Dear Dr. R.V. Shrink:
My husband thinks I am stuck in a groove. He says I keep playing the same song over and over. The problem is I want to be a carpetbagger.
I don’t know why RV manufacturers even put carpeting in rigs. Carpet starts out looking nice, but quickly becomes soiled, path worn and matted.
I want to rip ours out and replace it with tile or linoleum.
My husband continues to resist the idea. He thinks it would make the trailer look bare and less warm. He also contends that it might have some function to play with the slides, since it is only carpeted where the slide comes in.
I think it is a catchall for dirt, hair and everything else that hits the floor.
I am constantly sweeping handfuls of droppings from the tiled sections of our trailer, so I know that the carpet is just as dirty, holding onto this collection of debris in the fibers.
The other problem is we seldom stay in parks with power. We have solar and love to find remote places to spend time. The only option we have for vacuuming is to fire up the generator and annoy everyone near us that came for the same reason we did, quiet and solitude.
Should I just learn to live with this stuff? I am not a germaphobe, but I do like a clean trailer. We live in a small space and I want it spotless.
I would appreciate any advice you could send my way.
--Not so magic carpet in Kalispell
If you are sounding like a broken record it is obvious you are not solving your disagreement in a satisfactory way.
Manufacturers tend to offer what people want, what sells and what adds value to different models. I agree that a smooth surface is much easier to clean, but carpeting does have its plus sides.
If removing it is not an option, you should start brainstorming about ways to deal with it that make it more desirable.
A couple things come to mind immediately. There are many 12V hand vacs on the market that do a good job of sucking up carpet debris. Another option would be area rugs. Not only for the carpeted sections, but also the smooth surface areas. They offer the advantage of removing and beating them outdoors. When they become too worn, or you tire of the design, it’s a simple matter of replacing them with another throw rug.
Because of the constant pounding a carpeted area takes in a small space, you might want to consider raking the carpet before you vacuum. A small scrub brush works great for this. It yields a lot of hair and loosened debris you would otherwise miss.
Having the carpet completely removed and replaced with tile is very doable. You would have to check with your manufacturer on your slide system. There may be some consideration as to how it rides in areas you want to redesign.
Don’t sweep your disagreements under the rug. Get them out in the open and make some decisions that both of you can live with.
If you don’t get your way this time, you will just have to “suck it up.”
Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
You might want to read Richard Carlson’s book:
“Don’t sweat the small stuff. And it’s all small stuff.”
--Keep Smilin’. Dr. R.V. Shrink