Why We RV And Work Remotely

Gabe and Rocio sitting outside of their RV under a large oak tree

Gabe and Rocio have successfully been able to balance RV living, traveling and working for almost four years. And, on top of that, they often camp and boondock in really remote locations without any service. So, how have they managed to do both? This adventure-loving couple shares their tips for working remotely in an RV, including finding reliable internet and call service, establishing workstations in a small space, and staying connected with employees and clients while traveling.

Gabe Rivero researches boondocking locations on his laptop

How do you find stable, reliable internet and service while traveling?

The first thing we do is research different boondocking or camping websites and apps. We like to use Campendium and Sēkr because these two usually provide reviews on both cell service coverage and details on which carrier has the strongest signal. We actually travel with three different cell service carriers—I’ve got one carrier, Rocio has another, and then we also have a hotspot from a third carrier. So, if we’re ever in a campsite that has spotty service, one of our three carriers can usually pick something up and we’re covered. We also purchased a WiFi booster for our camper van and this really helps. We simply turn on the hotspot and place it next to the booster, and we instantly get an extra two or three bars.

Gave and Rocio work on their laptops inside their Thor Motor Coach sequence

What features of your RV make working from the road easier?

Working from the road is super easy in our camper van because it’s so compact and nimble. We can go wherever we want, whenever we want. If we ever get to a place that has zero service and we really need it, we can easily pack up and move. There have been a few times where I’ve needed strong Internet for a work call or a Zoom meeting, so I’ll just take the van for a few hours and find a nearby store or cafe and do my work there. We also have separate, dedicated workstations and plenty of outlets. Gabe usually sits near the front of the van, and I’ll take one of the benches in the back, and we don’t get in each other’s way.

Gabe and Rocio enjoying nature on a dock

What are the advantages to working remote from your RV?

There are plenty of advantages to working in an RV. First, it has really helped us manage stress and practice patience. If we ever start to feel overwhelmed, we can take a break and step out into nature, and then come back feeling more rejuvenated and see our work in a different light. Second, being on the road allows you the opportunity to meet a bunch of new people—some of which can lead to new job opportunities or even just career advice. You start talking about what you do for a living or your career, and maybe someone has done the same thing or something similar and you can share your experiences and learn from each other. And lastly, the best thing about working remotely in an RV is that your office is constantly changing. We’ve taken calls from the peaks in Glacier National Park all the way down to the beaches in Key West. It’s so much better than going to the same building every day and sitting in the same office with the same view.

Gabe and Rocio Rivero drive down the road under large oak trees with spanish moss

What tips or advice do you have for someone considering remote work from an RV?

If someone is new to RVing and wants to try remote work for the first time, our advice is to take it in phases. First, have a discussion with your boss or manager and see if you can work from home a few days a week. This is a good way to test being out of a traditional office environment and being more reliant on things like email, phone calls and virtual meetings. Then, try working from your RV for a day. Having a trial run inside of your RV will help you determine what equipment you might need, what power sources you have and the reliability of your internet. You can gradually start to increase the number of days you work in the RV until you feel comfortable enough to do it regularly or full-time. If you do decide to go fully remote, then we recommend getting a hotspot and WiFi booster—both of these are essential.

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Class B motorhomes are small, streamlined and ready to roll. Nimble and more fuel efficient than Class C motorhomes, Class B motorhomes offer living space best suited for small groups. Most Class B motorhomes do not offer slide outs yet still offer luxurious amenities like galley kitchens, beds and restrooms.

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