Can you put regular furniture in an RV?
If you’re thinking about replacing your RV furniture now or in the future, you’ve probably asked yourself this question: “Can I use regular furniture to replace my RV furniture?” To put stationary home furniture in your RV would not be as easy to install as specified RV furniture, because RV furniture is often made to have more than one purpose.
So, can you use regular furniture in place of RV furniture? Not exactly.
At Bradd and Hall, we strive to sell the best RV furniture possible, and through our 38 years of experience, we’ve gained extensive knowledge of the complexities of RV furniture configurations. Our goal is to work personally with you, and to treat you like family, so you can trust us to remodel or replace any furniture part in your RV. Let’s talk about why it’s not the best idea to replace your RV furniture with regular furniture.
Your RV furniture has more than one use
RVs, as we’re sure you know, usually don’t come with much space to spare, and every inch of space is designated for something. Let’s say you wanted to replace your RV sofa with a regular sofa you found at a regular furniture store. Under the RV sofa is where your water tanks could be stored, or a dinette table might be stored under it. You’d lose storage space if you had a dinette under there, and you wouldn’t be able to use a regular couch if that’s where your water tanks are hiding. It would be possible to use regular furniture, but not very practical.
RV furniture is lightweight
RV manufacturers must keep in mind the total weight in which the things inside the RV weighs. So, RV furniture is designed to be functional but lightweight so it gives the owner the highest cargo carrying capacity possible. When making major changes like this, it’s important to remember the impact it will have on the weight and balance on the interior. The same idea applies if you install all marble floors and granite countertops. Making this change will add lots of extra weight on the inside, and you’ll need to take that into consideration when picking up for your next trip.
RV furniture is made to be secured
With a sofa made specifically for an RV, it’s meant to be tied or screwed down securely for safety reasons. (It would be rather dangerous to have an unsecured couch or recliner rolling around in your RV while traveling.) Securing furniture will also prevent any interior damage and could possibly harm the stability of the RV in an emergency maneuver. Residential furniture simply isn’t made for use in RVs, so it’s important to consider your options carefully. You could purchase residential furniture and secure it with tape, bungee cords, or even Velcro straps, but it just isn’t as secure as bolting down RV furniture.
Who will install non-RV furniture?
This is a question to consider if you’re looking at regular furniture. Chances are, you’ll have a hard time finding a dealership that will install residential furniture for you, which means you’ll have to install everything yourself. And, if you’re replacing large items, it could be a hassle to get the item through the RV door without professional help. If you’re comfortable with a project of that size, that’s great! If not, it could become problematic as you don’t want to cause any major issues in your RV. When you buy RV furniture, installation is often included in the price.
Wanting to replace your RV furniture but don’t know where to start? No worries. Bradd and Hall has got you covered. You’ll be impressed with our extensive inventory full of sofas, dinettes, captain chairs, RV recliners, and more. When you choose us, you’ll be greeted with a warm smile as a friendly staff member walks you through our inventory. Our goal is to work personally with you to ensure your absolute satisfaction during your remodel. When you’re ready to get started, give us a call so we can guide you every step of the way.