We have lived in our RV for over three years. And now I am going to tackle the most annoying thing in the RV? Can you guess what it is? It is a design decision made throughout the industry and you find it in the low end and higher end RV’s.
This “annoyance” requires frequent maintenance, is hard to clean and needs to be replaced periodically. You go to great lengths to try and protect it, but in the end, you fail and it must be replaced.
the answer is the damn carpeting used in the slides of most Motorhomes.
Yep, right there under the table, the bane of all Motorhomes…. we have a nice tile floor, but this is the industry standard to cover the floor of the slide that rides on top of the tile when the RV Is closed up.
More carpet under the couch/recliner area. And to top it off, right in the front of the kitchen and refrigerator, surly located to catch spills and everything that tumbled out of the refrigerator after a stint on the road.
So we did put some clear carpet protectors on it, looked tacky but helped keep it somewhat clean. As we all know no carpet is immune to stains….
So our solution is to replace it with thin vinyl flooring that locks together.
I did glue it down to the slide covering including the black plastic front part. It seemed to work out fine, the key is it is pretty thin so it can flex and fit the slide that is not perfectly flat.
With this part coming out so good, it was time to tackle in front of the kitchen with all these cutouts…
I used a cutting knife and plenty of sharp blades to cut out the carpet from the end of the cabinets. I used poster board to make a template and slowly cut the vinyl to fit…
Very happy with the result, just had to go slow and keep test fitting as I went.