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Has anyone added a computer desk?
« on: January 25, 2012, 10:43:02 PM »
Hello,

Wanted to know if people could suggest a good computer desk setup and/or manufacturer? If the RV has carpet under the dinette and you remove the dinette for a nice large computer desk, is the carpet usually custom cut around the dinette or does it sit on top of the carpet?

I really want to have my big two monitor computer system with me for stock trading while full-timing. I don't own the rig yet so suggestions for a computer-desk friendly rig would be great.

Thx
Eric

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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2012, 10:56:36 PM »
Browse this Remodeling Your RV board and you'll find lots of examples of what folks have done for a computer desk. Some were custom built, while others were purchased.
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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2012, 11:03:24 PM »
Several RV Forum members have had work done by Davis Cabinets in Junction City, Oregon. We had a desk made for our Country Coach and Shawn has done several modifications in our American Dream.

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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2012, 12:17:24 AM »
We had ours done by Davis Cabinets when the motorhome was new.  We were lucky that they could go over to Monaco while it was on the assembly line to measure the space and match wood, Corian, and hardware.  They did a beautiful job making sure the drawers were deep and all the way to the wall, the laptop drawer was intricately cut on an angle so the adjacent printer drawer could also hold a ream of paper, the Corian top comes off so you can get to wiring, the side cabinets along the outside wall can also handle a tower if someone wants a desktop instead of a laptop, etc.  There's a lot more to designing a functional computer desk than meets the eye.  Their experience paid off because they thought of a couple of things we hadn't even considered.  We're very pleased with ours.

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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2012, 06:55:17 AM »
I removed my dinette and the carpeting underneath it.  I replaced the carpet with a laminate wood floor and replaced the dinette with a large wooden roll-top desk that runs front to back.  I bought a computer type chair for sitting at the desk when working.
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Re: Has anyone added a computer desk?
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2012, 08:00:49 AM »
I removed a useless little corner table that was adjacent to the recliner and built in a computer desk, which I made myself (woodworking is a hobby of mine). It's in a corner of one of the living area slides.  The wood is cherry veneer and the top is corian.
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« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2012, 08:32:52 AM »
I removed my dinette and the carpeting underneath it.  I replaced the carpet with a laminate wood floor and replaced the dinette with a large wooden roll-top desk that runs front to back.  I bought a computer type chair for sitting at the desk when working.

This is exactly what I think I will have to do.  How hard is it to remove a dinette and prep a floor for non-carpet?  Are these usually modular (meaning whatever is next to the dinette is not dependent on the dinette to hold something up). Where do full-timers do their own work on rigs? Many of the campgrounds I stayed in have signs stating that you can't do work there. There will always be debris and noise.

I would love to see more pictures of what people have come up with. Gary's desk looks very nice but I have two 24" LCD monitors connected to my computer so my desk will have to be wider. Nice use of space Gary.

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« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2012, 08:44:31 AM »
I removed my dinette and put a carpet down. Removing it was time consuming. Tiffin uses a lot of screws to hold things together. The only tool I used was a 1/4" square head screwdriver, which is the screw of choice for Tiffin. I went to Walmart and for $20 bought a 5'x7' plain brown carpet and laid it on the floor. I didn't do anything to prepare the floor, it was in fine shape.

I removed the dinette because seating for four is a total waste of time when you live alone.

I went to Walmart and spent another $20 on a plastic 3 drawer cabinet about 30 inches high, 30 inches wide and a foot deep. I put a nice place mat on top and that is my computer table. I then went to Walmart and bought a $15 folding chair. Not the classiest set up you will ever see, but very functional and cheap.

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« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2012, 10:00:19 AM »
How hard is it to remove a dinette and prep a floor for non-carpet?  Are these usually modular (meaning whatever is next to the dinette is not dependent on the dinette to hold something up). Where do full-timers do their own work on rigs? Many of the campgrounds I stayed in have signs stating that you can't do work there. There will always be debris and noise.

