also in there, and smelled too. The only way I could get rid of the smell was to use those mesh bags of volcanic rock from Home Depot. There wasn't much carpet in there, so I laid the bag directly on the carpet, and rotated it after a few hours. I took the bag out and laid it in the sun to recharge it, and put another one in in its place. After about four days, the smell was bearable. I left one of the bags in there for a few more days, and the smell was gone.

I'll never even consider putting mothballs in a trailer! What a pain!

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We used to put moth balls in a long time ago, but we've since found out about the bounce dryer sheets instead. They work just as good as the moth balls and we don't have to worry about the dog eating any of them.

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I have heard that you can use peppermint or spearamint, also! I have never tried it, it though.
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Chris,

So after doing this job, are there any tips you have for others having to remove their carpet? It looks like I'll be doing that to mine, and if that's the case, I'll probably do it up to my liking to keep it. I tried to pry up a corner just to see how it would go, and it seems like a very major job. Please tell me it's easier than it appears!

Also, what's the deal with that '77 15'SC in your Webshots album? That's basically the exact shape and vintage I'd like to find one in to turn it into a mobile Sunline museum. It looks like a fun project...keep us posted!

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