How to Replace Your RV Flooring

Your old RV flooring may have served you well in its prime, but it’s about time for an upgrade.

Unfortunately, you’re a bit lost on how exactly you should go about implementing the changes you have in mind for your RV; there’s just too much to think about.

Luckily for you, though, you don’t have to go it alone. We’ve heard your pleas for help, and we’re here with a few tips that will make replacing your flooring a tad bit simpler.

Choosing Your Flooring

Before you get to work, you’ll need to decide on what type of flooring you want to install.

While there are several options available to you (hardwood, tile, laminate, etc.), not all of them will be ideal for you and your RV.

In order to decide on your new flooring, you will want to weigh the pros and cons of choosing one material over another.

For example, if you choose laminate flooring instead of hardwood flooring, you’ll save money in the long run since laminate flooring is both cheaper and more durable than the latter.

Of course, there are also downsides to choosing laminate flooring, one of which is that it’s more difficult to repair than hardwood flooring.

In the end, the choice is yours, so make the choice you can live with.

Ditching Your Old RV Flooring

Now that you’ve chosen your flooring, you can start removing your old RV flooring.

This task shouldn’t be undertaken without first taking proper safety measures. You should pick up some heavy duty gloves and safety goggles since there might be a number of nails and staples underneath your flooring.

You should note that, depending on what your end goal is, you might have to consider unbolting some of the furniture in your RV. You should also mind any wiring that might be under your flooring.

Cutting Your Flooring

Cutting your new flooring can admittedly be a bit of a headache because the process requires that you understand your chosen flooring’s properties and that you gather meticulous measurements.

While taking a room’s measurements is probably no challenge for most people, understanding how a material’s contraction and expansion will affect your design plans is tricky for some.

This thermal expansion will no doubt determine how you cut (and install) your new flooring.

Installing Your Flooring

The installation process is probably one of the trickiest steps for many people because there is so much to think about during this step.

Fortunately, though, you likely won’t have to think about where you will begin installing your flooring; the general consensus is that you should start placing your flooring along the longest wall.

As mentioned in the previous section, however, you will need to take thermal contraction and expansion into consideration when laying your flooring, which means that you’ll need to leave some amount of space between each plank.

Perhaps needless to say, the amount of space you leave between each plank will be determined by your own research and the measurements that you take.

You’ll also have to think about drilling holes for wires (if you’ll need to run some wire underneath your flooring) and bolting down furniture.


Replacing your RV flooring is no small feat, and if you’re going to take on the challenge, you need to put some thought into the process.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the process, you should consider reaching out to a company that specializes in helping you select the best materials for your RV.

After all, not everyone is a handyman, and there is hardly anything wrong with asking for a little help.