RV Makeover: The Front Cab Floor
Revealing The Belly of The Beast
Once the driver & passenger seats were removed & on their way to their own makeover, we carefully took out the front cab carpet carefully using a carpet cutter to trim the edges neat & tidy & carefully. We also carefully removed the carpet piece from the little hump in the middle.
Why so carefully, you ask?
Because friends, these pieces are near-perfect patterns to follow when you are cutting your new piece of carpet to fit in the front cab! You do not want to ruin this time-saver or make it difficult to trace, so again, be careful.
Next, we unlatched the center plastic cover & removed it to reveal the belly of the beast. We also removed the plastic step in pieces inside the driver & passenger side doors.
Of course, I went to work right away wiping down & disinfecting!
Finding & Cutting the Right Carpet
Some things to think about when selecting a replacement carpet for your RV front cab are:
- size – you don’t want to be piecing a bunch of smaller pieces together, so look for an option that will give you one solid piece
- color – depending on your decor (or dog hair)
- durability – to match your activity level
We chose TrafficMASTER indoor/outdoor carpet off the roll from Home Depot for a few reasons:
- the roll was 12 foot wide, making it big enough to fit our pattern
- the stone beige color looked the closest to dirt, which we figured the cab would be covered in once we started hiking
- the price was reasonable, and we could take it home that day from the store
Once we got the carpet home, I traced the old piece – holes & curves & all – onto the new piece.
Did I do that?
ARRRRGGGHHHH! I put the back of each piece together & traced…and messed it up the first time! Thankfully, there was enough carpet from the roll for me to try again!
Making It Stick
During this project, I learned to appreciate LocTite Spray Adhesive. I also appreciated the help (& supervision) of my super-mechanically-gifted brother-in-law!
It never hurts to have people more talented than you around!
He & Russ did a quick spray of the floor, lightly coated the back of the carpet, and then carefully placed it down, pushing to make sure all the adhesive was sticking.
There was a little trimming & fitting around the holes & edges, but overall, it was a solid fit.
That adhesive is some serious stuff, so make sure the area you are using it in is well ventilated & don’t get it on anything you don’t want to stick things to!
We also sprayed & carpeted the small center hump.
The RV Front Cab Finale!
Once we reattached the newly-acquired & covered driver & passenger seats, the RV front cab makeover was complete!
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