TOP 20 RECIPES FROM 20 YEARS OF RVING

Go RVing’s 20th anniversary celebration continues! We’ve tried a lot of RV recipes over the years, and we’ve compiled our top 20 favorites for the colder months below. After all, Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

Click the recipe name to get the full ingredient list and directions. Bon appétit!

 

1. Apple Cider

 

2. 2×4 Soup

 

3. Baked Corn

 

4. Betty’s Cherry Cobbler

 

5. Camp Pie

 

6. Challah French Toast with Caramel Sauce

 

7. Crockpot Hot Cocoa

 

8. Broccoli and Cheese Potatoes

 

9. Game Day Chili

 

10. Pie Iron Grilled Cheese

 

11. On the Road Again Sliders

 

12. Cast Iron Egg and Ham Cups

 

13. Huevos Rancheros

 

14. Comforting Chicken Stew

 

15. Pan-Seared Skirt Steak and Chimichurri

 

16. Grilled Peach and Pound Cake Kabobs

 

17. 3-Minute Fudge

 

18. Campfire Apple Pie

 

19. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

 

20. HCR’s Homestead Cherry Chutney

 

 

Have a favorite RV recipe? Share yours in the comments below!

RVING TO SANTA BARBARA

 

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen all my RV road trip stories a few weeks back! My boyfriend Jesse and I rented an RV and drove up to Santa Barbara for a weekend of delicious food, yoga, wandering, shopping and…more delicious food.

 

 

Let’s back up, though. Have you ever been on a RV trip? Because I don’t think I had ever even been inside of an RV before this trip! I’ve always been super interested in them though. I’ve been infatuated with the Tiny House movement, and only a month or two after meeting Jesse, we started talking about what it would be like to buy, renovate, and cruise the country in an RV or school bus or something of the sort.

 

Neither of us is handy AT ALL, nor do we have any RV or large bus experience, but we’re both in love with the idea of taking off and exploring while we’re young, wild and free, and still can. I want to retrofit a gorgeous kitchen into a school bus and take off, and while I never thought I’d find someone who shared the sentiment, Jesse’s totally into the idea. But first, we knew we needed to get in an RV and actually have some experience in a giant, liveable vehicle before considered our own adventure. Which is why it seemed like FATE when GoRVing  got in touch through  CLEVER and wanted to do a RV-themed foodie roadtrip post! I couldn’t say HECK YES fast enough!

 

 

We booked the RV through Outdoorsy, which is like AirBNB for RVs, and found the “Leamon Party Bus”, which was cutely decorated and just the right size (24 feet) for first time RVers like ourselves. The morning we left for our trip, Corey, the RV owner, gave us SUCH a thorough walk-through of the RV and showed us how to do everything we needed – drive it around, hook it up, and use the kitchen. Thankfully for me, you have to be 25 to be insured so Jesse had to do all the driving  but as soon as we got on the road, he lost his nerves and had a super easy time driving it around.

One of the best parts about RVing was being able to stop anywhere we wanted, and essentially have our hotel room with us. En route to Santa Barbara, we stopped for acai bowls in San Clemente at Juice My Heart, and sat at our kitchen table on the side of a road in air conditioning to eat them. #RVperk, for sure.

I had also been itching to go to Erewhon Market for ages – it’s a healthier grocery store in LA that has tons of unique, delicious products and a prepared foods section that blew my mind. Think: gluten free mac and cheese, vegan “meatballs”, SO many soups, and the best turmeric cauliflower I’ve ever had. I loaded up on tons of healthier products I’d never seen before, or had seen online and never been able to find in stores. It was my food heaven, and since we were in no rush, we spent the better part of an hour meandering the aisles and getting snacks to fuel us for the rest of the drive. We also picked up a bunch of prepared foods and had lunch in the parking lot. The journey is definitely as important as the destination when you’re in an RV.

Jesse managed to back the RV up into it’s spot in the RV park in ONE GO! What a pro 😉 we got everything hooked up with no issues and went off to explore, shop…and find more food. Before the trip, I surveyed you guys on where we should go in SB and you guys HOOKED IT UP. After a long wander around Santa Barbara on Friday evening, we headed off to Mesa Verde for dinner. And OMG. Dreams do come true. Pretty much everything on the menu is gluten-free, and it’s all vegan, with vegan cheese galore. My dairy-free heart was singing.

 

 

We started with picadillo empanadas, which were filled with butternut squash cheese, cacao black beans, chimichurri, and pickled carrots and cabbage. Next up was my favorite: the summer vegetable pasta with zucchini noodles, heirloom tomatoes, mushrooms, black kale, macadamia ricotta, and cashew parmesan. The ricotta and parm were out of this world good. Last was the gluten-free vegan pizza with smoked eggplant, marinara, cashew cheese, tempeh bacon, caramelized onion, heirloom tomato, and basil – it was amazing, but we were so full at that point that we had to bring it home. Luckily, we could do that because we had a fridge in our RV 🙂 we rolled back home incredibly full and satisfied and slept like babies in the super comfortable bed.

