If it is a civil ticket that they issue you, it may be worth just taking the hit on the ticket. That way it is not "illegal" and won't go on your insurance. If it is criminal law, probably best to either figure out a way to do it yourself, or unfortunately cough up the bucks.
I live in a small town, if I thought I could park it for a weekend and just eat the ticket I would. But these guys look for things to ticket and after two days they start to measure how from from the curb you are... not worth it.
I'm not coughing up $2,000.00 to do just the main cabin of the RV, I'll live with the older carpet first. I'll find the right place or person at some point, I was just hoping somebody from my area would chime in with "their guy" and I would get lucky! We'll see.
After 45,000 miles of camping our white carpet looked pretty crappy so i removed the living room section cutting up to the front seats and doghouse. Took me two days and $100 to lay laminate and trim. Much easier to keep clean now and looks classier.
THis is one of the options I'm considering. Do you have pictures of the before and after, or just the after?
Just finished installing Allure laminate. Looks great and was easy to install. Used a two by four and a block of wood to lift sofa,undid the bolts on the toliet and slipped the laminate under. Ripping out the carpet was the work. Good Luck you can do it. Cathie
I purchased Allure for the bathroom and toilet room and plan on handling that myself soon. Looks like we may just expand this into the main cabin as well.
This started out to be a pretty good thread on replacing carpeting, but the hard surfacing people had to chime in. I guess some people (us) are spoiled, and like soft, warm carpeting under foot at night and in the morning. Yea, yea, I know, you can put down throw rugs. You know, they make this new invention called a "Vacuum Cleaner", and it picks up dirt right out of the carpet! Installed carpet does not slip around like throw rugs.
The carpet goes under the slide room so this complicates the project. The wife is the one who is going to decide which way to go, if she insists on carpet it has to be done right. I have to admit I like walking on the soft floor in the morning!
$1500 in labor may not be a bad price depending on what they are going to do. If I wanted to replace all the carpet in my main cabin then the sofa has to be unbolted and moved, I think the dinette may have to come out, but I'm not sure on that, the front seats are bolted through the carpet so they have to come out, it's a lot of work. Then there is putting it on two slides as well as the main floor. And not only that they have to guarantee the work and I'm sure they have had RVers come back and complain so they have to anticipate that too. I'd do mine myself before I paid that much, but if I was hiring a legimate business to do the work (instead of some guy that does it in his spare time) I would expect it to cost that much.
$1,500.00 is insane, I carpeted my entire house for just over $2,000.00, they moved all of the furniture on 2 floors and put everything back. Now that, that was work.
Having to unbolt one couch and work one slide, still insane plus for the $1,500.00 this did not include them removing the slide, just carpeting "up to it".
This is why I say Illinois RV dealers aren't worth going to, they don't do the job right, they charge too much and then they do it wrong. Illinois is just the wrong state, for so many many reasons.
Do it yourself, and save a lot of money. We did our "Motorhome Inside Make-Over". And we saved us a lot of money.
The Hardest part, was replacing the Carpet on the Doghouse Engine Cover. But if you really think about what you are doing, and take your time, you can doi it yourself.
I think the old OEM Carpeting, we think the installers were paid by the Staples. We have never seen so many staples in any home or office or anywhere else.
The OEM Doghouse Engine Cover Carpeting, I doubt that you will be able to get it off inonce peice to use as a templet. As ours was so well Glued down, it came off in small pieces. But it was pretty easy to replace and to glue it back down wiht a good "Contact Cement".
Almost our entire Motorhome was done in Crappy Brownish Carpeting, very cheap stuff to start with. We only had a very smal area in the Kitchen, that had a section of wood floor, with Catpeting all the way around the wood floor, looked terrible.
We replaced the Front of the Motorhome, inclusding the Living are wiht some very good Commericial Carpeting and Waterproof Padding. We replace the Kitchen, the Hallway and the bathroon wiht Vinel Flooring. We also Carpeted the Bedroom also.
Looks so much better now. Who in there right mind would paut any kind of Carpeting ina Jitchen, where grease and food can easily stain the carpeting, and make it look terrible from grease and dirt. Also, whay are manufactors thinnking putting Carpeting in a bathroom, where the Carperts gets wet all of the time, dumb dumb dumb.
For us anyways, it was a very worth while project to do ourselfs. We would never give up all of our Carpeting, as we don't like cold floors at all. As we use our Motorhome On/Off all year long. And some of the best times are in the Winter Time. Good Luck. Happy Travels. Dan & Jill
As I said in my first post, I have NO PLACE to work on it. If I did this thread would not be here.
got any near-by friends, neighbors, relatives that wouldn't mind you parking at their place for a week? maybe pay cash by the day. You should be able to knock it out in a week working alone (assuming you are retired) or sooner with a helper.
>> A "helper", NOT THE WIFE. << ....just kidding.
Maybe the near-by friends, neighbors, relatives could help for cash. Maybe they know a teenager to help in return for iTunes card or trade some car speakers, tools etc?
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We replaced the flooring in our motorhome in two phases. Replaced most of the carpet with tile in 2007 and then replaced the remaining carpet in 2010. I.e., areas that were not suitable for tile - like the slide - and the raised floor in the bedroom.
You can see the carpet job in the link below. There is a link to the tile within it. Work done by Brannon Hutcheson of Custom RV, in Vina, AL (outside Red Bay - where they make Tiffin motorhomes). Brannon is a former Tiffin employee who started his own business in 2008. Tiffin was very sorry to lose him. He's very popular with Tiffin owners - knows how to do anything. I'm sure he could do your MH... whether it's carpet or a combination of Allure/Carpet.
On that same trip Brannon replaced our Norcold with a Residential Fridge. Fridge Just included these so you can see pics of him and his helpers.
He's very professional, has a two stall garage, customer lounge and outside hookup with 50 amp/water. I think he expanded another bay last year to offer detailing.
Brannon - (256) 668-0973 (cell). Though a distance from you, something to consider if you want to get the job done by someone who knows what they are doing. Perhaps make the trek down as a part of a trip. We bought our own carpet and hauled it to his place. He used a local carpet shop to bind the large piece that went under the dinette table/sofa.