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15 Common RV Myths Busted!

RVs have been around for decades and, like most things, misinformation has spread on the topic between word of mouth and the internet. Unfortunately, these myths are often accepted as facts, causing many people to shy away from trying the RV life for themselves. In our list, we’ll bust 15 of the most common RV myths!

You Need a Commercial License to Drive an RV or Motorhome

This is probably one of most common RV myths, although there is some truth to it. It all comes down to vehicle weight, not size as many people think. You can legally drive any vehicle under 26,000 pounds and tow anything under 10,000 pounds with a normal driver’s license in all 50 states. Most Class B and Class C motorhomes, as well as a multitude of towable RVs fall within this weight limit. If you plan on rolling heavier than that or unsure, check with a DMV in the state your license is issued. In Canada, anyone with a regular driver’s license can drive a motorhome up to 11,000 kgs.

Any Truck or SUV Can Tow Any Trailer

Each vehicle has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) which is the maximum weight your truck or SUV can pull. The GVWR is set by the manufacturer and exceeding this limit puts your RV, your vehicle, and you at risk. In addition, stock models may not come with sufficient towing packages. Adding accessories like a proper hitch or airbags can add both safety and comfort when traveling.

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Only Retired People Buy RVs

Another extremely common RV myth is that RVs are for grandparents. More than half of all RVers in America are 55-years or younger, and 22% are between the ages of 18 and 34 years old. In recent years, the COVID-19 pandemic has driven a huge spike in interest in RV living. From millennials going on extended road trips to families hitting the road full time, RVs are for everyone!

RV Name Includes Length

Numbers in RV model names don’t usually represent the length, though it may happen by coincidence. Rarely, some manufacturers may include length in the naming convention, or this may happen by chance. Most RVs are built around standard sizes and not model-specific lengths.

Your RV Can Handle Year-Round, All-Season Use

This common RV myth is tied to the idea that RVs are insulated like traditional homes, which isn’t true. Most RV designs can’t cope with long periods in sub-zero temperatures. Even those designed for cold weather can only stay in freezing conditions for a few days. By the way, if you need your RV winterized here in Pennsylvania, give us a call!

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Motorhomes Have Terrible Gas Mileage

For being a home on wheels, RVs are not as bad on fuel as some would think. Although they’re admittedly large vehicles, RV manufacturers have worked hard over the years to increase fuel efficiency. On average, Class B motorhomes run at about 18-25 MPG which about the same gas mileage as a 6-cylinder Ford Mustang. Class C motorhomes are not too far behind in fuel performance, running between 18-25 MPG.

RVs are Too Expensive 

Just like buying cars, RV pricing really comes down to model and features. And like automobiles, there’s an RV for every budget. The key difference is you have more versatility than an automobile, especially when traveling. Your kitchen can save on eating out, you always have your own bathroom, and there’s no need to pay the high cost of staying at a hotel. These benefits alone could be huge return on investments for those who travel or camp often, especially larger families. Buying used RVs also opens up more possibilities for making high-end models more affordable! Click here to view pricing for new and used RV models!

Generators Should Be Used Sparingly

This common RV myth is not only false, but could cost you! Generators need to be used for short periods of time and often to keep them in best working condition. Idle generators let moisture build up inside, which leads to damage when it’s next turned on. Keep using your generators if you want them to last!

An RV Doesn’t Need Sway Control

Sway controls that come with your truck may prevent the truck from rolling, but they’re probably not enough to keep the trailer from tilting. The larger the load, the more important it is to have the proper accessories to balance weight when towing.

You Have to Park in Overcrowded RV Campgrounds

Although some RV campgrounds can be very crowded, it depends on the time of year. There are also many other options outside of campgrounds. You can stay everywhere from high-end luxury RV resorts to remote boondocking in the middle of the wilderness. If you just need a place to sleep right off the highway between destinations, you can even park your RV or motorhome in a mall or Walmart parking lot.

