Removing and Disposing of Old RV Furniture

Removing and Disposing of Old RV Furniture

RV renovations can be a stressful yet satisfying venture. It takes time, it takes effort, and it takes money. For some people, it flies by and for others it drags. But whether you’re stripping your entire rig and starting over or you’re just replacing some older pieces, if you deal with your furniture, there are a few things you’ll need to know. You’ll need to know where to get the new recliners, dinettes, or other pieces as well as how you will install them and set them up in your space. What many people overlook, however, is what to do with the old stuff. From getting it out of the RV to getting it out of your hair, when you’re removing and disposing of your old RV furniture, it can be a daunting task. To help you out with this task, just keep reading to find our tips and hints for this part of the process.

Removing Old RV Furniture

Removing the furniture in your RV isn’t exactly the same as removing it from your house. In your house, the furniture is free-standing, however, the furniture in an RV is generally bolted to the floor. If the furniture is the original set that came with your rig, then it may even be stapled, nailed, or built into the rig itself. Whichever one you have, the first step is always disassembling the furniture. Take off any cushions, blankets, covers, and movable parts first. This should help you see the structure of the furniture itself and understand how it all works. Doing this will let you see how exactly it should be removed. Once you understand how the piece is attached to the RV, you can work to remove it from its spot. Find all of the anchor points and remove them. If it is simply bolted down, you can likely remove them with a few basic tools, like wrenches and screwdrivers. If it’s stapled or nailed down, however, it might be a good idea to take your rig to an RV professional to have the work done. This will help you avoid any costly mistakes.

Once you have the furniture removed from the frame of the RV, you can work on getting it out the door. If you’re fortunate, you’ll have furniture that can just slip out of the door without too much work. If you’re like most RV owners, however, your furniture isn’t going to do that. You may need to take apart the furniture a bit and if that doesn’t work, you might even have to remove the door frame or use the passenger side door to get it out of your rig. While this can be a frustrating task, it is sometimes needed to get your old RV furniture out so that you have room for the new and improved pieces. Once you do have the old pieces out, though, what do you do with it?

Disposing of Old RV Furniture

Once the old furniture is out, you now have to do something with it. While it is completely possible to just put in your living room, garage, or yard, you probably don’t want to do that. Instead, there are a few things you can do. The first option is to sell it online. If the furniture is still in good condition, you can list it on eBay, Craigslist, or Facebook Marketplace and sell it. This is definitely a great way to go, but if you don’t want to list it and sell it, you could also donate it to your local thrift store. Just make sure if you do this, that the furniture is in good condition. Don’t just dump your old furniture on a thrift store if it’s not able to be sold again. If neither of those options are good for you or if the furniture isn’t in very good condition, you could try restoring it and then either selling it or donating it, or you could just take it to the landfill or city dump. With something as large as a sofa or recliner, you can’t just sit it out in your front yard and let the trash collectors deal with it. This not only makes for an eyesore at the side of your home, but it can also get you in some trouble, as many neighborhoods or trash collection companies do not allow for this. Instead, you’ll have to drive it to the dump yourself.

While disposing of your old RV furniture isn’t always a good time, once it’s out of the way, you have room to install your new RV furniture and renew your space in your rig. With this new furniture, you can further enjoy your trips and make your rig feel like a real home away from home.

Sep 17th 2020 Ashley Baughman

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