How to Replace a Floor in a Travel Trailer

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With the advent of easy flooring options such as stick tiles, you can replace the flooring in your travel trailer with very little fuss and expense. For this project, you will replace your existing vinyl, linoleum or carpet with easy-to-use vinyl tiles. When you're done, you will have a new, clean floor that can transform the look of your travel trailer.

Things You'll Need

  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Pry bar
  • Soap
  • Water bucket
  • Scrub brush
  • Putty knife
  • Mineral spirits
  • Rag
  • Floor putty
  • Measuring tape
  • Vinyl tiles
  • Remove the existing trim and flooring. Use a hammer and screwdriver or a pry bar to remove the trim from the edges of the flooring, then pull up the carpet or linoleum slowly and carefully so that no small bits are left behind. Remove any carpet tacks. If you want to reuse your trim, take care when removing it so you don't break the pieces.

  • Clear the area of any adhesive that may be left behind. Use a foamy soap and scrub brush to first clean the area -- to remove the easy-to-remove dirt and adhesive. Use a putty knife to scrape the remaining adhesive from the floor. If there are stubborn areas that will not come off, wipe the area with a rag soaked with some mineral spirits and try scraping again.

  • Fill in any gaps or holes in the subfloor with putty. Use your putty knife to spread and smooth the putty. Let it dry.

  • Measure your floor area, and purchase enough peel-and-stick tiles to cover the area. Generally, vinyl tiles are 12 x 12, so they'll cover 1 square foot each.

  • Arrange your tiles in the area where they will go, but don't remove the paper backing just yet. You want to get a feel for how the tiles will look before you lay them down.

  • Use a box cutter to cut the tiles to the proper size to fit in your space.

  • Remove the paper backing from the tiles one at a time and lay them down on your travel trailer subfloor.

  • Reinstall the trim over the new vinyl tiles.

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  • Photo Credit texture floor image by Oleg Verbitsky from Fotolia.com
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