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Old 10-31-2011, 01:04 PM   #1
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Should we remove plastic runners from carpet?

We just bought an RV from an older couple. They installed (screwed down) those plastic runners you tend to see in grandma's house on all the carpet. With three kids and a dog I'm actually considering keeping the plastic down.

But then again, I hate the feel of the plastic under foot...so what to do?

If I remove them, the carpet get's "trashed". If not, it stays like new but is never "enjoyed".

What woud YOU do?

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Old 10-31-2011, 01:07 PM   #2
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I would tear it out in a heartbeat. You're right about the carpet getting trashed. We full timed with three dogs and our sure did but we then replaced it with a laminate flooring and love it. Steam mop it clean and use a few throw rugs. This is what worked for us.

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Old 10-31-2011, 01:11 PM   #3
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What I would do

Leave the plastic runner down and put a throw carpet over it. You can find the runners at the home improvement store and get them cut to size or use regular hallway runners from any carpet store. That way you get the feel of nice carpet, can take it out to clean it any time you want and can choose something that looks nice to you. Having 3 kids and a dog you will regret exposing the original carpet and then having to walk on grimy carpet in between cleanings.

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Old 10-31-2011, 01:42 PM   #4
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If the plastic runners are what I am thinking, I would tear them out!! The carpet in most of these RV's are cheap and is not going to last anyway. Between the dog, us and grandchildren ours looks horrible. We are going to rip it up and replace with laminate or something similar and put down throw rugs.
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Old 10-31-2011, 03:53 PM   #5
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Pull it out, how can you enjoy your new 'home' with plastic runners over the carpet. Live in it, if the carpet gets dirty, clean it or replace it with something else.
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In our TT we bought 25' x 30" wide carpet runner and ran it down the aisle.....And use a nice throw rug for the slide-out area. We also make it a habit to always take our shoes off at the door.....
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Old 11-02-2011, 05:58 PM   #7
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I would say if you have plastic in your house leave it if not rip it no difference.
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Old 11-03-2011, 01:58 PM   #8
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Say "thanks" to the folks who owned the rig before you for preserving the carpet so well for you, rather than using it themselves. Then take the plastic runners out. When the carpet gets dirty, have it cleaned, when it's worn out, replace it.

My father-in-law always put seat covers in every new car he bought, even when he'd paid for the leather upholstery option. So he has this prisitne upholstery under these tacky Woolworth's (it was some years ago) nylon seat covers for 5 years, then sells the car, never having sat on the expensive leather he bought.

Couldn't figure it out. I'd have used what I bought and then put seat covers on before I sold it, if it had been necessary.
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Oddly, i'd leave it.

I hate carpet. Nothing but a not so subtle hiding place for dirt.
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Old 11-04-2011, 04:11 PM   #10
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Have to agree with bsirby. Remove the plastic, use out the carpet then rip it up and put down a hard floor and use area rugs. Getting ready to pull the carpet out of mine. It's a pain to keep clean and I refuse to not use something in my own "home".

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