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Our 'van has fixed carpets, dont seem to be too bad a quality but non the less would like to keep them in a decent condition without spoiling our enjoyment of the van too much.

 

Has anyone ever bought a carpet, cut it too size (maybe in 2 or 3 sections) and had the edges bound (like they do with the carpet samples)?

 

Or any other suggestions on how to keep the carpet lasting longer.

 

Steve and Jo

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We bought a seconds-quality DirtTrapper runner from eBay and got liberal with the scissors :P

 

Also, our local dealer is selling caravan-friendly size carpetting, ready-made in the style you are suggesting

 

We did investigate getting some nice carpet bound at a local fitters ourselves, but decided that we would be happier with something that we could put into the washing machine after a rally.

 

ATB

Moose

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Our 'van has fixed carpets, dont seem to be too bad a quality but non the less would like to keep them in a decent condition without spoiling our enjoyment of the van too much.

 

Has anyone ever bought a carpet, cut it too size (maybe in 2 or 3 sections) and had the edges bound (like they do with the carpet samples)?

 

Or any other suggestions on how to keep the carpet lasting longer.

 

Steve and Jo

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We were given some carpet by a friend and cut 3 pieces to shape for our double dinette 'van. We had these bound (from £1. 50 -£2. 50 per metre so shop around).

We fix them in place using poppers which prevents them creeping too much.

 

We've had them in for four years now and we've dragged all sorts of mud, grass and gunge into the 'van and they clean up reasonably well. We have not yet had a proper carpet cleaner on them yet and I expect they will come up well.

 

So for less than £30 the fixed carpet is protected. Even if you have to buy some bits from your local carpet dealer it's still a good investment.

 

Mike

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My 'van had a fixed carpet which I removed and in place I bought some laminate wood floor effect lino from B&Q. I used the carpet as a template to cut the lino to shape and secured it to the floor using a contact adheshive spray.

 

This has been excellent for us throughout the summer as it's so easy to keep clean - just a quick sweep and wipe over with a damp cloth. I even laughed at the kids' muddy footprints last weekend when kitchen towel came to the rescue. On another occasion, my eldest daughter accidentally knocked over a bottle of cooking oil, spilling almost its entire contents on the floor, which again was easily soaked up and wiped away. Had the carpet been in place, it would've been ruined.

 

However I still have the carpet rolled up in the loft, which I intend to have the edges bound and like SBS, secure it with press stud poppers at (I guess) all corners, using 10mm length wood screws.

 

With regards,

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When we bought our Avondale new in 1994 it was fitted with a lovely oatmeal coloured carpet. We knew it wouldn't stay nice for long, so I made a template out of A3 sheets of paper; laid it over a suitably sized end-of-roll, and cut it to shape. I secured it in the corners with cups and self-tappers. Ten years later, when we wanted to change our van, I lifted the overlay and were left with the original, pristine carpet.

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I had three carpet sections bound which cover the front sitting area the kitchen area and the rear sitting bit. Total cost I think was £30 for the three and they leave exposed only small sections of original carpet which is kept in prime condition. If you spill anything, red wine is always a good one. It lands on the replaceable carpet section. Go on sods law states that it will land in the gap. I remove the carpet sections regularly and let the original recover from flattening and give them all a good vacuuming. So far so good 2 years on a no dramas.

I haven't popped my down and sometimes they do move about but patience is a virtue I'm told.

 

Gives the place a more luxurious feel as well, I think.

 

Cheers

 

Bob

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Thanks for the comments.

 

I did think about lifting the original carpet completely but the bed boxes and other woodwork is on top of them so would mean lifting all the woodwork/fixtures etc to get the carpet out. Shame, as I did like the idea of a vinyl floor.

 

Will just have to get a roll end or similar, cut to 3 peices and get it bound.

 

I see that people just attatch one half of the popper to the floor with a woodscrew (through the original carpet into the floor), how do you get the upper part of the popper onto the new carpet? Silly question maybe but know nothing about that sort of thing!!

 

Steve

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It's done with a specialised tool which can be obtained from craft shops, or probably somewhere like Woolworths / Wilkinson. Basically it's a modified hand-held punch, in which the two halves of the upper press stud are fitted and you apply it to the carpet. When the tool is clenched, it 'punches' a hole through the carpet to allow the two halves of the upper stud to be permanently fixed together, so that you have the shiny silver 'button' on the top and the 'female' receptacle underneath.

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Hi

 

Our caravan has removable carpets. Instead of poppers that need fixing to the floor ours have velcro strips that simply stick down on the clean surface of the floor and onto the back of the carpet in all the corners and dotted at the edges.

 

You may find this preferable to the poppers.

 

Emma

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Our 'van has fixed carpets, dont seem to be too bad a quality but non the less would like to keep them in a decent condition without spoiling our enjoyment of the van too much.

 

Has anyone ever bought a carpet, cut it too size (maybe in 2 or 3 sections) and had the edges bound (like they do with the carpet samples)?

 

Or any other suggestions on how to keep the carpet lasting longer.

 

Steve and Jo

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A chap I know used to make them for Scorpion motorhomes, (before the scorpion chap retired, he was a nice bloke too) he has a carpet and vinyl shop in the South Yorkshire area :)

 

When we have a carpet fitted he makes the spare bits into runners :)

Paul B

. .......Mondeo Estate & Elddis Avanté 505 (Tobago)

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  • 2 months later...

Our van came without any carpets, it has a laminate effect wood floor instead.

 

Very easy to keep clean and not too cold, even in November!

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We have wood effect vinyl floor covering that is standard in our van, we wanted the optional removable carpets, but the price was excessive. So we used bound (or “whipped†to give it its proper name) roll end carpet all last year. We did suffer a red wine incident…….so have had to replace for this year, even treated ourselves to buying off the roll to get exactly what we wanted. We use antislip matting to keep it all in place and find that works very well. Must admit we do prefer the feel of carpet under foot, especially on cold mornings!

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