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A four-course meal doesn’t need to be sacrificed when you head out in the RV. It’s one of the beautiful things about RV living—you can bring along a set of kitchen accessories that make your camper feel just like home.
The downside? Many of these kitchen gadgets take up space, are power hogs, and/or demand some amount of maintenance. Those chosen few that you decide to bring along need to be functional, useful, and sturdy. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites that we think might deserve a space in your kitchen.
The Instant Pot has revolutionized home cooking in recent years.
While the Instant Pot is primarily a pressure cooker, it has a slow cook crockpot setting, a sautee setting, and you can even bake in it. With just a few accessories you can do almost anything with a single tool. It’s the all-in-one gadget that is a perfect fit for your (plugged in) RV.
“When we do need to cook inside, the Instant Pot is the easiest way to do it. We are able to make an entire meal in under 30 minutes and in one pot. Dinner always tastes great, and there aren’t a ton of dishes to do!” shared Campendium user The Boundless Baker.
Instant Pots comes in multiple sizes, so even if you’re working with a smaller space in your RV, you can still put it on the list of must-haves.
Espresso and Coffee Maker
Your morning routine can make your entire day. Starting it off right is as important as any small step throughout the day. If you’re a coffee-lover, you know exactly what part of the morning I’m talking about.
Coffee is refreshing, energizing, and delicious drink that gets us through our day. No matter which way you take it, there’s a way to personalize it inside of your RV.
For black coffee drinkers, the AeroPress is a quick and easy method loved by anyone looking for something lightweight and portable. Another favorite is the tried-and-true percolator, which RV campers love for the taste of the coffee and the smell it makes while it’s brewing on your stovetop.
If you want something a bit more complicated, you can still make your mochas, cappuccinos, or a simple espresso to hit the right spot in the morning. The Nespresso Pixie is a compact espresso and coffee maker that’s perfect for an RV. It makes great coffee and still helps to save on space. If you enjoy pod-style coffee, this is for you.
Weber Portable Grill
For most, a full-sized grill isn’t the right fit for RV life, but RV life isn’t complete without the option of having a cook-out. With the right grill, you can have steak and burgers ready an hour after you park for the night.
This Weber Portable Grill is easy to move and pack away when you’re driving. It operates off of liquid propane canisters, which you can buy pretty much anywhere. If you don’t want to carry these around, you can find the right propane hose adaptor and hook it right into your RV.
If you’ve ever been out in the winter, you already know the importance of hot water. There’s always a time for hot cocoa for the kids, tea, coffee, or hot toddies for the adults, or even just the convenience of heating some water for oatmeal in the morning. Getting hot water made fast can shift a cold and shivery day into a cozy, comfortable experience.
Campendium members Jonathan and Michael love their Bistro Water Kettle. “This little powerhouse is great for a warm morning beverage, a cup of miso soup, or any other time you need hot water. Compact, efficient, and nicely designed, it does a great job,” they say.
Any electric tea kettle has a spot in the RV. If you are working off a propane stove and have electricity to spare, finding and using a solid tea kettle will let you use your resources wisely.
Omnia Stovetop Oven
An oven in an RV can take up a lot of space, and if you don’t already have one in your layout, it can be a rather expensive addition. Enter the Omnia Stovetop Oven. The Omnia works just like a conventional oven but barely takes up any space. The oven lets you make anything that you can make at home, on a smaller and more circular level.
With the right inserts, you can make muffins, rolls, or even a bundt cake. The oven utilizes a steam vent that helps cakes stay moist but won’t turn bread soggy. Fresh-baked cakes while camping? I’ll take that any day of the week.
Pro Line 5 Speed Hand Blender
Blenders aren’t what they used to be. From compact powerhouses like the Nutribullet to the multi-purpose Pro Line 5 Speed Hand Blender, there are plenty of options that are compact and won’t weigh down your kitchen cabinet.
“This immersion blender set pulls triple duty as a blender, mixer, and food processor. It’s compact and works very well. We use it for smoothies, baking, pesto, sauces, etc. We couldn’t be happier with the size and performance. It’s been used often for the past 4 years and bounced along the roads across North America. Recommended for any RVer who cooks or bakes often,” shares Tori and Skyler, who are full-time RVers.
Smoothies make a hot summer day a much more enjoyable and cooled-down experience. When night hits, pulling out the blender for milkshakes or margaritas is guaranteed to win anyone over.
Roccebox Pizza Oven
Here’s where we hit a level of pure luxury that you may be looking for in your RV. A wood-fired pizza may not be something you find yourself eating very often, even at home, but Roccebox has made it easy to have fresh, handmade slices on the go.
Heated by wood or LP, the Roccebox reaches temps as high as 930°F. That kind of temperature delivers a fully-cooked pizza in a mere 90 seconds and steaks in 3 minutes. This is an impressive gadget that can go anywhere with you. If you’re a pizza fan or a full-blown enthusiast, you won’t be let down with this aboard your RV.
Berkey Water Filter
How many times have you found yourself at a questionable water source on the road that had you think twice about filling your RV? From roadside fill-ups to even some campgrounds, the water out there can be a bit dodgy. It’s best to have the option to ensure safe and fully potable drinking water available at all times in your RV kitchen.
Many campers who travel extensively rely on their Berkey, a gravity-fed water filter that filters out viruses, bacteria, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, and more. “Drinking water is super important, and having a good water filter is a must. We definitely don’t want to create extra waste by buying cases of water bottles to drink. The Berkey is a simple gravity-fed water filter that utilizes both charcoal and fluoride/arsenic filters. It will give you clean, safe drinking water, and the filters can easily be replaced and purchased on Amazon,” shares Tiny Shiny Home.
What’s you’re favorite RV cooking appliance or accessory? Share with us in the comments!