Removing the dinette table was not a problem, the track on the wall that remained is hidden by the desk.  Removing the carpet could have been easier but Fleetwood used so many staples in the carpet that I spent an hour just removing them.  The seats for the dinette took some dismantling and some woodwork to cover the area on the front and rear walls where the dinette seats were located.  There was a lot of debris, but I was lucky in that somebody came over and wanted my old dinette pieces and hauled it off for me.
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Re: Has anyone added a computer desk?
« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2012, 08:42:10 PM »
EMan508,

Earlier in this post ArdraF told you about our computer desk.  Here is a photo of it.

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« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2012, 08:49:13 PM »
Earlier in this post ArdraF told you about our computer desk.  Here is a photo of it.

Nice setup!!!
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« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2012, 10:02:37 PM »
Note the "mouse house" on the right!  ;)  The louvered cabinets are where we store electronic "stuff" for phones and cameras and computers, but inside it would fit a tower on the floor.

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Re: Has anyone added a computer desk?
« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2012, 10:39:41 PM »
WOW!  I want to hire you when I'm ready!

What other cool ideas have you all implemented?

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« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2012, 07:20:05 AM »
Here's what we did to replace the booth dinette.  The table is pulled out and the desk is 80"x30".  It would easily hold your dual monitors.  The right pedestal has a door and 3 pull out trays for printer, scanner, and other electronics.  There is a topic elsewhere that has more pictures and details.
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« Reply #14 on: January 27, 2012, 07:57:17 AM »
All very nice, and all very creative.

Here is what we did.  We removed the love seat couch and put this computer desk in that we built

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« Reply #15 on: January 27, 2012, 09:57:56 AM »
Hi,
I took a different approach since we still use the table for the two of us and I didn't want to give up the storage under the seats. My set up would work for one person with the large monitors.
We keep the printer in the bedroom (wireless); and I'll be the first to admit that the "shelf" collects stuff, but it has worked well for us.
I installed a 600W inverter under the left side with a DPDT switch (center off) to select between the inverter, OFF, and house power. An outlet strip is inset on the back of the shelf and storage bins are behind the doors on either side (above the seats).
Just another option!!
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« Reply #16 on: January 27, 2012, 10:08:50 AM »
Our class C doesn't have the room other MHs may have so I couldn't get quite so elaborate.  However, since it is just the two of us (most of the time) and getting in and out of the typical booth style dinette isn't fun, here's what I did.  The extended table stows against the wall under the counter when not needed.  The counter makes a nice computer desk as well as a place for Ditto to lay and look out the window (note towel on counter).
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« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2012, 10:34:43 AM »
We didn't have a booth, but replaced an unused sofabed with this. If it looks familiar, it was inspired by Jerry & Ardra's desk and cabinet addition, but flipped 180 degrees (i.e. on the opposite side of the coach). Over time, the carpet depression virtually disappeared, and the "light" cherry naturally darkened to match the medium cherry color of the existing cabinets.

If I had Gary's woodworking skills, I'd have built something myself for a lot less money.

Ned has a really nice (and big) desk, built by a talented relative.
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« Reply #18 on: January 27, 2012, 12:35:17 PM »
Sure are a lot of very creative people here!  They all look great.  I think Neds setup is exactly what I was looking for.  I can easily fit all my existing gear on it.  Now I need to find creative way to bring my 42" LCD TV with me!

Ned, I'll try to track down the other data you mentioned. Has anyone ever found a store bought design like Neds?

Thank you everyone! 

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« Reply #19 on: January 27, 2012, 12:54:46 PM »
Not exactly like Ned's, but ours was store bought.  We removed both the couch and the dinette booth.  We purchased a six foot wide computer desk from Oak Wherehouse in Des Moines along with a two foot wide matching oak pendaflex file cabinet, giving us 8 total feet of usable flat surface.  We loved it!  I can't post a picture because we have since sold the motorhome.  Instead of the couch, we bought an Ecornes type recliner with footstool.  We didn't miss the table at all and were content to eat with foldable oak tv trays. 
 
