Carpet in campers and 5th wheels are naaaaasty. I realize that manufactures want to give you a “home away from home” feel but when you’re talking about less than 400sq ft of space you’re going to be walking across the same flooring a lot. Plus with the idea that you’ll be going in and out of the camper quite a bit it makes no sense whatsoever to lay carpet down. But they did, and after our shake down trip I realized how gross it actually was and decided it needed to go.
One thing we decided to not do however was the slides. They were mostly covered with furniture and it would have complicated the remodel quite a bit.
Before/After (For those of you who don’t want the step by step guide)
We took some samples from HomeDepot and matched colors as well as gouged them pretty hard to see how durable the laminate would be. We decided on a maple shade at $1.46/sq ft.
Total for supplies – $266.85
Step 1 – Ripping up the carpet and the existing linoleum.
The carpet wasn’t hard, but where the linoleum was glued it was rather difficult to scrape up and took a couple hours. There were also about a thousand staples to be pulled up as well.
Step 2 – Underlayment
We laid down a light plastic underlayment and used an electric staple gun to secure it. Not because we’re worried about moisture but to help reduce sound and make sure everything was level. This may not have been necessary and we read some debate on other forums but there didn’t seem to be any negatives to adding it first and was low cost.
Step 3 – Laying Floor
First row of flooring we decided to nail down. This is a snap down floating floor and will expand and contract depending on temperatures. However, because a camper is under earthquake conditions we felt at least 1 side should be secure to prevent buckling from vibrations. We couldn’t find any specifics on this but seemed to make sense. We also stored the flooring in the trailer for at least 72 hours prior to installing to allow it to adjust to humidity levels.
Step 4 – Cutting
More pieces than not required cutting. Either to stagger the lengths, holes for the air filters, curves around the slides as well angles in the kitchen cabinets.
Step 5 – Stained pine trim.
We could have bought the laminate maple trim but it was several dollars more per ft. than to just stain our own quarter-round with some existing stain my Step-dad had around.
Step 6 – Cut & nail down Quarter Round including coping trim.
Step 7 – Sit back & enjoy a job well done!
Special thanks to my Step-dad Dean who did majority of the work.
Total Cost – $266.85
Total Time – 2 days