How can we maximize our limited RV kitchen space? By choosing to use the right storage containers and utensils in our kitchen.
Here are some great storage suggestions:
• Choose storage containers that have straight-lines that can maximize every square inch of your cupboards.
• Move pantry items out of the various boxes and odd shaped jars and into storage containers that are clear plastic or acrylic that are stackable and have inter-locking lids. This will allow for better use of space when you travel. Don’t forget to place the cooking instructions and labels inside the storage container for later use.
• Mixing bowls that nest nicely, staying with the straight lines, if possible. Angles on our bowls can chew up valuable storage space.
• Choose pots, pans & skillets that also nest. Look for a nesting set that has a variety of sizes but can be stacked and stored in the smaller footprint.
• Install a plastic magazine rack to the inside of a cupboard or pantry door that can house all your loose aluminum and plastic wraps as well as the different sizes of boxed baggies.
• For larger serving utensils, chip-clips and other odd shaped kitchen items, place them in one or two storage containers to keep them under control and in one location.
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Lady E Cooper
‘RV Kitchen Storage: Items That Work Best!’
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These folks have won a free autographed copy of the RV Centennial Cookbook. During the Hershey PA RV Show September 10-14th, 2015 – RV Show attendees who came to visit with me at the Redwood RV display had a chance to sign up for 1 of 10 copies that were being given away. All of the following individuals have been contacted.
Congratulations to the winners of this cookbook ‘Give-A-Way’ – Sponsored by: REDWOOD RV – Residential 5th Wheel Vehicles
The grey water tank which holds water from the RV kitchen is often referred to as the ‘Galley Tank’. In some of today’s floor plans, a large amount of water is in demand for the clothes washer, dishwasher, shower, bathroom and kitchen sinks. Because of this demand, the RV manufacturer will place a second grey water tank on board which will divide out the water usage, leaving the kitchen grey water to be called ‘Grey Tank 2’ or ‘Galley Tank’. All manufacturers are not the same so please refer to your monitor panel for specific names used.
Follow these rules for keeping your galley tank healthy:
Keep plenty of paper towels on hand. Wiping out soiled pots and pans before washing will keep food particles from accidentally going down the drain. Be aware that many foods contain oils that will eventually clog your kitchen drain.
Never pour hot or cold grease/oil down your drains. My favorite way to dispose of hot oil is to first cool slightly, and then pour into an empty can or left over empty container/bottle then cap tightly closed. Once cooled completely, place in the trash can.
Use natural cleaners like white vinegar or baking soda to keep your family and RV kitchen plumbing safe.
Keep your galley tank clear of grease build-up and organic sludge by dropping in a dissolving deodorizer tablet(s). These can be purchased at most all RV supply stores. Continue to use these tablets to keep the galley and grey water lines open, flowing and odor-free.
Happy RVing – Lady E Cooper
Caring for the RV Galley Tank / Grey Tank
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We purchased a new rig and have never owned a convection/microwave oven before. So on our first trip, my husband and I decided to cook 3 different recipes and the results were all consistent – BAD! I don’t think it is getting hot enough. What am I doing wrong? Signed – Carol P.
Carol – The day our manufacturers decided to include convection/microwave ovens in today’s RVs – was truly a wonderful day! Having cooked with convection ovens for many years and loving the results from that appliance, this is an area that I enjoy helping people with because it really will make your RV cooking experience even better.
Here are a few pointers …based upon the information you provided.
#1 – Read the manuals that came with your unit – manufacturers have different products which can operate differently (even though they are basically the same). I also suggest getting online (if you have access to the internet) to search for videos by folks that have a convection/microwave like the model you have or similar. You can learn a lot of great information this way just listening to other’s experiences.
#2 – You stated that you think your unit is not getting hot enough. – Buy an oven thermometer to test the temperature. Sometimes, we will find that the temps are off as much as 25 degrees. Of course, we would like it to be perfectly set, but if you know that your unit is off, you can compensate by setting the temperature higher so you can achieve the desired results. Should you find that your temperatures are 50, 75 to 100 degrees cooler….then I would say that your unit should be checked out by a service technician – it could be a faulty thermostat which would require that part to be replaced.
#3 – Traditionally – convection ovens in our bricks & sticks homes operate having access to strong/clean electricity. RVs are not the case. We are limited in how much electricity is fed to our rigs and sometimes that electricity is not strong nor clean. The wattage that this oven requires is not very high so the heating and cooking process is slower. Sometimes, a recipe that requires 25 minutes at 325 degrees will actually need 30 minutes at a higher degree – like 350. This will be something that you will need to tweak with your own unit to find the ‘sweet spot’ in regards to length of cooking time and right temperature.
UPDATE: From Carol – I took you’re suggestion about purchasing an oven thermometer and found our convection oven was 100 degrees off. So, I called the RV dealer and they arranged for a service technician to check it out. He found that the thermostat needed to be replaced. All problems resolved and we love using this appliance. Thank you for your helpful suggestions.
I LOVE a happy ending! Happy RVing – Lady E Cooper
Ken is a recent graduate of the 5 Day RV Tech Course taught in Shipshewana, IN this past August of 2014. He is very open about the value this course brought to his life. RV Maintenance for the consumer is being taught by Terry Cooper – RVDA/RVIA Master Certified RV Service Technician and Professional Instructor. Learn how to take care of your rig by going to www.rvtechcourse.com
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Schwintek Slide-Out System Operation Tips
The Schwintek Slide Out system has become one most popular mechanisms we are seeing on today’s RV slide outs. This system consists of exterior mounted aluminum rails driven by dual 12 volt dc motors and managed by a power controller that talks to these motors.
Here are 3 things you can do to help your Schwintek slide out system operate more trouble free.
Have maximum battery power to operate the two 12 volt DC drive motors. You can boost your on board house battery by having your RV’s power cord plugged into the pedestal (shore power) or have your 7 pin connector power cord hooked up to your tow vehicle if you have a travel trailer or 5th wheel.
Operate the Schwintek system only when the RV is level. You will need to level your RV before running your slides out. Then when you are ready to leave bring the slides in before raising your leveling legs.
Let the Schwintek controller decide when to stop the slide movement. We have been trained on all the other types of slide out systems to release the in/out switch when we see the room complete its movement. If you will continue to press the in/out button and allow the controller to be in full control, it will determine when to stop the room. This will allow the controller to count the motor rotations of the two electric motors and self-align the slide position.
Little things can make a big difference in enjoyment of your RV.
My sink stains, too. Mine is a one piece – very porous bone colored material (farm-style) sink. I use ‘Soft Scrub’ cleanser that has a bit of Clorox in it. Let the cleanser to sit a few minutes allows it to clean up beautifully!
It was good to meet you in Jan. in Eustis. For our sink or counter stains, I use a Magic Eraser (Mr. Clean) and add a little Dawn sometimes to boost it’s effect. My sinks come clean right away, the erasers (it’s a sponge type material), works well on erasing those coffee/tea splashes on the counters too. I’ve also used them on my shower glass and shower walls to clean those too. I like the non-abrasive especially of the Magic Eraser. Also works wonders on the coffee decanter, keeping them crystal clear. I buy several for various uses. Love your site! Will bookmark and keep in touch.
Jim is an NRVIA/RVIC
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We are sitting in a campground just outside of the quaint community of Shipshewana, Indiana – Amish Country. One of my ‘most’ favorite places to visit. Right down the road located in Middlebury, Indiana is the Rise’n Roll Bakery. The Cinnamon Caramel Donuts are amazing. Please visit this awesome place while you are in this area. After watching this video….you will smell them cooking. Love Amish Country!