You Can’t Park RVs in the City

RV parking is available everywhere. Even hotels are offering RV spots as options within larger cities to attract more guests to their resorts. You may not be able to just parallel park on a busy side main street, but you can set up camp within or near the city limits. This common RV myth is busted!

Motor home parked near lakeside in campground at evening on vacation trip

RVs Are for Minimalists Only

Even celebrities live in their RV when on the go and often prefer it compared to dealing with other lodging. There is no limit to the features and modern comforts you can have added to your RV model. For most, full-time living in an RV will mean having to be more intentional with space. However, like any life change, you get used to it and make more work with less!

RVs Don’t Need Winter Storage

If a RV is going to be idle for during the winter months, it needs to be in a covered storage space. Prolonged exposure to cold or extreme weather could cause extensive damage and consequential repairs. If you cannot afford or find indoor storage, you should consider buying a RV cover. These common RV myths develop from thinking RVs have the durability and construction of traditional homes. RVs are also vehicles which require care like automobiles when being stored outside.

RVs Are “Too Complicated”

As mentioned earlier, people of ALL ages are becoming owners of RVs and mastering RV life. With the endless number of resources online, there is no shortage on information to help you convert to RV life. From manufacturer resources on how to work your RV to blogs on where you can vacation and live with your RV, you just need a little time and determination to be a pro!

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RVs Can’t Be Luxurious

Some may think of RVs as tiny popups too small to have any room to do anything comfortably. They may also have images of RVs parked in a dirty campground covered in bugs with the fire as the only source of warmth. For some boondockers, this may be the reality. However, most RVs and motorhomes come standard with many modern conveniences like TVs, beds, bathrooms, kitchens and even washer and dryers in the larger models.

As you can see, owning an RV can suit people of all ages and interests. It can empower you to live a freer travel life while staying in the own comfort of your home. Despite RVs and motorhomes having some limitations compared to traditional homes, they can be a great investment and can even become your permanent home.

Was there a common RV myth we didn’t bust on our list? Contact us at Juniata Valley RV, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Best Places for Free Overnight RV Parking

Every veteran RVer has woken up to beautiful, picturesque views and the sweet sounds of nature. Nothing beats opening your eyes to shining asphalt and the passionate cursing of a convenience store couple in the morning. Sure, it’s not mountain views and birds chirping, but nothing beats free overnight RV parking. Right?

If you’ve got a long road trip planned, you might need to spend the night off-grid in a different sense of the word: in an empty parking lot. To help you get started on routing your trip around the states, we compiled this list of the best places for free overnight RV parking.

Walmart

This one is obvious! Walmart is probably one of the most well-known places for free overnight parking – RV and otherwise. Walmart camping is a rite of passage for American nomads. Although, not all Walmarts will be welcoming. Check the AllStays app for reviews of different Walmart parking lots, and if they allow free RV parking.

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BassPro Shops

BassPro and other chain outdoor-focused stores like Cabela’s Sporting Goods will often let you park overnight. This isn’t a complete guarantee, so we recommend asking staff before you stay overnight. Luckily, many cities have at least one camping store that will welcome overnight guests in need of free RV parking.

Cracker Barrel

After a long day of driving, what’s better than being a short walk from a delicious, hot Cracker Barrel meal? You can stay the night in the parking lot and wake to another scrumptious breakfast in the morning! All Cracker Barrels have maps of all their locations inside, so you can plan which highway-side location you’ll stay at next. This makes Cracker Barrel a great place for free RV parking during your travels.

Movie Theaters

Movies play late and often run into the early morning hours. After closing, staff members will stick around a while longer to clean and lock up. As a result of these all-hours businesses, movie theaters are usually a great place to park overnight. Although you should ask if you’re unsure, most movie theaters welcome free overnight RV parking.

