RV Cooking

RV Cooking

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Cooking in an RV can be a bit overwhelming. Not only are the kitchens in these little homes teeny tiny, they also tend to be very limited on counter space. On top of that, there are times when you might want to avoid burning through your propane through any use of your gas stove and oven.

Fortunately, there are ways around these problems. In this episode, we will discuss our favorite RV cooking tips and tricks. These nuggets of wisdom will save you time, space, and frustration, making the RV cooking experience a much more pleasant one.

Some of our best tips involve using special appliances and gadgets. These include:

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Internet for RVers

internet while RVing

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Internet for RVers is one of our favorite topics. Listen to this episode to learn how we stay connected on the road for work, fun, and homeschooling. Get info on the pros and cons of providers such as Verizon, StarLink, AT&T, T-Mobile, and more. Additionally, we discuss our preferred internet connection, our recommendations for new full-time RVers, as well as the cost of internet for RVers.

On top of all that, Todd shares his favorite tools for improving internet speeds. Meanwhile, Dustin shares how to save money on the best internet hardware.

Once you listen to this episode, you’ll have all the information you need on internet for RVers, meaning you can stay connected no matter where you roam.

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Types of RVs

Kinds of RV

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One of the first things you’ll need to do when looking into RVing is figure out which kind of rig is right for you. In order to do this, you’ll need to know what your options are. Unfortunately, there are so many options out there that many new RVers find this a rather confusing topic. 

In this episode, Todd, Dustin, and guest speaker Tony Greising-Murschel from Let’s Travel Family discuss the different types of RVs. Learn which ones are which, what the differences are, and some of the pros and cons of each type of rig. 

Types of RVs mentioned include:

  • Class B — Van-style campers
  • Class C — Motorhome with a box van chassis and cab-over bunk
  • Class A — Bus-style motorhome
  • Travel Trailer — Trailer that hitches near the bumper of your truck.
  • Fifth Wheel — Trailer that hitches in the bed of the truck. 
  • Toy Hauler — Trailer or motorhome with a garage for “toys” such as motorcycles and ATVs.
  • Truck Camper — Camper that fits wholly into the bed of a truck and doesn’t have wheels of its own.
  • Pop-Up and Teardrop — Tiny pull-behind campers made for fewer people. 
  • Skoolie — A school bus that has been converted into an RV.

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Coffee

RV Coffee Tips

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Coffee is very important. This is true no matter where you live, but for RVers it’s even moreso. Why? Because many RVers like to socialize in the morning. Who wants to do that without a good cup of joe?

That said, RVers also have to put a little more thought into how they get their hands on a decent cup of the good stuff. Coffee machines and accessories have to be small enough to fit in/on a tiny space. On top of that, those who prefer heading to the coffee shop—and taking advantage of the free Wi-Fi—are faced with the challenge of having to pick from an entire country of great coffee shop options. 

In this episode, we hear from Todd and Dustin on how they make their coffee, the gear they recommend, and the best coffee shops they’ve found. 

Best Coffee Shops

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Tools Continued: The Soft Tools

RV Sealants

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Just as there are some tools that are absolutely necessary when RVing, there are also some “soft tools” that everyone should have on hand.

Soft tools are products like tapes, sealants, and lubricants. These things help keep slides running smoothly, prevent water from getting into the rig, and might even hold certain things together, at least for a time. 

Because they do such important work, it’s super important to keep these products on hand. Unfortunately, many RVers don’t realize this until the need is quite urgent. Therefore, Dustin and Todd use this episode to help the newbie RVer stock up now in order to be well prepared later.

Their list of must-haves includes:

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Favorite Camping Sites

Where to park an RV

For the most part, a campground or RV park is just a place to park while you explore an area. That said, some camping locations stand out from the rest, offering exceptional amenities, awesome activities, or something a bit extra. 

In this episode, Todd and Dustin talk about the best campsites they’ve ever had and why they loved them. 

Northeast

Southeast

  • Sabal Palm RV Resort in central Florida — Rural park with petting zoo and cows.
  • Lake Magic RV Resort in Florida — Encore Park that is part of the Trails Collection. It’s close to Disney and Thousand Trails Orlando. 
  • Camp Gulf in Florida — Park right on the beach! Literally look out your window and see the ocean. 
  • Tannehill State Park in Alabama — An old Civil War ironworks. Neat setting with river and buildings. 

