How to Remove RV Window Valences

Have you ever wondered where the heck RV manufacturers get the fabric for their window valences? And does anyone actually like them?

I ask this because it seems most people want to either remove, update, or replace theirs. While the valences 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 valences temporarily or permanently, the process is pretty simple.

As a refresh, here’s what the valences looked like in our RV:

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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.


How to Remove RV Window Valences


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Watch the Video:

It’s important to note that all RVs are different, so while this is how we removed the valences from our 2008 Tiffin Allegro Open Road 32LA, your’s 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.


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Step 1:

The first thing you’re going to want to do is remove the blinds. As you look at the inside of your valences 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.

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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.

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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 valence first. If for whatever reason they are not installed properly try to stay patient because it can become a trying task.

Step 2:

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 valence to come off of the wall.

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Note that some of the screws holding the brackets in place may also be holding the valence 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 valence.

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.

Step 3:

Your blinds and brackets are down, all that’s left is the pesky (and most likely hideous) valence. For the valence 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 valence via the L shaped brackets on the side. I left the L shaped brackets screwed into the wall to make the valence easier to deal with once it was unattached.

Check out this quick walkthrough on how to remove those hideous RV window valences, in case you want to update or replace them. MountainModernLife.comNow 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 valence you are removing) and remove them.

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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 valence at the same time, making sure it didn’t fall and hit me in the head.

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Remove the last screw and the valence should loosen from the wall.

Step 4:

Everything should be removed at this point except for the two L shaped brackets that were attached to the side of the valence. Go ahead and unscrew those last to screws and you have officially removed your RV window valences.

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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 valences 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.

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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!


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8 Comments
  • Mandy Howard
    Reply

    What did you use to fill in the holes leftover from the brackets? I took all my valence and blinds down but now there’s a bunch of bitty holes that are driving me crazy!

    March 2, 2017 at 6:07 pm
      • C. G. Thomas
        Reply

        I took my side valances down. My walls are beige. I gently smoothed the opening with a fine emery board then used beige wood putty (in a tube). To fill the hole.

        March 19, 2017 at 4:37 pm
  • Jennifer
    Reply

    Just FYI, the “square head screws” use a bit called a “Robertson” bit. ?

    June 2, 2017 at 3:26 am
  • Marsha Griffis
    Reply

    Our RV walls are a light yellow and light beige pattern. We rolled up small pieces of masking tape and inserted them in the holes. It blended in with the pattern. I made new blackout curtains to replace the blinds.

    June 9, 2017 at 6:29 pm
  • Samantha Slama
    Reply

    I know this is a totally different question from what you were showing in this video, but i know you were taking the valences down to paint the interior walls of your camper…how and what kind of paint did you use? i am currently researching this because i want to paint my camper interior walls, countertops, and cabinets. Thank you!

    July 30, 2017 at 9:46 pm

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