Quick RV Lunch Ideas

When you first get an RV the last thing on your mind is food, but once you start your first trip, you will quickly realize how important having a plan around your food is. Since lunch is in the middle of your day and you are either moving from one destination to the next or if you are stopped you are out and about exploring the area, you want to keep your lunches on the road pretty simple. One thought is using your leftovers from dinner for lunch, but if that isn’t an option, we are going to go over some fun lunch ideas below. Just remember with all of the current technology you can cook just about anything on the road that you can cook at home if you are prepared.

Hot Meals

To start, you have to have the right tools in order to cook. RVs are large and don’t fit through drive-throughs, also a lot of times there are limited food options on the road, and eating out all of the time will get expensive. Two cooking tools we highly recommend for anyone with an RV are a griddle and a microwave. The griddle will allow you to make hot sandwiches with ease and very little supplies and the microwave allows you to heat everything up quickly. One of our favorite griddle meals is grilled cheese sandwiches. They go great with microwaved soup and make an easy lunch everyone will love.

Cold Meals

On days we are out exploring, cold lunches are a better option. All you need is a portable and easy-to-carry cooler to keep everything at a safe temperature and you are free to go about your day and eat when you’re ready. Some of our favorite cold meals are meat and cheese lettuce wraps, pasta salad and boiled eggs, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and cold spaghetti. These meals aren’t as fancy, but they will suffice as you are out and about enjoying your day.

Large Meals

For those that want a bigger lunch without taking up a lot of time, the Instant Pot is the way to go. The Instant Pot electric pressure cooker is a wildly popular kitchen tool with full-time RVers. It’s no wonder! It doesn’t take up that much space, it’s easy to operate, and it does the job of several other kitchen gadgets. There are so many recipes out there, the meal ideas are truly endless. Some recipe ideas for your Instant pot are soups and stews, pot roasts, beef tips and rice, baked potatoes, roasted vegetables, and just about any meat dish you can think of. I like to set up the Instant Pot outside on our outdoor table. This prevents food smells and moisture from the steam from getting into our RV.

If you are in or traveling through the Las Vegas area, make sure to give TNT RV Repair a call. We are an experienced RV Company who will make sure your RV is in tip-top condition before you take it on the road, or will fix your RV if you have something that is giving you an issue. Contact us here to obtain a free quote.

4 RV Camping Tips for Beginners

As you get ready to go on your first RV trip it is exciting to think about this new adventure. However, like anything, there is a learning curve and a few things you need to be aware of. Below we have compiled four tips to keep in mind as you get started on your first road trip!

Tip #1: Finding Parking For Your RV is Tricky

Parking is the trickiest part of RV life and what stresses people the most when they are on a trip. When stopping by large outlets like malls or grocery stores there is always plenty of spacious parking, but quick restaurant stops and drive-thrus are not always so accomodating.

Tip #2: Choose The Right RV Campsite For Your Needs

When it comes to where you are going to camp overnight, the key is to plan ahead. When people run into trouble is when they decide to book a campsite last minute. You should plan on booking your campsite two weeks out in a normal season, and up to two months out in a busy season. On top of booking early, you also need to consider:

          •        Are there hookups available? (electric, water, septic)

          •        Is there a dumping station or are hookups at specific sites?

          •        Is there a shower if needed?

          •        Does the campsite offer cable and WiFi?

Tip #3: Set Up Your RV Campsite Efficiently

Setting up an RV campsite may seem like it’d be quick and easy, but

RV campsite set up tips include:

-Allow at least 2 hours of daylight to set up and break down your site

-Disconnect any towed vehicles

-Check for trees, rocks, etc that could obstruct you when backing in

-Park so that you have enough space for an outdoor seating area

-Be sure to have blocks to level your RV if needed

-Set up an awning, outdoor rug, and seating area/table outside your RV 

-Do not leave awnings out while away for long periods of time or during windy days

Tip #4: Learn How To RV Safely

While RV camping can offer luxury and comfort at your campsite, those same luxuries have to be securely stored anytime your vehicle is in motion. Frequently, new RVer’s have plates, wine bottles, eggs, and other fragile items fly across the RV and shatter when they are on the road because they weren’t properly secured.

Here Are Some Additional Tips To Take With You On Your RV Camping Trip:

-Frequently check your RV health, tires, and fuel gauge.

-When driving, do not leave anything loose (all items should be stored away, locked, or secured against the wall or floor).

-If you have a tall RV, always know bridge clearance heights and weight restrictions

-Because of the size of your vehicle, you should drive slower and add time to your projected ETA.

-Always secure your RV wheels (level, chocks, parking brake) when parked.

Now You’re Ready For RV Camping!

I hope you found these RV camping tips for beginners useful. If you ever are in the Las Vegas area and need your RV inspected or repaired please give TNT RV Repair a call. One of our representatives will be more than happy to assist you!