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MookieKat

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I will be working and need space for a full-size desktop computer and a 32" monitor. Photo editing.

I have considered a bunkhouse model to keep it all out of sight...for a tidier look, but I just cannot stand the tiny kitchen and living area.

Because we cook daily, we really want to have a rear kitchen model. I cannot come up with any office solutions with this kind of a floor plan, without using the dining table.

Would love to see if anyone has come up with some solutions.

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My computer desk uses a radial computer monitor mount which can be swung out of the way when not in use. My tower computer is in an enclosed, ventilated space below the desk with a printer on top.

I designed this space instead of using the traditional big, honking desk in the middle of the RV.


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Have you considered a 32" television with PC input? That could decrease some of your extra space requirements.

Not sure why photo editing requires a desktop PC. Laptops are just as powerful and require less space. The main advantage of a desktop would be add-on cards.


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HappyKayakers wrote:

Have you considered a 32" television with PC input? That could decrease some of your extra space requirements.

Not sure why photo editing requires a desktop PC. Laptops are just as powerful and require less space. The main advantage of a desktop would be add-on cards.


I am a professional photographer and my work requires a great deal of intricacy...as well as a large monitor for designing albums.

a. Laptop monitors do not come in 32"
b. Laptop monitors cannot touch the quality (resolution, contrast,
color, etc of a separate monitor. My professional monitor costs
$1,500.
c. Laptop monitors cannot be calibrated for above qualities for the
most part, but even if they can, they will never match the above.

The same with a TV...it is not created to be a fine-tuned super high rez editing machine.

Also, the rear kitchen models with the E-center next to steps to BR are not convertible to desks.

* This post was edited 09/30/13 09:16pm by MookieKat *

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TechWriter wrote:

My computer desk uses a radial computer monitor mount which can be swung out of the way when not in use. My tower computer is in an enclosed, ventilated space below the desk with a printer on top.

I designed this space instead of using the traditional big, honking desk in the middle of the RV.


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We have a 37 ft class A. The first thing we did was yank the couch and we yanked the chair behind the passenger chair. Hubby found a small stacked desk and put it where the couch was with his office chair. He did have to make it narrower but all he did was remove one side and cut all the shelves down 2" so that it fit on the slide better. We could have let it hang out over the edge but he wanted to mount the side table next to it. The side table was between the passenger chair and the chair we yanked. It has a table you lift up and out to make a side table.

I found an enclosed desk that has two doors that, when closed, holds monitor, tower, keyboard and lots of stuff and keeps it all in place and out of sight.

When we travel, I take my office chair and nest it upside down, on top of his office chair and we strap them tight with one of the seat belts that used to be for the couch.

Both computer desks are screwed and secured. They have never moved since we did this in 2007. Printers stay in place and so do the monitors. The only thing I do is unplug his laptop and place it up front by my feet.

The doors of my enclosed computer desk are secured shut with a wire tie. I pack the inside with a few pillows and some bubble wrap so it's filled. Nothing moves around inside that desk. I found the desk at STAPLES in 2007. When it's shut it looks like a wardrobe closet.

We don't watch tv in the "living area" so having a couch wasn't important. The couch was never that comfortable to sit on or sleep on. This works for us.


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I've said it before (in one or more of your posts) and I'll say it again for the last time. To live in an RV requires COMPROMISE on a lot of things. Kitchen size/layout, bath layout, length, cost, etc. You will have to give up some things for others. and remember, the first RV is only to allow you to muddle around to see what you really need. We are on our third trailer, fourth TV, don't overthink everything, it'll drive you nuts.

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Mookiekat, take a look at this floorplan. It is for a Bighorn 3670RL which has been in production since at least 2008, so you should be able to find a nice used one.

Bighorn 3670RL

This is a very livable floorplan, with a large mid kitchen with more counterspace and cabinets than most. One option is for the 4 door refrigerator, in which case you lose the pantry next to the fridge. There is a desk area on the off-door side with 2 recliners on the back wall and a sofabed opposite.

If it is just the two of you, you may want to consider getting rid of the sofabed, moving the recliners to the sofa location and putting your office in the back.

We have the identical floorplan in the Landmark and think the layout would probably work for you. The outside storage bays are huge!

Good luck in your search!


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This thread is worthless without pics..... Just sayin


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TheAmRheins wrote:

Mookiekat, take a look at this floorplan. It is for a Bighorn 3670RL which has been in production since at least 2008, so you should be able to find a nice used one.

Bighorn 3670RL

This is a very livable floorplan, with a large mid kitchen with more counterspace and cabinets than most. One option is for the 4 door refrigerator, in which case you lose the pantry next to the fridge. There is a desk area on the off-door side with 2 recliners on the back wall and a sofabed opposite.

If it is just the two of you, you may want to consider getting rid of the sofabed, moving the recliners to the sofa location and putting your office in the back.

We have the identical floorplan in the Landmark and think the layout would probably work for you. The outside storage bays are huge!

Good luck in your search!


Yes..thank you. We had become enamored with the rear kitchen model, but we may have to give that up for office space.

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