One big perk of owning an RV is how easily it can be repurposed so you can work remotely. Whether you’re on a summer trip with your family or looking to work permanently during your travels, RVs can quickly become work vehicles with a few minor additions. Some campers may be short on space, so it’s important to know the tips and tricks for working from your RV. To further help you out, RV Trader is sharing everything you need to set up a functional RV work space.
These days, the internet is required for virtually all jobs, and you should expect the same when using your recreational vehicle for work. While some new vehicles have built-in Wifi, many RVers have relied on their smartphone as an internet hotspot. However, you do have to keep in mind how much data you’re using with your cellular plan. A more permanent solution would be to buy a cellular modem and Wifi router. If you have your travel trailer or other RV parked at a remote campsite, a WiFi booster will improve the signal in your RV.
Once you have your internet set up, your next priority should be a computer for work. Laptops are ideal if you don’t have the room for a desktop computer, plus you can work virtually anywhere in your RV. If you have a little more wiggling room with your setup and budget, consider adding an extra monitor to your laptop. This may help you visualize projects and get work done more efficiently with a larger screen.
3. Computer Accessories
Consider all the ways you’ll be using your computer for work to figure out what accessories you may need. Will you need a webcam for meetings with colleagues or clients? Will you need headphones during those times when family, friends, or fellow campers are a distraction? Here’s a rundown for what you may need for your computer.
- Laptop stand to prop up your computer
- Keyboard and mouse with wireless Bluetooth connection
- Noise-canceling headphones or earbuds
- Microphone for web meetings or presentations
- Flash drive or external hard drive for storage
- Extra plugs and cables for power and charging
- Power strip for multiple plug-ins
With a larger RV, it’s easy to work from a kitchen table or furniture in your living space. If you don’t have room designated for a freestanding workspace desk, there are a few ways you can reuse objects in your RV so you can work. You can install a desk that mounts to a wall or furniture, use a fold-out cabinet as a desk, or even place your laptop on your dashboard and work—only while you’re parked of course!
5. Backdrop and Work Pod
Keep your RV looking professional for video conferences by installing a backdrop or using a work pod or tent outside with fold-out chairs. All of this comes in handy when you’re tight on space in smaller RVs or leisure travel vans. While some webcams have their own virtual backdrops, you could get more privacy by hanging up a blanket, installing your own greenscreen, or using the great outdoors as your background.
RVs give you freedom and flexibility to work from the RV park, campsite, or wherever you decide to park. When you know how to work full-time from your RV, these accessories will help you stay efficient in your vehicle’s workspace. If you’re searching for your next new or used RV, be sure to see the nation’s largest inventory of listings on our marketplace at RVTrader.com.