Ripping up and Relaying the Floor

Ripping up the old floor was a dirty job. I suggest preparing by first protecting your lungs and eyes. The laminate came up pretty easily but it seemed every centimeter of the carpet was stapled down to the floor boards. Having the right tools make the job a much smoother process.

Tools needed:

  • Painter’s Mask & Goggles
  • Needle nose plyers
  • Fence Plyers
  • Box Cutter
  • Spackle Knife
  • Screwdriver
  • Adhesive Remover
  • Gloves
  • A paint brush you will only use once


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Relaying the new floor required expertise that I did not have. I’m sure I could have gotten it done but I probably would have wasted a lot of floor boards trying to get the cuts just right. I choose to go with Luxury Vinyl Planks that I purchased from Home Depot. They’re the Traffic Master Allure Ultra in Aspen Grey. They’re decently thick and they click and lock into place. They’re designed to be a floating floor but due to the movement of the camper and the fact that I have floor panels for basement access, I decided to glue down the planks. Note that this DOES void my warranty. But it’s a risk I am willing to take. I choose to go with Vinyl for several reasons. It is durable and waterproof and resistant to shrinking and expanding as the climate changes. I decided to lay the floor planks width-wise since the camper floor is so narrow. It will give the illusion of being wider than it actually is.

Tools needed:

  • Table saw
  • Box Cutter