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Churches

It might be a tight fit on a Saturday or Sunday night, but most churches will accept overnight RV parking. On weekdays, the parking lots are mostly empty and, by nature, a church or other place of worship is likely to be a little more welcoming to those in need of a place to stay. Again, places of worship are an ask before you level the RV and lower the jack situation.

Planet Fitness

Planet Fitness is another guaranteed spot for free overnight RV parking. This is an especially great place to stay for members, you can get in a workout and a shower before getting back on the road! We’ve even seen a few of our favorite camping bloggers purchase memberships simply for a place to stay and shower when traveling.

Boondocking Dry Camping in the Forest. Small Travel Trailer with Solar Panels on Roof.

What about public land?

There are acres upon acres of public land and national forests owned by the United States government. These places were set up to protect and preserve the natural beauty of our nation. The best part about public land? Everything there is completely free! You can hike, bike, kayak, explore and even camp on public land for exactly zero dollars.

Sure, national parks sometimes offer actual campgrounds with showers, electricity, water hookups and more. But we’re talking strictly free overnight RV parking here. The US Forest Service refers to this old-fashioned just-you-and-the-woods camping as “dispersed camping.” If you’re able to take your truck, trailer or camper van off-road then camping on public land might be the solution for you. It may not be a tent, but it’s a perfectly legal form of dispersed camping. Most National Forests will have a parking lot as well that you can get away with parking in overnight.

You should note that some National Forests will have exceptions, like ones that are only open from dawn to dusk. Additionally, some parks will have “no overnight camping” signs. These, of course, mean you can’t park there for the night.

Essentially, unless otherwise stated, it’s legal to sleep in your RV on any federally designated public lands.

Boondocking overnighter camper.Terminology of boondocking is common in RV nomenclature. It means camping on public land or in parking areas of some of the major retailers here in the U.S.

What about rest stops?

Most rest areas allow parking at all hours, but prohibit camping. This results in a pretty big gray area for RVers. Usually, this means you aren’t allowed to set up a tent and a campfire but are allowed to rest in your car.

In Pennsylvania, where Juniata Valley RV is located, you’re limited to two hour stays at rest stops in a 24-hour period. On the other hand, there are no overnight rules at Pennsylvania service plazas, simply stating that you can’t stay longer than 24 hours.

Although the rules aren’t extremely clear, most states prohibit people from spending the night in public rest stops and service plazas. You’ll often be allowed to sleep in your car, or RV, for two to three hours before being required to move on. Vehicles parked at rest stops for more than a few hours may be considered abandoned and towed.

Overall, rest stops are best for a quick nap rather than overnight RV parking.

The BoonDocker’s Bible has a lot of great resources on overnight parking.

If you’re in need of a new travel trailer or motorhome to take you on your boondocking journey, Juniata Valley RV is here to help. We carry new and used RVs and RV parts. We also have an expert service department ready to repair or upgrade your RV. Call us at 1 (877) 714-0415 or contact us here when you’re ready to get started.

RV WiFi – Internet Connection in Your RV

From vacationers trying to stream this weekend’s football game to full-timers roadschooling the kids, RV WiFi is essential for families on the go. In a constantly connected world, as much as we would like to use RVing as a way to unplug and recharge, having an RV internet connection often isn’t optional. It’s necessary for safety, from Googling the closest doctor to messaging a friend, and using RV WiFi to stream our favorite Netflix shows doesn’t hurt either.

At Juniata Valley RV, we want to make sure you’re well-connected in the best way possible. We’ll go over all the basics of RV WiFi and how you can get online ASAP.

Campground RV WiFi

Slow Connections

Most campgrounds, especially private ones, offer WiFi. It’s often free to use, but consider yourself extremely lucky if the connection is good! You’ll usually spend more time waiting for pages to load and videos to buffer than you will actually enjoying your RV internet.

Campground WiFi is usually slower than other public WiFi networks, like a local coffee shop, because it’s often relying on slower sources. In rural areas like a campground, the WiFi is probably from a satellite internet, DSL or fixed wireless internet. With these sub-par sources, the metal of your RV blocking the signal, and the number of people connecting, it’s a perfect recipe for slow RV internet.

