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Tips For Updating Your RV Flooring 1271

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 magnificent newly remodeled look. The job of removing and replacing carpeting or other flooring can often be a do-it-yourself job.

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.

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?


  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.

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