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How to Remove the Dinette Booth from your RV

Make sure to check out the finished media cabinet and slide-out table that replaced our Dinette Booth!

Looking to make changes to your Rig? See how easy it is to Remove the Dinette Booth from your RV | MountainModernLife.com

Today I’m sharing how easy it was to remove the dinette booth from your RV. As you may already know, Katie and I are updating the interior of our RV in an effort to transform it into a space that feels modern and rustic. However, before any of that can happen the old dinette booth had to go.

We plan to replace it with a custom media cabinet that will include an electrical fireplace and our TV on a mechanical lift. And since space is at a premium in the RV, it will also transform into both our work and dining area. On top of that we are painting the walls and replacing the old carpet with vinyl plank flooring.

How to Remove the Dinette Booth from your RV

The information below will highlight how we accomplished the task in our 2008 Tiffin Allegro OpenRoad 32la. Every RV is different so keep that in mind and understand that some steps may vary depending on your specific model.

I don’t know about you, but when I walked into an RV for the first time it looked as if every item in the coach was molded into the position it was in. The couch, the cabinets, the dining booth, and the list goes on. It drove me into a nervous wreck when I started thinking about how I was going to remove anything.

Looking to make changes to your Rig? See how easy it is to Remove the Dinette Booth from your RV | MountainModernLife.com

I have come to realize that most items are 10 times easier to remove than I imagined, and yet some are just as difficult due to an insane amount of staples, screws and bolts. Rest assured though, because removing the dinette booth from your RV is likely easier than you think.

Side note: Many of the screws that are holding things together in our unit are square heads, so if you are about to take on a RV remodel consider a square head bit. This is just an observation I have made while taking various parts of our RV apart, but again each model can vary.

The first thing you will want to do is remove the table portion of the booth. This requires that you look at the screws holding the table in place (ours are square head). When we removed the table the easiest thing to do was to lower it down into the bed position, this will make it easier for you to access the screw heads. Then use your drill or screwdriver to unscrew the screws.

Looking to make changes to your Rig? See how easy it is to Remove the Dinette Booth from your RV | MountainModernLife.com

Looking to make changes to your Rig? See how easy it is to Remove the Dinette Booth from your RV | MountainModernLife.com

We kept all of our screws in labeled ziplock bags since we planned to sell the booth, and wanted to make it as easy as possible for whoever purchased it to re-assemble it in their own RV or camper. 

Once you have the table and the brace removed from the wall you will want to remove the cushions.

You will then want to remove the seat slats that reside under where the cushions were resting.

Looking to make changes to your Rig? See how easy it is to Remove the Dinette Booth from your RV | MountainModernLife.com

Looking to make changes to your Rig? See how easy it is to Remove the Dinette Booth from your RV | MountainModernLife.com

Now you will want to remove any remaining parts that are not screwed down. This could vary depending on which booth set up you have, but for us it included the pull out drawers from under the seats along with two wooden braces (the braces help to secure the bed aspect of the booth).

Looking to make changes to your Rig? See how easy it is to Remove the Dinette Booth from your RV | MountainModernLife.com

Looking to make changes to your Rig? See how easy it is to Remove the Dinette Booth from your RV | MountainModernLife.com

When I was first starting to remove all of the non-screwed down parts I thought for sure the booth would be bolted down. Little did I know it was only screwed in. That is right, the only thing holding our booth in place was four screws placed along the base board of the booth. I have to admit I was quite thrilled because I had our drill with me but I did not have my ratchet set.

Looking to make changes to your Rig? See how easy it is to Remove the Dinette Booth from your RV | MountainModernLife.com

Next remove the screws that are holding the dining booth in place.

Looking to make changes to your Rig? See how easy it is to Remove the Dinette Booth from your RV | MountainModernLife.com

Lastly you will go ahead and remove the booth seats from the RV. You should be able to fit them out of the door fully assembled, as shown in the photo below.

Looking to make changes to your Rig? See how easy it is to Remove the Dinette Booth from your RV | MountainModernLife.com

And that’s how we were able to remove the dinette booth from our RV.

Looking to make changes to your Rig? See how easy it is to Remove the Dinette Booth from your RV | MountainModernLife.com

Looking to make changes to your Rig? See how easy it is to Remove the Dinette Booth from your RV | MountainModernLife.com

Whether you are looking to replace your RV dining booth, or simply need to temporarily move it out if the way I hope you will find this information on how to remove the dinette booth from your RV helpful. As always please feel free to leave any questions or comments below.

Want to see what now sits where our dinette booth once did? Check out our Finished Media Cabinet and the Slide-Out Table. Get a glimpse below.

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Comments

  • Amy S. Morgan, MSC

    I’ve been googling for a couple hours now and cannot seem to find out how much a typical rv dinette booth weighs?? I want to replace it with a light portable dinette set, but of course I want to make sure the new furniture is lighter (or at least as light as) the bench seating & table. Any ideas about the weight of the 2 bench seats and the table? Thanks!

