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    I am uphostering my van and am wondering what type of carpet to use. I want to add padding for heat and noise. But the last think I want is to sink in and not be able to maneuver. I was considering rubber flooring. But that may be too hot and sound like an echo chamber. Any experience with this?

    #2
    My previous minivan had carpet flooring, and over time due to wet/dirty tires, the carpet became stained and matted. There were worn areas that actually wore holes in it. My current van has a rubber floor. Very easy to clean, no wear.

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      #3
      That's what I was thinking at first. But my upholstery guy said it would get hot and you'd hear more road noise. I am leaning toward carpeting with padding and a rubber mat on top. That way it will have better heat and sound insulation and I won't sink in.

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        #4
        Check this https://www.lizardskin.com/

        and for the inside look at bed liner. I have some stuff that can be textured or smooth.

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          #5
          My 2010 Odyssey has Duraflor by Zenith Rubber. It looks brand new. It is not hot. I don't have anymore road noise with the rubber floor than I had with carpet in my last 3 vans. Last time I looked at aftermarket installation of Duraflor it was about $500-$600. http:///forum/showthread.php?204429-...Braun-Entervan

          No matter what floor surface you use, make sure your installer understands tie downs.

          Duraflor: http://www.zenithrubber.com/rubber-f...s/default.html

          Here is the look: https://www.mobilityworks.com/blog/r...ing-materials/

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            #6
            I used horse trailer mat. About half inch thick rubber and really cut the noise

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              #7
              Originally posted by gjnl View Post
              My 2010 Odyssey has Duraflor by Zenith Rubber. It looks brand new. It is not hot. I don't have anymore road noise with the rubber floor than I had with carpet in my last 3 vans. Last time I looked at aftermarket installation of Duraflor it was about $500-$600. https://www.carecure.net/forum/showt...Braun-Entervan

              No matter what floor surface you use, make sure your installer understands tie downs.

              Duraflor: http://www.zenithrubber.com/rubber-f...s/default.html

              Here is the look: https://www.mobilityworks.com/blog/r...ing-materials/
              I like the black marble. That's an awesome look. If it lasts longer and looks like new after 7 years that's even better. Is this stuff good only for flat surfaces or does it apply well to curved and irregular surfaces like over wheel wells, around the dog house, and around the foot pedals? Or would you need other material for those areas?

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                #8
                The DuraFlor contact info says they are in India. I don't see a local sales/support office. That's going to be important for my guy who's never installed this stuff before.

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                  #9
                  Found the USA office

                  http://www.zenithrubberusa.com/conta...ontact-us.aspx

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by baldfatdad View Post
                    Check this https://www.lizardskin.com/

                    and for the inside look at bed liner. I have some stuff that can be textured or smooth.
                    Have you applied this to your van? I can feel the heat entering the cabin from the engine around the dog house. Don't know how to prevent that.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by August West View Post
                      Have you applied this to your van? I can feel the heat entering the cabin from the engine around the dog house. Don't know how to prevent that.
                      I have an old Jeep, no insulation. I put the bed liner in and throw foam house insulation down to keep it from burning my feet. I have seen the lizard skin on hot rods at shows and other stick on liners to prevent heat from big V8's from roasting the drivers.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by August West View Post
                        That's what I was thinking at first. But my upholstery guy said it would get hot and you'd hear more road noise. I am leaning toward carpeting with padding and a rubber mat on top. That way it will have better heat and sound insulation and I won't sink in.
                        does the van have a lowered floor.

                        it would depend on what you put on the floor.

                        it most if not all cases rubber is much better.

                        jim
                        Jim, MA, MMET
                        Bridgewater, MA

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by gjnl View Post
                          My 2010 Odyssey has Duraflor by Zenith Rubber. It looks brand new. It is not hot. I don't have anymore road noise with the rubber floor than I had with carpet in my last 3 vans. Last time I looked at aftermarket installation of Duraflor it was about $500-$600. https://www.carecure.net/forum/showt...Braun-Entervan

                          No matter what floor surface you use, make sure your installer understands tie downs.

                          Duraflor: http://www.zenithrubber.com/rubber-f...s/default.html

                          Here is the look: https://www.mobilityworks.com/blog/r...ing-materials/

                          Its funny i'll aways remember when the VMI rep came in with a sample of the rubber and how proud he was of this cool new rubber they were installing in the vans.

                          He brought samples to leave with the dealers and went on about how its new stuff and they were the only ones using it.

                          I laughed when he gave it to me and asked why it was funny.

                          I told him its because we'd been installing the same stuff for more than 15 years.

                          He said no way its brand new stuff and no one else could get it.

                          We went into the parts dept and found a roll with quite a bit of dust on it (had probably been there for 10-15 years)

                          fwiwi: it does work well but we have a few people that have worn holes in it within just a few years.

                          Jim
                          Jim, MA, MMET
                          Bridgewater, MA

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by August West View Post
                            Have you applied this to your van? I can feel the heat entering the cabin from the engine around the dog house. Don't know how to prevent that.

                            if the guy working on your van doesn't know how to fix this, you have the wrong guy doing the work.

                            jim
                            Jim, MA, MMET
                            Bridgewater, MA

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                              #15
                              In both of my vans my mobility guy put down 3/8" plywood with out door carpeting on top. It worked very well. Wood is a great insulator.
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