How to Install RV Carpet

What You'll Need
Tac strips
Pad glue
Carpet kicker

Installing RV carpet is a job that can completely change the look of any RV. While the job is going to require some hard work, it is not extremely complicated. Here are the basics of how to install carpet in your RV successfully.

Step 1--Remove the Old Carpet

The first thing that you are going to need to do is remove the old carpet and pad from the RV. In most cases, this is going to be one of the most difficult parts of the job. When carpet is initially installed in an RV, they actually install the carpet and then sit the walls of the RV down on top of the edge. This means that you are going to have to remove the staples and the carpet from the edge of the RV. Take your time to get all of the staples out of the side. Then, take all of the carpet and pad out of the RV. You may need to use a scraper in order to scrape the pad off of the floor where it is glued. 

Step 2--Install Tac Strips

The next thing that you will need to do is install new tac strips. You will need to use a hammer to nail the tac strips down into place. Make sure that you have tac strips around the entire edge of the area in which you are installing your carpet.

Step 3--Install the Pad

You will then need to install the carpet pad. In order to do this, you need to spread pad glue over the floor. Pad glue typically comes in a can or in a spray bottle. You do not need to cover the entire floor, but you need to make sure that there is enough to keep the pad in place. Then, unroll the pad and put it down into the pad glue. You will need to take your knife and cut the excess pad from around the edge of the room. Make sure that the tac strip is not covered up by the pad.

Step 4--Install the Carpet

At this point, you are ready to start installing the carpet. You will need to unroll the roll of carpet into the room. The carpet should be laying loose in the room. Press the edges of the carpet down into the corners and cut off the excess carpet with your utility knife. Do your best to make a straight cut so that there is no excess carpet on the edges. You will then need to attach the carpet to the tac strips. This part of the process can be difficult, but you want to make sure that it is attached soundly. Use your carpet kicker to grab the carpet and get it up over the edge of the tac strip. Do this all the way around the room and trim off the excess carpet as you go. Once you are done with this part, you should have a new carpet floor to walk on.