New flooring can make a HUGE difference in how an RV looks and functions. Here’s how I installed vinyl plank in our camper with a pull out!
Here’s what I’ve done in the camper so far:
- removed window cornices, wallpaper borders and MORE than I originally planned
- updated the kitchen with peel & stick back splash and countertop
- painted all the walls, trim and kitchen cabinets
This week, I’ve removed all of the gross carpet and installed vinyl plank in the entire main area of the camper.
To get started, I ripped out all of the old carpet (yuck!) and all of the linoleum flooring that I could. Most of it was stuck onto the sub floor really well, so I just left that and floored over top.
Vinyl plank is a great choice for RV flooring because it’s easy to install and easy to clean. The flooring I chose for our RV is Kairos Duraplank in Sea Salt from Costco.
Watch my YouTube video to see how I installed the vinyl plank in our camper:
Here’s how I installed the vinyl plank in our RV:
- clean the floor section-by-section with a degreasing cleaner (I used Krud Kutter)
- dry fit one piece of the vinyl plank to make sure the pattern works in the location
- apply glue to the back of the plank (I used PL construction glue)
- press the vinyl plank firmly in place and step on it to secure it
- continue laying the flooring in this manner
- to cut the flooring, use a utility knife to score it, and then gently snap it apart
- make sure to stagger the flooring to create a pleasing look
Here’s how I installed the vinyl plank on the pull out section of our camper:
- overlap the vinyl plank about 1″ off the edge of the pull-out
- floor the rest of the pull out from front to back
- find this reducer trim that miraculously matches the vinyl plank
- apply PL construction glue to the trim, and press it down onto the edge of the pull out
This gave the pull out edge a nice, finished look and covered the plastic edging beneath. The above is how the pull out looks as it’s being retracted.
Here’s how the sides of the pull out look:
I need to put some wood filler in the little hole by the trim, but otherwise I’m very pleased with how this looks! It functions perfectly, too.
To finish off the floor, I added some quarter round trim all the way around the base of the walls and cabinets, mitering it in the corners. I nailed it all down with my finishing nailer except for this top right corner where I’m considering building a built-in dining bench.
I love how the kitchen area looks finished off with the quarter round trim and new flooring!
I’ll also have to create some sort of finished box to hide the electrical in the pull out, and do a DIY treatment to the lights to give them an update.
Up next? A fun makeover for this entertainment unit:
Tell me: What do you think of this new vinyl plank flooring?