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Old 04-03-2015, 11:50 PM   #1
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Which Casita would be best for heavy computer use?

I have been looking at the Casita website, trying to determine which model would be best for heavy computer use. My current desk is a 2ftx4ft plastic table, and a high-back leather chair. I'm certain I would have to settle for less space.

Most of the models, except the Freedom, have you sit on a cargo box, which I assume I could get use. I don't think I could use the swivel chairs in the Freedom, and I don't think there is enough room for a high-back chair. Maybe I could use the rear dinette as the computer desk, and sleep on the bed against the wall. My current bed is a long twin XL, so the bed on the wall looks too small (though I'm only 5'10).

I would be using computers a lot, and I would need to somehow sit in a comfortable way. My main computer is currently a large 30" iMac, which looks bigger than the tables on the side of the Casitas. I could use a laptop if I had to.

Or should I be looking at a different FGRV?
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Old 04-04-2015, 08:45 AM   #2
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Interesting question... I'm wondering if you will be living by yourself or with other people, and what kind of budget you are looking at.

I will say this though: an RV dinette will not provide the ergonomics of a proper office set-up for long hours at a computer. A while back my home office was taken over by a pastoral intern for several months, and I used the Scamp during that time. I enjoyed sitting at a "desk" with windows all around, but it wasn't so good for my back. Plenty of well-placed pillows and frequent breaks helped.
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Old 04-04-2015, 08:52 AM   #3
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Late thought... It might be possible to mount some kind of smallish office chair on top of a dinette seat in place of the flat cushion. You'd remove the pedestal, of course. You might have to modify the table height as well to get a comfortable keyboard height.
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Old 04-04-2015, 09:05 AM   #4
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You might consider switching to a laptop. I spend far too much time on a computer while traveling in an Escape 17B. I carry a MacBookPlus 17" laptop. I can't imagine storing a large iMac for travel every couple of days.
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Agree with the lap top.
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Old 04-04-2015, 09:37 AM   #6
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Another thought... Get a Freedom model and remove everything from the dinette space. Make a tall bar-height desk across part of the space, leaving room on one end for the tall chair you will pull out and set in the aisle when you are at work. That's not unlike what Robert Johans has done in his new Nest trailer. Depending on where you park, you could have an office with a great view!

It'd be a good idea to hang onto the parts you take out, though. When you sell, most buyers will want the stock set-up.
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Old 04-04-2015, 10:19 AM   #7
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Another thought... Get a Freedom model and remove everything from the dinette space. Make a tall bar-height desk across part of the space, leaving room on one end for the tall chair you will pull out and set in the aisle when you are at work. That's not unlike what Robert Johans has done in his new Nest trailer. Depending on where you park, you could have an office with a great view!

It'd be a good idea to hang onto the parts you take out, though. When you sell, most buyers will want the stock set-up.
I was thinking of doing this. At first I didn't want to give up the cargo space that the swivel chairs replace, but then I thought if I needed the empty space, it would be easier to remove the swivel chairs than the cargo boxes. I have been looking online for better pictures of the area that the swivel chairs are attached to the floor. It appears the floor rises, perhaps it is a wheel well. If I can see some close ups of that area, I should be able to tell if I could put a desk there. I will look for pictures of Robert Johans camper.
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Old 04-04-2015, 10:51 AM   #8
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Latest medical studies compare sitting to smoking cigarettes. Trend in offices is toward desks that you stand at. Solves the problem of a chair.
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William, I believe the floor under the side dinette is raised 5-6" above the center aisle, and there is a wheel well that protrudes further. I believe it is toward the rear of that space. If you put the desk over it, it wouldn't be a problem. It might even make a convenient footrest.

I agree- the Freedom set-up will be easier to take apart, and the floor, wall, and wheel well are nicely finished.

If you are serious about pursuing this option, you should really try to tour a Casita for yourself.
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Old 04-05-2015, 07:09 AM   #10
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You might contact Casita and see if there are any owners in your general area who might let you look at theirs. Fiberglass owners are a great bunch and normally glad to show off what they have.
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Old 04-05-2015, 10:11 AM   #11
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With the Liberty in theory you could remove part of the box on one side near the kitchen and build your desk. You would still have a sitting area on the other side plus could still keep your bed made up if you wanted.
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The new "Nest" trailers will have a sort of 'desk' area, and one could buy the perfect office chair to go with it.
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That's a great question. My wife and I are talking about doing a stint in a Casita or Scamp, and I'm wondering about my computer setup as well. I'm self employed and work from my computer, so it will be important to keep a computer workspace in the trailer.

Unfortunately, I just upgraded from a 17" MBP to a custom built desktop with a 27" display in Nov 2014, and I'm quite spoiled by it. I've also worked at a standing desk for over 10 years now, and I don't think I could work sitting down. This will definitely be fun, coming up with a solution to this conundrum!
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The new "Nest" trailers will have a sort of 'desk' area, and one could buy the perfect office chair to go with it.
What is the "Nest" trailer?

This thing? NestEgg Trailers

Or this? http://www.nestcaravans.com
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