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This is how we turned our RV dining room into my rolling office. You can use these tips and add what works best for you to make your dining room, living room, bedroom, or extra room into an office. When we first moved into our RV, I was working full-time with the government for one year before we hit the road. We were stationary at a campground near where we sold our house for one year. I worked from a government laptop and that was all I had, working from a laptop on a table is not the best way to work. I knew that I had to get creative because I didn’t want my dining room table to look like an office, but I also needed to function as one. I also had a few other part-time jobs; one is teaching online. So not only did my office need to function, but it needed to function in different ways for each job, and look pretty at the same time.

One of the first things I purchased was an adjustable laptop stand. I teach online and

because I have video calls and meetings with clients, this was a must. The stand raises your laptop up so that you are not looking down at the videos. It is also better for your neck and back to work with the monitor at eye level. This stand is adjustable so I can move it up and down, even high enough that I can stand up to work if my back is bothering me from sitting too much. Another reason I like this one is that it is lightweight and folds down flat to be easily stored away when I am not using it. It can be stored in a cabinet, closet, or behind your couch or a chair. That is the one thing about my little office, I love that everything is easily put up out of the way after I am working for the day.

The next thing you might want to purchase for your office is some kind of storage. I purchased this small cabinet from IKEA, but I can't find it on their website. I found this one on Amazon, that is very similar. This one fits perfectly in our space in the dining room. I use it to store my printer,

extra paper, and contracts, and I also store my laptop and Tri-Screen from Xebec. The cabinet is not very heavy and travels right here in this space with no issues on our travel days. I don't need to strap it down or anything. But, our slide comes up to our table and the chairs kind of hold it in place. If you are worried about it moving, you could always attach it to the wall in the back of the cabinet. This functions great for me by adding storage for my office, and I added plants and my WiFi router on there as well.

If you don't have the space for a cabinet like this one you can always find a smaller one or use an empty cabinet in your RV, a basket, or even make a space in a closet or under your bed to store supplies when you are done for the day. I also have a basket under the table for storing all my teaching props and toys. I teach very young students sometimes so I have toys and puppets that I needed to store. This decorative basket is great for storing your office supplies as well. It looks like it is just a pretty basket that I added that looks like it belongs here and is not meant for storage.

The best upgrade I made was adding the Tri-Screens by Xebec to my laptop. This gives me three screens to work from. I can work on a project, teach a class, or write a blog and have my calendar and emails up on the other two screens. The best part is how easy they are to install and how portable they are. We now have a truck camper for smaller trips, so I pack my laptop and my Tri-Screens in a bag and then have a rolling office in there as well. It takes seconds to set up, just pop it on the laptop, plug it in, and you're ready to start working.

This is great for us traveling nomads that don't have room for large bulky extra monitors. I can now be so much more productive and I can travel anywhere with my setup because it is so portable. Love that I can take it and work from anywhere.

I also like using it when making our travel plans. I keep a map up on one screen, a calendar on one, and the campground reservations website on the main screen. This makes booking our travels so much easier. Shane even has one now for his laptop, although he uses it for watching multiple sports games so he can see all the scores.

A comfortable chair is a must for your office space. I wanted one that was not just functional, but also pretty and matched my decorations. I found these brown chairs that are much more comfortable and definitely nicer looking than the ones that came in the RV. I added a lumbar pillow to help my back when sitting for long periods of time. Also, the blue just adds a pop of color and makes it pretty to look at.

The last and probably most important thing you need for a rolling office is some kind of WIFI. There are so many types of traveling internet out there these days. When we first started looking three years ago it was very hard to find portable internet that could travel with you, and it was very expensive. We have a couple of ways we get internet now because I need backups to make sure I have internet for my jobs.

The first way we get internet is from ATT unlimited router through a company called Millenicom.

The second internet we use is T-Mobile unlimited home WIFI. It has traveled with us and done very well, especially for the price, we only pay $30 a month because we have the military plan. But, if you don't it is only $50 a month. Lastly, if all else fails we use the campground WIFI. But, for the last 3 years, we haven't had to use theirs. Here is a tip, you will need your own WIFI because the campground's internet is never reliable.

You can make any space in your home or home on wheels an office. Whether you are at your kitchen table, a tiny desk in the bedroom, or a huge office space in a bunkroom or toy hauler, any space can become a rolling office. I even like to work outside sometimes when the weather is nice, and it is great that most of my stuff is portable and I can work from anywhere. As long as you have the basics that you need to work, and you are comfortable that is all that matters. Some of the items I have added are not necessary, but they sure do make it a lot easier for me to get my work done.

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Port Aransas, Texas

321 N on the Beach, Port Aransas, TX 78373

(361) 749-6117

I.B. Magee Beach RV Park

Shane - Gills on Wheels
Shane enjoying the great weather.