You must measure carefully to make sure that a store bought unit fits through the door.  Tom removed the door hardware and we still only had about 1/16" clearance on either side.  We met the Oak Wherehouse people in a large shopping center parking lot.  They moved the desk into the motorhome almost horizontally from the bed of a pickup.
 
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« Reply #20 on: January 27, 2012, 02:58:09 PM »
There are some very fine examples of craftsmanship and even more good ideas in this thread.

My wife and I are new to camping in general and we have lived 6 months or so in our motorhome and we are still finding the learning curve quite steep. Listening to the "renovation" projects overwhelm us because we can't identify the things we can give up in the motor home and then finding a replacement that better fits our needs.

And then of course the "weight Bogeyman" is waiting, waiting for us to become complacent! But our computer/office desk/file storage is in the planning stage.

Thank goodness we found this RV campground in the Hill Country of Texas near San Antonio, beautiful site on the Guadelupe River, fantastic owners and staff with a great attitude and a friendly group of other"winter Texans" willing to welcome a Saskatchewan couple into their coffee circle, card night and potluck suppers.

I expressed our needs, the Park owner took 3 of his employees over to look the situation over and another camper helped out and our unit is being built this weekend.

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« Reply #21 on: January 27, 2012, 03:09:17 PM »
Can't help much here as our MH came with a computer (laptop) slide on the navigator side

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« Reply #22 on: January 27, 2012, 09:16:47 PM »
We removed both the couch and the dinette booth. 

And fooled Pat into thinking you had installed a slideout!!!!:-)
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« Reply #23 on: January 27, 2012, 09:22:11 PM »
Aye Jim, it sure opened up some space.
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« Reply #24 on: September 17, 2012, 02:34:11 AM »
This is an old thread but I thought I would add my computer desk.  When I picked up the coach I gave the sofa bed to the service staff for thier lounge because I knew I wanted a full size computer desk in that location.  I went to Office depot and bought a full size business desk and installed it in the sofa location.  I did put some wood strips under the feet to allow it to fit and to make it level.  I used three monitors, two 17 inch normal Gateway wall mounted monitors and a large center mounted Toshiba flat screen entertainment monitor.  I also duplicated this setup in the Stacker trailer, but that was primarily for games, videos, and Directv.  The setup in the Stacker was stripped out when the rig was stolen and the stacker was bare when recovered.  The monitors in the coach were also gone but the desk remained.

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« Reply #25 on: September 17, 2012, 04:11:07 PM »
This is an old thread but I thought I would add my computer desk.  When I picked up the coach I gave the sofa bed to the service staff for thier lounge because I knew I wanted a full size computer desk in that location.  I went to Office depot and bought a full size business desk and installed it in the sofa location.  I did put some wood strips under the feet to allow it to fit and to make it level.  I used three monitors, two 17 inch normal Gateway wall mounted monitors and a large center mounted Toshiba flat screen entertainment monitor.  I also duplicated this setup in the Stacker trailer, but that was primarily for games, videos, and Directv.  The setup in the Stacker was stripped out when the rig was stolen and the stacker was bare when recovered.  The monitors in the coach were also gone but the desk remained.

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I'm sorry for your loss. That had to be heartbreaking.

I like the desk setup; it's not far from what I have in mind when I get my trailer. Any guesses on how much weight all that added to the slide?
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« Reply #26 on: September 17, 2012, 08:11:08 PM »
    Over 15 or so years ago and 4 rigs with dinette's - I finally found one with a table and chairs instead. As a solo rver have always used the dinette as an office - whereas now, I am very content with my office w/o having to rip anything out. This rig has a drop leaf table and chairs vs. a dinette. And is contained in the almost 3 foot deep slide.

