How to Replace a Camper Floor

by Nicole Vulcan
Vinyl tile is easy to clean, and comes in a variety of styles.

Vinyl tile is easy to clean, and comes in a variety of styles.

When your camper floor gets worn or unsightly from many years of vacations, you can replace it almost the same way you would replace your kitchen floor. You'll need a few basic tools to do the job, and some patience for laying down a new set of vinyl tiles in a professional manner. With a bit of skill, you'll be able to replace all parts of a floor that is damaged due to moisture, breakage or other serious issues.

Pull the trim from the edges of the floor. To save some money, pull the trim off carefully for later use. Use the back of a hammer to gently pry the trim boards off the wall. When the trim is gone, remove the vinyl or carpet.

Check for damage to the plywood underneath the carpet or vinyl. Find any spots that are soft or stained black, as this might indicate water damage. If you have damage to the subfloor, it will need to be replaced, so map out the dimensions of a new plywood subfloor.

Use a crowbar to pull up the subfloor. Take note of the thickness of the plywood, so you can replace it with plywood that is equally thick.

Remove the subfloor frame boards, if they too are rotten, soft or otherwise damaged. Place 2-inch-by-2-inch boards in a frame on the floor and nail or screw into the camper's metal frame.

Measure and cut plywood for the new subfloor. Mark the locations of the subfloor frame boards on the camper wall with tape or a pencil, so you know where they're located as you install the plywood. Nail or drill the plywood to the frame boards.

Place self-stick vinyl or carpet tiles on the subfloor. Start in the middle of the room and work outward, for a professional look. Cut the end pieces to size using a box cutter, and put them tightly in place.

Re-install the trim you removed in the first step, placing it back in its original location if possible.

Items you will need

  • Hammer
  • Crowbar
  • Measuring tape
  • Plywood
  • 2-by-2-inch framing boards
  • Drill and screws
  • Vinyl or carpet tiles
  • Razor blade or box cutter
  • Nails

Tips

  • If your floorboards showed signs of water damage, look for the source and fix it, so you don't have the problem come up again in another few years, or even sooner.
  • If you don't need to replace the subfloor, be sure to scrape off any old glue or adhesive that held the old carpet or vinyl down before you put down new flooring.

About the Author

Nicole Vulcan has been a journalist since 1997, covering parenting and fitness for The Oregonian, careers for CareerAddict, and travel, gardening and fitness for Black Hills Woman and other publications. Vulcan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and journalism from the University of Minnesota. She's also a lifelong athlete and is pursuing certification as a personal trainer.

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