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Old 12-09-2013, 08:40 PM   #15
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Just don't fall into the trap about resale value. It's your trailer, build it or buy it or use it exactly as you need. It's more about YOU and less about US or THEM. For every single post I read about someone never wanting to buy a trailer without all the propane stuff, there's someone that says they "always" cook outside and use a cube heater.

How do you cook in your sticks 'n bricks home? On a propane or gas stove? Why should it be any different in a trailer? Ya gotta eat!!

Your choice, your decision. Best of luck!
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Old 12-09-2013, 09:11 PM   #16
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I agree, build your trailer for your style of camping, not the next guys. Figure out what works best for you, and go for it.

One of the biggest difference for us cooking while camping, as compared to home, is that we have no 120V electricity for the majority of our nights out, and this is reflected in how we cook, as the only electrical appliance we carry is a small kettle to heat water faster for our coffee. Though, it rarely seems to get used, and we are considering dropping it too.

While there are lots of good ways to cook with electric appliances, we have opted to have zero reliance on electricity. There are sooooo many things to cook, and ways of doing so with what we use, a stove, a BBQ and a campfire, that in a lifetime we would never be able to cook everything we might like too. Of course, this is true with any method of cooking.
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Old 12-09-2013, 11:15 PM   #17
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I agree, build your trailer for your style of camping, not the next guys. Figure out what works best for you, and go for it.

One of the biggest difference for us cooking while camping, as compared to home, is that we have no 120V electricity for the majority of our nights out, and this is reflected in how we cook, as the only electrical appliance we carry is a small kettle to heat water faster for our coffee. Though, it rarely seems to get used, and we are considering dropping it too.

While there are lots of good ways to cook with electric appliances, we have opted to have zero reliance on electricity. There are sooooo many things to cook, and ways of doing so with what we use, a stove, a BBQ and a campfire, that in a lifetime we would never be able to cook everything we might like too. Of course, this is true with any method of cooking.
I've ditched all 120 volt stuff, except for printer.
Cooking can be work, fun, or just cooking. Most of our cooking while camping is inside the trailer on the propane cook surface. It fun to experiment with cast iron, dutch ovens and pie irons. Heat sources for the cast iron can be charcoal, campfire, or one of two camp stoves. In the good old summer time we often cook at the picnic table with a Coleman or MSR stove. If we have guests that we're cooking for, it's almost always outside.

However you manage, I hope you have much fun as we've had. (just a bit over 2 weeks and we're off).
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I have my 2 burner propane stove, can fire up the generator for the microwave. I also have a rocket stove I bring sometimes for cooking anything that splatters to do outside.

I have contemplated the NuWave... I have friends who have one at home and they love it...not sure how large the smaller one is and I don't eat very much any more since my gastric surgery... hence the losing 100lbs lol.

I do like the idea of baking muffins in the morning while camping. A muffin with butter and jam goes great for breakfast and never better then fresh made....and I bet someone would be more then willing to take the other 5 off my hands lol.
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I have my 2 burner propane stove, can fire up the generator for the microwave. I also have a rocket stove I bring sometimes for cooking anything that splatters to do outside.

I have contemplated the NuWave... I have friends who have one at home and they love it...not sure how large the smaller one is and I don't eat very much any more since my gastric surgery... hence the losing 100lbs lol.

I do like the idea of baking muffins in the morning while camping. A muffin with butter and jam goes great for breakfast and never better then fresh made....and I bet someone would be more then willing to take the other 5 off my hands lol.
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The small New Wave would fit your Bill. It’s rack size is close to a standard sheet of paper. It makes the best bacon since it doesn’t fry submerged in its own fat. You can cook it soft to very well done without burning it. Typical for the 2 of us is cooking 6 strips of bacon on the rack. The lower pan we line with foil for easy clean-up. Then we take out the foil with the bacon grease. Next up Pillsbury biscuits from the tube plop them on the rack and cook 6 minutes and flip over and cook 6 minutes more. Butter jam or what ever and breakfast is done. Want biscuits and gravy drain most of the bacon fat out of the foil liner and put in your gravy into the foil liner mix the bacon drippings in the gravy mix and leave it in the New Wave when cooking your biscuits heats the gravy at the same time. Works with sausage too.
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:56 PM   #20
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I would add a plus one for what Donna said. Go with what works for you. In original post you said you were new to RV camping but not if you already camp and are just switching to RV instead of tent.

