Renovating Your RVRV Furniture

See How Easy it is to Remove a Jackknife RV Sofa

Ed Hurlburt of RV Tips Facebook Group shows how to remove a jackknife sofa and dining set in his RV
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Ed Hurlburt of RV Tips Facebook Group removing the jackknife sofa and dining set in his RV

Looking at the built in furniture in your RV, you might feel a bit intimidated by the idea of removing what’s intended to be permanent.  Often though, RV furniture removal and replacement is as simple as knowing how to use a screwdriver or electric drill.

See what I mean:

Jackknife Sofa and Dining Booth Removal

If you’re in the Facebook group RV Tips, you might know Ed Hurlburt.  He and his wife Debi are the hardworking admins of this helpful group with over 130,000 members.  They also run a few other RV related Facebook pages and groups, including one about their personal travels.  A few years back, they decided to get rid of the jackknife sofa in their RV, and Ed shared these photos of the process:

1. The built-in sofa and dinette set waiting to be removed

Ed Hurlbert, admin of RV Tips Facebook group, #removing his #RV #jackknife #sofa | RVinspiration.com

2. Reaching inside to remove the screws which fasten the couch part to the floor of the RV

Ed Hurlbert, admin of RV Tips Facebook group, #removing his #RV #jackknife #sofa | RVinspiration.com

3. Pulling the couch part away from the wall and out of the way

Ed Hurlbert, admin of RV Tips Facebook group, #removing his #RV #jackknife #sofa | RVinspiration.com

4. Removing screws holding the dining booth part in place

Ed Hurlbert, admin of RV Tips Facebook group, #removing his #RV #jackknife #sofa | RVinspiration.com

4 1/2. Modeling his RV tips t-shirt 😀

Ed Hurlbert, admin of RV Tips Facebook group, #removing his #RV #jackknife #sofa | RVinspiration.com

5. Benches removed and ready to go to their new home!

Ed Hurlbert, admin of RV Tips Facebook group, #removing his #RV #jackknife #sofa | RVinspiration.com

Now I do want to mention one issue you could potentially run into when removing your RV furniture.  Sometimes the furniture is covering up mechanical parts of the RV, like in this motorhome owned by Roi and Bill McGuire, a couple who turned their jackknife sofa into a custom daybed (you can see more photos of their project in this article):

Jackknife RV sofa in motorhome covering mechanical components of RV

by Roi and Bill McGuire

If that’s the case in your RV, you might have to get creative with a new way to cover these parts, keeping in mind that you may need to provide ventilation or easy access for potential repairs.

In another blog post I wrote about how a couple removed their corner bunks and converted the space into an office, I shared some pictures of ways they worked around this very issue by building a wood box to cover an electrical panel and a half-wall to disguise a pipe that ran across the floor:

RV Corner Bunk Room Converted to Mobile Office in Travel Trailer | RVinspiration.com

But even if you have to come up with a similar solution, it may be worth it for the additional space and new furniture options!

Check out my article below to see what RV owners have done with their newly acquired space after removing the factory furniture!Ideas for replacing a dining booth in a camper or motorhome

Or, if you’re just looking for a different type of sofa to replace your jackknife sofa with, you can find some ideas in this article:

Sofa bed ideas for campers, motorhomes, and travel trailers


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  1. Jill 11 October, 2018 at 05:23 Reply

    We really want to remove our sofa in our Motorhome and replace it with a table, yet we come into the issue you mention. There are many electrical wires under it that we will need to be sure to cover well if we want to place a table there instead.

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