How to Keep a Level Head While You Work in an RV

One of the very first things we did after moving into our RV was to replace the dining table and chairs with my desk and office chair so that I could work while on the road.

There was always a lean to the left since the desk and chair were located in the slide out on the RV. I couldn’t use a desk chair mat because I always rolled to the left. It was pretty annoying.

I thought it leaned a little too much because there was a problem with the slide. I assumed it would be better once we had the slide fixed. I was wrong.

There is still a lean even though we’ve had the slide fixed several times. Not a big lean, but a lean. The last repair guy says it’s supposed to lean to let the water roll off. Ok, I guess that makes sense.

Time for a better solution

We went to Home Depot and bought a piece of 4 feet by 4 feet plywood that’s 5/32″ thick. We cut a foot and a half off one side so it would not be too wide for the 3 foot slide. I laid the plywood on the slide floor and then raised the left side to make it level when I got home.

I found that placing a 2×4 on the left side under the plywood made it level. But, putting weight in the middle made it sag a bit.

We placed the piece we cut off the side along with a few more wood pieces (that we happened to have in the back of the truck for levelers on the trailer) underneath the plywood in various heights to give the plywood more support.

I could roll my chair if I wanted, but I don’t want to roll off the back. I use a rubber mat (sort of like memory foam) that keeps me from rolling off the plywood since I don’t need to roll in such a small space.

It worked! I am more level today that I’ve been in a very long time. I love not leaning. I should have done this long ago 🙂

The cost to keep my head (and the rest of me) level? $17.21 with tax. Money well spent.

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