 

 

I woke up bouncing with excitement for Saturday’s activities: the day before we had found Santa Barbara’s himalayan salt cave, which is the biggest of the sort in the US, and signed up for a yoga class IN THE CAVE. There was only four of us in the flowing class, which was in the dimly lit salt cave, surrounded by himalayan pink salt covering the walls, ceiling, and floor. Himalayan salt is known for being incredibly healing, and being surrounded by it provided a sense of calmness and magic in the class. We had gone into the class a little anxious, and left smiling, entirely rejuvenated. You can see a peek of my terrible, unstretched scorpion pose above  (also, it’s totally not called a scorpion in yoga, that’s what it’s called in cheer and I never remember it’s yoga name.)

 

 

Post-yoga was lunch at Green Table – another gluten-free, mostly vegan lunch spot that had out of this world matcha drinks. I got a salted caramel matcha latte and the vegan veggie parmesan, which was a quinoa burger topped with sunflower almond dressing (that baked up similar to a delicious ricotta), tomato, basil, spinach, nutritional yeast, and Italian herbs. Jesse opted for a matcha green juice and the Green Table burger: a quinoa veggie burger, with house dressing, cauliflower bread (!!!), avocado, Dijon, lettuce, tomato, and goat gouda cheese. You guys, I’d happily be vegan if I could eat that meal every day.

 

 

A trip to the local farmer’s market followed, and I marveled in the beautiful sights: plump and firm heirloom tomatoes, a gorgeous array of greens, the first of the year’s apples, and plants galore. There were vendors selling house plants (we bought a new fiddle leaf fig tree for $20 – her name is Barb) and every type of herb you could imagine. I couldn’t resist picking up some of the farmer’s most beautiful produce to bring home with me.

Anyone ever had a jujube?! I had never seen these before!

 

 

We dropped off our goodies at the RV (in the photo just above, you can see Barb all wrapped up in paper in the messy RV) and went back into town to wander some more and do a little shopping. Jesse ended up feeling a little sick, so we grabbed a quick dinner at The Natural Cafe (I forgot to take photos ) – a lettuce-wrapped turkey burger for me, and enchiladas for him. He ended up having no appetite once the food was on the table, so Jesse’s dinner ended up getting gifted to a homeless man we saw outside and we had a quiet, low-key night in, just hanging out.

 

Sunday morning was supposed to be hiking day, but sadly, Jesse still wasn’t feeling up to it. I took a walk to the local grocery store to get some olive oil and came back to make us a little salad with our farmer’s market finds from the day before. Tragically, I had the refrigerator set to be too cold and the lettuce froze  but I ended up skipping the lettuce and tossing together sliced peaches, halved baby heirloom tomatoes, and GIANT blackberries with some salt, pepper, olive oil and lemon. Soooo easy and sooo delicious – I’ve left the quick and easy recipe at the bottom of the post. You can see some photos of me styling below (yes, I brought my own bowls…), as well as the final product. 🙂

 

As we would later find out, he was having a minor bout with strep, but he was a champ and we went to Backyard Bowls for acai bowls anyways, before packing up. I couldn’t not go to Backyard Bowls, since pretty much every. single. message. that I got with Santa Barbara recommendations insisted I go. You guys were not wrong – my green bowl was BOMB. It had ginger and lime juice in it, which added such a nice kick of spiciness and tartness to the usually sweet bowl.

 

After our bowls, we got packed up, unhooked the RV, and got back on the road! We made another stop at Erewhon for some more lunch goodies (and promptly devoured a whole container of the most amazing herb-y potatoes EVER) and delivered the RV back to Corey in surprisingly, pretty pristine condition.

 

So, the conclusion? I’m an RVing convert – I would totally do it again, and taking off in a converted bus or RV is just as appealing as ever. It’s a super affordable way to travel, especially if you own your own RV, and it’s so convenient having all the comforts of home at your fingertips. No dealing with lugging bags around, or not being able to keep your delicious leftovers because your hotel room doesn’t have a fridge or way to heat them back up. It also let us be more spontaneous with where we could go and what we could do – we never had to worry about catching a flight or not fitting something into our bags. Freedom is something I’m always after on a trip, and RVing provides the best of it. You can bet this won’t be my last RV trip!

