How to Remove RV Window Valances
Have you ever wondered where the heck RV manufacturers get the fabric for their window valances? And does anyone actually like them?
I ask this because it seems most people want to either remove, update, or replace theirs. While the valances in our RV were in pretty good condition, they were far from our style. Plus we had to remove them so we could paint all of the walls white.
Whether you want to remove your RV window valances temporarily or permanently, the process is pretty simple.
How to Remove RV Window Valances
As a refresh, here’s what the valances looked like in our RV:
I mostly took photos and ahem, a blurry video (oops) of Eric removing the valences and blinds, so I’ll let him walk you through the process below.
Watch the Video:
It’s important to note that all RVs are different, so while this is how we removed the valances from our 2008 Tiffin Allegro Open Road 32LA, yours may be slightly different. If you find yourself unsure of something, we’d recommend reviewing your owner’s manual or reaching out to your RV Manufacturer.
The first thing you’re going to want to do is to remove the blinds. As you look at the inside of your valances you should see two brackets holding the blinds in place. One will be on the far right side while the other will be on the far left.
If everything was installed properly you should be able to unlatch the bottom of the brackets holding up the blinds. Once you unlatch the two brackets the blinds should slide right out.
With that said I’ve seen the brackets sometimes not installed with the latch down but instead with the latch to the right or left. If this is the case you’ll need to decide if you’ll have to take down the valance first. If for whatever reason they are not installed properly try to stay patient because it can become a trying task.
Now that you have your blinds removed, the next step will be to remove the brackets that were holding the blinds up. I suggest this step second because it will give you a clearer picture of how many screws you need to remove for the valance to come off of the wall.
Note that some of the screws holding the brackets in place may also be holding the valance at the same time. If that’s the case you should still remove the brackets first because you will have other screws still supporting the valance.
I’m not sure why, but I’ve found that many jobs throughout our RV have had both Phillips and Square head screws. I’d suggest you have both drill bits available just in case.
Your blinds and brackets are down, all that’s left is the pesky (and most likely hideous) valance. For the valance in the video above we had three screws going into the ceiling, two screws attached to L shaped brackets on the side and two screws that went into the ceiling through the blind brackets.
If yours are similar to ours, the screws going through the blind brackets will have already been removed in Step number 2.
I started by removing the screws that were attached to the valance via the L shaped brackets on the side. I left the L shaped brackets screwed into the wall to make the valance easier to deal with once it was unattached.
Now that you have the L shaped brackets disconnected you’ll need to find the screws that attach to the ceiling (or wall depending on which valance you are removing) and remove them.
I made a point to count how many screws I had left so when I came to the last one I knew I’d need to support the weight of the valance at the same time, making sure it didn’t fall and hit me in the head.
Remove the last screw and the valance should loosen from the wall.
Everything should be removed at this point except for the two L shaped brackets that were attached to the side of the valance. Go ahead and unscrew those last to screws and you have officially removed your RV window valances.
Our Updated Window Shades
We replaced the outdated shades up front, along with the rest of the windows in our RV with white roller shades, which you may have caught glimpses of in our other project posts or tour videos. While we may consider adding wooden valances or framing out the windows in the future, right now we’re good with the clean lines of our new shades that almost disappear into the walls.
I also want to mention that we used vinyl spackling to fill in any holes. We were then able to lightly sand then paint over it.
Do you have any tips you’d like to share when it comes to painting the inside of your RV? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below!