Actually I did take out one of the bolted down chairs and replaced it with a filing cabinet. As with Ned's table/desk, the table is a drop leaf so extents for more office desk space or for use with the two folding chairs that came with the unit. Under the table bungied to the bulkhead is a small footprint desktop console. Much less expensive and easier to update than a laptop for stictly an office usage machine.

Ned, do you recognize that monitor? I finally just gave it away and the black one is not used anymore either. So the desktop now has a 22 inch flat screen and the laptop sits more on the drop leaf when not out and about with me. I do all of my remote desktop w/the laptop, wherever I am at the time.

Have attached a photo of the world headquarters of my business . . .  :)
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« Reply #27 on: September 17, 2012, 09:44:52 PM »
You did get good use out of that LCD display, Bob.
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« Reply #28 on: September 18, 2012, 07:14:26 AM »
Lady Fitzgerald,  Thanks,  I do not think that the desk I used added any weight because it replaced a sofa sleeper that had been in that location.  I think that the steel, mattress, and sofa weighed more than the office desk did.
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« Reply #29 on: September 18, 2012, 01:42:13 PM »
Lady Fitzgerald,  Thanks,  I do not think that the desk I used added any weight because it replaced a sofa sleeper that had been in that location.  I think that the steel, mattress, and sofa weighed more than the office desk did.

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« Reply #30 on: October 27, 2012, 03:35:54 PM »
Ours is a setup that won't work with most RVs, but it might give inspiration for thinking outside the box.  The queen bed in the rear of our 40-foot motorhome now rises to perpendicular, from the head instead of the foot, and a desk cantilevers out from under it.  Holds a computer CPU and three monitors and assorted junk that I am assured is vital.

Here are some photos and an animation of how it works:  http://debcar.com/rvinfo.htm#OFFICE

And here is a report on how it was designed and built:  http://debcar.com/Story0303DVI2c.htm


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« Reply #31 on: November 18, 2012, 08:06:18 AM »
I used a piece of oak 1/2" plywood...sanded and Verathaned. Added 2 "L" brackets the the long side and made adapting hardware to a wall that we had space on. This way were are able to just slide it into the brackets on the wall and screw on a couple pvc legs to the front of the plywood. When we are done...unscrew the legs...pull the top from the wall and store it under the bed.
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« Reply #32 on: November 18, 2012, 08:28:17 AM »
Trivet that is very very creative!! I guarantee  your idea will be pick up buy a manufacture and added as an option.

I just can't get over your vision and what you have done, and you now have a private office so others can use the front of the coach while you work.

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« Reply #33 on: November 18, 2012, 01:00:48 PM »
Trivet that is very very creative!! I guarantee  your idea will be pick up buy a manufacture and added as an option.

Can't remember the manufacturer - possibly a Fleetwood Storm, had just that in a model I saw in the late 90's at an RV show at CalExpo in Sacramento. The queen, or maybe it was a double, folded up into the rear bulkhead. The folded office desk was under the bed and rose up as the bed was raised.

At the time I was trying to decide the best way to have a real office in an RV vs. using my dinette. And was at a point of buying a new RV. I really liked the idea, but was concerned about how long it would take to set and break down the office. The desk was not the problem. It was the stuff one needs in an office, and stowing and unstowing time required. I run my business and need several computers networked - plus printer, scanner, et. al. For this reason I decided against that rig.

Several years later I asked about how that setup was doing - and was told they discontinued the model because few sales resulted for the same reasons I doubted it would work for me. I figured converting each night for me would most likely last a couple of days - then I would tire of it and wind up sleeping on my couch every night instead. And I "did" actually consider that because a bedroom to me is wasted space anyway.

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« Reply #34 on: December 03, 2012, 04:07:01 PM »
If you are going to build a cool desk you should build in the right computer. It should be silent, very low power, and small enough to mount in some place where you won't see it. It should drive at least 2 monitors. A laptop will not be good enough. Laptops clutter the desk, aren't bolted down, and make noise. Yes, I am being a perfectionist.