A campground on the beach for $37 a night, count us in! This campground is located on the beach in Port Aransas, Texas. The beach is about a 5-minute walk from most of the campsites. If you don’t feel like walking, a short drive out the campground entrance is a road with beach access. In Texas, most of the beaches allow vehicle traffic.

You can drive and park on the beach if you purchase a beach pass at just about any store in the area. Right now it is only $12 for the beach parking pass. This pass will last you for an entire year and it works on any Texas beaches. This campground doesn’t have a lot of amenities, but it is on the beach and what else do you need? Three years ago, when Hurricane Harvey came through, it destroyed this campground. The campground has been closed for three years rebuilding and has just reopened last year.

Each spot is fully paved and large enough to fit your RV, truck, and boat. They are constructing a brand-new clubhouse that features an office, showers, bathrooms, and a laundromat.

When this office opens the rates will go up to $50 a night, which is still a great price for the location of this campground. It will also be a much shorter walk to the beach once the office is open. It is just behind our spot in this photo above. You will be able to walk under it straight to the beach on the other side. Right now because of construction you have to walk around. If you want to be super close to the beach without all the sand, we highly recommend this campground. There is only one negative for this campground, and that is the stickers/burs. All of the grass between each campsite is covered in stickers. If they would just spray and take care of the stickers this campground would be perfect.

If you like the ocean and water activities Port Aransas is the place to go. You can take boat tours for dolphin watching or deep-sea fishing. If you would rather do something a little more active there are a few bays and inlets where you can go paddleboarding or kayaking on your own or there are several places to rent them. There are tons of little beach shops in the area, you can find decorations, bathing suits, and all the souvenirs you would ever need. If you like seafood this area has many great seafood restaurants, our favorite in the area is Moby Dicks and Fins Grill. Here is a tip if you want to go to a restaurant, go early, all their restaurants are very busy, and if you wait until 6 pm or later you will wait for at least an hour and a half. It is a small island with not many restaurants and a lot of people wanting to eat out. Port Aransas is a great touristy beach town.

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TOP 10 plus a few extras

We get asked by new campers what should be the first items to buy after we purchase our camper.

Some people go overboard and purchase items that are not really necessary. I will be honest we are definitely one of those people. We purchase items sometimes that you really don't need, especially as a new camper. Even being veteran campers, we still purchase items that never get used or that we really don't need. There are also people that buy campers and just don't know what they need to go on their first camping trip.

Here is a list of items we compiled that we think are necessary to take your camper out for the first time. We added a few other items that make your first trip a whole lot easier.

Must-Have Items

1. Sewage hose with a clear connector- this is not mandatory, but it sure helps when dumping your tanks so you can see when they run clear.

2. RV toilet paper - believe it or not, this is a very debated subject, not everyone thinks you should use RV toilet paper, but we always have and have had no issues with our tanks.

3. Walkie Talkies - Walkie-talkies/radios are great for couples backing in the RV so you can talk to each other. You can use your phone, but we have been to campgrounds where we don't have cell

service, so these are a must. Also, great to have for hiking in case you get lost.

4. Tire chocks - These are a must! When you get to a new campsite or to store your RV before you unhook your RV you need to put one of these behind at least one tire if not all of your tires. If you are on even a slight hill your RV can roll back.

5. Power surge protector Another must for campers. Some campground outlets are a little

sketchy looking. This is a little expensive purchase but could save you thousands of dollars in damage. If there is a power surge, outage, or just a bad electric box all your stuff could be fried without this must-have

6. Potable drinking water hose -

A great water hose is a must. Most campers come with a small hose when you buy it. But, when you can upgrade to a better one that is much longer. We have been to some campgrounds and needed two hoses to reach the water hookup.

7. Water filter - You never know what kind of water you will get out of a spigot at a campground. Always better to have some kind of water filter. This is an inexpensive one that works just for your first few trips. We would suggest upgrading to a better one or getting something like a Berkey for drinking water.

8. Leveling blocks or wood Some campsites are very unlevel and you will need something to go under the jacks. You can order these level blocks or just bring some pieces of wood.

9. Gloves for dumping sewage

This one is kind of self-explanatory. You are dumping sewage, so always wear gloves and wash your hands after you are done.

10. Emergency Road Kit - Breakdowns and flat tires are going to happen sometimes. Always better to be prepared.

A few extras that are great to have for your first trip. Good to have, but not must-haves.

  1. Chairs

  2. Outdoor rug

  3. Grill

  4. RV Snap Pads

  5. Electrical Adapters (50 to 30 amp 30 to 50 amp)

  6. Outdoor lights

  7. Bungee Cords

  8. Outdoor trashcan

  9. Zip ties

  10. Water Pressure Regulator

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