October '20

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18 • RV PRO • October 2020 rv-pro.com W hen it comes to a new RV model upgrade, its common to think of updates related creature comforts, exterior and interior styling enhancements and new floor- plans – the cosmetics of the thing. When it comes to the "bones" of that unit, the excitement is typically less pronounced. Still, there's a new idea for a truly basic part of any RV – the floor – that's making an early showing in the marketplace and which will likely have designers and man- ufacturers thinking some new thoughts in the months and years to come. While that space above the chas- sis-and-insulation and below the carpet or LVT (luxury vinyl tile) has traditionally been reserved for a wood overlay, com- posite materials are the new next thing. And those who use or sell them say they offer some distinct advantages to Mother Nature's finest. A Product for Innovators For supplier Polser International, fiber- glass-reinforced plastic products (FRP) and composite fiber-reinforced plastic materials are a way of life. For Airstream, the desire was to get the last bits of wood out of the company's iconic silver bullet aluminum trailers. Regardless of where they're coming from, both companies believe compos- ites are an excellent option for the middle Composite FRP flooring – in place of plywood – may just be the new big thing in product improvement in the towables segment. By K. Schipper Floored! Floored! Pictured above and at right are tiles made by Polser. The photo showing multiple tiles are lightweight natural stone that come with an antimicrobial clear coat that can be used as flooring for RVs. The second photo shows lightweight seamless flooring material that is specifically for lightweight towables with laminated flooring. RV O E F O C U S POLSER USA PHOTOS BY STEVE TOEPP/ MIDWEST PHOTOGRAPHICS // AIRSTREAM PHOTOS COURTESY OF AIRSTREAM

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