The photo shows a computer that is similar to the one I mounted under my desk at home. The idea is to mount this under or inside the RV desk. Don't buy one of those metal computer cases. They only consume space, power, and make fan noise.

This motherboard is an Intel DQ77KB (mini-itx form factor). It takes 19v DC in. It should be easy to find a 12v DC to 19v adapter to run it from the battery of the RV, but an A/C brick power supply that has no moving parts, thus no noise, is easy enough to find (logicsupply.com).

The cpu can be an i3, i5, or i7 and there are some of these that use a maximum of 35w. Mine is the i3-2100T which is plenty of speed for almost anything. The fan that you see is the only moving part. It cools the CPU, but since the CPU hardly heats up, the fan spins slowly. I cannot hear it unless I get under the desk to listen. The disk is an SSD (intel 330), so it is silent, fast, and low power. These disks come in a mSata chip that plugs into the motherboard, so the ugly cables you see in the photo would disappear if I had bought that type. The computer boots from off to useful in 14 seconds.

I have a portable external DVD player that I can plug in whenever I need it. You should be able to find an "internal" type dvd player and then mount that somewhere that allows you to get to it without seeing it much.

There are LCD monitors that are very thin and take 19v DC in. I have not looked in earnest to find one that has a removable stand so that it can be put onto a monitor arm, but I am sure they exist.

The other thing I need to find are the momentary switches and LEDs that comprise the front panel. The desk will have a switch mounted somewhere handy and hidden to turn the thing on/off, and there will be an LED that shows me when it is on.

Get a wireless keyboard and mouse so that there are no wires to ugly the setup.

Regarding the printer: it makes noise, is bulky, and eats trees. Go paperless.

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« Reply #35 on: December 03, 2012, 08:38:07 PM »
Trivet that is very very creative!! I guarantee  your idea will be pick up buy a manufacture and added as an option.

I just can't get over your vision and what you have done, and you now have a private office so others can use the front of the coach while you work.

Best mod i have ever seen!

Thanks for the props!  The vertical bed makes an excellent wall, and if there's still too much racket in the front, there's another door that can close the bedroom off completely.

It takes about 30 seconds to set it up or put it down.  Really, the biggest problem is that you have to make the bed first.   :)   The only things that ever get moved are the three monitors (laying them down or standing them up) and the chair.  Everything else on the desk stays right where it is even when traveling, even the loose items like pencil cups, staplers, stereo speakers, model cars, a joystick. 

But I don't think it would be a popular option.  We have it because we need this computer and three monitors to do the programming and testing for vehicle simulators--definitely a special case.  Most people don't need a "real" office like that, especially with everybody using laptops these days.  And you have to be pretty spry to get in and out of it because the chair sits on the engine cover.  But it works splendidly for us. 

And johntaves, you'd have a heart attack if you saw what's on there now.  The computer takes up an entire corner of the desk, is the biggest power hog on the planet, runs hotter than a pistol, has a rat's nest of dust-collecting wires, and is incredibly loud (mainly because of the two fans on it, one of which glows blue).  It does have a wireless keyboard and mouse, though.  Yay.

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Re: Has anyone added a computer desk?
« Reply #36 on: December 06, 2012, 08:31:34 PM »
Trivet, I sort of assumed that was the case. The three monitors do not look like light, thin, DC powered units, so I figured that there was a loud beast under the desk too. Doing 3-d simulations might require some cool graphics card, and that card might be a power pig, but I would bet that there's no reason you can't upgrade to a quiet DC powered board. 3 new killer monitors, motherboard, RAM, CPU, and graphics card might be $1500. This is a serious skeleton in your closet. The desk is so cool and well done, and the computer so hideous that the whole thing is tainted. It's a bit like Lance Armstrong. 7 tour de France victories, beat cancer, wow what a guy! Oh, oops, he was on roids. Damn.

