Working Remotely from an RV: Pros & Cons

 Working Remotely from an RV: Pros & Cons

Working remotely from an RV can be freeing yet limiting at the same time. Let’s discuss the good and the bad!

As someone that 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.

Let me share with you what I have learned about RV remote work 2021.

The RV Remote Worker Lifestyle: Pros and Cons

Working remotely from your RV is a growing trend, especially given the social climate this past year. Lots of people are now finding success when working from the road.

In fact, I wrote about this very topic last year when the shelter in place orders were still relatively new: 6 Essential Tips on How to Work Remotely from an RV.

Working remotely from an RV is not only doable but can also be 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, in addition to my previous tips, I want to list both the pros and cons of working remotely from your RV.

Pros of Working Remotely from an RV

Let’s start with the positive! Becoming an RV remote worker offers a lot of positive benefits:

+ Freedom

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.

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 that you might not otherwise have.

It gives you the chance to meet new people and introduces you to other industries across the country. You can expand your network, and discover new business opportunities.

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.

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.

– 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 that you eat dinner.

One possible solution is to make the most of an outdoor lifestyle.

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.

– Distractions

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 work station 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

Although many of us have been working remotely due to Covid restrictions, working from the road can feel isolating in a different way.

Being in new surroundings or a new city means that 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.

Are You Working Remotely from an RV?

Please share your rewarding experiences, as well as your struggles! Do you plan to continue working remotely from an RV? What warnings and tips would you give others?

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Working Remotely from an RV: Pros & Cons

Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at RVLifestyle.com. He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.

2 Comments

  • When RVingfull time how do you renew your drivers lic or register your veh. With out a regular street address?

    • One of the considerations of domiciling in a state is how the renew these things. I just renewed the registration of my RV & truck recently. I just got on the website and paid for it.

      Getting this type of mail is important. Hopefully you have an address for the mail that will let you know about this kind of important mail. I use MyRVMail.com. A service like this will send you a snapshot of the envelope. You decide to scan, ship to you, or trash. I usually only ship mail to me every month or so. But I can make this decision whenever I want. Shipping can be less than $10 for USPS deliveries or way more for overnight delivery.

      Most places require you to originally register in person. In Florida, there are a number of offices that are not RV friendly. Those offices do not require you to show up with your RV. Either you go to a police station to verify the VIN or you have acceptable documents.

      In about one hour we fully moved into Florida with voter registration, new DLs, truck and RV registration all done. Most mailing services have information about the steps to become a local citizen.

      The 2nd worst part is money. Most banks, credit cards, and credit unions “require” a physical address. Sometimes you have to try multiple times to get them to accept your new street address. AmEx bugged me for probably a year. I’d call and they would be happy until the next automated scan would flag me. I just had an IRA company contact me after 2 years asking for a physical address. A scan of my DL made them happy again.

      The number one issue is the USPS and General Delivery. Some regions (Texas for one) won’t let you use General Delivery unless you have an actual address and will be there with 30 to 90 days. Smaller towns with only one post office seem to be less worried about those rules.

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