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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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Re: Has anyone added a computer desk?
« 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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Eric
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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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« 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.

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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.

Thanks.
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