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Ashley Mann spent three years living full time in a 38-foot, 5th-wheel RV with her husband Josiah and their cat, Kitty. Her favorite thing about RV life is the challenge of finding the perfect way to organize a space, and she loves seeing all the creative and clever ways people come up with to customize their RVs.
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. But more often than not, RV furniture removal and replacement is as simple as knowing how to use a screwdriver or electric drill. Let's take out that ugly old jackknife sofa!
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
This is what the sofa originally looked like. You can see that it took up a lot of space in the slide-out, especially with that middle “hump” that was useless as a spot to sit.
2. Reaching inside to remove the screws which fasten the couch part to the floor of the RV
The first step to removing any RV furniture is usually to find and remove a bunch of screws. RV manufacturers seem to go really crazy with screws so this may take a while, but it's not difficult.
3. Pulling the couch part away from the wall and out of the way
Finally the sofa is starting to come apart and give additional access to more screws.
4. Removing screws holding the dining booth part in place
More screw removal!
5. Benches removed and ready to go to their new home!
“So much room for activities!” 🙂
It's *almost* that easy.
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):
If that's the case in your RV, you might have to get creative with a new way to cover these parts. Keep in mind that you may need to provide ventilation or easy access for potential repairs, depending on what systems you uncover.
Professional renovators Wayland Ventures built a simple box to cover the mechanics in this RV:
It perfectly matches the RV's interior and you would never know what's hiding underneath!
Or this couple removed their corner bunks and converted the space into an office. 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:
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!
Now Let's Replace Your Jackknife Sofa
Now that you've removed your old RV furniture, you're ready to redecorate.
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