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Camper Trailer Turned Home Office

What do you do when you work from home, but don’t really have the space, and don’t really have the money for a whole room addition to your house?  For us, it was time for a camper makeover.

My husband works about 3 days a week from home instead of going to the office.  It saves time and money from commuting, plus income tax from not working in Oregon on those days.  It’s great!

But he used to have just one small corner of our bedroom set up as his office.  It meant trying to keep Asher out of there all day, having to check if he was on the phone before I could go put laundry away, stuff like that was a little annoying to each of us.

Then he got this crazy idea to buy a camper to set up in the backyard and work from there–and it’s ended up being the best idea!

You should probably know that our backyard is kind of foresty-and not really manicured, so it was no big deal to set it up out there (and certainly no HOA around here that would care)  And he gets to watch the goats all day.

Here’s a before picture of the inside.  (We had already taken the drawers out–remember one got used in my porch makeover as a planter)

and here’s how it looks after our handyman did some magic in there (we did do the painting ourselves.)  It got new framing, new insulation, vinyl on the floor, beadboard on the walls, and panelling on the ceiling.

Panoramic view of the inside:

We recently had our electrical panel replaced and in the process had a new outside outlet installed on its own circut. That way if I turn on the hair dryer I won’t trip the breaker that’s powering his computer.

I have to admit, when my husband first proposed the idea I wasn’t really sure if it would work.  We both love the set up though, and with a small heater and portable a/c unit, he’s comfortable through all seasons out there!

So be honest–what do you think?  What would you turn a camper into in your backyard?

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Pauline Crouse

Sunday 9th of October 2022

I really want to do this for a home studio. Do you still have to register it with the DMV, pay vehicle insurance etc? How does it affect your home insurance?


Saturday 5th of December 2020

Has anyone tried to have a camper set up as a home office but then have it ready to turn back into camper van for yearly month family trips on the road??


Wednesday 8th of April 2020

How far is the trailer from the main house, and did you have a problem with WiFi? I'm ready to make the jump, but I'm not so computer literate that I could figure out a WiFi booster on my own. I love the simple design and private space. I plan on continuing work from home after Covid-19. Thanks for the inspiration.


Wednesday 8th of April 2020

It was only about 50 feet from the house, and we had a really good router. We didn't have to do a booster. Hope that helps!

Sherri R

Wednesday 21st of August 2019

I love the end result! Mine would also be an office. But having a dedicated space for crafts would also be amazing! Oh now I'm torn! Thanks for sharing,


Tuesday 25th of February 2020

What a genius solution!! We recently acquired a vintage trailer similar to this and can’t find any info about the make or model of it. Do you happen to know the make or model of your new office?


Terrie Handrick

Tuesday 16th of July 2019

Thanks for sharing I am considering this very idea for my office and wondered if anyone had take on the challenge .

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