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An RV Thanksgiving Celebration

Nov 21, 2013 10:38:08 AM / by DishForMyRV posted in RV and Camping Tips & Tricks, RV & Camping Accessories


Thanksgiving on the road can be fun and an experience you’ll never forget. Whether you’re heading out to visit family for Thanksgiving or you want to host your own from a campsite or trailer park, we have some tips for prepping for Thanksgiving on the road. Here's just a few tips.

Keep the Menu Simple

Trying to prepare too many dishes can lead to disaster. Pick just a few of your favorites to prepare in the RV and either pick up the others or prepare them ahead of time. There are plenty of easy Thanksgiving dishes you can prepare.

Check out one of our favorite "Thanksgiving in a Dutch Oven" recipe below.

Utilize Extra Grills and Appliances

If you bring an extra grill with you when you go RVing, be sure to fire it up! You can cook a full turkey on a grill (you may need to remove the top warmer shelf), or you can grill up some turkey breasts instead. Another method for cooking the turkey that gets rave reviews is a crock pot. Start early if you’re going with the crockpot method because it’ll be cooking for 8-9 hours.

Cook some foods like yams in the microwave first to speed up cooking time in the oven.
Does your RV come equipped with an outside kitchen? Don’t forget to fire that one up too!

Finding Extra Space for Guests


If you’ve invited guests you can use TV trays to create extra seating options. You can also reserve a clubhouse at the RV Park, or if you’re in a warm area why not enjoy an outside eating area or picnic dinner?

Other Options

If you’re still not convinced or just don’t want to invest the time while on your vacation, don’t fret! Many RV Parks hold Thanksgiving feasts or potlucks, and local restaurants are sure to have a freshly prepared Thanksgiving dinner.

Whether you plan to cook dinner yourself, or find another way to celebrate we hope that your Thanksgiving is delicious!


Thanksgiving in a Dutch oven:

  • 3 pound(s) sliced turkey, shredded
  • 2 cans cut green beans, drained
  • 1 can whole baby carrots
  • 3 large jars turkey gravy
  • 3 boxes cornbread stuffing
  • 1/4 c butter

Butter the bottom and sides of the Dutch oven. Pour green beans in first. Add carrots on top. Layer the shredded turkey on top of carrots and green beans. Pour gravy over the two layers. Mix cornbread stuffing according to package directions and add on top of the ingredients and press down to cover the layers in Dutch oven. Cut any remaining butter into pats and place on top of stuffing mix.

Place over hot coals and shovel some coals on top of the Dutch oven. Allow to cook for 20 – 30 minutes until hot and bubbly and the stuffing has browned on top.

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