 

 

Simple Peach Tomato Salad

– 1 cup heirloom cherry tomatoes halved

– 1 large peach pitted and cubed

– 1/2 cup fresh berries of choice I used blackberries

– 1/4 cup toasted pecans chopped

– 1/2 fresh lemon

– 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

– Salt & pepper to taste

1) In a bowl, combine the tomatoes, cubes of peach, berries, and pecans. Squeeze the lemon over the top and drizzle with olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss together and serve immediately.

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 

20 TIPS FOR NEW RVERS FROM 20 YEARS OF GO RVING

Our 20th Anniversary celebration continues! Written by Go RVing fans, check out our top 20 tips for first time RVers.

Have any additional tips? Leave a comment below!

RV on the road

 

  1. “Whatever you can afford, doesn’t matter if you’re towing a pop up tent camper or driving a diesel motorhome or anything in between. Load up your family, or your friends and head out. Nothing is like RVing with friends or family and enjoying the amazing things this beautiful country has to offer with your home with you.” – Dave R.
  2. “The first time, go within 45 miles of home and preferably near a store. Keep a list of items you run out of so that you will be well stocked for the next trip.” –Christine K.
  3. “Just go! Don’t be one of those people who lets their trailer sit on the side of their house…that’s just sad.” – Valerie H.
  4. “Remember, it’s the journey, not the destination, that counts. Stop and smell the roses– they are NOT on the Interstates.” – Rhonda K.
  5. “Get a system in place. Everyone has a job, from chocking wheels to opening cabinets to making sure nothing will fall out. We also use walkie talkies for communication upon arrival.” – Jennifer E.
  6. “Stay flexible. Don’t lock yourself into a schedule if possible. Stop if something unplanned interests you. You never know when you will be back that way and returning later will always be more expensive than stopping now.” –William T.
  7. “Don’t be afraid to ask fellow RVers questions. Most are very helpful and happy to share their experiences!” – Crystal L.
  8. “Keep the RV dealer’s number handy! On your first trip go somewhere with full hook ups. Our first RV trip we had no idea what we were doing.” – Chris C.
  9. “Drive slow, always check your tire pressure, and top off the propane!” – ScenicRouteTravelers 
  10. “Always remember that in a trailer the black battery cable is the hot lead, which goes against everything we grew up knowing about car batteries…black was always ground!” – David T.
  11. “Make sure you are handy and remember to have money saved for regular maintenance and unexpected repairs.” – Joe D.
  12. “Make yourself a checklist for setting up and breaking down.” – Jeannette S.
  13. “Take a spare long sleeve shirt, short sleeve, summer/winter pjs, a raincoat and a jacket. Leave them in the RV. You will never be able to predict the weather on an outing, so always be ready to be dressed right. Leave them in the RV all year ‘round.” – Karen C.
  14. “Get a camping diary. They usually have a “form” to fill out about the campground and a space to write notes, likes and dislikes, spots to try for next time, etc. Very useful for planning to come back to the same place.” – Jeff G.
  15. “Renting before you buy is a great idea. If you buy, do all you can to buy new/next to new from a dealership.” – Cynthia Z.
  16. “Take extra time flushing your grey and black water tanks. 10 more minutes spent is hours and $$ saved later. The most glamorous part of RVing!!” – Jeff G.
  17. “Practice driving with the RV. When you first get it, take the RV to an empty parking lot. Practice making turns and backing up. Take some cones (like the ones they use for soccer practice) and set them up as if it was a curb at an intersection. Be sure you can make left and right turns around the cones without hitting them. Also set them up and learn to back up without hitting the cones.” – Chuck R.
  18. “Plug in and set up before you Go RVing and learn about everything then 😉” – Liz S.
  19. “Kitchen appliances! If you’re camping at Thanksgiving time and don’t want to be a slave to the camper kitchen, buy a turkey breast and bring a crockpot! Then, you have time to go look at fall foliage while your juicy, tender turkey is cooking! Also, bring a waffle iron! It cooks in minutes and there are other things you can make in it on the go like an omelette or waffle iron cinnamon rolls!” – Kristi P.
  20. “Take your time, and slow down. Unlocking the joy of RVing can cause you to try to do too much too fast. You never know when the force will grab you.” – Soulful RV Family

TIPS FOR FIRST TIME RVERS

The best tips for first time RVers – scroll down to get your free printable packing list!

 

 

 

We went on our first RV trip – with two little kids – and survived to tell the tale!  Not only did we survive, but we had such a great time that I want to tell you all about it so you can have the same experience.

This trip was our “Lancaster redemption” trip.  When we started our bathroom remodel, we went out to Lancaster for a weekend trip and we got SO SICK.  It was terrible.  My poor kids remembered that as our family vacation, and it was so sad!  We decided to try it one more time, but this time with a fun new twist.