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Re: Has anyone added a computer desk?
« Reply #37 on: December 09, 2012, 09:15:50 PM »
We had ours done by Davis Cabinets when the motorhome was new.  We were lucky that they could go over to Monaco while it was on the assembly line to measure the space and match wood, Corian, and hardware.  They did a beautiful job making sure the drawers were deep and all the way to the wall, the laptop drawer was intricately cut on an angle so the adjacent printer drawer could also hold a ream of paper, the Corian top comes off so you can get to wiring, the side cabinets along the outside wall can also handle a tower if someone wants a desktop instead of a laptop, etc.  There's a lot more to designing a functional computer desk than meets the eye.  Their experience paid off because they thought of a couple of things we hadn't even considered.  We're very pleased with ours.
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BUT?? Yes they do fantastic work for sure  but also  Very very exspensive.I hazard a guess at 4K plus just for your new monaco mod??(or more)

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Re: Has anyone added a computer desk?
« Reply #38 on: September 27, 2013, 04:34:57 AM »
My rig is still in a scatter brained assortment of epiphanies, finished masterpieces, and works in progress.
With this said, My setup is my 15" dell lcd with quick release from the stand (for safety in transport on those forest service roads) ((ten bucks as is @ sedona goodwill, one of my fav thrift shops)), mounted from the overhead shelf in front of of my little closet at the driver side rear of my house, facing towards passenger side 2nd row seat, but facing backwards, and I lay back with a wireless kb and mouse.
Oh, and by the way, my house is a United States version, so the driver side is the to the left.
Sorry, I just wanted to clarify that.

Thank you all for your posting.
Some one, please explain to me, why is it, that even when I'm boondockin' for a few weeks (I like to stay for the full 14 days, thank you, it helps increase my fun factor and also helps defray my fuel costs), I still have to get a dose of internet every couple days?

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Re: Has anyone added a computer desk?
« Reply #39 on: September 27, 2013, 04:21:28 PM »
Here is a store bought solution (actually, purchased online and shipped to the RV park for assembly)....

We don't have sleepover guests for the sleeper sofa, Christi didn't like how it held her long frame, and she was tired of three years full timing and not having her dining room table to use.

Before, during, and after pictures!

We are all much happier now... 8)
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Re: Has anyone added a computer desk?
« Reply #40 on: September 29, 2013, 05:01:28 PM »
We had Davis Cabinets make a combination desk and pullout table. It also has a custom-made dog house, removable if desired for file space or other use. (BTW the MH is for sale; ad on for sale board.)
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Re: Has anyone added a computer desk?
« Reply #41 on: September 30, 2013, 12:43:50 AM »
skyking4ar2, how do you keep the keyboard tray from coming open when you're driving?  My motorhome came with something similar in the living room, a keyboard tray with a drawer underneath, and I have to tie the handle to a nearby door handle to keep it from sliding out.  Have you found a more elegant solution? 

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Re: Has anyone added a computer desk?
« Reply #42 on: September 30, 2013, 07:47:53 AM »
My tray is a relatively tight fit and does not pop out easily. Also, the way mine closes, you could easily mount small,  flat magnets to hold the drawer.
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Re: Has anyone added a computer desk?
« Reply #43 on: October 14, 2013, 03:04:21 PM »
I would like to know if after removing the couch and perhaps the dinette and installing a custom desk/recliner area was it more difficult to sell the RV? I'd like to go from couch/dinette to L-shaped work desk and recliner but wonder what will happen to the value and ease of selling the RV in the future.

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Re: Has anyone added a computer desk?
« Reply #44 on: October 14, 2013, 03:13:34 PM »
Quick answer.... For the buyer who says it's the cats meow but won't pay extra.

                        For the other buyer who says shucks I wanted a couch..probably won't buy.

   Money ?  Big question-mark.  Do it and enjoy your desk, that's worth something.





