If you’re considering a digital nomad life in an RV, then you might be wondering how to set up your RV office. Full-time RV living most often requires working while on the road and you may want an RV desk set-up.
Now, not every RVer works online. But, many who are not living off of their savings are working online doing some sort of remote work.
If you’ve read anything else we’ve written on the topic here at Let’s Travel Family, you’ll know that we have lived in our RV full-time for 2 ½ years and worked as digital nomads. During that time, we’ve set up our RV computer workstation in a few different ways.
I want to share with you how we made it work in our Class C RV motorhome, and outdoors in our screened tent.
Keep reading to the end to learn from a few of our RV living friends and check out some pictures of other RV office ideas in fifth wheels, travel trailers, and Class A motorhomes.
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Think Outside The Box With Your RV Office Set-Up
As you contemplate how in the world you are going to have space in your RV to be productive with your work, I want you to take a few minutes to try to think outside the box.
Start by listing out what you NEED each day to successfully make an income to live the travel life you are dreaming of living.
Do you need a silent space without interruptions because you’ll be on conference calls with clients who have no idea that you’re working from an RV?
Or, will you only have those types of meetings once a week during which time you can send your family and dog outside while you hop on your calls?
Will you be working 40 hours a week on a computer while your partner or kids need to eat lunch at the kitchen table?
Or, does your digital nomad job entail just 2 hours a day where you can take over the kitchen table when nobody is eating?
Do you NEED two monitors to get the job done? Or can you work off of a laptop and still make it function for you so that you have more flexibility?
There are many ways to look at your options.
Instead of saying ‘I HAVE to have XYZ’ you could say ‘XYZ is what I’m used to, but I’m willing to think outside the box to find a solution now that we are going to live in our RV full-time’.
5 Ways To Think Differently About An RV Office:
1. Buy noise-canceling headphones like these so that you can stay focused and get work done, even if the family or pets are making noise in the background.
2. Wake up early to work without interruption for a few hours before the rest of your family wakes up.
3. Work in batches, then take long stretches of time off during the day or week.
4. Try working in the passenger seat while your partner drives on a travel day.
5. Set up your desk over another usable space in your RV each day (multi-use).
RV Desk Ideas
Now that you’re on your way to being ‘flexible’ with your remote workstation, let’s dive into some RV desk ideas that might get you thinking a bit about your situation.
Whether you are looking to buy an RV soon, or you already own one, I suggest reading all the way through this post to help you think creatively on how to set up your RV desk or office area.
- Create a stand-up desk with folding tables stacked on your bed
- Use the passenger seat in your motorhome as your desk
- Turn your bedroom closet into a flip-down desk
- Use a folding chair that stores away easily
- Set up your desk in a screened-in tent outside
- Custom build a desk for your RV
- Sit at your dinner table
- Turn your outdoor TV into your computer workstation
- Use your kitchen stove or counter as a stand-up desk
I often use our stovetop in the early mornings as my standing desk for my laptop.
Here are a few more photos to give you ideas of what you could use as an RV desk.
My favorite photo is the one below that my friend Ashley shared with me of her desk in her fifth wheel bedroom. She was able to convert her cabinets into pull down desk tops.
RV Office Ideas
Okay, do you have your creative juices flowing yet? Are you thinking a bit differently about your RV desk? I hope so, because RV life does require a bit of flexibility.
Now I want you to think about your RV office creatively. Do you actually NEED a dedicated office in your RV all the time, or are you willing to be flexible here too?
For example, if we were visiting an area of the country where it didn’t rain much, I would often set-up our Gazelle Screened in Tent and Tony would use it as his RV office for the week.
Or, if we were camping in a National Park like we did in Rocky Mountain National Park, we would drive into the city of Estes Park where Tony and I would work from the library. Why? Well, because National Parks do not have much cell signal and we can’t get online inside the parks.
Here are a few RV office ideas to keep you thinking:
1. Make your bedroom your RV office
2. Turn your kitchen into your office
3. Make a toy hauler back room as an office
4. Make a screened tent an office
5. Go to McDonalds or the library for your office
6. Turn your bunk slide into your office
When determining how you want your RV office to be setup, you may want to brush up on how to get internet in your RV in the first place.
Quick tip – cellular data. Oh, and this simple device will help with your cell signal.
Beyond Your RV Office
Now that you know how to set up your RV office, it’s time to think beyond working online from the road. I have so many resources that might be able to help you out in your RV living journey. Check out these to get you started:
Or, if you just want to browse around and learn more about RV living, then start with our RV living page where we list all of our blog posts about the topic.