Life on the road is awesome. We’re so blessed to work and travel, so that we didn’t have to wait for retirement to enjoy this lifestyle.
Comfortable working space for two geeks who work online however isn’t a built in feature of most RVs. One of the reasons we sought out a bus conversion was for the increased options for modifications.
We intentionally looked for something we could rip out unneeded furniture and construct our own desk space.
Having now traveled in our 35′ vintage beauty for nearly 6 years, we finally put together a tour of our office – including how we keep our monitors seat-belted to the desk so we have minimal setup at each stop.
For a quick 5 minute video tour, click the play button on this brand new video:
Our Transformation from Dinette to Desk Space
We almost immediately ripped out the dinette in our bus, and began contemplating what would work best in the remaining space. We temporarily repurposed the old dinette table and used tape on the floor to play around with dimensions for the desk:
We lucked into finding a handyman in a campground, and hired him for a day to build us the desk. The cabinet seen that was originally in the front of the bus was moved to be the center support for the desk, giving us storage space.
We intentionally left about a 1.5″ gap in the rear of the desk for running cables.
Next step was bringing in larger monitors as we were tired of just having laptop screens. But we’d need a way to mount the monitors so we wouldn’t have to keep taking them up and down (we move around every few days – we like to minimize our setup time).
While stopped visiting a friend, we discovered he’s a blacksmith – and voila – Chris’ idea of a constructing c-clamps to strap the monitors down was realized.
In over 5 years of traveling with this setup there’s been no damage to the monitors or desk. We consider that a success!
The beauty of retina screens since have allowed us to downscale our monitor sizes.
Chris has gone back to using a 13″ MacBook Pro as his primary computer and ditched the big 27″ Thunderbolt monitor. He uses a mStand laptop stand that looks great, gets his laptop to a viewable height and works well with the clamping system. (The laptop does get put on the couch while underway.)
I downscaled from a 30″ Cinema Display (connected to a Mac Mini) to a 21.5″ iMac about a year ago.
This means even better office views out our windows! Score!
We also travel with rolling office chairs (currently $99 Costco specials). We use a bungee cord to strap them in while underway that routes from the back of the desk to an attachment point between the center cabinet and desk.
The past piece of the puzzle was.. where to eat? After all, we gave up our dinette for the space.
A later modifications was adding in a pull out table between the workspaces that we can use for happy hour snacks or a small meal. We often just move the keyboards and eat at our desks. Or dine outside on the a picnic table when the weather is nice.
Our Canon PIXMA Printer lives underneath the desk on top of the cabinet. It comes out for those rare times we need to actually print something. It’s been a hardy little companion over the years.
So there you go, how our office space comes together.
For More Links & Information:
RV Workspaces Series – Case Studies of other RVer’s workspaces
Our RVing Gear – Listing of the gear in our bus, including our computing gadgetry