About a year ago I did a major renovation to our Keystone Cougar trailer’s interior. A big part of the renovation was an upgrade to the RV flooring. My goal was to remove as much of the cheap OEM carpeting as possible and replace it with a product called Infinity Luxury Woven Vinyl. (See my full review)
Why Remove the RV Carpeting?
A huge reason for the switch from carpeting to the woven vinyl is our furry little 13″ travel companion Angie the beagle. Now don’t get me wrong she is very cute and all and we love her to death, but:
She has an undercoat that sheds out almost constantly. Seems like she sheds a new dog’s worth once a week!
Occasionally doesn’t smell so nice and loves to rub her stink all over the carpeting and furniture.
Not often but every once in a while nastiness can spew out of her at either end. I know you dog owners can relate. 😉
When I read the features of the Infinity flooring I figured it would be ideal for RV life with a dog.
- Heavy Commercial Traffic Rated
- Anti-Microbial: Promoting No Bacterial Growth
- Moisture Barrier
- Soil & Stain Resistant
- Mold & Mildew Resistant
- Appearance Retention
- Ultra-Violet Stable & Fade Resistant
- Dense Attached Cushion Backing with No Delamination
- Non-slip Backing
- Easy to Clean
- Impervious to Gasoline, Grease, & Motor Oil
- Unaffected by Sea Gull & Spider Defecation
- Sound Dampening for Quieter Rides
- Flammability: Top Rating in All Categories
- Smoke Density: Passes ASTM E-662 Test
- These same floor coverings are acceptable for use in Golf Spike environments with a three-year limited warranty.
- Made in the USA
- Infinity Luxury Woven Vinyl™ products carry a limited ten-year warranty.
How Has the Infinity LWV Performed
We’ve had the woven vinyl flooring installed for a year now and the verdict is an emphatic “thumbs up” especially when it comes to our dog. It’s made keeping our RV living space clean and hair free so much less of a chore.
With the carpeting, Angie’s thin beagle hairs used to get stuck in the fibers and I’d literally have to use a wire brush to pull them out. Now it’s a simple matter of sweeping or vacuuming them up with ease.
Every year when we would return from our snowbird winter in the dry desert and reentered the damp coastal air, the dog smell would hit us like a ton of bricks. I had to pull out the portable carpet cleaner and give the carpet a full going over with a vinegar/borax combination. Now the only smelly items are her bedding and blankets which are easily replaced or washed. The new LWV flooring doesn’t hold the dog smell at all.
The LWV material has proved to be extremely rugged. Angie’s nails haven’t had any effect on it. Granted she is a pretty small dog, but from what experience I have with the flooring I’d say it would stand up to even the largest dogs. As an example, we have been using a computer chair on it for a year and the floor shows no signs of permanent impressions or damage from the casters.
Assorted Doggie Fluids
I won’t get too graphic or go into detail but all us dog owners know our pooches can from time to time produce some interesting fluids. It always seems to happen when you least expect it or in the middle of the night. This is where the vinyl flooring really shines. Since it was initially designed for boats it’s completely waterproof. Anytime I have had to deal with a mess it’s literally wiped right off. Any remaining residue is easily cleaned and disinfected with a little soap and water.
So in closing, like I say thumbs up from Love Your RV on the Infinity LWV flooring for the RV. It’s been just the ticket for our fulltime RV lifestyle with Angie the beagle. It’s also beautiful to look at and has really improved the looks of the interior. Both Anne and I are fans of the clean modern look.
I don’t believe you can buy the flooring straight from Infinity. Instead, you’ll need to find a dealer near you. I’ve also seen some for sale on Ebay. For more info – Infinity LWV contacts page
Disclosure: I received my Infinity Luxury Woven Vinyl at no charge in exchange for the initial review. However for this subsequent article, I’ve received no compensation. It’s my completely unbiased opinion of the product. Cheers Ray