Thanksgiving in an RV might sound a bit crazy because after all, the oven is tiny and the eating area is usually small. Trust me, it’s not impossible. From my experience it’s actually very cozy and a great bonding time with the family. It can be challenging depending on the size of your RV but worth the challenge.
We enjoyed our Thanksgiving in our RV just as much as in our sticks and bricks home. I carefully planned our meal the week before and everything worked out better than I could have imagined. We used to always go to our parents’ home, but when we found ourselves in Pennsylvania in 2017, pretty far from everyone, we decided to have our own Thanksgiving with our little ones in the Pocono Mountains. If it had been a little warmer, we would have opted to eat outside, but due to pretty cold weather for our thin Florida blood, we chose to eat inside the RV.
After the food was ready, we served all of the dishes in the middle of the table buffet style. It was actually perfect because we could serve more of whatever we wanted without getting up. I personally cooked everything the same day, but I have seen fellow RVers spread the cooking out over the course of a few days. Pumpkin pie is perfectly fine in the refrigerator for a day or two; the sides can be reheated the day of, if you choose to cook some of them a day or two early.
Other Meal Options:
If you don’t want to go through the hassle of cooking a Thanksgiving dinner, I recommend checking the local supermarkets wherever you are to see if they have a feast you can buy. This past year we actually saw a crazy good deal in a local supermarket. If we would have stayed there, we would have definitely bought that meal. It was $50 and they had two packages to choose from and it included everything from the turkey to the cranberry sauce. I had no idea this was an option until running into that ad which got my wheels spinning for next year’s Thanksgiving, if we are not near our parents.
Another option, if you are at a campground check to see if they have a potluck or a Thanksgiving dinner planned. This past year the campground we were at had a Thanksgiving meal potluck the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Last year the campground we were at also had a potluck available for Thanksgiving. This might be a good option if you are not really into cooking such a big feast or want a kitchen break.
If you are not a full-time RVer like us but want to get away in your RV during Thanksgiving and still want a traditional meal, as long as you prep ahead of time, you will be just fine. Cooking in your RV will not be totally different from cooking in your sticks and bricks home. The biggest difference is that there is less space.
Thanksgiving in an RV just takes a little creativity due to the smaller space but such a fun holiday to spend wherever you choose if you are traveling in an RV. At the end of the day, the holidays are about spending time with those you love. There is no right or wrong way and it’s important to enjoy the day. We truly enjoyed our first Thanksgiving together in our RV because we were all involved in what was happening. We were on the road together, adventuring together, cooking, and finally, eating together.
I would love to hear about your Thanksgiving this year. How was it? Where did you spend it?
We personally drove 1,200 miles in less than three days in our RV to surprise our mothers for Thanksgiving after not seeing them for six months. Needless to say, both of our mothers were totally surprised!