I decided to replace the carpet with some sort of vinyl/linoleum floor. There are just a few steps:
1. Find cheap vinyl remnant. I'd looked at the big box stores ($40) and was gonna hit up the smaller places, when I searched on craigslist and found a perfect piece, $10. (Even better my awesome SO picked it up for me, it was closer to his work. And weird seller wanted to talk too much, glad it wasn't me.)
2. Take out existing trailer carpet, or make a template. I used the old carpet as a template, worked great. And when I took up the carpet and saw gross stains and tons of dirt underneath, I was vindicated!
|dirty floor beneath carpet, though some is old carpet glue|
4. Assemble tools. Not much is needed: pencil, razor knife, long straight edge, that's about it. I needed tape too as my piece was a little wide but short. Patched with Gorilla tape, looks great, no problem.
|old carpet on top of vinyl as template|
|template cut-outs for support beams, every trailer is different|
|patch for too short piece, go gorilla tape!|
|all trimmed, with tools used|
|gratuitous Tomas the cat picture because she's too darn cute|
6. Take everything out of the trailer again, and roll out the cut vinyl. Trim if there are some places that don't fit.
|rolling vinyl out in trailer|
|trim to fit, looks awesome!|
7. Put all crap back in the trailer. This vinyl seems nice and thick, and seems to stay down without any glue or caulk. All the stuff holds it down too. Cheaper vinyl may roll up, then you'd need to use glue.
|never be this clean again|
|will usually have more stuff in it than this too!|
8. Sit back and admire the floor that will never look this nice again. And is nicer than parts of my house. And get antsy to actually USE the trailer and go somewhere!