My Jayco Eagle 277 floor replacement

by Barry
(British Columbia)

Jayco in it's natural setting

Jayco in it's natural setting

We bought our 97 5th wheel in march of 2009. We looked at lot of rigs before deciding on this one. The only thing we didn’t like was the dated carpet which had also faded pretty well.


Removing the carpets. The difficult part was the slide had the carpet wrapped around the under side, and in spots doubled up along with a million staples.

There is only a gap of 3/4” between the stationary floor and the slide floor making it tough to get all the staples out. Hard enough getting your eyeball in there let along a pair of pliers.

With the carpets out I ran the slide in to see what would happen. When the slide got to a little over half way in it, the slide leading edge dropped and rubbed hard on the stationary floor. I believe the carpets support the leading edge of the slide as it’s brought in for storage and transport.

I installed the laminate floor, but before running the slide in, made up five removable felt bottomed slippers to make sure the slide would not scratch the stationary floor. The slippers are just the right thickness that they take up the remaining gap between the underside of the slide and stationary floor. Space them out evenly along the length of the slide. When the slide is out I store them away.

With laminate floor the gap on all outside edges needs to be 1/4 to 3/8” so trimming can be interesting. I ended up using stair nosing and some quarter round with a profile.

For the entry step well, I installed some ceramic tiles (against my better judgment) not enough support there and one has a hairline crack already. If anyone has any questions you can drop me a line…. barry.kinnear@shaw.ca


*ed. Note: The following link shows it all... Thanks for sharing this RV Floor Replacement Barry!
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Jan 05, 2010
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Good Job
by: Alpenliter (Jim)

Thanks Barry! I did the same job on my 33' Alpenlite and had the identical problem with the slide goudging into the floor. Wish I had thought of the slippers. I went another way but it didn't work as well as your solution, so I have some glide marks that I have to cover with throw rugs! LOL! Thanks again, good job!

Jan 05, 2010
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Perfect!
by: Brian

Considering Barry's rig is virtually identical to the Jayco fifth wheel we're remodeling right now... this article was perfect timing!

His carpet was installed slightly different than mine... but otherwise... everything is a pretty much the same... his pictures and diagrams have given me a better perspective on a couple of things... an appreciated warning about the slide 'dragging' on the stationary floor... and a couple real good ideas to pursue... perfect! :-)

Thanks Barry! :-)

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