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10 Must-Have Items for Your RV

Here’s a list of 10 must-have items for your RV, just in time for Amazon Prime Day! It’s actually two days — June 21 and 22 — of great deals.

My husband, Jim, and I order a lot from Amazon, so it makes sense for us to be Amazon Prime members. If you’re not a member, you can find out more here: free trial sign-up. This membership also gets you discounts on certain items at Whole Foods.

Whether you are new to the RV lifestyle or a seasoned RVer, these products can make cooking in your RV easier and more fun. We’ve been RVing since 2002. These are items we’ve either added or upgraded in the last few years.

1. Portable Grill

If you’ve got an RV, unless you drove it off lot yesterday, chances are you’ve already got a portable grill. Maybe it’s time for an upgrade. We had a small, portable propane grill for about 10 years. If it was windy outside, we couldn’t use it because the wind would blow out the flames. It also didn’t get hot enough. Jim recently saw a review of portable grills in Consumer Reports and decided it was time for a new one.  He bought a Nexgrill Portable Propane Gas Grill at Home Depot which had a “Best Buy” rating. He’s only used it a handful of times, and so far he loves it!

(If you are confused as to why I’d lead with a product from Home Depot when the article is about Amazon Prime Day, join the club. As I write this in the wee hours of Prime Day, only one of Amazon’s many portable grills is included in Prime Day Deals. When I go the idea for this post, I assumed there would be a multitude of grills to choose from, including the Nexgrill. Silly me!)

2. Salad Bowl

This Salad Bowl has a great design for RVing.  The top of the bamboo lid has a place to store the fork and spoon. The reverse side serves as a cutting board. It’s big enough to hold a tossed salad for four people.  It’s especially handy for taking a salad to a pot luck at the campground.

3. Instant Pot

For years, I’d load up my Instant Pot for each RV trip.  After I forgot to bring it on a 2-month trip, I decided to buy one I could leave in the motorhome. An Instant Pot cuts cooking time so you can have more time to enjoy your adventure.

4. Immersion Blender

While I have both a countertop blender and an Immersion Hand Blender in our motorhome, the one I use most often is the immersion blender.  This one has several attachments, including a blender, whisk, food chopper, and milk frother. With the blender, you can whip up smoothies and protein drinks, puree veggies for soups, make whipped cream, and juice a watermelon. The whisk can be used to whip egg white into peaks for various recipes. With the milk frother, you can make lattes.

5. Milk Frother

My immersion blender doesn’t have a milk frother attachment, but I absolutely love my Milk Frother. It’s a separate gadget altogether. Since I like my coffee to taste like hot ice cream, this is a must for me.

6. Marshmallow Roasting Sticks

Roasting anything over a campfire is sure to up the fun factor on any camping trip. This set of six Roasting Skewers is great for making s’mores or roasting hot dogs.  The skewers extend to 34 inches to keep kids and adults a safe distance from the fire. When you are done with them, they retract to 10 inches and fit neatly in a small bag for easy storage.

7. Pizza Stone

If you have an oven in your RV, a Pizza Stone will help distribute the heat so that your meals cook evenly.  This rectangular one measures 15 by 12 inches. When we finally got an RV with an oven 3 years ago, the first several meals I cooked in it were overdone or burned in the center and underdone on the sides. When I baked a pizza, it had a black stripe down the middle where the heating element was. A pizza stone could have prevented all of those embarrassing meals.  Be sure the pizza stone is in the oven when you light it so that it’s hot when you add food. When you are traveling, store the stone elsewhere — mine is stored under our bed — so that it’s not making a huge racket as you drive down the road.

8. Oven Thermometer

An Oven Thermometer is necessary for two reasons.  First, it indicates when the oven is preheated to the specified temperature.  Second, it shows the actual temperature, which seldom matches what’s on the dial. My oven takes at least 10 minutes to preheat, and it’s usually about 10 degrees hotter than the dial.

9. Instant Read Meat Thermometer

We’ve had several instant read meat thermometers, but none are as fast and accurate as the Javelin Pro Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer.  We like it so well that we gave them to several people on our Christmas list last year. It’s not one of the Prime Day Specials, but you can click the Coupon button for a 25% savings.

10. Camping Chair

The best part of cooking in an RV is getting to enjoy food and drink with family and friends in beautiful locations, right? This Director’s Chair with Side Table provide a place to set your drink while you balance a plate of yummy food in your lap. For pure relaxation, we’ve also got a set of Zero Gravity Recliners.


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