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25 Mobile Office Set-Ups to Inspire You to RV Full-Time

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I’m a sucker for a good mobile office set-up.

Mostly because 99% of RVs don’t come equipped with a desk or any space that even resembles a good work station. (Shout out to all the entrepreneurs out there taking conference calls at the RV park picnic table!)

If you want a mobile office in your RV, you have to get creative, learn how to do a little renovation, and maximize your square footage.

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As we all make do with creating an office space in our home on wheels, there are a few essential items we’ve found that make the ergonomics of the situation a whole lot better.

Laptop Stand

Save your neck the literal headache.

This is Heath’s favorite laptop stand (we’ve also used this cheaper but bulkier one that is slightly harder to travel with) and he has used it for years. If you find yourself slouching over your laptop, complaining about neck and shoulder pain, and need an easy solution, this is it.

This particular one by Nexstand is basically a cheaper version of a Roost laptop stand (pretty sure they invented this style). We’ve tried both brands and the Roost lasted about a month before it broke. The Nexstand has traveled to multiple countries by plane and RV. Highly recommend.

Ready to upgrade your work space? These 25 mobile office set-ups will inspire you to hit the road in an RV. http://heathandalyssa.com/mobile-officeWireless Mouse

Some people just hate trackpads. Some people hate Bluetooth mouses that can be a pain to connect. Some people hate using a mouse with a cord like it’s 2003.

So this USB mouse checks all the boxes (and is available in a bunch of colors). We’ve used this mouse for years after our Apple mouse kept giving us trouble. It’s under $20 and super reliable.

Wireless Keyboard

We use the Magic Keyboard that came with our iMac. It’s small, it’s rechargeable, it’s light and easy to toss into a backpack.

But it’s nearly $100.

You can find much cheaper keyboards on Amazon, and I recommend any small, light keyboard that works via Bluetooth so you can easily travel with it.

External Monitor

This is the piece of equipment you’ll see most people below adding to their RVs.

We’ve traveled with our iMac in both of our Winnebagos—laying the heavy monitor on the bed during travel for safety. But for most, a lightweight and mountable external monitor is a better option.

Plus, then you can simply unhook your laptop and head to a coffee shop if you’re looking to get out of the rig. That is not so easy with a desktop computer! External monitors are great for running multiple screens at once and for keeping your workspace a little more comfortable for your body.

Other recommendations:

Standing Desk: For a while, we used a piano stand and a large cutting board as a makeshift standing desk. It worked great, though it was a bit wobbly. Standing desks are crazy overpriced if you ask me, but you can find collapsible laptop stands for musicians on Amazon for a quarter of the price.

AirpodsHeath has raved about Airpods for years and I’m now on board. They aren’t noise-canceling, but the fact that whatever I’m listening to pauses as soon as I remove an Airpod is SO BRILLIANT. And handy.

Portable Table: If the couch if your best workspace, we loved this little table! It scoots under the couch easily and it’s big enough to host your laptop and your lunch (clearly speaking from experience here.) The height is adjustable, but it doesn’t get tall enough to be used as a standing desk.

Those are the biggest ways we’ve seen RVers adapt their workspace to be a little friendly to the body and the small space. It’s a challenge that all RV entrepreneurs love to tackle, so we asked our Facebook group to share their mobile office set-ups to inspire you.

Below are our top 25 picks, ranging from stand-up desks to custom build-outs to folding tables and couches. There’s no one way to set up a desk in an RV and these pioneers prove it!

Dapper Drive

Dapper Drive office set-up

The Rig: 2007 28-foot travel trailer

Outside Found

Outside Found office set-up

The Rig: 2001 GMC Bluebird bus

 

Phyllis Swenson

Phil Swenson

Most intense set-up I have seen!

The Rig: Class A motorhome

Roamin Ryans

Roamin Ryans office set-up

The Rig: Grand Design Momentum fifth wheel toy hauler

Sit/stand up desk set up in the garage

Sonya Schweitzer

Sonya Schweitzer office set-up

Desk set up in the bedroom for the husband. The wife uses the dinette.

No Address Required

No Address Required office set-up

The Rig: 2007 Damon Daybreak 3276

Nathan Kaemingk

Nathan Kaemingk office set-up

Took out the chair by the door and added in a small Ikea desk!

Faux Bold

Faux Bold office set-up

The Rig: Airstream

Migratory Life

Steffanie Pisula office set-up

The Rig: Rockwood Windjammer

Steffanie and Michael have done a lot of little renos on their travel trailer, including adding in this desk space!

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Mark Roberts

Mark Roberts office set-up

The Rig: Class A motorhome

RV Reboot

Cathy Martin office set-up

The Rig: 40 ft Itasca Horizon (Class A motorhome)

This is actually the existing dinette!

