For the first time, I am alone in our rig. Ten days by myself in the RV was something I was looking forward to so that I could get back to my book project. It's also allowed me to assess how we use this space.
Living with another person in a 24.5 x 8-foot space is a challenge and I thought this would be a good time to spill the beans on life inside. Let's start in the kitchen.
A big challenge for me has been cooking – or better said, prepping, as I enjoy flailing my elbow when chopping vegetables. In the rig, I have to maintain a sharp focus to organize vegetables, knives, bowl and cutting board on this tiny countertop. My main workspace is a moveable piece of countertop that fits over the sink. Remove it, and you lose more than half of your work area.
We have found it much easier to grill fish and vegetables outdoors on a small charcoal grill we carry with us. I only use the kitchen counter to slice peppers, squash and eggplant for the grill and a burner for rice.
The flame on the two burner stovetop is hard to keep low, but as long as there is propane in the tank, we’re in business. Above the nearly full-size refrigerator is a convection oven/microwave.
We’ve also got room in the cabinets for four sets of dishes, four glasses, and two extra coffee cups. I don’t like to eat off plastic plates, so I bought porcelain ones that require extra care to make sure that they don’t jiggle when the rig is in motion. I used rubber shelf liners and rolled-up dish towels to keep down the vibrations. So far, nothing has broken.
Ok… but what’s it like inside the rig when you’re not cooking?
Check back in a few days for another glimpse of Real RV Life, including how to dry camp and ration your water.
Meanwhile, enjoy a few photos of the verdant woods in this wet corner of Washington. Here's a peek..
Listen as Johnny Cash & Lynn Anderson tear it up.
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