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Swap Out a RV Dining Table for a More Functional Credenza

Things get old, habits change, and needs shift over time. Your RV, however perfect when you got it may need to get updated to better fit your RV lifestyle. Perhaps the most sought after update has to do with the RV dining table. For 20+ years the same bench seats and table on a pedestal have adorned RV’s. Plagued by poor quality and discomfort many folks are seeking a change. John and Kathy showed off their newest mod to their RV dining table on their Living the RV Dream Blog. They worked with Focal Wood Products out of Nappanee, Indiana to replace their RV dining table and washer cabinet.

RV Dining Table Has to Go


The original RV dinette was falling apart as many of them do. Though the cushions were recently updated it was still far from comfortable. They had that removed and replaced it with a desk unit  that comes with amenities that still make it useful for a dinette but improves the usefulness by adding drawers, laptop try, file drawer, and shelving.  The new RV dining table can easily fit 4 when needed but John and Kathy now get a lot more space for storage and office related activities.

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RV Washer Cabinet Needs Some Love


As you can see from the before image the door of the cabinet is missing. John and Kathy apparently had it get caught in the slide and it was destroyed. They ended up with the original doors but replaced the frame and the countertop.

The results really make the interior of their 2004 Fleetwood Expedition look like a 2013 showroom model. A RV mod like this can breathe new life into a tired interior. A few folding dining chairs or perhaps a traditional chair storage mod could be the icing on the cake. What kind of things do you have planned to spruce up your RV? Please share with us in the comments below!

9 thoughts on “Swap Out a RV Dining Table for a More Functional Credenza”

  1. Penelope….you did what we are thinking about doing. We have a 2003 Bounder with a driver side living/dinette slide. Each section is 77′ wide. I know this post is a year and a half old but do you have a photo of your slide with the changes?

    I would like a J-lounge effect and thought if the recliner could be put against the wall while traveling and then moved to form the “J” when parked, we could actually face each other when we talk…lol. Our TV is in the front of the coach and we really don’t want to change that.

  2. We just removed our booth dinette and are going to add cabinets and table similar to what you have. My question is .. what do you do about the differing heights of the floor when you pull the table out to its full extension. Our floor where we removed our booth in the slide is about 2″ higher than the main floor, so how do you adjust for that to keep your table level?

  3. Hi Sandy,

    Thanks for visiting our site! We admit that Focal Wood Products could use a technology update on their site. But they seem to be great to work given the reviews we have seen. Your best bet is to give them a call and ask for a price sheet. (888) 546-1662 Toll Free or (574) 773-4268.

    Perhaps encourage them to put their prices up on their website when you do!

  4. The desk units are just what we’ve been looking for. How do we find out prices and specs? I looked at the “Focal Wood Products” website, but there are no prices or specs.

  5. We, too, tired of the bench seating and table in our travel trailer. Our solution was to completely gut the slide area, removing the table, benched and jack knife couch. We are in the process of redoing to floors with Allure flooring [available at Home Depot], then will put in an apt. size couch and recliner.

    We found a 30″ round drop leaf table with folding wooden chairs which will fit nicely in the back of the living room. We have a 30″ space in front of the big windows, between them and the slide. Now, when we eat, we can enjoy the view!

  6. We dont have the information for the cost. The idea for a catbox in that cabinet is a wonderful idea. You could cut a kitty door in the side of the cabniet or door for access!

    As for the build. The doors are original, but the frame is new. The countertop was replaced as well.

  7. I love the hideaway washer and actually would love something like this as a cat litter area…I imagined it would look like this photo. What were the costs associated with the build and was the entire storage area replaced or just the door added?

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