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We knew from the beginning of our RV renovation that we wanted to install a lightweight sliding barn door in the bathroom. Our only concern was figuring out the best approach to actually hang it.
While weight generally isn’t a concern in a sticks and bricks home, it’s extremely important during an RV renovation.
This is because an overweight motorhome can create safety issues.
For that reason, we’re always looking for lighter alternatives when it comes to renovation projects in our tiny home on wheels.
Here are the supplies we purchased:
How to install a Lightweight Sliding Barn Door in an RV
We originally created our own sliding barn door hardware using copper pipe and flanges. This was mainly because we had most of the supplies on hand and it seemed like a simple, lightweight option. Not to mention, this was several years ago and the average barn door hardware kit was on the heavy side.
Thankfully, barn door kits have become more popular, and therefore more affordable and easier to find. Countless options now exist, in a variety of styles.
We recently replaced our DIY hardware with a professional hardware kit and are thrilled with the results.
If you’re looking for ways to hang a barn door in your RV, or simply need a lightweight hardware option, we hope the video below will help point you in the right direction. We chose to use a mini sliding barn door kit to save on weight, and show how we installed it, the modifications we had to make, and whether or not we prefer this setup vs. the DIY hardware we previously used.
Do we recommend this hardware kit?
Overall, we love this new hardware kit. It looks great, works great, and cost about the same as our previous DIY setup. If we had to do it all over again, I’d choose the professional kit over the DIY version because it’s much quieter and slides much smoother.
As mentioned in the video, we did end up purchasing a separate floor guide that screws into the wall vs. the floor and definitely recommend going this route. It was super simple to install and, well, we didn’t have to drill a hole into the floor of our RV, which is a bonus.
The specific kit we purchased is meant for lightweight doors or cabinets and had a weight limit of 75 pounds. It’s perfect for an RV because it requires less clearance above the top of the door than standard barn door kits, and weighs less than 5 pounds.
Just be sure to read the specifications for whatever hardware kit you purchase to make sure it will work for your specific situation.
Have you installed a sliding barn door in your RV? We’d love to hear about it!