How to Carpet a Motorhome

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Carpet in your motorhome helps insulate it and make your trips more comfortable. Correctly installed carpet offers sure footing and a tight fit. Make your cross-country trips more comfortable by correctly installing your carpet. After all, you can't call your RV a home away from home if it doesn't have carpet.

Things You'll Need

  • Staple gun
  • Floor trim
  • Carpenter's razor
  • Kraft paper
  • Black marker
  • Floor glue
  • Glue gun

Template

  • Press the kraft paper onto the floor's entire surface, allowing the edges to bend upward in the corners and along the edges of the walls.

  • Draw a line on the kraft paper, following the entire edge of the floor. By marking a line along the edge of the floor and along the the bottom edge of the wall, you will create a "stencil" that will help you shape the carpet.

  • Tear the kraft paper as necessary to fit around seat support beams.

  • Place the kraft paper onto your section of carpet.

  • Cut the carpet in the shape of the stencil using the carpenter's knife and the metal ruler for long, straight sections. Make sure to cut approximately 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch outside of the black marker line.

  • Cut slots in the carpet as indicated by the torn kraft paper to accommodate seat support columns.

Laying the Carpet

  • Press the carpet into place.

  • Staple one edge of the carpet into place using the staple gun, making sure to position the staples approximately 8 to 10 inches apart.

  • Lay strips of carpet glue along the entire length of the carpet approximately 4 inches apart using the glue gun and carpet glue.

  • Press the carpet against the glue, pressing the entire surface against the floor.

  • Wipe the carpet with your hands to get rid of any air pockets or wrinkles.

Finish

  • Staple the carpet into place using the staple gun, making sure to allow any excess carpet to bend upward along the wall.

  • Cut the excess carpet using the carpenter's razor.

  • Staple the floor trim into place using the staple gun.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not use a carpet stretcher. When installing carpet in your home, you must stretch the carpet, so it fits tightly into place. For a smaller motorhome floor surface, a stretcher will often jerk free of the pull strip. Also, when your motorhome shifts as you drive, it will pull a tight carpet loose.
  • Some people install plywood over the motorhome's original flooring, but this can cause problems with cabinets that have have small overlaps at the bottom. Properly cut carpet connected with carpet glue and staples will hold securely for years.

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