 

 

We had a true adventure and rented an RV from Outdoorsy. By going through this website, we were able to rent from someone who owned an RV.  He ended up being the sweetest man, and we had a great time getting to know his family while he showed my husband how to work the RV.

 

 

Our kids quickly made themselves at home! They were SO excited to see all of the fun features the RV had, and they loved their bunk beds.  Isaac kept saying, “it’s like Daddy is driving a house!”  It was adorable!

 

 

We learned a lot through this experience, so I wanted to share my best tips with you!

Tips for first time RVers:

  • Admit you’re new
    • We found that the RV community was so helpful. The people at the campground were super willing to help when we told them that this was our first time, and so were the other RVers that were camping around us.
    • Don’t be prideful! Admit you’re new and that you may need help, and people will be more than willing to help you if you’re willing to listen.
  • Take your time
    • A big part of the RV experience is the actual drive – so enjoy the ride! Take the scenic route, explore roads that look interesting…you can deviate from your original plan, and it’s OK!
  • Find a good campground
    • We were so fortunate to find a great campground for our trip. It bordered on a working Amish farm, and the horses came to greet us every morning.  It had a playground and swimming pool for our kids, which was just perfect.
    • Do some research and find a campground that’s really good for the needs of you and your travel companions.
  • Be prepared
    • It’s really helpful to read a lot of tips and tricks from people who have been doing this a LOT longer than you have! One of my favorite resources was the GoRVing.com website.  It’s filled with great information and really helpful resources.
    • RVing requires a lot of planning ahead of time, and it’s best to be over-prepared! I made up a list of essentials you’ll need to pack. Download your free printable packing checklist here.
    • Enjoy! Things won’t always go according to plan, and that’s OK! Be flexible, enjoy the journey, and take the path less traveled.

 

I have to say, traveling in the RV has given my family some of our best memories.  This trip helped us spend time together and see parts of Lancaster that we wouldn’t have seen before.  And at the end of the day, RVing is less about the destination, and all about the journey together.

Go RVing was a great resource for us as we prepared for our trip, and I know they will be helpful for you too!  Make sure you check them out here to find out more about renting or buying RVs.

Thank you

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

JENNIE GARTH GOES RVING WITH THE MOM SQUAD

I recently went RV camping at Campland by the Bay in San Diego with The Mom Squad – a group of 10 moms and 20 or so kids who take a vacation together every year. They were camping novices, and thrilled to give it a try. It was a perfect example of what makes RVing such a fun, easy and affordable alternative to traditional vacationing. Can you imagine the effort, cost and sheer exhaustion of these moms and all their children packing everything they need, flying somewhere for a vacation, eating all their meals out and being stuck in cramped hotel rooms?

 

 

I gathered up my youngest daughter Fiona, two of my dogs, packed the fridge with delicious healthy food, and left when I was good and ready (no baggage check and late rush to the airport for me!).

 

 

I drove my Winnebago Sunstar down from Los Angeles, and the Mom Squad had beautiful RVs waiting for them. Many campgrounds have RVs on site available to rent and include electricity, water and cable TV connected and ready when you arrive. One of my favorite things about RVing is that you can bring anything you want from home – and these ladies did! Their main campsite was decked out with twinkling lights, banquet tables, coolers packed with their favorite foods (and cocktails of course), a huge fire pit and camping chairs for everyone.

 

 

Campgrounds are the neighborhoods of our youth where kids can just take off and play, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of scheduled activities to keep them busy too. We started our weekend adventure with a tie-dye class, learning all the different ways you can twist then dye your shirt into exotic designs. Then it was off to the sandcastle building contest with Fiona. Our castle had dragons guarding it and a queen searching for her king. Don’t worry, the dragons didn’t hurt anyone, this isn’t Game of Thrones. The beach was stunning and Fiona and I had a great time, even though we didn’t win.

 

 

As I sat with my daughter and dogs, I was able to truly relax in my RV, which has become a home away from home for me. I didn’t have to take time to set up a tent and camping gear, it was all right there for me in my motorhome. I was on vacation but still at home with all my favorite things, my own food, my own bed and my family – so comfortable in such a picturesque setting.

 

 

The RV allowed me to make easy, healthy and affordable meals instead of having to find a nearby (and undoubtedly expensive) restaurant. I could have my spoiled dogs Roxy and Pinky with me, which makes all the difference in the world when vacationing – they’re a nervous wreck when I leave them alone, and they hate flying! To those that say “I’d bring my dogs if I could but it’s just too hard, or too expensive” try an RV. Being able to bring my pets is one of my favorite things about traveling in an RV.

 

 

Listening to the waves ripple on the beach, building memories with my daughter and watching my new friends in the Mom Squad discover how their kids detach from technology and connect to nature really brought home how amazing it is to Go RVing.