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Security Risks

Additionally, connecting to any public WiFi can be risky without proper privacy precautions. When using free public WiFi, you risk your information being intercepted by a hacker. Hackers can abuse your personal information or distribute malware that can ruin your computer.

To protect yourself from hackers, consider using a VPN (virtual private network) to encrypt your data. You can also use SSL connections to encrypt your data, as well as turn off sharing on your devices.

If all this internet security talk sounds like a foreign language, check out this YouTube video. Cybersecurity brand Kaspersky uses clear visuals and language to cover the dangers of public WiFi.

RV WiFi Options

Campground WiFi may not be the best solution for your RV internet connection. Thankfully, there are plenty of other options for connecting to the internet on the road or at a rural campground.

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Cellular Data

One of the easiest ways to connect to the internet in your RV is using cellular data. Cell phone companies allow you to use data, like 5G connection, to create a WiFi hotspot. Once you hotspot from your phone, you can connect your devices and use it as a source of RV WiFi.

Cellular data and phone hotspots often aren’t very fast, and they’re not good for those spending a lot of time on the internet. Additionally, streaming movies and shows or gaming using cellular data will lead to a lot of buffering and lags. While it’s a good option for messaging or a quick Google search, cellular data often isn’t the best source of RV WiFi. Especially without an unlimited data plan with your cellphone company.

Hotspots

Outside of using your cell phone as a hotspot, most phone companies offer devices that can create a hotspot from cellular data. It’s the same concept, minus your cellphone. These devices cost upward of $100 and only work when cellular data is available. They’re a good option and work faster than tethering to your cell phone as a hotspot.

WiFi Extender

Also called a repeater or ranger, these devices extend existing WiFi signals. These can work to improve or speed up WiFi signals, like the campground WiFi. With the use of cybersecurity precautions, these can make campground connections a reasonable option for your RV WiFi.

Some RV manufacturers have begun installing their own extenders. High-end brands, like Winnebago, install them in some of their newest units.

Satellite Internet

Our last RV WiFi option is satellite. You can have a satellite dish installed on the roof of your RV. With an unobstructed view of the sky, these can be a great option to connect to the internet. It works beyond the range of cellular data. This makes satellite internet a great option for boondocking. Additionally, having your own satellite will be faster and safer than sharing with the campground’s public satellite network.

Once your RV WiFi is connected, you’re ready for any trip! If you need a new RV, or new RV parts and supplies, stop by Juniata Valley RV! Our sales professionals can help you get started with a brand new or new to you unit.

All About RV Awning Care

Your RV awning is the first layer of protection against the elements when you’re relaxing at the campground. Stormy afternoons and late summer heat are blocked by the shade of your awning.

With all it’s importance to your trip, awning care and maintenance should be at the forefront of the RV community. However, they’re often not talked about – despite the hefty price tag that comes with replacing them.

At Juniata Valley RV, we understand the important part your RV awning plays in every camping trip. We gathered some basic care and management tips to help your awning last!

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RV Awning Care

Know your awning

RV awnings come in two different materials: vinyl and acrylic. Proper cleaning of your awning depends on the material it’s made of. Often, with either material, hosing off your awning with water is enough to keep it clean. Scrubbing your awning too frequently can wear down the material, making it more prone to holes and ripping. In addition, scrubbing can wear away any water-repellant coating applied by the manufacturer.

Vinyl awning

Vinyl awnings can be scrubbed gently with a soft brush, water and soap. They’re often coated with a substance that prevents mildew growth. If you scrub too hard, you might scrub the coating off.

Acrylic awning

Acrylic awnings can be scrubbed with a stiff brush, water and soap. They usually don’t have a mildew-proof coating, so scrubbing them sparingly is okay.

