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Old 03-04-2021, 09:16 PM   #81
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We usually do more outdoor cooking. We will generally setup a screenhouse around the picnic table, put a coleman camp stove on it, and we will either cook over a wood fire, or a propane grill. But, if the weather is crappy, or it's just a short trip, we'll cook on the stove inside. Generally nothing that's gonna splatter much, though.
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Old 03-04-2021, 09:44 PM   #82
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I agree with "Frozen".

Why did we buy a home on wheels? To use it, enjoy it, and by the way spend a bunch of time (and money) figuring how to make it like better and how it should be. lol

ps. A little food smell never lingered for us. They are pretty darn durable if you keep up on the maintenance... Its not a paper airplane, fly it hard...but also you dont want to catch it on fire either!
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Old 03-04-2021, 09:45 PM   #83
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I try to cook outside whenever possible
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Old 03-04-2021, 09:59 PM   #84
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Breakfast in the kitchen
Lunch out
Dinner on the grill

My wife is German, all the windows and doors are fully open for an hour or so everyday. No orders in our TT even traveling with two cats.
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Old 03-04-2021, 10:26 PM   #85
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Why do you all have to be so judgmental? If some one doesnít want to cook inside because of odors thatís their choice. Sarcasm is not called for at all.
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Old 03-04-2021, 10:34 PM   #86
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Why do you all have to be so judgmental? If some one doesnít want to cook inside because of odors thatís their choice. Sarcasm is not called for at all.
Maybe it was in response to the judgmental tone of the original post? It came across as "Why would you cook indoors??? What is WRONG with you people???"

Everybody seems to think that *their* use case is the one true way, and that anyone who doesn't see that is an idiot. It's really tiresome.
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Old 03-04-2021, 11:44 PM   #87
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My wife told me today that she read an article online stating that you should avoid cooking inside of your TT if you have an outdoor kitchen set up. This is due to the odors that stick to fabrics inside of the TT. Any experienced members care to chime in?
Do you cook outdoors at home? Does cooking odors permeate your home? We live in ours 4 months out of the year, if we didn't cook inside we would get really wet some days, cold on others, then there is carrying the food indoors and not get food odors in the RV. I really don't know where people get these ideas. Turn on the vent fan over the stove.
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Old 03-05-2021, 05:18 AM   #88
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Same here, only unless weather is not in agreement.
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Old 03-05-2021, 07:53 AM   #89
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We spend the first three months of each year at a resort south of Miami and manage another month or two "On The Road". The only time we don't cook inside is when we are at a restaurant or pot luck. Our unit has a good vent to outside and a power vent in the roof. I can't remember the last time the smoke alarm has beeped.
I remember well how good the food tasted outside and over the campfire but I've climbed way up the age ladder now and would probably skip a lot of meals if I had to make them outside. The only hardship I deal with now is not having a dish washer. DW does the washing and I dry and put away.
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Old 03-05-2021, 08:11 AM   #90
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We don't cook a great deal in our fifth wheel but we do cook in it in cold or rainy weather. We actually upgraded this past year and now have an oven which is used several times last season. I have never had a problem with odor lingering any more than in my house/home. We do have an over the cooktop vent that I try to remember to turn on as well as the roof vents. We have ours set up on a seasonal site but also pull to camp other places. We are retiring this spring so will be using and cooking more than ever. If you are worried about cooking odors a nice fragrant candle or better yet an essential oil diffuser will help and the oil diffuser is a great healthy option. I really treat the unit as my second home complete with sewing machine and other fun options.
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Old 03-05-2021, 08:11 AM   #91
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I will say that so far we have avoided cooking in ours for just this reason. We looked at a used fifth wheel at a dealer, the only used trailer we've ever been in, and it stunk of food odors. We have done all of our cooking outside, and will continue to do so, unless we find ourselves in a situation where it's just not possible. The charcoal grill, Coleman camp stove, Blackstone griddle, and a picnic table have done everything we need, including coffee.
Until last year, we have always been tent campers, so that's how we've always done it, regardless of the weather.
We have a similar setup. We limit our indoor cooking as well.
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Old 03-05-2021, 08:27 AM   #92
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Started RV camping in '98. Do most all our cooking on the camp stove and grill outside. The enjoyable part of camping.
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Old 03-05-2021, 10:11 AM   #93
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I use camp rid or camp dri(walmart) gets rid of moisture an it also gets rid of odors in the camper. I hv used this for 14 years an it takes 99% of odors out an leaves camper smelling fresh. Can get this at. Camp stores too
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Old 03-05-2021, 11:24 AM   #94
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Steak, fish, bacon is all done in outdoor kitchen.
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Old 03-05-2021, 12:26 PM   #95
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My wife told me today that she read an article online stating that you should avoid cooking inside of your TT if you have an outdoor kitchen set up. This is due to the odors that stick to fabrics inside of the TT. Any experienced members care to chime in?
We do the majority of initial cooking outside on the grill but then move it into a slow cooker in the camper to "hold" til we're ready to eat. It's true, the odors do linger for quite awhile. There have been times we've taken the RV back to storage after the weekend and next time we use it, which is usually at least a couple weeks, we can still smell it. It's better than sewer smell for sure, but it seems to hang around a lot longer than at home!
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My wife told me today that she read an article online stating that you should avoid cooking inside of your TT if you have an outdoor kitchen set up. This is due to the odors that stick to fabrics inside of the TT. Any experienced members care to chime in?
We cook in our travel trailer sometimes but most of our cooking is outside is the weather is nice. However we don't cook things like bacon and such that have high odor and geese in the air. Those items are cooked outside always jut because of you concerns.
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Old 03-05-2021, 03:54 PM   #97
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To not cook inside is ridiculous. Use common sense! Cook less inside when it is hot. Cook and eat outside when it is enjoyable. Some of us still camp when it is cold outside. Donít eat outside when it is 40 degrees!

