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What You Need to Know About Putting Residential Furniture in an RV
Thinking of replacing your RV furniture? Maybe it's worn out, uncomfortable, or you just don't like the style. In this article you'll find answers to commonly asked questions about replacing RV furniture, including where to buy RV furniture, how to get RV furniture through the door of your camper, and whether it's okay to put residential furniture in your RV.
Q: Where can I buy replacement RV furniture?
Here are some of the best places to shop for RV furniture:
- Facebook Marketplace – With so many people renovating RV's these days, a lot RV furniture removed from campers ends up on Facebook marketplace, often at a low price because the sellers are desperate to get rid of it because they are planning to live in their RV full time and will have no place to store it.
- Local RV Service Shops – Many RV service shops sell used furniture that they removed from campers. The selection may be limited, but you might find a good deal.
- The RecPro Website – RecPro is a well known RV parts supply store with a huge selection of RV furniture. Especially keep an eye on their “Scratch & Dent” page for a good deal on RV furniture that's discounted due to minor cosmetic imperfections.
- Amazon – You can find a lot of RV furniture on Amazon from name brands such as RecPro and Thomas Payne as well as from lesser known brands. One advantage to shopping on Amazon is being able to read reviews and see pictures from other RV owners.
- Residential Furniture Sellers – Good places to look for residential furniture to go in an RV include Ikea, Amazon, Wayfair, and Overstock.
Q: How do you get new RV furniture through the door?
A: All the furniture I added to my RV was purchased online, so it came unassembled in a box and I assembled it once it was inside my RV. Larger items may need to be taken apart if at some point you decide to remove them from your RV, but everything I bought ended up fitting though the door just fine when we moved out.
Q: Can I put regular furniture in an RV?
Absolutely! Many RV owners choose to replace their RV furniture with residential furniture because it's often cheaper, more comfortable, and (in most people's minds) more attractive than RV furniture.
Q: Isn't residential furniture too heavy to go in an RV?
A: Not usually, but it depends on the furniture. For example, the sleeper sofa I removed from my fifth wheel was far heavier than the Ikea loveseat that I replaced it with.
If you shop for furniture online, you'll be able to see the exact weight of the furniture you're buying listed in the product specifications.
To determine how heavy your new furniture can be, you can weigh your camper before and after removing the furniture, and then order furniture that is comparable or at least won't add enough weight to put you over your cargo limit. It's also important to maintain a similar weight distribution when replacing or rearranging furniture so you don't put too much weight on one axle.
Q: How do you keep residential furniture from shifting while the RV is in motion?
A: Same way as you keep the factory original furniture from moving around–with tie downs, straps, and bungee cords. You can purchase additional furniture straps and D-rings to anchor your furniture to the floor of your camper. Bungee cords and ratchet straps are also useful for holding everything in place.
Q: Will replacing the furniture decrease the value of the RV?
A: Removing the furniture can make it more difficult to sell your RV. I discovered this when my local Camping World told me they couldn't accept my camper for trade without furniture. This surprised me since they sell RV furniture, but whatever! (We ended up selling our RV privately without furniture for more than what Camping World would have given us for it even if it had the original furniture.)
If you want to be able to trade in your RV to a dealer at some point, it might be a good idea to keep any furniture you remove so you can put it back in later, even if you have to rent a small storage facility to do so. Or you can just buy replacement RV furniture later if it helps you get more for your RV.
If you sell your RV privately, you might find a buyer who actually prefers the new furniture (if you sell the RV fully furnished), or who appreciates the opportunity to choose their own furniture. And if you're fully renovating your RV, you'll almost certainly increase its value, especially if it's an older camper.
One thing I would recommend when selling your RV is to make sure the number of beds is the same as when you bought it. When we moved out of our fifth wheel and rented a house, I wanted to keep the furniture we had bought for our RV, so I purchased a used sleeper sofa in good condition from Facebook Marketplace to sell with the RV so that I could list the sleeping capacity as the original number of 4 instead of just 2.
Q: How can you be sure you're getting good quality when you buy furniture online?
Many people are hesitant to buy furniture with out sitting on it first, and that's completely understandable. However, having bought most of my furniture online, I have found reading online reviews to be a pretty reliable way to get an idea of what to expect.
If you're afraid you might be disappointed, I would recommend shopping from somewhere that offers a generous return policy. Sending back furniture can be a hassle, but many online furniture stores offer a satisfaction guarantee and will pay for the return shipping if you have to do it.
For more ideas about replacing RV furniture, check out my other articles:
- RV Sofa Bed Replacement Ideas
- Space-Saving Sofas with Storage Perfect for an RV
- Mid-Century Style Sofas for Your RV Makeover
- DIY Sofa Ideas and Inspiration
- Ideas for Adding a Desk to an RV
- Space-Saving Dining Tables to Replace Your Dining Booth