Here we have a fully functioning travel trailer from the early 90s, but a bit out of date. It was time for a trailer remodel. Now, with a completely new flooring and some paint, no one would know this trailer is actually from 1992.
The trailer makeover was a labor of love by Mallory and Savannah, who blog at Classy Clutter. Savannah shows us how they installed the peel-and-stick vinyl tiles.
Trailer Remodel: New Vinyl Flooring
Here are a few of the before pictures of the inside of the travel trailer. It’s a 1992 Fleetwood Terry 24-ft. model. Everything was completely functional, but it needed a major face lift.
I knew the bed and the old bedding needed to go. I also needed to replace all of the window coverings and the wood throughout the entire space needed to be painted. Paint gives an instant update.
The carpet was very worn, stained and outdated. Also, carpet isn’t as easy to clean as a smooth surface.
I wanted the flooring to be the same throughout the whole the trailer. Although having carpet inside of a trailer is nice since it feels warmer and more cozy but with the amount of dirt and mud that my kids were going to track in during our camping trips, I definitely wanted something as easy as possible to clean. We decided to go with inexpensive, peel-and-stick vinyl tile for a budget-friendly, easy option.
The Vinyl Floor Installation
- Quik-Cut Vinyl Tile VCT Cutter
- Trimming Shears
- Sharpie Marker
- Framing Square
- Tape Measure
- Scrub Brush
- Light Gray Peel-and-Stick Tile
- Dark Gray Peel-and-Stick Tile
Step 1: Cleaning
First, we removed the old carpet and we discovered this awful dust. The trailer was very well kept overall, but the dust that had accumulated over time was pretty bad.
It is very important to get all the dust and the debris off of the flooring. If it isn’t perfectly clean, the new tile will not stick properly. To clean up the dust we used a Shop-Vac, and we were able to get most of the dust removed with it. (You can rent a wet/dry vacuum from The Home Depot.) Then, we used a putty knife to remove any leftover residue from the old carpet off the ground. We used the vacuum one more time to make sure it was completely clean.
Step 2: Preparing the floor for the new tile
To prepare for the flooring, we used acetone and a scrub brush to clean the old vinyl flooring. This part is very important. You don’t want anything that may prevent the new flooring from sticking.
The acetone will help remove any residue for the old flooring and give you a smooth surface for the new tile. We scrubbed the floor with the scrub brush then used a micro fiber cloth to wipe it down. Let the floor dry thoroughly.
Step 3: Choosing the Tile Placement
After we got all the old vinyl cleaned up, we started to lay out the tile to see how we wanted to pattern to go.
I wanted to do some kind of pattern to make the flooring look distinctive. We choose to do a herringbone pattern because it has straight lines, which would be easy to create with the tile we chose. The pattern is also trendy, but classic.
The tile that we choose to use is so easy to install. It is as simple as peeling and sticking the tile over the top of the old flooring. The hardest part is definitely the prep work and deciding on the pattern.
Step 4: Installing the new tile
When we started to lay the tile we started in the top left corner of the trailer and worked our way down. At first, we planned on just cutting all the tile and just laying it all out then sticking it all down at the same time, but that was a mistake. When you actually stick the tile down we found that the cuts were changing so whatever we had cut was not matching up as well as it should.
We laid the full pieces of tile first then went back and did all the corners and the edges. When you are laying the tile, don’t peel off the backing until you know that the tile will fit. We made that mistake at first, and we wasted a few pieces of tile. Oops!
What was so good about the 12 x 24-in. tiles is that they cover a lot floor space without having to do a ton of the cutting. The cutting was surprisingly simple. Most the cutting was done with the VCT tile cutter but we did use trimming shears for some of the edge pieces.
When you are laying the tile press firmly down and make sure the edges meet up. It was a bit time consuming to get all the cuts right but it was pretty easy to do and got easier as we went.
The Finished Floor in the Trailer Remodel
I love how the flooring turned out. It hides dirt really well and I love that the pattern is fun but not too crazy. My family has loved it and we have received so many compliments on this easy project! I highly recommend using it for small spaces, especially bathrooms, pantries and laundry rooms. I’d love if you’d stop by and check out the full trailer remodel reveal on our blog, Classy Clutter.
Mallory and Savannah are the brains behind Classy Clutter. Mallory and Savannah both grew up in Mesa, Arizona and come from big families. They have known each other since high school and their husbands are really good friends, too. Mallory and Savannah now have seven kids between the two of them. They love all things DIY and creating beautiful things.