Saturday, April 1, 2023


Poll: How often do you dine out compared to eating at home?

Hello, RV Chefs! 

We need your help! Our editors are brainstorming ideas for a new food column and your answers will help us determine a few [helpful] things. 

Will you please take this survey and let us know what you most often do either at home or in your RV? 

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If you have any additional comments, please leave them below. Thank you!


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James Collins
5 years ago

As I have been a cook for over 60 years ,we eat in but usually go out for dinner at least once a week as a treat, sometime when going grocery shopping we will eat breakfast out.

5 years ago

Even though we, by far, eat mostly in…. I hate cooking. But the expense and sometimes unhealthy or unsuitable ingredients keep me in my own kitchen. I am slowly learning to cook extra and then bag seal it into a two portion size for my husband and me. For instance, if I make grass fed/low fat meatballs for spaghetti I can put some in the freezer. When we are in the RV, the meat package takes little space, I can add the meatballs and a jar of sauce and a bit of wine, and really all I have to cook is my fresh spaghetti squash which I use in place of pasta. Some things don’t freeze well. I could use advice on this and other space and time saver recipes.

5 years ago

We eat at home or in the RV. Only special occasions to eat out, but rarely. I have to stick to low carbs, watch blood sugar, and read labels. Can’t read labels if I go to a restaurant.

5 years ago

The survey is asking simple majority, but I think the severity should be a relevant point as well. I eat almost ENTIRELY at home or RV, not just “mostly.” Healthier foods, cheaper wallet, more reliable quality and taste (waitress: stop asking what “medium” means!!!), more enjoyable than screaming crowds, more satisfying overall, etc… I rarely enjoy eating out, period. When I truly have no choice during transit, I’ll eat something “fast” but any other time I find a parking lot and make a “real” lunch/dinner.

5 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Agreed. ‘We do, as well. When more rural, and need to go to town weekly or bi-weekly, mostly for extended time on wifi, will spend the day in town doing errands, playing, and will eat lunch during a long day out…otherwise, we eat in and cook from scratch.

5 years ago

I agree with a couple comments above. When we are traveling (actively on the road) we usually eat out. When camped it is really a 50-50 split. Depends on the activities for the day, friends close by or just don’t want to go anywhere. So I think the poll is off a little.
Just my opinion!

5 years ago

My husband cooks for us everyday BUT we still do a Friday Night Date Night out for dinner.

Cousin Rawb
5 years ago

We’re just plain ‘ol folks who would rather save money by eating in the majority of the time. Then we can afford to go more places. Lunch is usually the only meal out we will have and that’s because it’s on the way or way back from a day trip.

5 years ago
Reply to  Cousin Rawb

We pack lunches and snacks for outing play days. Just like when we were young, dad taught us well on how to plan meals for outings, camping, long car trips. I actually get disgusted at most restaurants’ idea of ‘food’ or ‘ a meal’. Items we would never keep In our pantry much less ingest… Like grocery shopping, once we find out the ingredients we often don’t want to eat it… Meanwhile, we rarely ( every 11-15y) catch a cold or get the flu ( and usually only from a ‘direct hit’ from someone coughing in our faces) …(and no, we Never buy into flu shots!).

5 years ago

When we travel, we have had a travel trailer since 1991, we cook most of our meals. When our kids were with us we were on a strict budget and so it was not an option. Now we like to save money. Lol. I have learned over the years good recipes and I plan for meals that take 30 minutes or less. Soon we will be full timing it.

5 years ago

Whether at home or on the road, we eat out 2 – 3 times a week, often at lunch. We eat far less than we used to, so a lunch size portion at a restaurant fills us up for the rest of the day.

5 years ago

I have Celiac Disease and get very severe reactions to even a tiny amount of gluten so we always eat in Just safer for me.

5 years ago

We rarely dine out particularly during flu season. We still enjoy regional specialties. When we come to a new area we go to a quality butcher shop. We ask about local fare and how to cook whatever. Some grocery stores have nutrionist on hand to help with this to. We meet new people and learn much more about the local cuisine then we would with Mr Google

Tommy Molnar
5 years ago

We almost NEVER eat out, whether home OR in our RV. I’m not a diabetic (yet) but I watch my blood sugar like a hawk. Going out means I have very little control over what I’m eating. Besides, not eating out saves a ton of money, and now that we’re retired, saving money is a good thing . . .

5 years ago

Yoiur survey was misleading – you were asking two questions in one sentence. When hom/home we mostly dine it. When traveling , we mostly dine out for the major meal of the day, sometimes it’s noon and sometimes, it’s in the evening.

Joan Guanlao
5 years ago

Depending on the weather we prefer to cook outside, but if cold or rainy, we may eat out one meal a day and then cook soups or have leftovers the dinner meal.

Judy Glazier
5 years ago

As a full-timer and vegetarian, I cook my own meals except on ‘driving days’ when I stop for lunch and a chance to relax and refresh.

5 years ago

When we’re at home we virtually never eat out or get take-out. When we’re on the road we like to try foods and styles of cooking we’ve never had or want to try again.

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