Never use an abrasive or oil-based cleaner on either type of RV awning.

Montañita Montanita, Santa Elena, Ecuador - February 4, 2012: Family camping in a motor home at the Montañita Montanita Beach. They enjoying the day beach in front of the Pacific Ocean.

Let your awning dry out

Wet from rain or a routine cleaning, its essential to give your awning time to completely air dry. Rolling up your awning while it’s still wet or, even worse, placing it in storage while wet, creates the perfect environment for mildew and dry rot.

Air dry your awning before leaving the campground. If necessary, you can extend the awning back out when you return home to allow it to continue drying.

Routine cleaning

Routinely cleaning your awning to remove dirt and mold will help extend its life. Brands like Camco, Thetford and B.E.S.T. make highly-rated commercial RV awning cleaners.

Mild dish detergent can also work to clean your awning, although dedicated awning cleaners will work much better. While a car wash brush can be used, make sure not to apply too much pressure or scrub too much in one area. This can quickly lead to worn awning fabric or, even worse, a hole in your awning.

Protect from UV Damage

Sun damage can take a toll on your RV awning. Hours in the hot sun can bleach and break down the fabric. There are several commercial fabric protectors and sealants available that you can use to apply a protective coating on your awning.

If you plan to be away most of the day, it’s smart to roll up your awning. This way it will not undergo any unnecessary sun damage.

Caucasian Retired Woman in Her 60s Extending RV Awning at RV Park Campsite. Summer Vacation Time with Recreational Vehicle.

Steady in the wind

On windy days, your RV awning can end up flapping noisily and dangerously. The best way to stop this and protect your awning from wind damage is de-flapper clamps. These will help hold your awning in place and protect it from ripping in the harsh winds.

You can also purchase an RV awning stabilizer kit. These kits often include screws and spring-loaded tension straps. They reinforce your awning by allowing you to secure it to the ground by the arms.

Don’t catch water

When you extend your awning on a rainy day, the water often collects in the center of your awning. With the arms holding the sides up, the center will dip as it fills with water. This can cause the awning to bend out of shape, or even rip.

To prevent your awning from catching gallons of water every time it rains, set your awning so one corner is dipped lower than the others. This allows water to safely run off the awning to an area you’ve predetermined.

Although RVs are mostly used in summer months, this applies to winter too. Never let snow or ice build up on your awning.

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Lock the rewind mechanism

Once your awning is rolled up, make sure to lock it in place. If it’s not properly locked in the rolled-up position, outside forces like strong winds can cause it to unroll. This is especially dangerous if it happens while driving, when winds blowing on your RV awning are the strongest.

Make a habit of locking your awning when it’s fully rewound. This will help ensure you don’t forget to secure it in place when hitting the road or storing your RV outside.

RV Awning Repairs and Replacement

If your RV awning needs repairs, our service team at Juniata Valley RV might be able to help. Visit us in person or call us at 1-877-714-0415 to find out what we can do to help.

Over years of protecting you and your family from sun and rain, it’s expected that your RV awning will be worn and damaged. RV awnings can even be replaced, if necessary.

At Juniata Valley RV, our staff can help you replace your awning. If you’d rather replace your entire unit, we can help with that too! We’ll buy your used RV and help you find a brand new one to fit your needs. View our full inventory online and fill out this form if you’re interested in a new or new to you unit

RV Security Tips

Camping trips should be all carefree fun and adventure. No one wants to worry about thieves and RV security during a campground vacation. Although it’s not fun to think about, it’s important to consider your RV’s security.

This includes RV door security, making sure that no one can get into your camper when you’re not around. It also includes exterior safety features, like surveillance systems and RV security cameras. At Juniata Valley RV, we want to make sure your camping trip is fun and safe. We put together this list of RV security tips, from the basics to the high-tech methods.

