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Old 10-06-2013, 11:38 AM   #1
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Dry camping cooking?

Hello all! Long time, no see!

We are planning our very first ever dry camping trip. We have a Rockwood Signature Ultralite TT, 31'. We have only ever stayed at those fancy RV parks before, so this will be a new experience for us. We're going to the Texas Renaissance festival and staying in their campground. I am SO excited about this!!!

Now this might sound silly, but what do you cook when "boondocking" or dry camping? I know I can use the stove inside the trailer, but what else? Any suggestions or tips for cooking are greatly appreciated!!!

Also, we will be stocking the fridge and letting it run off the propane.
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Old 10-06-2013, 11:57 AM   #2
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Sportsman's Warehouse, dehydrated food like for backpacking.
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Old 10-06-2013, 12:09 PM   #3
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The same thing you cook at the fancy RV parks. We eat and cook the same way boon docking or hooked up.
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Old 10-06-2013, 02:21 PM   #4
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whether you are dry camping or boondocking, the only thing different than having hookups, is that you don't have power for the microwave.

we dry camp all the time and our Honda 2000 will easily run the microwave if we need to use it.

not sure what you're expecting as different than camping with hookups.
the stove/oven use propane only UNLESS you have a convection microwave in place of an oven.

so not sure, other than the microwave, what would be different cooking-wise.
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:16 PM   #5
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If you haven't seen the TRF campgrounds then you're in for a shock. Pick a spot and drop it there, no order at all . I'd advise getting there by early afternoon on Friday if you can swing it as it fills quickly come nightfall. They did just add showers this year and they have freshwater.

Food...I'm like the others. Not much changes as everything we cook on will work off grid. I'm still adjusting to having a microwave and TV. The last trailer didn't have all that fancy stuff and I've only had this one out once, so I haven't really changed what I pack to cook all that much yet.
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:02 PM   #6
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Dry camp food

Sounds like a good opportunity to get your cast iron out
My mother inlaw just gave me a nice cast iron skillet today. I like to get my camp oven out and fix up something good. Recently I did another apple crisp and gave most of it to both sets of camp host at our camp ground.
Too much good food
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:22 AM   #7
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Cooking over the fire is a time honored tradition and requires no power. That is, if you are allowed a fire and will spend time around it tending to it.

Hot Dogs are easy and require the least amount of paraphernalia. We've cooked all sorts of full meals on the fire- complete with sides of rice, veggies, baked potatoes. Pretty much everything.
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:36 AM   #8
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Cooking is the same for us either hooked up or not. About the only concession we make is to look for easy to cleanup meals if don't have water. Paper plates vs real plates, bread bowls instead of real bowls, etc....
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Thanks you guys! Yes, we are planning on being there early. I think my hubby is more excited about it than I am.
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I sense that you're worried about running out of propane? I gotta think you could run the stove a long, LONG time on two 20lb LP bottles?
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:55 AM   #11
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Pretty much like everyone has posted, we don't change. After spending most of last year dry camping at various free camping areas across the western part of the country, we have our boon docking routine down. When on shore power we utilize the available electricity utilizing electric cookers. When dry camping we rely on propane, and charcoal. We tend to eat better when dry camping because the fast food places and restaurants are usually not readily available. Pastas, chicken, and veggies make up most of our afternoon meals. Breakfast is what ever it is we decide to snack on, and might even be left overs from the night before. If we don't want to cook, tuna salad, or lunch meat sub sandwiches with all the trimmings works out quite well. Add in the really cold/hot beverages of your choice, and you are good to go. One other thing we do is utilize paper plates, plastic forks, and knives to conserve on water, and propane to heat water for dish washing. If we do cook over an open camp fire, if possible, our first choice is older pine cones that have fallen from the trees. They give off a good, even, long lasting heat.
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Old 10-07-2013, 12:55 PM   #12
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Whether we have hook ups or are dry camping, I mostly use either:

A one burner white gas coleman burner
A two burner propane coleman cook top
A Weber Q grill

We have a stove and oven in the trailer but seldom use it mainly because I enjoy cooking outside. Don't do dutch ovens or cooking over the campfire.
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Old 10-07-2013, 01:31 PM   #13
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I personally suggest salmon cakes.

Use the foil pack boneless skinless salmon, spicy mayo and Zatarain's mix.

Have fun at Renfest, the camping should be a hoot. We will be going for the day in mid November.
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:31 PM   #14
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$20 per carload for the entire weekend for a campground is a steal, too.
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:28 PM   #15
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I tend to cook foods over the fire and also lots of foil hobo packs... When boondocking/dry camping we try to minimize the use of pots and pans and other related equipment just because it's one less thing for us to deal with (washing dishes, dealing with soapy dishwater, etc) others may not change their habits but we usually try to simplify as much as possible.
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Old 10-11-2013, 01:56 AM   #16
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Here's an example of what you can find searching for RV cooking.
Miss Terry’s Kitchen Gypsy Journal RV Travel Newspaper
We boondock a lot in AZ and our friends like to make peach cobbler or ox tail soup in a dutch oven with coals from the fire. My buddy buries Cornish hen in coals, wrapped in aluminum foil to bake. I do marshmallows.
We are so used to boondocking that hookups are a convenience but never an issue.
Propane is the most efficient cooling for your RV fridge. Fast cooling and reliable.
Grilling is really fun if you have an efficient propane camping grill, and a folding table to put it on. We do steaks and ribs, fish, vegetables, fruits. and it sure tastes good.
Because we use a lot of water for cooking and showering while boondocking, I carry a 30 or 50 gallon water drum (empty) in the back of the truck. After unhooking, water is usually available within a few miles and only 10 cents a gallon if you have to buy it. From the truck you can gravity feed the water to your trailer FW tank, or gravity feed for cleanup. I bought an extra 12v RV water pump, hooked up in and out vinyl hoses. I made an RV plug using only the hot and ground wire. I plug it into my RV truck receptacle. I wired a small switch in the line and I pump my 30 or 50 gallons off the back of my truck to wherever I want it to go.
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Old 10-11-2013, 05:31 AM   #17
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When dry camping we rely on propane, and charcoal. We tend to eat better when dry camping because the fast food places and restaurants are usually not readily available.
I agree with Patches and have a little to add along that line.

I have found that our cost for food is lower when we pay less for our camping site. We sometimes eat out when we are at RV parks, but we prefer state parks and national/state forest campgrounds, which are often too far from from town for eating out.
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Old 10-17-2013, 11:28 PM   #19
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Stealth, You are welcome in my camp any time, just bring more of those Mastodon steaks
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