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“Taking the FEAR Out of RV Maintenance for the RVing Woman!”

March 28, 2016 – It was my honor to host an exclusive webinar recently titled: “Taking the FEAR Out of RV Maintenance for the RVing Woman!” There are a bunch of us out there on America’s highways….doing the RV Lifestyle and struggling when it comes to RV Maintenance – not just getting it done but financing it, too.

I was joined by my guest –  Dawn Hernandez and Lisa Norman, both who are recent graduates of the RV Maintenance Triad Training class in Texas recently .  Just a little tid-bit of info about my guests….they both decided to take the course instead of their husbands. Listen in to the recording below to find out why …..and how this experience has enhanced their outlook on living and working in the RV Lifestyle. Plus, learn how you can be a part of this wonderful experience.

Meet Dawn! New graduate of the 5 Day Hands-On RV Maintenance Triad Training class in Texas!

Meet Dawn! New graduate of the 5 Day Hands-On RV Maintenance Class in Texas!

#RV Maintenance #Women RVers, #RV Maintenance for Ladies

Meet Elisa! New graduate from the 5 Day Hands-On RV Maintenance Triad Training class in Texas.

Could this be YOU?

RV Centennial Cookbook Available On Amazon

The RV Centennial Cookbook – Celebrating 100 Years of RVing will be the perfect gift for that special someone (who LOVES to RV) this Christmas or anytime of the year.  I have GREAT NEWS!!! My RV cookbook is now available on Amazon.  Containing 100 featured recipes – this beautiful publication has 5 methods of cooking ranging from the campfire to the RV oven. Fun and simple recipes that insure lots of enjoyments while out on the road and in nature.  Featuring historical RV photos,  maintenance tips from the RV Professor, stories from many people who have made RVing part of their history.  This is a true celebration of 100 years of RVing.  Please see inside the book by clicking on the book photo.

This truly is a gift that he or she will reach for over and over again – and they will think of you and your thoughtfulness as they enjoy each recipe.  RVing is absolutely about….. ‘Family, Friends & Food’!

Thank you……Happy RVing!

Lady E Cooper

RV Kitchen Storage: Items That Work Best!

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 suggestionstorage containers 2s:
• 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.

Want to submit your favorite storage idea?  I invite you to fill out the form below.

Happy RVing!

Lady E Cooper

‘RV Kitchen Storage: Items That Work Best!’

This blog along with many others I have written can be found at online at: AmeriGo RV Club


RV Centennial Cookbook Winners!

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.

  • Ezell Belton
  • Laurie Reed
  • Kathy Bellum
  • Susan Friedman
  • Edward High
  • Gerry Haggerty
  • Deb Miller
  • Dawn Stevens
  • Kathy Moyer
  • R. Day

Congratulations to the winners of this cookbook ‘Give-A-Way’ – Sponsored by: REDWOOD RV – Residential 5th Wheel Vehicles

Photos from the 2014 Hershey RV Show

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Caring for the RV Galley Tank / Grey Tank

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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My RV Kitchen with Lady E on Pinterest

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Welcome to “My Pinterest Page” where I share ideas, learn to be more creative and show off my own flare! What is Pinterest? Pinterest is a visual discovery tool that you can use to find ideas for all your projects and interests.  From RV cooking to where to camp – you can find it all on Pinterest. Come along and share your ideas…..

Amish Country

AmishWe 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!



RV Kitchen Appliances

RV Kitchen Appliances

Must Have List vs. Wish List

Equates to: 30 Amps vs. 50 Amps

How much electrical power is needed for those small appliances planned for your RV kitchen?

  1. Make two lists – Label one ‘Must Have’ and the other ‘Wish’ list.  Coffee pot, crockpot, electric skillet, hand mixer, toaster – you’ll find these lists will add up quickly.
  2. Things to know – There are two measurements of power for RVs.

–          30 amps delivers 3600 watts of power

–          50 amps delivers 12,000 watts of power

3. Located on the back of each appliance is an electrical data plate. This information is telling us of the amount of power (electricity) required.

4. To measure the complete electrical requirement need’s for an RV – we will allocate watts for one air conditioner (2400 watts on startup) and the water heater element (1500 watts).  Both of these appliances will cycle on and off which means the demand on the watts are not constant.  Watts total – 3900.

When adding the watts needed from our lists, the 3600 watts of power given by a 30 amp power cord is depleted, even before getting started.

Ask yourself – What is my lifestyle?  A minimalist will require less and the 30 amps could be sufficient. Are the ‘must have’ and ‘wish’ lists vital to you? 50 amps power is probably the way to go.

Your perfect RV kitchen should be able to handle the electrical power needs of your small appliance ‘must haves’ and ‘wish’ lists, so shop wise.

 


Food Safety

Evada_Terry Cooper_Cookbook2There is nothing like RV tailgating – whether it’s football, car races or a weekend at county fair – outdoor cooking and entertaining is at its best. Take the time to be educated on food safety to insure your RV tailgating experience is a real winner.  Keep your hungry crew safe by following these food preparation safety tips.

  • Bring plenty of water along if none is available on site. Soap, paper towels, wet disposables and sanitizers for cleaning hands and other surfaces.
  • If a cooler is being used to store raw meats (like beef, poultry, etc.), wrap each type individually securely in separate wrappers to prevent cross contamination. Use multi layers of ice to maintain a constant temperature of 40 degrees F. or lower.
  • Avoiding over and under cooked meats by using a food thermometer. Keeping everyone safe from harmful bacteria is the key objective.
  • Never partially cook meats to finish cooking at a later time. Cooking to an unsafe temperature allows harmful bacteria to survive and multiply. Remedy this issue by cooking to at least 160 degrees F. and holding for at least 3 minutes. Choose higher temperatures for more desired doneness.
  • In hot weather (90 degrees F or higher), never let foods sit unrefrigerated for more than one hour. In cooler weather, no more than two hours is acceptable.  Toss any leftovers should these time guidelines be broken.  It is better to be safe and not sorry.

 

Whether choosing make-a-head recipes served out of the refrigerator or a feast straight off the grill…. kick off your tailgate party with pizzazz.

NOTE: This blog is among many that I have written for AmeriGO RV Club.  Please go check them out.  They provide valuable information for the all of us RV enthusiast.

 

RV Kitchens – Which Is Right For You?

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While the RV type, the price or the floor plan may drive the RV buying decision, statistics show that the two most critical items in today’s RV are the Kitchen and the Bathroom.

Whether you purchase your RV new or used or whether you are a full timer or a weekender.  Family, Friends and Food make up the recipe of the successful RVing experience. So choosing the right RV Kitchen is essential to being a Happy Camper.

Regardless if you are a gourmet cook that loves to plan and prepare meals ahead of time or you are someone who just wings it with the microwave and a campfire here are 3 things to consider.

1. Storage – RV kitchens have limited space and most kitchens have very narrow and shallow cabinets for storage. Know how much space you must have for your food and utensils. On RV shopping day take a small measuring tape with you to size up the storage areas. Check the depth behind those cabinet doors and in drawers.    

2. Space for Food Prep – Look for counter space around the stove top and sink area. Is there enough room for your recipe books, bowls, pots and utensils?  In some kitchens the only food prep area is on the dining table.  If you require more space – shop accordingly.

3. Clean up area – Do you require a full size sink? What about a place for draining the dishes?  Clean-up is a must. How much space do you need?

 Keeping a critical eye on these three areas will help in finding the RV kitchen that is right for you.

 

NOTE: This blog is among many that I have written for AmeriGO RV Club.  Please go check them out.  They provide valuable information for the all of us RV enthusiast.

Lady E Cooper