How To Update The Floors In Your RV

Most campers or used rvs for sale have vinyl flooring. Vinyl is lightweight and durable, which makes it perfect for a camper. If you have an older camper, your vinyl flooring may be a little outdated. It may even be stained or cracked. Replacing your old vinyl flooring can be done fairly easily, but it will take a little bit of time. See below for instructions on how to replace your old camper flooring to give it a more modern look.

Here's What You'll Need:

  • New vinyl flooring (amount depends on the square footage of your camper)
  • Vacuum
  • Handheld sander
  • Vinegar 
  • Dish soap
  • Utility knife or scissors


You do not need to remove your old flooring if it was still in good shape. If it was cracked or had pieces broken off, the flooring should be removed down to the plywood sub-floor below. You can remove the flooring by using a scraper. If you have pieces that are harder to remove, you can carefully heat the vinyl flooring using a small propane torch. Be sure to do this very carefully, and do not leave the torch on the vinyl floors for too long. Once the old vinyl is removed, you can apply the new flooring.

Instructions on how to apply new vinyl on top of your old vinyl are listed below.

  1. Vacuum the floors to get rid of any extra dirt and debris.
  2. Use the handheld sander to sand the excess shine off of your vinyl floors. This will help the new vinyl glue bond to the old floors.
  3. Vacuum again to remove the dust caused by the sanding.
  4. Clean your floors using a mixture of 2 cups warm water, 1 cup vinegar and 1 tsp. of dish soap. Be sure your floors are completely dry before moving on.
  5. If you have sheet vinyl, you'll need to measure the floor and create a drawing of the floor plan. If you are using plank vinyl pieces or 1 foot squares, begin in the center of your camper and work your way out to the edges.
  6. Cut your vinyl using either sharp scissors or a utility knife. 
  7. Remove the backing from the vinyl flooring and press firmly into place. 

Vinyl flooring comes in a variety of styles and colors. You can choose from wooden styles, stone styles, and even travertine styles. No matter the style you choose, your new flooring will look great in your camper and will give it a more modern look.