Rachel Brewer

Rachel Brewer office set-up

Always on Liberty

Always on Liberty office set-up

Lisa in her outdoor office!

The Rig: Landmark fifth wheel

Mountain Modern Life

Mountain Modern Life

Can I choose a favorite mobile office set-up? It’s this one! 😍😍😍

The Rig: Class A motorhome

A Team Life

A Team Life

Oh wait, this one might be my favorite. I love the curtains!

The Rig: Fifth wheel

Follow Your Detour

Follow You Detour

Lindsay’s office

The Rig: Fifth wheel

The Fit RV

The Fit RV

The Rig: Winnebago Travato (Class B motorhome)

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The Simple Venture

The Simple Venture

The Rig: Class A motorhome

Northern Nomads

Northern Nomads

The Rig: Travel Trailer

Technomadia

Technomadia office set-up

The Rig: 1961 vintage bus

[For more mobile office set-ups, check out Technomadia’s article.]

Always the Road

 

Always The Road

#vanlife

RV Love

RV Love

The Rig: Class A Motorhome

188sqft

188 Sq Ft

The Rig: Keystone fifth wheel

The pup: Foxey, a miniature Golden doodle that Heath tries to kidnap every time we see Kevin and Mandy 😂

Heath, the king of many offices

Photo cred: Kyle Kesterson

Charles Gupton

building a business on the road

Back in our Winnebago Brave, Heath would use all five of these desk setups on any given day because he can’t sit still. He likes to bounce around.

Me

This year we moved into a 2020 Winnebago Forza 38D, which has a dual desk setup that has been a game-changer. As I said, 99% of RVs don’t have desk space. We chose this RV because it falls in that one percent. I love having that separation between a workspace and the rest of the house. Plus having any space at all that is dedicated solely to being an office is pure luxury.

Now that you’ve got the desk, all you need is a job you can work from anywhere!

Ready to upgrade your work space? These 25 mobile office set-ups will inspire you to hit the road in an RV.

 

36 Responses

  • Great post. I love “looking” inside peoples campers. We’re finally taking our camper out next week. I’ll post a picture of our office setup while we’re out.

    • Haha yes sometimes the best part of RV parks is getting to peek inside everyone else’s rigs!

  • These pics are great!! I really love a whole bunch of them. I adore about everything from Mountain Modern Life. Such fantastic style. You are a cute mess at least. Thanks for a great posts.

  • Very nice pictures!
    The beauty of RVing is that it takes you into the nature. So just having a laptop and a folding chair is usually all what needed for a true mobile office.

    The complicated set ups are usually counter productive, as one mentioned below ” it almost makes you want to work” and inside.

    Keep it simple – that’s why we are RVing…

    • Very true! But I think most of us want to and enjoy working in our RVs because it allows us to go more places and get out into nature more often!

  • Awesome pics! We pulled out the recliner and installed a big deal made out of a scrap piece of butcher block. It’s right in front of a big window. Awesome-sauce!

  • Thanks for the inspiration! I was afraid I’d have to give up my beloved DXRacer chair when we get our 5th wheel, but I see others on wheels. I’d be curious how they secure their rolling chairs…

  • Love the inspiration and it’s fun to see some of my favorite mobile office spaces in this post, including ours, woo-hoo! The only downside to our living room office is that we have to spend two minutes putting it away or setting it up, which means on my super lazy days I just work at the pop-up desk in the bedroom, haha.

    • Haha it’s funny how big of a difference those two minutes make! I have definitely spent many mornings with my laptop in bed because that’s just SO much easier!

  • I’m surprised there weren’t any bunk removals. That’s the direction we are leaning. But have till spring to figure it out.

    • Well there’s a couple school buses in there, so there were a few that started out with empty buses and built out their whole layout!

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    We used a $20 black desk and $20 black 2-shelf bookcase from Walmart and made a great corner desk behind our passenger seat. We have a 37ft Class A Motorhome.

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  • Just stumbled on this blog because I Googled “why don’t RVs have office space?” As a video editor I need to set up and LEAVE IT…until I move again 🙂 I wish I just used a laptop…but my office setup will be a little more complicated. Thank you SO MUCH for this post and the inspiration. I’m just beginning my journey of research to see if this is indeed something I could do. I hope RV designers take this trend seriously and actually start designing workspaces! RVs aren’t just for the retired anymore. Thanks again for your blog! Great information! Happy travels!

    • Hey Wendi! I do video editing on the road as well and just takeover our dinette table with a desktop computer. When we’re driving, we lay it down on the bed so it’s protected. 🙂 So glad you enjoyed the post! We actually had Winnebago come out to our conference last month and they interviewed entrepreneurs on how to integrate workspace into future RVs. It will be cool to see what they come up with!

      • That’s amazing and such great news!! Thanks so much for the tip! I will remember that. I’m so happy I found your blog! Thanks again!

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