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A classic RVer’s debate: whether or not it’s better to cook inside their RV or over an open fire.
We have put together some pro’s and con’s of each method so you can decide what the best option is for you!

Cooking Over The Campfire

Most people associate camping with roasting marshmallows and hot dogs over a roaring fire. But is campfire cooking all it’s cracked up to be?


  • Cooking over the campfire provides unique and memorable experiences, and is considered to be one of the best parts of camping that many campers simply can’t do without.
  • A campfire infuses whatever you are cooking with a special, smoky flavor that is pretty much impossible to replicate.


  • Preparing and cooking over a campfire is much more labor intensive than cooking in an RV kitchen. There must be chopped wood available and the fire will have to be constantly monitored.
  • In addition to regular kitchen supplies such as plates, bowls, utensils, etc, you will need to bring some special equipment to cook over a campfire. Some of this equipment can include a grill rack, cast iron pans, roasting skewers, a more.

Cooking In Your RV’s Kitchen

If your camping trip is going to involve long hours of driving and/or outdoor activities, choosing an RV with a kitchen is smart.


  • Cooking in an RV kitchen is quick and easy no matter what the weather is like outside!
  • If you are cooking on a stove top with much of the same equipment that you have in your kitchen at home, it’s fairly easy to get consistent and reliable results. This can be a bit more tricky over an open flame as the heat may not be evenly distributed.


  • Cooking in your RV tends to produce more dishes, and therefore, more to wash!
  • The biggest con to cooking in an RV kitchen is that it’s not much different than cooking at home, so you and your family may feel like you are not getting the full camping experience.
Hopefully this helped you decide which cooking option is going to be best for you and your family on your next RV adventure!
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