Southwest

  • Monahans Sandhills State Park in Texas — Sites carved into sand dunes. Lots of fun to play in the sand with sleds and boogie boards. 
  • Rockhound State Park in New Mexico — This one has beautiful views. It’s on the side of a mountain, so you can look down into the valley. The perfect place to collect rocks and gems. 
  • City of Rocks State Park in New Mexico — Large, monolithic rocks in the side of the hill. You park in between them, and kids love to clamber through them. Great hiking as well!
  • Boondocking in Moab, Utah — Very popular place for boondocking, and plenty of spots available. Right by Arches National Park and other outdoor recreation.
  • Pirate Cove RV Resort in Arizona — Gorgeous park on the Colorado River. Go during the winter for fewer crowds and decent monthly rates. 

Northwest

  • Harbor Vista County Park in Oregon — Very reasonably priced county park right on the Pacific. Hear the ocean from your site and hike right down to the beach. 
  • Tall Chief RV and Camping Resort in Washington — An Encore park that is part of the Trails Collection. This one is close to Seattle for city exploration. 
  • Baker’s Hole Campground in Montana — Very near Yellowstone National Park. Reasonable rates and right on the river, but first-come, first-served only. 
  • Teddy Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota — Amazing national park with buffalo that walk right through the campground. Sites are unusually large for a national park.
  • Eugene T. Mahoney State Campground in Nebraska — Wonderful state park with a water park and a huge game room. Perfect for kids!

Central

  • Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas — Beautiful state park with a diamond field attached. Guests can rent shovels and buckets and mine for diamonds.

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Where We Park Our RVs

Campground memberships

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Even the most perfect rig in the world isn’t much use without a good place to park it. So where do full-time RVers park their RVs? How do they find those places, and how do you choose what’s best for you? 

In this episode, Todd and Dustin break the options down. Learn the answers to the following:

  • What’s the difference between RV parks and campgrounds? 
  • Why choose state parks or national parks, and what should you expect? 
  • What kinds of price points might you expect?
  • What should you look for in a campground or RV park?
  • How do you find RV sites?
  • How do you save money on campground stays?
  • What is boondocking and freedocking?
  • Where can you find boondocking and freedocking, and what are the rules?

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Trucks

RVing Trucks

This episode is all about trucks. It seems every RV dad loves to talk about trucks, and Dustin and Todd are no exception. Listen in on their conversation and learn everything you need to know before purchasing your tow vehicle.

The following topics are discussed: 

  • 4-wheel drive versus 2-wheel drive—does it really matter? 
  • What about fuel type? Should you go with diesel or gas? Why choose one over the other? 
  • What do the numbers at the end of truck names actually mean, and what should you be looking for? 
  • Truck bed size—should you go with a 6-foot short bed, or an 8-foot long bed? 
  • Dually trucks—what are the benefits, and are they necessary?
  • Ford versus Dodge versus Chevrolet—is one better than the other?
  • Should you purchase new or used? What should you consider when making that choice?
  • Truck safety—big trucks tend to be pretty safe, but that doesn’t mean you won’t want to look for certain things.
  • What do Dustin and Todd carry in the back of their trucks?
  • Features—what should an RVing family look for? The guys talk about:
    • Number of seatbelts
    • Type of flooring
    • Charging ports

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Our RVs

What to look for in an RV

What should a person look for in an RV? As people who have lived and traveled in their rigs for years, Todd and Dustin have a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn’t when RVing full-time with kids. Join them as they discuss their own RVs, what they love, and what just doesn’t work well. 

Todd talks about his 2007 All American Sport toy hauler fifth wheel, as well as his unicorn find, a dually truck with a bench seat in the front! He discusses lessons learned when peeling exterior decals, his extra large holding tanks, and his favorite thing: opposing slides in the living space.

Dustin talks about the various rigs he’s had, but focuses mostly on his fifth wheel: a 2011 Montana. He discusses multiple slides, wonderful tall ceilings, and a big remodel that has made the space feel like home. His least favorite thing? The bounce of his home-on-wheels. 

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The Good and the Bad

RV pros and cons

While it is a dream come true in many ways, RVing full-time is not all fun and games. If you’re planning on heading into this lifestyle, it’s important to realize there are some less-than-luxurious aspects and set your expectations accordingly.

In this episode, Todd and Dustin each explain their top two RVing dislikes. Among the four topics? Tires, breakdowns, and a lack of a certain beloved appliance. 

Of course, there is a whole lot to love about RVing as well. Therefore, our hosts make a point of balancing things out a bit by discussing their absolute favorite things about the RV lifestyle. Obviously, more time with family is at the top of the list, but what else do the RVing Dads love most about their lifestyle? (Spoiler alert: A toilet made the cut.)

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