RV SHOPPING – FINDING THE RIGHT RV
Of all the considerations for an RV purchase, an ergonomic workspace appears to be the largest obstacle for me personally when it comes to new RVs. There are a few that have a little pull-out tray in the dinette hutch where you can place your keyboard. Some have a cabinet underneath where you can put a CPU and/or printer. It has been my experience that CPUs need ventilation and the life cycle of the computer and some peripherals may be diminished without it. I want a dedicated workspace.
Another consideration is health related. How much do you appreciate the health of your shoulders and lower back? Can you imagine yourself comfortable after a few hours of working on a laptop or pc in the dinette seat? I guess it’s possible for some, but I don’t think I would like it. This is especially true for me with a booth dinette. I prefer a free standing chair I can move closer or farther away from the table as I deem necessary.
When you sit a keyboard on the countertop, do you have a desirable height for your hands to type? Will it put a slight strain on your shoulders? If you have to lift your shoulders even slightly to place your fingers on the keyboard, your body will find a way to get your attention after a while. The effect gets amplified after a few hours and it has to be considered. Can you live with that day after day? I believe most would say no unless your computer use is casual in nature. I was certain of this before I ever started looking at RVs and I have heard others talk about the pain of a setup that was less than ideal. Check out the Technomadia blog post about workspaces. Technomadia/Workspaces
In RV floorplans, they often have two sofas facing each other. I have to ask myself how often I will have so many guests that I need this amount of seating. If I already have one sofa and the captain and passenger chairs in the front, how many visitors will it take to necessitate a second sofa? This seems like a waste to me. I will need to work much more often and I want that space to be useful every day.
The manufacturers need to hear from potential buyers who won’t settle for anything less than a proper workspace. If the customers demand it, they will make it happen. If you don’t see it when you shop, speak up. Dealers need to know what their customers demand. Make your voice heard if this is important to you. You can communicate with the manufacturers directly too. I plan to do just that.
According to a recent television program, there are over one million full time RVers on the road. They’re not all retired. There are many of us who want a workspace without having to tear out perfectly good furniture we just paid for. One possible solution is a Class A RV with a bunk bed floorplan. You could ask the manufacturer to not install the bunk beds and put a work surface in that place instead. This shouldn’t require any structural changes but it may require some planning for any required wiring. Perhaps someone more technically savvy than me can address that point. I am a fan of ethernet cables. It’s secure and more reliable than wireless connectivity. It seems most bunk areas come with power for individual dvd players and lights, so there has to be some electrical power to that general area.
Depending on your workspace needs, you can decide how important this issue is for you.