Bye Bye Carpet, Bye Bye

What’s a traveler to do when stuck at home with no place to go? Jon’s been busy tackling maintenance and renovations on the fifth wheel with dreams of hitting the road again. I’ll let Jon take over from here to tell you about his chore.

Since we are not able to travel right now (due to the pandemic) I decided to finally get rid of the carpet in the Cougar.  The carpet the manufacturer installed looked like it was ten years old after only a few weeks of use, and it was one thing we always hated about the fifth wheel.

The carpeting worked like a magnet, attracting every crumb, piece of sand, pebbles from our shoes, and even Linda’s hair.

Living area before demo

Here’s the area at the foot of the bed, which was so flattened down the vacuum would no longer perk up the carpet strands.

Bedroom before demo

Thirty-seven screws held the dinette in place. Oh, joy.

Dinette partial demo

We wanted to match the existing vinyl flooring as close as possible and this SmartCore Coweta Oak, available at Lowes, was pretty close.

Carpeting stripped and ready for flooring planks

I hoped the manufacturer had installed the original vinyl sheet flooring under the carpet. No luck on that front. The removal of the carpet revealed a bit of a ramp transition I didn’t expect. This was an issue as the vinyl plank required a flat surface. 

Bedroom flooring in process

The room slide also required something to hide the lip that hangs over inside the trailer.

One more flooring strip to go

The solution for both transitions was a “Hide-a-cord” strip along the transition to complete the install. I installed the plank long ways here to avoid making too many cuts, which could have caused the floor to lift.

Bedroom flooring done

As you can see in the photo below, it appears we gained about 18 inches of floor space by getting rid of the carpeting.

Finished living area

The work involved was more than I had thought it would take, but when it was all done, the time it took was worth it. The only place left with carpet in the trailer is the bed area, which is fine because there is less traffic there.

Now all we have to do is wait for the all clear, so we can venture out on the road again.

Stay safe