Are you looking to remove your RV’s old-fashioned (and possibly tacky) window valances? I know exactly how you feel: they DO NOT look good. They take up a huge amount of space, and they can be a big eyesore. Plus, they’re not doing a great job in letting light in. What are they even there for? Some RV owners opt to replace an old window with a frameless RV window for a sleeker look.
I recently removed mine because I was going for a spacious, modern look for my RV. And since I figured I’m not the only one who feels this way, I decided to compile this how-to article for you.
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What You Will Need
- Screwdriver with a long shaft
- Flashlight (optional)
That’s all you need. Of course, you have to check what kind of screw heads your window valances have; but apart from that, you’ll have no problems using only a long screwdriver with the appropriate tip. Just make sure it’s long enough because there are screws in the valances that you have to reach in for.
An alternative is to use an electric screwdriver with a bit extension. It’ll save you energy and time.
I don’t think there’s any reason to go out of your way and get yourself an electric screwdriver if you don’t already have one, but it’s a good investment if you think you’re going to use it a lot. Otherwise, you can use whatever is currently available to you.
The flashlight is listed, just in case it’s dark or you’re having trouble finding the screws inside the valance.
Step 1: Inspect your window.
Sometimes your RV window not only comes with a valance but also with blinds. Inspect these two components and decide the order you’re taking in dismantling them.
It’s going to depend on your window setup which one is more convenient to remove first, but in most cases, I think it’s easier to remove the valance before the blinds unless your blinds are attached to the wall with brackets.
Once you inspect and see that the blinds get in the way of the valance screws, remove that first. However, for this tutorial, we’re going to start with the valance.
Step 2: Remove the side panels.
There will be at least one screw holding each side panel of the valance in place and at least two more keeping the valance attached to your RV. Locate the brackets that attach the side panels to the wall, usually located at the lower half of the panels.
There can also be more screws on the face of the valance under a fabric button like in the picture, so don’t miss it!
Pro tip: L-brackets have two screws, one for the valance and one for the wall. It’s easier to remove the one that attaches to the valance first.
Step 3: Remove the valance.
Then, locate the screws that attach your valance either to the wall or the ceiling. This is where it’s going to matter if you’ve already removed the blinds because they can get in the way of the valance screws.
Reach inside the valance and find the screw heads. It can be hard to find them, so use a flashlight if necessary. After that, the valance should come off easily.
Pro tip: Take note of how many screws left that you have to remove, so you know when to support the valance and prevent it from falling onto your head.
Step 4: Remove everything else.
Now that you’ve removed the valance, there might still be other parts that you have to take care of, like blinds and L-brackets, if any. These are also screwed into the wall, so simply use the screwdriver to remove them.
After that, you’ve successfully and completely removed your RV window valances!
And the tutorial is done! Very easy, right? Removing your RV’s window valances is as simple as that, and all we’ve used is one screwdriver. Now your interior has so much more space, and you can decorate the window however you like.
What do you think? Was this article helpful to you? Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to share the article if you liked it!
Hi, I am Tom Hank, an RV-er since 2014. Back then, I started without much help. As you can imagine, the struggles are endless. But now, you do not have to begin your adventures knowing next to nothing about RV lives.