Tuesday, October 3, 2023


RV trip meal (meat) prep for a 5-week family trip

By Cheri Sicard
Join Mom from the Free Range Berks as she does some serious RV trip meal prep that will ready the family of 7 for a 5-week trip.

Yes, they will occasionally eat out as part of the vacation experiences and will need to occasionally supplement with some fresh fruits and vegetables. But, otherwise, the meal prep demonstrated in the video below will pretty much meet the large family’s meat needs during the entire trip.

This RVing family does love their meats, so vegetarians can safely skip this video.

It all starts with a shopping trip to Costco to stock up on supplies.

On the Costco trip, she purchased six roasted chickens. RV meal prep began by pulling the meat off the bones and packaging in smaller portions to be used for a variety of purposes: sandwiches, tacos, soups, salads, casseroles, etc.

She also purchased and then cooked 13 pounds of ground beef as well as some Italian sausage.

Having these meats cooked and prepared makes it quick and easy to throw together simple family meals while on the road.

The family takes plenty of eggs from their farm with them, along with breakfast sausages that stay frozen and uncooked until needed.

Watch the video to see how they put it all together and package it for the road. Let’s go!




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Leanne Hopkins
20 days ago

Wonder if they have a freeze dryer at home to pre- prepare the food. If you’re worried about the weight of the food they’re taking a freeze dryer would alleviate much of that problem. Just a thought.

Tommy Molnar
20 days ago

I doubt you could document an excess fuel usage from stocking up on food.

Jim Johnson
20 days ago

We wouldn’t have the storage space. But here is a conversation starter – and I know the topic has previously appeared … pay for the fuel to haul all your consumables with you, or buy smaller amounts as you travel / reach your destination?

We will stock for a few travel days, but typically wait until we reach our destination for the bigger buy.

Cheri Sicard
20 days ago
Reply to  Jim Johnson

I typically stock as much as possible before leaving. Which had bit me in the butt lately as my fridge died, then the new one I replaced it with was defective (I am currently without until the end of the month).

Tommy Molnar
20 days ago
Reply to  Cheri Sicard

GASP! This happened to us last year while in Houston. On a 106 degree day the fridge gave out. Unable to locate a replacement RV fridge or the vaunted Everchill 12v, wifey found a Haier 120v fridge at Lowe’s for $145 delivered (outside our trailer.). Our fave mobile RV techs did the installation and removal of the old one.
Cheri, how come you’re “without until the end if the month”? Did you have to order a replacement?

Diane McGovern
20 days ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Good morning, Tommy. Jumping in here, although I’m sure Cheri will answer your questions as soon as she sees them. I’ll just say that I think once Cheri gets a working RV fridge (so as not to jinx it🤞), she’ll have quite the horror story to tell. It’ll be a real eye-opener!😲 Have a great day. 😀 –Diane you-know-who

Bill Byerly
20 days ago
Reply to  Diane McGovern

Can’t wait to read that story !!!😬

Diane McGovern
20 days ago
Reply to  Bill Byerly

Ohhh, it’s gonna be juicy!!! Poor Cheri’s been about ready to explode at our past few weekly Zoom meetings, explaining what she’s been dealing with. I can’t wait to read it myself! (BTW, she doesn’t hold back. Just sayin’.🤣) Stay tuned… In the meantime, have a great afternoon/evening, Bill. 😀 –Diane

Cheri Sicard
19 days ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Could not get an appointment at an “authorized” Norcold dealer before that. I am lucky to be moochdocking with friends where it is not an issue. Otherwise I have had cooler chests which is a huge PITA but not as much as Norcold is. It’s been an ordeal, my brand new 2K Norcold fridge nearly burnt my RV down (luckily I was in it and awake and immediately cut the propane). Dealing with them was difficult to say the least. Finally the seller got tired of Norcold yanking me around and did the refund themselves. Now to get the new one. I hate giving Norcold money but there really is no choice for a 2 way fridge in that space.

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