Like a brick-and-mortar home, replacing the flooring in your motorhome or travel trailer can provide the space with an instant update and a whole new feeling. Instantly modernize your old RV with a magnificent, newly remodeled look.
Removing and replacing carpeting or another flooring option can be a do-it-yourself job, so don’t shy away from the project if it sounds intimidating at first. If you can’t figure out where to start, Camping World Design Centers can help. Our design specialists are standing by to help you find and install new RV flooring and make other RV interior upgrades.
Tips for Updating RV Flooring
Although there are professionals who specialize in installing after-market RV flooring, like the service technicians at your local Camping World, some jobs are small enough—and easy enough— for RVers to attempt on their own. There are multiple videos out there that walk you through the installation process and high-quality products needed to update your RV.
Speak to an RV Design Expert
However, before you start removing old RV flooring, you’ll need a plan for what to put down in its place. That’s where speaking to a design specialist at a Camping World Design Center comes in handy. Explore your RV flooring options with a specialist today.
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 travel trailer or motorhome to cut the old carpet and make it easier to pull out. If you do this well enough, the piece you cut out can be used as a template when cutting the new flooring.
It’s best to consult a flooring or home improvement expert on the best way to install and keep a new carpet down. Although, some RVers say anchoring it by placing furniture on top of it is a good option as it allows the carpet to be periodically removed and cleaned.
Choose the Right Type of Flooring for Your RV
If you’re looking for new rugs, 100% nylon-constructed rugs are best for RV use. Make sure to check the “remnants” section of your local carpeting store for the best deals. Since you probably won’t need to purchase a significant amount to cover the space desired. On occasion, you can snag a pretty decent deal simply by asking.
When considering new floor options, remember the importance of not adding too much weight to the floor of your RV. For example, try a laminate product instead to get the look of hardwood flooring without the additional weight.
Laminate flooring and stick tiles are also good RV options. They’re easy to clean and maintain; they’re just not as comfortable or warm as some of the other options available. As far as those options go, it’s always best to weigh the pros and cons of each RV flooring type before deciding.
Popular Flooring Options for Your RV
When it comes to choosing your new flooring material, a few options tend to be the most popular among RV enthusiasts both for their appearance and their longevity.
- Carpet. It’s one of the most classic and accessible flooring options for RVers. Often used in slide-outs and bedrooms, carpet can instantly make a space feel cozy and inviting.
- Laminate. It’s the perfect marriage of vinyl flooring and hardwood flooring in that you get the look and feel of hardwood but the benefits of vinyl. It’s easy to install and offers good scratch-resistant properties.
- Vinyl. It’s easily the most popular choice for the RV lifestyle because of its superb water-resistant qualities. It’s the easiest to maintain and keep clean, allowing it to look newer for longer.
A Few 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 interior. Include furniture, walls, appliances, etc. This drawing will give you a visual of the best place to start your installation and highlight any potential problem areas so you’re aware of them before you begin.
- Clear furniture and start removing the current floor. You will probably have to use a flathead screwdriver to get the flooring up. Note that most factory-installed flooring runs underneath the cabinets. Most, if not all, renovations (especially the DIY kind) choose to leave the cabinets in place and, consequently, the flooring underneath them as well.
- Clean and level the floors as thoroughly as possible. You want your subfloor as smooth as possible before beginning the installation of your new flooring.
- Install and secure new RV flooring. Depending upon which flooring material is chosen, you’ll need adhesive and a few tools to ensure a smooth installation. It’s worth it to take extra care and spend quality time installing the first piece of flooring as it will serve as the guide for the subsequent pieces. Remember to measure at least twice before making any cuts.
- Let it settle. After successfully installing the floors, wait a day or two before reloading the furniture into your RV. Doing so will allow the floor to settle and any imperfections to reveal themselves. Then you can address them, if necessary, without having to move the furniture around several times.
Note: It’s always wise to wear protective eye gear when working with tools. It is also recommended to wear a mask due to the possibility of mold. Safety first, always.
Like an old boat, if the floor is damp or has mildew or mold, you will need to replace that section of the floor first before installing the new flooring. While you are doing that, check for any other damp or wet spots that may need attention. Addressing them all at once can save you time, money, and a headache further down the road. It is recommended to use plywood you would use for a boat.
Installing new flooring in your RV can be a challenging task, but with patience and a little hard work, you can replace your outdated floors and be back on the road looking and feeling brand new in record time. It’s worth warning you that one upgrade can easily lead to another.
With your shiny, new floors, don’t be surprised if you want to update furnishings throughout the rest of your RV. Take it one project at a time. Your RV is designed to get you from destination to destination, and you should be enjoying every step of the journey along the way.
Updating your RV flooring can dramatically change the way you feel every time you step into your RV. For the best resources, advice, and installation help, visit the Camping World Design Center near you today!
Have you updated the flooring in your RV? Do you have any other tips for a successful demo or installation? We would love to hear about your experience. Leave a comment below!