Top 6 RV Kitchen Purchases

Just getting your RV set up?  Here are 6 of my must-have, most-used, wouldn't-RV-without, kitchen purchases!

Brita Water Filter/Dispenser

Top 6 RV Kitchen PurchasesTop 6 RV Kitchen Purchases Top purchase to date! We have one for water and one for our Stok cold brew iced coffee (we just removed the filter)..
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Black & Decker Toaster Oven

Top 6 RV Kitchen PurchasesTop 6 RV Kitchen Purchases This toaster oven has come in incredibly handy. Heats up far faster than the oven and can toast/broil/bake, you name it.
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Instant Pot

Top 6 RV Kitchen PurchasesTop 6 RV Kitchen Purchases Quickest, fastest, cleanest way to a meal! You can take a meal from frozen chicken to shredded taco meat in 15 minutes flat.
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Coza Unbreakable/Microwaveable Plates

Top 6 RV Kitchen PurchasesTop 6 RV Kitchen Purchases Easy to clean, wash and microwave! Added bonus of never having to worry about them breaking.
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Coza Unbreakable/Microwaveable Bowls

Top 6 RV Kitchen PurchasesTop 6 RV Kitchen Purchases Same as the plates, highly recommend the whole set. We usually manage to use these for all three meals of the day!
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Palmetto Plastic Tumblers

Top 6 RV Kitchen PurchasesTop 6 RV Kitchen Purchases Never worry about glass shattering when you're traveling - these are the way to go!
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How to Book an RV Park

Once you've decided on your next RV park (the hardest part!), there are just a few things to keep in mind as you prepare to book your spot.  

Booking Method

My preferred method of booking is almost always online, but unfortunately it's a bit of a rarity to find a site that allows for full booking online.  Side note: if you do find a site that allows for it, keep a lookout for online booking fees, as they're often a hidden "convenience" fee.

If I can't complete the entire booking and reservation online, then I will call directly.  I will honestly never fill out the booking "queries" online.  It's unknown if they're going to charge you immediately or if you'll simply get advised they do have an opening, and either way there's a waiting period, and by the time I've found a place(s), I want to book immediately.

Questions to Ask

When speaking with the park, there a few key questions to make sure you ask and cover before committing.  

  • Location of your spot: Is there an option to choose your spot?  If so, make sure to give your preferences.  You may want proximity to the pool area, a quieter area in the back, the most shaded area, etc.
  • Type of spot: Depending on your preference and budget, you should have options for pull throughs vs. back-ins.  Pull-throughs are going to be a small upcharge for convenience, but if you'd rather not deal with the hassle of having to back into a spot, we feel it's typically well worth it.
  • Are they going to charge you a holding fee?  Is it refundable?  What is the cancellation policy?  Some sites charge a per-day-stay holding charge (ie: 5 days at $10 a day), others will charge a flat rate, typically $100.  This generally just gets applied to your stay, but do check their cancellation policy and refundability on the hold if you need to cancel for any reason, especially weather.
  • Is there wifi available?  Is it free?  Do they allow streaming?
  • Are there any rules not covered on their website you should know about?  (Make sure to read these thoroughly before booking anywhere.)  We've found that the amount of rules from park to park can vary greatly.  In general, you'll want to check pet rules if you have any - this includes but not limited to: pet types allowed (many parks do have breed restrictions), whether or not pet fences are allowed, the number of pets allowed (many parks limit to two), whether or not vaccination are records required, etc.  
  • Other rules you may want to look into that we've seen if they pertain to you:  Is there a charge for bringing in a personal golf cart?  Are motorized scooters prohibited?  What are the quiet hours?  Are food and alcohol allowed at pool?  Are you allowed to wash truck/RV on site?  Is there a limit on family size (some will upcharge for additional people over 4, etc and some even have a max allowance).

Information to have on hand

Be prepared with information to answer some of the more commonly asked questions when booking an RV site:

  • Make and model of RV
  • Length of RV
  • Year of RV
  • Model and year of truck
  • Number of pets
  • Number of adults/children
  • Duration of stay
  • Any memberships and corresponding account numbers that provide discounts, ie: Good Sams, Triple A

If the rules work for you, pick your spot, apply any discounts available, and you should be set!

French Quarter RV Park / Exploring

GORGEOUS RV park just minutes from Bourbon street. $$$ but worth it.

private cabana anyone?

took advantage of the level ground for some more bumper work. {before}

after! ✨

perfect pool & jacuzzi recovery

LOVED working out of this Stumptown

the other half of the picture... can't leave without driving by the massive soup kitchen lines 😔

Texas License(s) to Carry (LTC)

While Cory has long had his California CCW (Concealed Carry Weapon) license (along with a number of other states), we decided it was time that I joined in and got my license as well.  While I'd love to live in a world where that doesn't feel necessary, there have been many times now on this trip that I've found myself even just in a grocery store not feeling especially safe and would prefer knowing I have means of protection in my purse if needed - worst case.

So!  Cory found an LTC instructor who actually comes to your home for the 6 hours of classroom training and then accompanies you to a gun range for the safety and shooting tests.  Enter... Bill McFerren!  Bill was seriously the best.  So helpful, knowledgeable, passionate about helping people learn and just a great guy to hang out with for a day.  😃 If you're interested in more info and in the Houston area, we can't recommend him highly enough.

Some practice prior to our day with Bill at Top Gun Shooting Range - a fantastic spot.

Day of! Safety and shooting tests taken here at the Bay Area Shooting Club. Membership only unfortunately, but what a gorgeous spot to be.

So happy we passed! (Obviously Cory wasn't concerned, but I have an inordinate fear of tests of any type. 😉 Dad - you taught me well! All those days on the range paid off.

Next up is fingerprinting, submitting all the paperwork, and then a 6 week processing time.