Thanksgiving is the perfect time to dust off the RV and take a family camping trip. It might seem as if you cannot enjoy Thanksgiving in your RV, but you can. You have to think outside of the box a little bit. Fleet RV & Truck Repair can help get your recreational vehicle ready for the road trip, but you’re in charge of the rest. Here’s how you can make this holiday work camping style.
Schedule an appointment with us for a full RV inspection so we can make sure your vehicle is the last thing you’ll need to worry about this Thanksgiving. We’ll inspect the brakes and tires to make certain you can count on them, the chassis for signs of damage and wear the engine and all of its systems, and the exterior of the RV for weaknesses. We’ll also perform any maintenance work necessary to make sure you don’t end up stranded on the side of the road with a broken-down RV and an angry family.
Thanksgiving is the time to be thankful and eat until you can eat no more… and then eat a little bit more anyway! You can enjoy the football games on your RV’s entertainment system, and if you’re parked in your camping spot with no intention to travel on Thanksgiving, you can also enjoy your favorite beer, wine, or cocktail. Believe it or not, you can have a full Thanksgiving meal, as well. Here’s how to do it:
- Buy a smaller turkey or two small turkeys to cook in your RV’s oven or carefully – carefully – fry the turkey using a backyard frying kit if the campground allows it. You can also buy a pre-cooked turkey, cut it up, and heat the parts.
- Cook the side dishes before you leave for your camping trip, and then heat them on Thanksgiving Day. You can also employ slow cookers to help cook and keep your sides warm. Just don’t overload your RV’s voltage limits.
- Use a campfire and Dutch ovens, as well, to help cook side dishes and keep them warm. Some people have even cooked the turkey in a Dutch oven, but we aren’t experts in this, so do some research before attempting this culinary feat.
- You can also employ your portable grill and gas stove burners to give you extra cooking space. Who says a grilled turkey isn’t traditional? Cut the bird up after it has thawed and marinate and grill the pieces to juicy and tender perfection.
- Cook your pumpkin pies in advance and store them in the refrigerator or a cooler. Let them warm to room temperature before you service them or heat them in your RV’s oven. You can also buy pies if you don’t feel like making them.
Set your feast up on the RV’s counter space, so food isn’t in the way on your smaller RV table and lets people grab what they want to eat before they sit down. Eat outside if the weather permits it. Use the camping ground’s picnic tables if they aren’t full. You can even decorate your RV’s table to make it festive with a small Thanksgiving tablecloth and pumpkin-scented candles.