Four Common Issues When Replacing RV Flooring

Are you thinking about engaging in some motor home repair and renovations? Flooring is one of the fastest and easiest ways to change the appearance of your RV — but it's not as easy as it might seem. There are a few mistakes that you don't want to make when you're replacing your RV flooring.

1. Failing to Remove the Old Flooring

In homes, you can often install a new flooring right on top of an old flooring. In fact, there are even some times when it's preferable. But with an RV, you should always pull out the old flooring before you install the new flooring. That is because of the next issue — weight. And apart from weight, the new flooring may be unstable or uncomfortable when situated over old flooring.

2. Not Calculating the Weight 

The weight of your RV flooring is very important. RVs that are heavier will require more energy to move and will require RV repair more often. In order to make sure you aren't increasing the weight of your RV, you should weigh the old flooring as you remove it and compare it to the weight of your new flooring. Generally, a weight difference of under a hundred pounds shouldn't make a significant difference.

3. Forgetting About Humidity

When it comes to RV flooring, the flooring itself will be exposed to many temperature and humidity fluctuations. Because of this, most materials that will expand and contract — like natural materials such as wood and cork — shouldn't be used when you're replacing your RV flooring. Most artificial types of flooring, such as linoleum, will not buckle or warp even with changes in humidity.

4. Not Thinking About Movement

Don't forget that you may have to move around in your RV while the RV itself moves! Because of this, flooring options that are a little padded and a little textured are usually preferred — such as linoleum tiles or luxury vinyl planks. If you install something that has a smooth, glossy service, you're more likely to experience issues when trying to perform tasks while the RV is in motion.

Most RV users will use linoleum, vinyl plank, or carpet within their RV. All of these options are easy enough to install — and they will last a long time. Though wood, tile, and stone can all theoretically be used in an RV, they are usually prohibitively expensive and difficult to maintain.

For more information, contact local professionals like Auto-Truck Services Inc.