One Year of Full-Time RVing and Remote Work: An Update
It's hard to believe that a year has passed since I first shared my experiences of working remotely from an RV. Now, as we continue to live and work full-time on the road, it's time to provide an update on how things have evolved since my initial post.
Does it still work for me?
Firstly, I'm happy to report that the transition to full-time RVing and remote work has been relatively smooth. The ease and convenience of working from the camper have remained consistent, allowing me to maintain productivity while enjoying the freedom and flexibility that this lifestyle offers.
However, there have been a few noteworthy changes and improvements since my "Work Remote Month" experiment back in July 2022. In the original setup, I used a 43" TV as my monitor to save space. While it served its purpose, the elevated position required me to either stand or use a bar stool for prolonged periods, which proved to be less than ideal for long-term comfort. Since transitioning to full-time RVing in October, I've upgraded to a dual-screen setup positioned right below the TV, and I've added a small office chair. This adjustment has significantly enhanced my workspace and overall comfort. It's important to note that these modifications are specific to my RV's floor plan, and other RVs may offer different layout possibilities while still maintaining a spacious setup.
Another notable change has been our shift in time zones. During the "Work Remote Month" and the initial months of full-time RVing, we stayed primarily in the Eastern Time Zone. However, in recent times, we have started heading west, crossing multiple time zones. As someone who works a traditional 9-5 job based in Florida, this shift has required me to adapt my schedule accordingly. While it does mean I have to start my day at 4:30 AM, the advantage is that I can wrap up work around 2:00 PM. This schedule alignment has allowed me to explore and experience national parks during weekdays, avoiding the weekend crowds. It's a trade-off that requires flexibility from both myself and my family, but it has proven to be a manageable and rewarding experience thus far.
Overall, I am incredibly grateful that my employer has supported and enabled me to embark on this extraordinary journey. While flexibility and adaptability are key, the benefits of full-time RVing and remote work continue to outweigh any challenges we may encounter along the way. As we continue to zig-zag between Mountain and Pacific time zones in the coming months towards Vancouver, I look forward to embracing new experiences, making memories, and appreciating the unique opportunities this lifestyle affords us while trying to remember what time I have to get up.