Wednesday, December 7, 2022


Fulltiming doesn’t have to mean major eating change


By Russ and Tiña De Maris

place setDespite the fact that a lot of “high end” motorhome builders have eliminated the “old fashioned” oven, it seems many fulltimers still eat much as they did before they went on the road.

In a question posted on a fulltimer’s forum, a huge majority of respondents said they pretty well stuck with the way they cooked “back home.” How’s that? Here’s a sampling of some of the “menu items” fulltimers take to eating:

“I cook pretty much everything from scratch, so nobody can convince me that can’t be done in RV living. Lots of homemade soups, stews, chicken casseroles. Breakfast is possibly cereal, or just toast and yogurt, and often eggs in many different ways. I bake jalapeno corn bread which is always a winner … hmm, biscuits, bread. Don’t do desserts much either … so, even RVing equals good cookin’.”

“Breakfast is fruit OR muffins OR cold cereal w/banana. Lunch is sandwich or leftovers. Supper is normally done in the microwave or convection. We do grill out often, with the favorite being pork steak. Veggies are either canned or frozen ‘steam fresh’ type. In cooler weather we do lots of soups or crock pot meals. We eat out maybe 2 to 3 times a month unless visiting friends or family in their stick houses, then eating out happens more.”

“We seldom eat out. [Hubby] would be willing to go out a lot more often, but most times we enjoy having dinner on trays in front of the TV. RV living has never seemed to impact our way of cooking. In fact I enjoy it more now than I did when I was raising a family, maybe because back then I had to do it; now I choose to.”

Fulltimers also commented that in some ways, traveling has made their eating habits better than when living in a “stick-built” home: “I was going to say ‘We eat the same as we did before we went on the road,’ but that’s not true. When our house was anchored we didn’t have access to fresh vegetables in the winter or good seafood on a regular basis. I’m gonna say we eat considerably better and for less money than we used to. Sometimes we have to change the menu a bit based on what is available, but so far that has all been for the better.”

Our own fulltime lifestyle has revealed that in the small confines of a trailer without slideouts, creative cooking tends to suffer. We generally eat simple meals, nothing elaborate, except when time and inclination hit and we do something really special. But then cleaning up afterwards without a dishwasher generally puts an end to special meals for a few weeks.


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Patti L.
4 years ago

I have to say we probably do eat a bit better in the rv. I am not someone who ever wanted the “gourmet ” kitchen so my fiver gives me a range and oven, microwave, and my crockpot, along with a huge double door refrigerator… Everything we need to make everything we like. Then there is the added benefit of getting great new recipes from an ever changing array of neighbors.

Tom Caro
4 years ago

Do you know why Elder Care Doctors recommend that we take a daily dose of “Fish Oil” Capsules?
It is because we can NOT inject WD40 to lubricate old human joints.
Otherwise…..there would be another use for the great invention.

4 years ago
Reply to  Tom Caro

Had a boat a while back – my nickname for it was “WD-40.”

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