Working remotely from an RV can be freeing yet limiting at the same time. Let’s discuss the good and the bad…
As someone who lives and works from my RV most of the year, I’ve learned a lot about the triumphs and pitfalls of working while on the road.
Working remotely from an RV is not only doable but also an exciting adventure. It allows you to experience new places and people while still being productive.
But, it can also present a few issues that you need to consider before becoming an RV remote worker.
So, I want to list both the pros and cons of working remotely from your RV.
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5 Pros of Working Remotely from an RV
Let’s start with the positive! Becoming an RV remote worker offers a lot of positive benefits:
Being an RV remote worker allows you to roam from place to place while still earning a living.
Nothing can feel more freeing than being on the open road. Or traveling to new spots every few days. You have the freedom to see new places, without being tied down to an office.
+ Enjoying Nature
For many people, the only “outdoors” they experience is the short walk from their car to the office. According to the EPA, the average American only spends 7% of their life outdoors!
If you love the outdoors but never seem to have the time to enjoy it, working remotely from an RV can reconnect you with nature.
You can work from the Grand Canyon one day and then from Sequoia Kings Canyon the next. Or maybe spend time checking out all that Yellowstone has to offer.
Your commute becomes an experience!
+ Living Cheaper
Although the upfront cost of purchasing an RV can be hefty, many people find RV living to ultimately be a cheaper way of life.
Aside from some campground and resort fees, gas, and maintenance, an RV can offer a more affordable life, which means all that remote work you’re doing will stretch further.
(RV living isn't necessarily cheaper. Be sure to read Con #5!)
+ Having Fun
Working remotely from an RV can be just plain fun. Studies have shown that travel can boost your productivity. Checking out new cities or sights can leave you feeling refreshed and ready to work.
It will also give you fun stories to share with your coworkers. They might end up following in your footsteps… or tracks, rather!
+ Opportunity for Growth
Being on the road can present work opportunities you might not otherwise have.
It allows you to meet new people while camping and introduces you to other industries across the country. You can expand your network, and discover new business opportunities.
5 Cons of Working Remotely from an RV
While there are many benefits to becoming an RV remote worker, there are some downfalls as well.
Here are some things to think about before working remotely from an RV.
– Internet Speed
One notorious drawback of working remotely from an RV is slow internet speed. Whether you are trying to use an RV park’s wifi or use your own wireless network service, connectivity can be an issue.
If you are serious about your need for fast Internet, you'll certainly need a more professional setup than most people will need on the road. Stay tuned, as they say, as we are testing a system out right now that might be the ticket for your particular situation.
One possible solution is to have different wireless plans to help cover different areas of the country.
You might also want to plan your location wisely, as being inside a national park might present certain connectivity issues. If you have an important meeting at work, you can plan ahead to be in a location that won’t hinder your internet connection.
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– Difficult to Separate Work and Home Space
It is sometimes a challenge to separate your work and home space.
While working from a brick-and-mortar home can present the same issue, an RV is an even smaller space. That means your makeshift office may be in the same spot where you eat dinner.
One possible solution is to make the most of an outdoor lifestyle. These 17 Best Foldable Tables and Table Accessories for Camping can help you set up a great outdoor space.
If you work indoors at your dinette, think about eating your meals outside. That can help divide up your space and reduce the feeling that you are always at work.
Another thing to think about before working from an RV is the increase in distractions you might face.
Whether you are distracted by something beautiful you see in nature, the new city that you just drive into, or by an RV repair that needs your attention, distractions can be a part of your RV experience.
Having a set workstation and work schedule can help you tune out the distractions.
That way, you sit “here” and work “for this long” every workday. Then the rest is all play!
– Feeling Isolated
Being in new surroundings or a new city means you are not around the familiar and comforting things you’re used to. That can make you feel isolated and lonely.
One way to combat the feeling of isolation is to keep some comforting items around. Display a favorite photo of loved ones, or bring along comfort items like a beloved cozy sweatshirt.
Such special items will help you feel at home even when away from home.
Family and friends may not support your RV lifestyle more often than you think. In that case, here's How to Tell Family & Friends You're Hitting the Road in 5 Steps.
– Costs More Than You Think
I know I listed affordability as a pro, but it's important to be realistic. Living and working remotely from an RV can be expensive.
To keep it affordable, you need to plan ahead and abide by a budget. Otherwise, you may find yourself spending as much on your RV lifestyle as a sedentary lifestyle.
Here are some resources to help:
- Fulltime RV Living: Count the Cost
- Buying an RV: Seven Hidden Costs to Consider
- SAVE on Gas & Diesel! (RV Fuel Discount Cards & More)
- Save BIG with Reciprocal Memberships for Museums, Zoos & More
- How to SAVE MONEY on an RV Road Trip (Top 10 Tips)
I wrote another article on this very topic that you may find useful, too. It's a list of 6 Essential Tips on How to Work Remotely from an RV.
I highly recommend that article as well as the following:
- Work Camping Jobs: 10 Best Resources for Workamper Jobs
- 115 Jobs REAL RVers Do To Make Money While RVing
- Make Money While RVing as a Pet Sitter!
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If you’re researching working on the road, you should also research boondocking!
In our complete beginner’s guide, we walk you through:
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- Tips, tricks, and “cheats”
- Best resources to find free or cheap boondocking spots
- and so much more!
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