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Old 04-18-2024, 06:30 PM   #1
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This is my first travel trailer, my 2206T. Now that I've got one small camping trip bringing her home from South Carolina and a 1,700 mile round trip to see the eclipse, it has occurred to us that we don't want to cook inside the trailer.

It would be a mess to cook things that splatter getting all over the blinds and aerosolized grease coating everything in this small enclosed space. We were wondering why this 18 year old camper's stove and over looked like it had never been used.

We've considered that we would likely precook items that we would warm in the oven or a pot on the stove, but nothing requires high heat.

Any serious cooking will be left to the outdoors, which is really why we wanted a camper.
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Old 04-18-2024, 07:37 PM   #2
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I agree! One of my favorite parts of camping is waking up, making coffee, getting a fire lit, and cooking up a big camp breakfast. Eggs, bacon, hash browns, pancakes and muffins. I couldn't ever imagine cooking any of that inside a camper. Besides, I want to be out in the fresh air, listening to the birds chirping and watching the chipmunks and squirrels scurry around while I do it.

I use old-school Coleman 413 and 425 Camp Stoves, a Coleman Camp Oven, and I have both the Coleman Drip Coffeemaker that sits on the camp stove, as well as the Coleman QuikPot propane coffeemaker. A two-burner reversible cast-iron griddle is my most-used piece of cookware.
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Old 04-18-2024, 11:18 PM   #3
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I have an old Coleman propane stove. Much of our food is prepared at home. It is a simple reheat in the microwave. I have cooked in the HiLo using the burners or oven. Our first HiLo had the cook top that lifted up for easy cleaning. The HiLo we have now has to have the clips removed from the stove top for cleaning. If you put a heavy pot on the largest burner is bends the rack a little bit. The vent above the stove works very well. We are retired and don't punch a time clock. We sometimes go out to eat with our camping club members. This has gotten very expensive.Some restaurants have one price for cash and a higher price for credit cards. Now some add maybe $4.00 tip for the chefs. No one ever tipped me for cooking!!
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I agree with Sam; most of our food is prepped at home that way we just reheat it and that lets us do other things asides spending too much time cooking. For breakfast I use an air fryer to cook/fry some hash brown potatoes and then some sausage go in there, it's a lot faster and less messier. Sometimes I will plug the air fryer outside the HiLo to cook and let it do its thing. I also use my Coleman propane stove outside to cook anything that may be too greasy/messy or smoky. I also pack a small propane grill for...grilling.
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Me too! I heat the water for coffee on the stove, but that's about it. Otherwise, I use a camp stove and a propane grill. The trailer is for sleeping or if the weather is really bad.

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I don't have an air fryer and neither does my special lady friend. We've never used one. Are they that good?

What kind of foods do yall prepare before the trip?
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I make out a menu. Then i grocery shop. My family likes mac'n cheese. Tacos,spaghetti and meatballs. Pack garlic bread. Salmon that comes in individual packs. I cook bacon and sausage at home. I have the fixins for romaine for salad. I bring vegetables from the garden. We eat well.
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I don't have an air fryer and neither does my special lady friend. We've never used one. Are they that good?
Our daughter and son in law bought us an air fryer. I was thinking it was going to end up in a cupboard never to see the light of day. But my DW jumped right in and she uses it almost more than the stove top (or just as much.) Most meat fries up very tasty and moist, (I really like chicken nuggets, breast, wings, and even hamburgers, even brats do well and almost taste grilled.) It also works well to warm up pizza and other things like that. Just about anything can be cooked in it and the mess stays in the frier.

I am not much of a sales person, there are a lot of videos on YouTube for different ideas on using an air frier, and they do a better job explaining it.

I just know we really like ours. And if it hadnít been gifted to us we probably would have never known what we were missing. We are looking forward to using it in our camper when it is mobile again.
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Old 04-23-2024, 02:34 AM   #9
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We also have an air fryer that DH loves to cook in. It is great when it is very hot in the summer. I buy parchment paper to line the rack. Very easy clean up.
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We used our Weber grill and Instant Pot (also serves as Crockpot) while we lived in our HiLo…summer in NC is too hot to use the oven! So many awesome recipes!
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Thanks everyone. I appreciate your replies.
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Hi, we have a 2808 Hi Lo that we cook in most of the time for breakfast. Bacon/eggs/ toast, fruit/ orange juice/ coffee. We use a splatter screen to cover the pans so as to minimize any splatter. The mess is minimal. We grill steaks hamburgers on a Weber " little smokey" outside. It' cold in the mornings here in Montana. We love our Hi-Lo!
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Welcome to the forum. I agree even in summer it can be chilly in the morning. Just crack a vent and cook away!!
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