    August 15, 2016
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  • John M

    Thanks for the pictures I was trying to find. Really helps me. Do you think most RVs have the slats so easy to pickup? Or are some RVs having fastened tops?

    August 22, 2016
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  • Susan M.

    We removed the dinette in our 5th wheel (non slide-out). We had a wheel well and ducting for the heater to deal with. I had a countertop maker come and measure, make & install a counter top. Because we selected ‘scrap’ material it cost only $125! I LOVE the results! The space is much more functional and open feeling. We boxed in the wheel well which created additional storage!

    October 9, 2016
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  • victoria thorn

    i would love to see a table where my table booth is

    October 15, 2016
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  • J Mare

    Any suggestions for the dinette that is going to replace the booth? I’m currently looking to find something lighter but keep the space somewhat open

    January 5, 2017
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  • Katherine Johnson

    I have a 28′ terry I am trying to remodel myself. I wanted to remove the dinette set (booth) but after getting all the screws out I discovered it was glued to the wall. Is there any way to remove it from the glue without damaging the wall ?

    January 25, 2017
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    • Oh no! I feel like we went through little surprises such as this when we were renovating our RV, and it can definitely be frustrating. Hmmmm, you may want to try holding up a blowdryer to see if that will loosen the adhesive, but that will depend on how strong it is. Maybe contact the manufacturer to see if they have any recommendations or ask this question in a RV group or forum, we’ve found those to be extremely helpful. Here’s one: https://www.facebook.com/groups/rvinteriorideas/

      Sorry we couldn’t be of much help in this case, but we’d love to hear an update once you figure it out in case any one else runs into the same issue. Good luck!

      Katie

      January 26, 2017
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  • Darcy Jones

    Hi! We are going to be removing our dinette soon from our travel trailer and I am concerned about the holes left by the screws. Any advice on how to fill them/cover them?

    March 9, 2017
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  • Vic

    I just removed our dinette. We opted for a couch instead, as we seldom eat in the RV and use a portable table if we need one. I tore down our booth and used it to make the couch frame. Now it looks like original equipment.

    April 27, 2017
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  • Clay Jackson

    I removed my table, made 2 padded seats to span the gap. One comes out leaving a horse shoe shaped seat. Then I made a 2 ft round table top on a post base to slide in as needed.

    August 10, 2017
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  • GLAS

    We are about to remove the dinette from on 2009 Allegro 34 TGA. We are not “handy” so I was REALLY glad to see your blog and the helpful hints. Our questions is about electrical attachments to the dinette. You did not address it in your article but it looks like you had some electrical connections to deal with, too. Could you address steps to safely take care of this situations. Thanks!

    Now that I have found your blog can’t wait to read about your adventures!

    September 11, 2017
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  • What happens to the floor in slide out if you remove dining set and install a hide-a-bed. Does it crack when walked on

    December 23, 2017
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  • Melanie

    I am working in this right now… It was a major pain. Every single screw was crooked and there are a million Staples!! Okay. Not a million. But easily hundreds… With a lot of intense labor, and using my shovel as a massive Crow bar.. I’ve managed to get everything out except one side that is stuck to the wall… I am at a complete loss. But I’ve gone to far to turn back… Any advice???

    February 8, 2018
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  • Angela Hertle

    Thanks for your blog; You make is sound so simple. I’d love to remove my dinette set in my Rockwood Forest River Mini Lite and put in a desk and a much more chair. However, I found under the left bench is the furnace and under the right bench is the electrical. Is it possible to remove just the front half and build a cabinet over the furnace & electrical? Or am I just stuck with the painful dinette set? The table is very easy to remove from the area. Thanks!

    February 23, 2018
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  • Angela Gilliam

    Hi I really like the whole concept of your booth replacement. We currently have a U-shaped dining area that actually only fits three adults because of the lack of legroom. I would like to remove that and put in a cabinet that would become my sewing storage area as we have a TV fireplace in a different part of our RV. Having the table slide in and out will then also give us room for the cot bunk beds when the grandkids come on trips with us. My question is how do you secure the cabinets to the wall so that they do not topple over when you pull out the table or turn a corner while driving down the road? We are having a regular cabinet person put them in but he is questioning the depth of the wall to deal with. Thanks for the info.

    April 3, 2018
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  • Greg Janscak

    Your project looks great. I had to remove the dining set on my 2001 Fleetwood Pioneer. I discovered the benches on the wall side we’re screwed from the outside in. I had to use an oscillating tool to cut the srews it was a real pain. So if you removed all the base screws consider this. Thanks
    Greg

    June 30, 2018
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  • Susan Berry

    I would like to remove our dinette in our 1999 27 ‘ class c, but there is a water pump beneath one of the benches and heat vents coming out of the bottom of the benches. We never use the pump since we haven’t dry camped, but don’t want to lose the option for future sale. Is it possible to do this and replace with a sofa recliner?

    August 15, 2018
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  • Sue

    Hi, we took out just one if the booths and NOw it us sitting on the woodpile staring at me everytime i walk by. Im torn, keep it or make it go away? Suggestions? Thanks

    November 18, 2018
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