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