Converting the RV Garage to an Office

One of the reasons why we chose a toy hauler for our new RV is the “garage” provides an additional room that can be fixed up to serve as a home office. We did that with our previous RV, and it worked out quite nicely. I think we’re going to be even more pleased with the one in our new RV.

Installing carpet

Carpeting the garage

So the first thing we needed to do to make the garage more livable was to install carpet. My wife Shelley had found a good deal on a used rug that was 9′ x 14′, so we trimmed it back to custom fit the 8′ x 13′ garage floor.

Carpeted Garage

Finished garage carpet

We had additional trimming to do around the corner bathroom and side door, but it worked out great!The 13′ garage is a bit larger on the 10′ garage on the last RV, and there is a small bathroom. So in addition to allowing us haul our motorcycle along with us, in can double as both an office and a guest bedroom.

It sports motorized queen size bunk beds that can be raised entirely up to the ceiling to make room for hauling multiple motorcycles, or lowered individually or together for sleeping. The bottom bed folds back to form a pair of benches, with a removable table between.

Picnic with Mom

On our last trip we took my mother-in-law with us up to Kansas for my son’s wedding. We made half the lower bunk into a bed for her, and left the other bench setup to use with the table for eating lunch, etc.

Another change that was needed was to provide power to the table that I’m using as a desk.

 

With an iMac, charging cords, and Amazon Echo, at at times a soldering station, I need several power outlets. I initially just ran extension cords, but quickly got tangled up in them. So I searched around and found some circular outlet boxes that provide both 120 vac outlets and USB ports. These mount through a hole I drilled into the table surface, and mount fairly flush.

Outlet in table

This allows using the table to eat, play games, etc. when not using the table as a computer desk. And of course the office balcone is awesome, especially when I can hang it over the edge of a lake.

Ron sitting in office by a lake

My office by the lake