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 5/1/2004 5:17 AM
 
We have a small kitchen at home. But it's gargantuan compared to the kitchen in an RV. If you're fulltiming how do you cope with that tiny space? How do you shop? What do you buy or not due to limited space? How many times a month do you shop? We use a lot of different spices and sauces in our food and have already seen that the storage space will severely limit us in that area. So we're paring the sauces down to our top 3. And one more issue: sanitation. Do you find it's harder to keep your kitchen clean? We're both sensitive to bleach and some other cleaning liquids. I use white vinegar (kills bacteria) a lot. With the holding tanks on board do you find bleach necessary to keep your food area clean?
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 5/2/2004 7:40 PM
 
You do make adjustments in your cooking when you fulltime - but we don't limit what we prepare. One of the reasons we chose a fifth wheel over a motorhome was the kitchen. We have a wide selection of spices - I do buy the smallest size available and we have fresh herbs that we raise in pots and carry with us. We probably do more experimental cooking now than we did before we fulltimed because we have more time now. How often do we shop? Well, there again we have more time and we usually go grocery shopping a couple of times a week. When you don't have the space to store large supplies you tend to shop more frequently and buy just what you need. As for cleaning - it's the same as in a home only quicker because it is smaller. The holding tanks don't contaminate the interior of the rig unless you forget to empty them and they back up. We use the same cleansers we did before. Bleach should be avoided because it will kill the bacteria in the holding tanks which you need to break down the waste.

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 5/3/2004 12:05 PM
 
Thanks for the info. Guess we'll have to change our eating style to match the number of times we can shop during a week then. It's likely we'll do quite a bit of boondocking when we aren't workcamping. Grocery stores may not be very convenient at times. I'll remember about not using bleach. Don't the holding tanks emit odors through the pipes? Do the holding tanks tend to take care of themselves? or do you add bacteria every now and then?
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 5/22/2004 6:01 PM
 
You rarely get odors from the gray water holding tanks - there are traps in the pipes just like in a home. There are concoctions that you can pour into the holding tanks that claim to eliminate odors. We have found that if there is a little odor, just run a little extra water through and it will take care of it. As for adding bacteria - no, we just let the natural breakdown take place. We just don't add bleach or anything that would kill the bacteria. Sorry I have been slow to respond, but we are on the road this summer and my internet time is limited.

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 1/19/2005 3:32 PM
 
I don't bring many jar spices with the exception of Five Spice Powder and Dill. I buy those dry seasoning packets in a dozen varieties: various gravies, cheese sauces, lemon pepper, sauerbraten and the like, then use a spoonful for cooking. Two people don't need the whole package. I also keep two different types of refrigerated dressings for salads or marinating. This message was edited by sgoldie on 1-19-05 @ 3:37 PM
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 1/23/2005 2:30 PM
 
Yes, you add chemicals to your black water holding tank. I get the powdered packets at walmart. Liquid is available also. Instructions are on them.
Also,I have been known to pour a tablespoon of clorox down my sink (twice in 2 years) to kill an odor then flush with small amt. of water. Abuse Thrives in Silence!

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 1/23/2005 6:52 PM
 
To SGoldie:THanks for the suggestion. I'll be looking for them.
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 1/23/2005 6:56 PM
 
Thanks Dogs mom. We've been in our RV since November of 04 and things dont' look quite as "scary" as they did.
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 1/30/2005 3:01 PM
 
Have been "home" in my Rv for 5 years. I use a shoe case to file my spices. I do cooking for my clubs and use a food vacumem to seal all of my food. Can be kept in refrig, or stored. keeps everything clean.

I use the other half of the shoe case in the bathroom door for personal additional cleaning items.
I bought one which is fabric, which I can wash in the machine.
Works for me. "If you can read this, thank a teacher;if its in English, thank a soldier" Maureen

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 1/30/2005 7:49 PM
 
Fortunately, we have lived in our RV now since June '04 and things seem to be working out pretty well. It's a bit claustrophobic during times of bad weather, but the kitchen things have worked out quite weill. The only thing I don't care for is that we have been using an inordinate number of plastic bags in order to get everything to fit properly. Square plastic containers are just too big if we are to keep a week's worth of groceries in the fridge. Other than that I've adjusted to the whole thing pretty well :)
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