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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 electric 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.
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 an 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.
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.
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).
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’s right, the only thing holding our booth in place was four screws placed along the baseboard 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.
Next, remove the screws that are holding the dining booth in place.
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.
And that’s how we were able to remove the dinette booth from our RV.
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.