Some of us have a large collection of camping equipment from tent or backpacking days that we just continue to use. With routines for cooking outside on a camp stove, grill or campfire. Does mean we haul a bit more gear but it's what we like so it's what we do.

Ability to run fridge, stove and heater on propane, while using a battery for lights or small electric appliances does allow one to be more comfortable for a weekend in a rustic campground or night in a walmart parking lot while traveling. Propane is a system that requires some minor maintenance, and propane fridge is more expensive to replace than a regular electric fridge. Also a bit more fussy about the trailer being level than regular fridge.

However some folks don't want to do those things and all electric saves them weight (propane tank, battery) and allows them to do camping with the same tools and techniques they use at home.

If you haul a generator and gas forget the weight savings and the use of generator may not be allowed or welcome in some locations. NOT bashing generators or those that use them, just pointing out there are constraints to where they are viable. If you want to camp in those locations take that into account.

Propane stove, fridge and heater are by far the more common configuration, thus the one most people expect to find. All electric might not be quite as easy to re-sell but you are best off buying what YOU want to use. You sell it once, you hopefully use the camper many times.

I'm in the camp stove and campfire cooking group, my sister considers it bad if the campground only has 30 amp electric and she only has a campfire when camping with us. Wife does not generally want to go camping if we even need to have a heater. I have been known to tent camp in Winter. Different strokes for different folks.
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:13 PM   #21
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Keep in mind that most Federal and many, many state parks don't have power hook ups. Unless you are planning on spending every night in a RV Resort or can plan far enought ahead to always have hook ups, going all electric can limit your use, especially in cool to cold weather.

IMHO: An FGRV without LP gas is very limiting in use, as well as having reduced resale appeal.
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:36 PM   #22
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Bob raises a good point. The cost of going electric only would be quite a bit higher.

Not only would boondocking (especially in colder weather) not work, but the majority of federal/state/provincial campsites do not have electrical hookups, and if they do the numbers are limited. These government type campgrounds have rates way better than most RV resorts. Plus, in campgrounds that do have both serviced and non-serviced sites, the latter is usually somewhat cheaper.
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Old 12-11-2013, 06:22 AM   #23
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Another point about propane inside the trailer. Just because you have it doesn't mean you have to use it. If you prefer 120v appliances, put a cover over the stove and use that as additional counter space for your cooking appliances.

It still gets down to your camping style and where you plan to camp. I live in a state with wonderful state and county parks. As a single, older female traveler I'm always hookedup and love my 120v appliances! YMMV
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:45 AM   #24
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Keep in mind that most Federal and many, many state parks don't have power hook ups. Unless you are planning on spending every night in a RV Resort or can plan far enought ahead to always have hook ups, going all electric can limit your use, especially in cool to cold weather.
In the South ALL state parks have electric hook-ups
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In the South ALL state parks have electric hook-ups
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Well Ya.... But that's due to the need for air conditioning to sustain life and protect you from the skeeters.

I used to live in a southern state (VA) and life was three seasons, ice, rain and torrid heat. One year it snowed on Monday and was 95 degrees and 95% humidity by Friday. The 3 days in between were called "Spring" for that year. Another year it rained 26 weekends in a row.

They don't call tent camping in the summer "sauna camping" for nothing

And being outside in July & August? Fergetit...

But, then again, I enjoy the outside experience, silly me.....
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As a single, older female traveler I'm always hooked up......
You go, girl!
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Old 12-11-2013, 09:32 AM   #27
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In the South ALL state parks have electric hook-ups
Wow, I expected someone to have pointed out an exception to this overly generalized statement by now.

More accurately, I should say that all of the state parks that we have camped at or investigated camping at, in the states of Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, or Mississippi have had electric hook-ups.

And yes, it's because these states are HOT in the summer, and, I suspect, they value the tourist dollars that campers bring in with them.

Oh, by the way, it never reached 100 degrees in Pensacola this summer; in fact I don't remember it ever reaching 95, but it might have, I just don't remember. Living close to the coast moderates the temperature and makes it a lot more comfortable than the inland areas.
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Something from column E (12Volt) and something from column P means flexibility. Propane means relative self-sufficiency. All electric means no electric sometimes and a likely retrofit to the belt and suspenders approach. With that said, I luv our new AC/DC only fridge but the conundrum of battery weight and recharging is not to be taken lightly haha.

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