This is not rocket science! Watch what you cook inside and donít be afraid to clean the trailer. Do what makes sense for the situation. There are a lot of rules whose validity is not yes or no but more like ďit dependsĒ.

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Old 03-05-2021, 04:19 PM   #98
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With our old trailer, we cooked outside when the weather was nice but we also cooked inside when the weather was cold or raining. With the new trailer, 2020 Rockwood 214HW, I camp alone or sometimes the kids and grandkids come. I cook inside and open the window right next to the stove and turn on the fan in the ceiling. When I fry, I use a cover over the pan, then clean up right away, including wiping down part of the wall behind and next to the stove. I use Febreze and also keep a Scentsy small warmer on most of the time. I do prefer cooking outside and use the grill and have even put a light weight pan on it, if I need to heat something up. In our old trailer, I would always turn the vent on over the stove and the fan in the "living room". We used the stove and oven. We didn't have any problem with smell lingering more than a few hours. Even when we used it as a trade-in, it didn't smell except being closed up for several months before we got traded it in. We also use that moisture collector. As soon as I get home, I put the trailer up and open some of the windows to air it out. I've lost some of my sense of smell so I'm always asking people if they can smell something. I get really worried about that.

Being alone, I do get a little frustrated cooking outside and then realizing I forgot something inside. I've tried to train my little dog but he has trouble opening the fridge and I don't think I'd trust him to get the bacon all the way outside.

As far as the smoke detector, don't have to call anyone when breakfast or dinner is ready. They all hear it.

I just wanted to add to the discussion. Happy trails until we meet.
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Old 03-06-2021, 09:18 AM   #99
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I decided to make some grilled chicken last night in a small charcoal grill that I found while cleaning my garage. The smell was INCREDIBLE. I know I will do as much cooking outside as possible, especially if I want to get that AMAZING charcoal taste infused in the food.

Im going to go with minimal cooking inside depending on the weather. Thanks for all of the input.
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Old 03-06-2021, 02:04 PM   #100
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My wife told me today that she read an article online stating that you should avoid cooking inside of your TT if you have an outdoor kitchen set up. This is due to the odors that stick to fabrics inside of the TT. Any experienced members care to chime in?
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