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Teal, teal, teal!
That was all we saw when we walked into our 1997 Ford Four Winds RV, Axl Roads.
Right after we tossed the curtains, cushions, armchair and mattress, we knew the carpet would be the next casualty of our remodel.
Are you thinking about removing your RV carpet, too?
For people who like to hike in the mud, snack on chips, or travel with shedding pets, RV carpet isn’t the best option! It:
- Holds a scent, just like the curtains and cushions
- Memorializes stains no matter how hard those stain lifters try
- Gets discolored from the sun (especially this one, since it’s circa 1997)
- Lets crumbs, sand and tiny rocks get buried in its depths- and you can’t ever give it a good shake
- Gets wear marks and paths worn into it
RV Flooring Considerations
- What texture should it have? Too smooth could be slippy (picture dog pinball) and too textured could be mildly uncomfortable.
- What sticking power did it need? How would it adhere? Some brands stick completely to the floor, others only on the edges, and some just float.
- What color or pattern would look best?
- Were there a lot of edges to navigate & cut out? That determines whether the edges should run length- or width-wise- or totally crazy, lay diagonally.
Before we finally decided, we gave the floor some time to air out- plus we had a chance to look at the area minus the carpeting.
It’s not every day you get to see a naked RV floor!
RV Carpet Removal
We were thrilled to find nothing under our RV carpet- thankfully there were no holes, rot, or other damage to worry about. But we were surprised to find how incredibly thorough the person who had riveted in the edges of the carpet had been!
Removing tiny bits and strands of carpet from the riveted edges was time consuming, but worth it to see that big, empty, teal-less floor!
RV Flooring Installation
After weighing our options, we decided to go with Allure flooring from Home Depot.
Once we let the exposed sub-floor dry out a few days, we started laying/sticking the planks by the side entry door and worked our way over and back.
The Allure plank flooring has sticky squared-off edges on two sides that stick to each other, but not to the sub-floor. You can squish them together pretty closely by setting them down on a 45-degree angle to the sticky part, edge-to-edge, then laying them down very carefully.
We had to make some precise cuts around the edges, but it still only took us about three hours to finish flooring the entire RV.
We loved the way the floor looked, and I wish I didn’t have to share this next part…
MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACKING (or what we should have done)
Unfortunately, when the temps go up, our planks get wider, and when the temps go down, they get smaller.
Not hugely, but UGH.
Little gaps appear between the planks, which causes tiny particles of fur, dust, dirt, potato chips, cookie crumbs, and more to get stuck in the seams.
Again, not a lot, but UGH.
If we could do it all over again, we would take really good measurements and buy sheet vinyl flooring right off the giant roll at Home Depot, so it could be laid all as one piece with zero seams.
There are some very snazzy options on those giant rolls, including this fancy pattern:
How Did Your RV Carpet Removal Go?
Do you have RV carpet removal or flooring installation story to tell or advice to give? Please share it below!