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Re: Has anyone added a computer desk?
« Reply #45 on: October 14, 2013, 06:11:52 PM »
We removed table and chairs from our Luxor and replaced with this; bought a section of wood counter top and a pull-out cabinet from IKEA. Cheap and easy, doesn't stick out into the walkway as much. It gives more room to eat and now we can look out the window at the world. Clean the dishes off and the computer comes out of the cabinet and takes its place up top.
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Re: Has anyone added a computer desk?
« Reply #46 on: October 17, 2013, 08:30:17 AM »

How did you locate the studs in the walls to fasten your new cabinets?

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Re: Has anyone added a computer desk?
« Reply #47 on: February 02, 2015, 01:51:30 PM »
If you are going to build a cool desk you should build in the right computer. It should be silent, very low power, and small enough to mount in some place where you won't see it. It should drive at least 2 monitors. A laptop will not be good enough. Laptops clutter the desk, aren't bolted down, and make noise. Yes, I am being a perfectionist.

The photo shows a computer that is similar to the one I mounted under my desk at home. The idea is to mount this under or inside the RV desk. Don't buy one of those metal computer cases. They only consume space, power, and make fan noise.

This motherboard is an Intel DQ77KB (mini-itx form factor). It takes 19v DC in. It should be easy to find a 12v DC to 19v adapter to run it from the battery of the RV, but an A/C brick power supply that has no moving parts, thus no noise, is easy enough to find (logicsupply.com).

The cpu can be an i3, i5, or i7 and there are some of these that use a maximum of 35w. Mine is the i3-2100T which is plenty of speed for almost anything. The fan that you see is the only moving part. It cools the CPU, but since the CPU hardly heats up, the fan spins slowly. I cannot hear it unless I get under the desk to listen. The disk is an SSD (intel 330), so it is silent, fast, and low power. These disks come in a mSata chip that plugs into the motherboard, so the ugly cables you see in the photo would disappear if I had bought that type. The computer boots from off to useful in 14 seconds.

I have a portable external DVD player that I can plug in whenever I need it. You should be able to find an "internal" type dvd player and then mount that somewhere that allows you to get to it without seeing it much.

There are LCD monitors that are very thin and take 19v DC in. I have not looked in earnest to find one that has a removable stand so that it can be put onto a monitor arm, but I am sure they exist.

The other thing I need to find are the momentary switches and LEDs that comprise the front panel. The desk will have a switch mounted somewhere handy and hidden to turn the thing on/off, and there will be an LED that shows me when it is on.

Get a wireless keyboard and mouse so that there are no wires to ugly the setup.

Regarding the printer: it makes noise, is bulky, and eats trees. Go paperless.

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Re: Has anyone added a computer desk?
« Reply #48 on: February 02, 2015, 06:51:52 PM »

I really want to have my big two monitor computer system with me for stock trading while full-timing.

I will add a computer desk by custom maked. BTW, will trading be safe in the US while fulltiming by using the Public network?
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Re: Has anyone added a computer desk?
« Reply #49 on: February 03, 2015, 11:28:43 AM »
We are in a front living room model.  WE removed one of the couches and my husband built a desk from a custom cut piece of counter top from home depot and filing cabinets from staples with customer wood fronts placed on them. 

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Re: Has anyone added a computer desk?
« Reply #50 on: March 10, 2015, 04:07:11 PM »
I'm currently using this:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004D8VFE0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The only problem are the wheels, they're cheap, but you can easily find replacements from any local Walmart.
The desk itself is sturdy and weighs in around 40lbs.
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Re: Has anyone added a computer desk?
« Reply #51 on: July 24, 2016, 08:03:07 PM »
I've been trying to figure this out too.  Finally came up with the answer. Spiderlegs Folding Laptop Desk.  I found it on Amazon, but then I found the actual website for the guy who makes them.  He can do all kinds of custom stuff.  The desk top is 25 x 16, but we wanted it 25 x 19 so the keyboard could also fit on there.  For only a few dollars more he made it that size.  It folds down so easily and we use Command Tabs (and 2 plastic "hooks") --  my husband figured out where on the back side of the desk to stick the hooks, and then attached the command strips to the wall -- they are called "bundlers - cord organization".  The desk folds down (like spider legs) and then we attach it to the wall when we travel.  When we get there, it pops up and sits either up front by the passenger seat -- or in front of the sofa.  It's pefect!  The guy also makes coffee tables and all kinds of furniture that pops up.  Perfect for Rvs.  Each one is made at the time you order, so it takes a week or a little longer before he ships it from California.  I hope this info helps others, as I looked a long time to find something.
His website is:
http://spiderlegs.com/


