Fifth wheel campers are convenient for many reasons and one of the most popular reasons for loving recreational vehicles while on vacation or road trips is the ability to cook while away from home. In addition to being a budget-wise move, it is also typically a much healthier method of feeding yourself and your family while you’re on the road.
What can you cook while you’re on the road? In most cases, you can cook exactly as you would be cooking if you were at home in your own kitchen (the one not on wheels). Fifth wheel campers on today’s market are outfitted with as much or as little “extras” as owners prefer. So the exact kitchen appointments will depend upon your model and your choices during the buying process.
What do we recommend? We recommend that you come up with some favorite “on the road” menu items and mix them in with some of your regular diet fare. This way you can have some fun and eat different foods without abruptly changing your diet entirely. For instance, a family that enjoys fairly healthy meals at home may have a little trouble adjusting to an about face in their diet while on the road that consists of mainly junk food and drive thrus. This type of eating could leave some or all members of the family feeling sick or sluggish. And that’s no fun when you’re supposed to be off having a fun vacation.
Here are a couple fun and easy “vacation” meals that you can incorporate while on the road:
- Hobo dinners: stop at a road side stand and gather fresh vegetables to use and then stop at a nearby grocery store for fresh ground meat and aluminum foil. If you have a campfire or grilling area at your campsite you can cook them traditionally in the coals, but hobo dinners can be just as yummy cooked inside your fifth wheel campers’ oven.
- Smores: again, you can gather your ingredients easily at any grocery store. You’ll just need graham crackers, chocolate bars and marshmallows. You can cook them on sticks or unbent hangers over the campfire at your campsite or you can improvise with a microwave. Just make sure to put a plate underneath them before you heat them up in your fifth wheel camper’s microwave.
But what about the “normal” foods that will keep your stomachs from feeling like you’ve abandoned them right when they’re feeling they need you most? Take advantage of your fifth wheel camper amenities. Do you have an oven and a refrigerator? Make a meal plan before you leave and have your fridge stocked. If it’s a longer trip, make meal plans as you go and stop at grocery stores to restock periodically. Just because you’re on the road in your RV doesn’t mean that you have to drop everything about your normal eating habits. You’ve got the tools you need right in your fifth wheel campers! Use them.