Replacing Carpeted Slides with Vinyl

Due to the fear of mold and knowing all the facts about carpet, we decided to replace the carpet in our RV with vinyl.  The carpet was only on the slide outs, but even with such a small area of carpet and frequent vacuuming, we knew we had a ton of dust under there!  Carpets are nothing but dust traps.  After a week, they don’t even look nice.  So they had to GO!

This was surprisingly a simple project.  Time consuming, but simple.  And well worth the effort!

And I must add that I’m getting better at doing videos!  We did two rooms; the bunkhouse and the living/dining area.  This first video is on the bunkhouse.  The second slide was the living/dining area and it went much more smoothly.  I do, however, need to edit the video

Things you’ll need

  • Vinyl floor.  This is obvious and the choices are plenty!  We went with a snap in place wood pattern vinyl that matched our current floor.   But your local home store will have peel and stick, paper thin or thick, and snap in place.  Wood patterns, brick patterns, tile patterns galore!
  • A tape measure, sharpie, masking tape, straight edge and box knife
  • A hack saw and miter box with clamps
  • A tool such as pliers to remove staples
  • Metal stair flashing and screws

How To:

  1. Remove items on top of carpet
  2. Pull out carpet
  3. Remove staples.  There will be a LOT.  Make sure to get them all.
  4. Gently wipe off plywood to get off dust and to make sure all staples are up
  5. Place down first piece of vinyl
  6. Put down second piece.  Measure if you are at the end of your row.
  7. Measure how much you need, making sure to measure the correct end!  If you cut the wrong end, it will not snap in place.
  8. Flip vinyl piece over and use masking tape and straight edge to draw line with sharpie.
  9. Cut with box knife
  10. Keep doing this pattern and stagger your pieces if you want a more professional look
  11. Our slide bowed down on the edge.  To get vinyl to fix over this end, you can lay it in the sun and it becomes more pliable.
  12. Lastly, measure metal flashing/edging.  You’ll need the miter box and hack saw to properly cut the corners.
  13. Secure edging with screws
  14. ENJOY!

Here’s the video!


Author: Nikki Sharp

Hello! We are a Christ following, homeschooling, fulltimev RVing family of 5. We escaped the horrors of a moldy home and are making a fresh start!

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