Tips For Updating Your RV Flooring 5205

Like in a brick-and-mortar home, replacing the flooring in your RV can provide the space with an instant update. You can instantly modernize your old RV with a magnificent newly remodeled look. The job of removing and replacing carpeting or another flooring option can often be a do-it-yourself job.

You Can Do It Yourself

Although there are professionals who specialize in after-market RV flooring, some jobs are small enough—and easy enough— for RVers to attempt on their own. There are multiple videos you can find on the Internet about RV flooring installation by searching YouTube.

Vehicles without slide-outs are best for do-it-yourselfers. We suggest using a special carpet-cutting tool to go along the perimeter of the RV or motorhome and cut the old carpet out. If you do this well, the piece you cut out can be used as a template for cutting the new flooring.

It’s best to consult a flooring or home improvement expert on the best way to keep a new carpet down, although some RVers say anchoring it only by placing furniture on top of it is a good option to allow for the carpet to be periodically removed and cleaned.

100 percent nylon rugs are best for RV use. Make sure to check the “remnants” section of your local carpeting store for good deals, since you probably won’t need too much to get the job done. Sometimes you can snag a pretty decent deal just by asking.

Laminate flooring and tile are also good RV options. They’re easy to clean, just not as comfortable or warm.

Some Tips for DIYers

These are a few tips on updating and replacing your RV flooring:

  1. Sketch out your RV and make a diagram of the inside furniture, walls, etc.
  2. Clear furniture and start removing the current floor. You will probably have to use a flathead screwdriver to get the flooring up.
  3. Slowly, get the new floor panels and countersink all screw holes.
  4. Replace the furniture.

Like an old boat, if the floor is damp or has mildew or mold, then you will need to replace that section of the floor. While you are doing that, check for any other damp or wet spots. It is recommended to use plywood you would use for a boat.

Note: Wear protective eye gear when working with tools. It is also recommended to use a mask due to the possibility of mold. 


Do you have any other tips for updating the flooring in your RV? Leave a comment below!

15 Comments

  1. We have a 2006 Wilderness TT which we purchased new. It is now 12 years old. It has been sitting at a local RV repair shop throughout December and January getting a small leak taken care of and a couple of other small things done, as we are planning on selling it in the spring to upgrade. However, the service manager just called me to advise they went out to make sure the leak had been taken care of when they found the vinyl flooring had “blown up”. I was not far away and stopped by. Sure enough there were long cracks in the flooring that seemed to be originating from around the floor vents. The manager said he has had this happen before to TT they had on their lot for sale and it was due to extreme cold temps, quality of the flooring, and poor installation techniques. He said ours was the worst he has seen though. My wife thinks the repair shop should be responsible, but I do not. I think it would have cracked regardless if it was sitting outside on the repair shop’s lot, or if it was inside the unheated pole barn we store it in. Any comments, suggestions/advice on replacing, to keep this from happening again would be appreciated.

    1. Our camper sets out all winter and one day I went out there and the vinyl had a split in it four foot long, starting at the vent. It was a pretty cold snap when it happened.

  2. What is the best type of flooring to use on a 31′ Keystone Travel Trailer. With Slide-out. I have all aluminum frame and have replaced all of the plywood. Should I use stick-on vinyl squares, stick-on wood looking laminate/vinyl, wood looking laminate/vinyl that needs to be glued, wood looking laminate/vinyl that floats. Also any other flooring that you can suggest other than carpet.

  3. We have floating Allure vinyl planks in our unseated sunroom. Had it put down 5 years ago, looks as good as the day it was installed. Has been through freezing winters and hot, humid summers. I know this is not an RV, however the weather conditions are the same. I think the key is to install exactly per instructions, leaving expansion space around perimeter. When we purchased this, they recommended this product for unheated areas. Then the recommendation changed to interior below grade. Must be people put it outside? Regardless, it is, although pricey, beautiful , easy to clean, water proof (pool+grandkids= wet towels and swimsuits on floor)hides dust and dirt.

  4. Our Keystone 29 foot Springdale had similar vinyl cracks one day after a cold spell. We cut out the vinyl, leaving the simulated trim alone. I was afraid the trim would break because it was so cheap. We did have quite a few staples to pull at various spots. Be sure to get all the staples and thoroughly wash the floor, I did it twice, before laying the carpet. Then I placed peel and stick carpet on the floor. The carpet did not affect the slide out movement in or out at all. What a different the carpet made! Felt nice and warm on the feet. Glad I did it.

  5. We have a 32 ft Fleetwood southwind 2006 we want to replace the carpet with some other kind of flooring any suggestions thank you

    1. Hi Donna,

      It really depends on what you want. If you want to replace your old carpet with new, you have all kinds of options. If you’re looking for something easy to clean and install, many people have found laminate or vinyl flooring options to work well. There are a wide variety of options available.

  6. I am looking at the peel and stick vinyl laminate squares for at least the bathroom area. I know I will need to put down a thin smooth plywood first but my concern is will the adhesive backing hold during the temperature changes of extreme hot and cold? I like the durability and feel of the higher quality peel and stick types over the sheet vinyl. What are your thoughts?

    1. A high-quality peel and stick vinyl flooring should be up to the challenge. It will likely depend on the product itself. I’d go around to different flooring sites and read the reviews. Focus on products that only have the highest customer review and look for any mention of the adhesive. From what I’ve seen on the web and heard from others, TrafficMASTER makes some quality flooring solutions, though I have not used that specific brand.

    2. Not sure if you’ve done it yet, I’d suggest for the sub floor to put down in this case would be luan. It will be thin enough to not add a bunch of weight, and will give you a nice flat surface to attach the tiles to. Plywood, I think, would be too course for the tiles to get a good surface attachment. Luan is used in most vinyl flooring jobs.

    1. I just replaced mine last year in the slide. I pulled all the furniture and laid a tight burber down. Put everything back, and it looks great! Good luck.

  7. We just took our travel trailer out of storage and found that the vinyl flooring had cracked and split. Our trailer is 4 years old. We are assuming it happened due to the extreme cold temperatures we had this past winter. Looking for some advice on what type of flooring would be best. We were thinking vinyl plank flooring but am worried that the same thing will happen. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.

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