How to replace paneling in an rv

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How to replace paneling in an rv
Keep your RVs walls looking good and clean with new panelling. (motorcoach,motorhome,rv image by Greg Pickens from

Moisture, mildew and dry rot are all contributing factors to the erosion of RV wall panelling. When the RV wall panels are damaged or rotten and ready to go, replace the panelling yourself to save money. Replacing old panels in the RV requires cutting the replacement panels to the proper size and hanging. In addition, you must check that the insulation behind the panel is in proper shape. If not, replace the insulation along with the panelling.

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Things you need

  • Flathead screwdrivers or small pry tools
  • Power drill
  • Extra insulation
  • Utility knife
  • Small wood screws
  • Stud finder
  • Measuring tape
  • Power saw
  • New panelling
  • New insulation, if needed

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  1. 1

    Pry off the old RV wall panelling using the pry tool or the flathead screwdriver. Gently pull the panelling off the wall and remove from the RV.

  2. 2

    Inspect the insulation to see if it is eroded or saturated with mildew or mould. If so, pull it out and ready the wall for new insulation.

  3. 3

    Measure the size of the panel to be replaced and cut it out from the replacement panels with the power saw. Cut down the insulation panels or rolls and stuff into the RV walls. If the studs for the RV cabin walls are hidden behind another panel or barrier, use the stud finder to locate studs to tack the replacement panels to.

  4. 4

    Ask a helper to hold the panel over the RV wall to tack into position. Drill small wood screws into the four corners of the panelling to attach to the wall. Pay attention to lining up the seams of the remaining panels.

  5. 5

    Wipe away any excess dust, wood chips or insulation after hanging the new panelling.

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