We are going to be purchasing a B soon and I would appreciate any advice you can offer on pots, pans, dishes, appliances, etc. that you find useful and easy to store in your B. We are downsizing from an A and I know I will not have room for many of my "things". We do enjoy cooking meals and eating in our RV so doing 2 meals and sandwiches for lunch will probably be our lifestyle. Thanks so much for your input. I love this forum and think a B will be exactly what we need.
We carry paper plates and plastic cups to use whenever practical. Our appliances amount to a coffee maker. (other than the microwave, fridge, and stovetop that are built-in) We also carry a full set of dishes & silverware that comes in a zippered carrying case that has service for 4 like this one:
An in-expensive kitchen utility set that has steak knives, tongs, spatula, scissors and a couple of kitchen knives. We have 2-3 different sizes of Correll bowls to microwave in, too.
For outside cooking, we have a 2 burner camp stove. I keep a small bag of self-lighting charcoal, a wire basket cooker, and a set of BBQ tools.
The Corelle line of dishes and bowls are very popular due to their thin indestructibility.
I like Rubbermaid's steamer/micro dish because it and the Corelleware store inside my smallish micro.
Our indoor kitchen is completely electric; if you go this route you might like my Sunpentown magnetic induction burner. Awesomely efficient and no chance of setting anything on fire. Requires iron content---works well with my enameled pots and cast iron skillet and dutch oven.
We cook with a propane bbq tank outside with a couple of high btu burners and also a Weber BabyQ. I think I'd downsize to a smaller cookstove if we didn't do a lot of big-group meals.
I've got a Sprinter and have the diesel furnace. It's the main reason I didn't have to mess with a propane system inside. Works for us, not for everyone.
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02 Freightliner Sprinter 2500 long tall home brew conversion
Something we learned long ago was to use as much disposable stuff as possible. We boondock a lot and don't want to waste our water washing dishes. I carry an 8" and 12" non-stick saute pan, a small water kettle, plastic insulated coffee cups and single cup filter holders. We eat a lot of cold dishes or things that can be nuked. If we feel like a nice hot meal, we eat out.
I don't like *cooking* in an RV because it's such a small space and can be messy. We don't make complicated dishes but things like eggs and cereal for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, and crusty breads, cheese, cold cuts, and wine for dinner.
Clean up using paper or foam dishes and bowls, plastic utensils, and plastic cups is a breeze. Buy in bulk and all of these things are cheap. Of course, we aren't full-timing but we will be taking a year long fulltime trip this year with our kids and will continue to use the disposable kitchen as much as possible.
We use the heavier weight paper plates, bowls and coffee cups, not styrofoam. These can go in the microwave. The cold cups are throw away also. We use heavy weight plastic eating utensils. Nothing glass.
We travel more than camp and washing dishes uses our water and of course fills the grey tank. The sinks are much smaller in B's and less convenient than in an A.
We do carry Corelle plates and bowls and stainless utensils to use if we choose. Just 2 each. Corelle makes a square set that fits in the cabinets nicely.
Cuisenart makes a set of pots and pans that nest because of removable handles. T-Fal used to make a set, but it's hard to find them. Camping world also sells a set.
As far as appliances go, we carry a small elec non stick combo grill, griddle, sandwich maker by Aroma. Also an elec non stick multi purpose pot by Presto. This can be used as a slow cooker or a sauce pot which is great for pot-lucks. The non stick items are much easier to clean than having to scrub pots.
We use our microwave most of the time and use the Hefty throw away's
We carry the heavier paper plates/cups. We also carry stronger grade plastic utensiles, which we can and do reuse.
For pots/pans, we used to carry Faberware stainless cookware but have since switched to a set of backpacker stainless steel cookware from Coleman for space consideration.
We carry a mug or two to make hotwater in the microwave and a few pyrex glass containers with cover. Can be used to store food and or to microwave food.
We also now carry a skillet and grid/iron griddle from Lodge for outdoor cooking.
We do not do frying inside the camper van.