Slide-out trim alternatives for your RV

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RVs are unique—they’ve become a home for many and, at the very least, a home away from home for others. With that being the case, it can be a great idea to make it your own. That doesn’t mean you have to completely renovate the interior, but you can take on smaller projects that can make a world of difference.

One such project is changing up the slide-out trim that lines the interior edges of your slide-out. Generally speaking, it’s a painless process and can bring significant change. Today, we’re going to highlight five slide-out trim alternatives you may want to consider for your own RV.

If you’re unsure how to remove the trim around your RV slide-out, be sure to visit this post for tips.

Refinish: Paint or stain

Perhaps you don’t want to bother yourself with installing new trim or are looking for a nearly-free option using what you have. Well, you’re in luck. You can always refinish the current trim in your RV to bring a fresh feel to it. For this option, you can use paint or stain, depending on the existing material and the look you’re going for. Keep in mind that your trim may be made of laminate or wood veneer, rather than real wood, in which case you’ll want to paint.

If your slide-out trim has intricate detailing that will require a lot of sanding, you may want to paint it or consider the next option, which is to replace the trim altogether.

For an example of painted molding, check out the account of @RVFixerUpper on Instagram.

New trim: Paint or stain

Installing new trim is a great option if your existing slide-out trim is damaged, covered in fabric, or making your RV feel dated. If taking this approach, it’s essential to measure, measure, measure. There’s the adage, “measure twice, cut once,” and it’s one I try to live by.

You can customize the look based on the stain or color of paint you choose. Pine and cedar are popular options for new trim because they are lightweight. Going for a distressed look? You can ding and nick the wood to make it appear older.

If you decide to paint the trim, consider white as it can help the trim pieces recede into the background, thus giving the illusion of more space. While painting, you may also want to consider getting MDF cut to size as it has a smoother surface than wood and can provide a more modern look.

Side note: Depending on the length of your slide-out and the piece of trim that goes along the top, you may want to consider using two boards to cover the full distance.

For an example of painted MDF, check out this post on Instagram from @KarleeMarsh.

Reclaimed or salvaged wood

This is my favorite option and the one we used in our RV. By adding reclaimed or salvaged wood, you can bring in history and style that’s hard to replicate with new wood. Our inspiration for this look came from reading nooks framed by rustic barn wood found in mountain homes.

Sometimes reclaimed or salvaged wood can be a bit thick and therefore too heavy for an RV— don’t worry, though, there are options. We had our wood milled down so it would be thin enough to use, and we couldn’t be happier. Often, the sawmills where you find your wood will mill it down for you for an extra fee. If they can’t, I’d suggest searching for woodshops close to your location.

Faux wood beams

Thought you couldn’t have wood beams in your tiny home on wheels? Think again! While real wood beams are extremely heavy (and expensive), faux beams are a great alternative because they’re hollow, which saves on weight. There are many different options to making your own, including incorporating painted MDF trim for the sides, which can help save even more weight.

For an example of faux wood beams, check out this post on Instagram from @r.maria.fuller.

Decorative millwork details

Adding decorative millwork to your slide-out trim can help add depth and personal style to your RV. You can add decorative elements such as corbels, which are basically arches or brackets that can be installed in the corners of your slide-out. Corbels are available in a variety of styles—from traditional to rustic to modern. You can purchase brand new ones, find vintage options at architectural salvage shops, or create your own. Either way, adding this decorative element can help bring that little bit of character you’re looking for.

I hope these RV slide-out trim alternatives give you some ideas for your own rig. Remember to always keep your RV protected with Progressive. To learn more about comprehensive RV coverage, click here. 

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