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Re: Has anyone added a computer desk?
« Reply #52 on: July 25, 2016, 09:26:49 AM »
I built one in, where the coach used to have a cutesy little corner shelf/cabinet. It's next to my recliner, so all I have to do is swivel 90 degrees to the tube.
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Re: Has anyone added a computer desk?
« Reply #53 on: July 25, 2016, 10:00:16 AM »
I'm fortunate that everything I need to do can be handled by a good laptop. I don't store or send paper (print to PDF is a wonderful thing) and seldom need to scan documents (in a pinch a decent usb or phone camera can make do).
I can work from the dinette, but I found this little folding porta-desk at Walgreens a few years ago for twenty bucks and it's worked out just great. I can use it inside from a comfy chair but prefer to set up shop outdoors whenever possible.
When I need a second monitor I use the TV.
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Re: Has anyone added a computer desk?
« Reply #54 on: August 07, 2016, 09:03:17 PM »
I just turn my dinette table 90 degrees keeping one post in and a file box on the right bench seat to keep it level, I run a laptop with 2 screens , full size wireless keyboard and mouse. I got a small office chair on wheels and it fits perfectly between the benches. It takes about 3 minutes to set up and take down.  The chair stores under my couch when not being used or I have it bungee corded to the leg of the table if I want to travel and leave it up.
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Re: Has anyone added a computer desk?
« Reply #55 on: August 11, 2016, 01:42:54 PM »
Nice setup!!!

Wow, this looks great!!!
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Re: Has anyone added a computer desk?
« Reply #56 on: February 16, 2017, 08:48:06 PM »
We have been traveling for 14 months in our Class A RV and are working full-time while on the road. We built a full custom office in the rear of our RV. It cost a few thousand dollars but has been worth every penny. I have a computer with four monitors, a UPS and printer. It is an awesome setup. I also have a Herman Miller Aeron chair. Everything is bolted down so nothing moves when we are traveling. It has been quite the adventure, tons of fun but it sure is a steep learning curve. Our RV is currently for sale but you can see pictures of our custom setup. Click this link to see our setup.

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Re: Has anyone added a computer desk?
« Reply #57 on: February 17, 2017, 01:56:34 PM »
teddykiss459, where's the bed? 

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Re: Has anyone added a computer desk?
« Reply #58 on: February 17, 2017, 03:29:46 PM »
I removed my dinette which was super simple but frustrating. Why so many mismatched screws keystone? Why?!

Carpet was the same underneath. Only issue I had was some wood strip that went down the side of the slide stopped at the dinette bench. So there's a gap now but to not really a big deal. If you have a border or something that may happen to you as well.

I used an ikea desk bc it's lightweight and inexpensive yet durable. So if I want to redecorate I can and if I want to keep it it will last. I added wooden crates from michaels for storage and decoration. When I travel I just flip them on their side and everything stays put. I use a little laptop bench to elevate my computer.
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Re: Has anyone added a computer desk?
« Reply #59 on: February 19, 2017, 09:30:43 PM »
I also replaced my heavy traditional type desk with a lightweight simple desk.

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Re: Has anyone added a computer desk?
« Reply #60 on: February 22, 2017, 10:02:23 AM »
Went to the thrift store and purchased a desk for $20, took the top off and did this.
Before and After.

 

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