Lock your doors

Sure, this one seems obvious. But sometimes there’s so much going on at the campsite it’s easy to forget. The best way to be sure you lock your RV doors is to make a habit of it. Lock your RV door as well as any exterior storage compartments when you leave the campsite. Even if the RV park you’re at seems safe and low-key, there’s no reason to risk it. Make a habit of locking your RV’s doors every time you leave, even if you only plan to be gone for a minute.

RV Security - Travel Trailer Caravaning. RV Park Camping at Night.

Close your blinds

Closing your blinds is another easy step you can take to improve your RV security. When you leave the campsite, be sure your RV’s windows, blinds and curtains are closed. Aside from security concerns, closing your blinds will block sunlight from shining into your RV and fading your furniture.

In addition to closing your blinds, it’s a good idea to hide expensive items. Anything valuable, like jewelry, tablets or cameras, should be tucked away before you leave. You can always invest in a safe, preferably one that can be bolted down, if you’re still worried about the safety of your irreplaceable items.

Leave the lights on

Another easy security precaution you can take in your RV or at home is leaving lights on – interior and exterior. Keeping your interior lights on while you’re gone, especially at night, makes it more difficult for potential thieves to determine whether or not you’re home. In addition, bright exterior lights can help deter thieves. Particularly motion-sensor RV security lights that will shine directly on anyone trying to break in.

Be neighborly

When you arrive at your campsite, whether you’re staying a few days or for the whole season, take the time to introduce yourself to your neighbors. Talk to those camping nearby and introduce them to your crew. This way you’ll have another set of eyes on your RV when you’re gone, and they’re more likely to notice if someone unfamiliar is at your campsite, trying your RV door, or messing with your camping supplies.

RV Security - Camper Travel Trailer. Travel Trailer Pop Up Style Camping in Colorado.

Put things away

Although it might seem tedious, putting your things away before leaving or going to sleep is an easy way to protect yourself from campground thieves. Clear your campsite of chairs, cooking equipment, firewood and anything else someone could steal. If you have items that won’t be easy to put away, like bikes, invest in a bike lock, for example, as an added layer of protection.

New locks

New RVs will come with standard factory locks and keys. These base-level RV locks are not very secure, only adding a minimum level of protection. We recommend investing in a new, sturdier or high-tech RV lock. You can easily install a keypad lock, requiring a code to enter your RV rather than a traditional key-entry lock that can be easily picked. Keyless entry for your RV is often safer, and you won’t have to worry about losing a key and being locked out.

RV security system

It’s a good idea to invest in an RV security system as well. This is more common with full-time RVers, but it’s a good idea for anyone wanting to ensure their camper is safe. Basic RV security systems are easy to install, using sensors that simply attach to doors and windows. These sensors will alert you when someone opens your door or window. You can also invest in RV security cameras. Security cameras are cheaper than ever, you can find them for as little as $20 on Amazon! They can live-stream to your phone or save video to a memory card. You can find RV security cameras that record constantly or activate with motion. Whatever you choose, an RV security system and camera is cheaper than ever before and an easy way to secure your camper.

RV Security - Camper camping at RV park in autumn in North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Asheville.

Get a hitch guard

It’s not very common, but RV theft isn’t unheard of. The downside of having a towable home is knowing that anyone can hitch their truck up and tow it away. While no one wants to think about this nightmare situation, there are steps you can take to prevent it. We recommend purchasing a hitch guard. You can lock a hitch guard onto your trailer hitch, making it impossible for anyone to tow your RV away without unlocking and removing the guard.

No one wants to think about the potential for theft when trying to enjoy a campground vacation, but it’s always possible. Give yourself peace of mind with our RV security tips. Whether you implement new habits of locking your RV or purchase a new RV security camera, there are plenty of ways to deter thieves.

If you’re looking for a new RV, Juniata Valley RV is here for you! We have new and used travel trailers, tiny campers and motorhomes in stock at our Pennsylvania RV dealership. Stop by to purchase a new RV or shop our inventory online. If your RV needs security installations or service, our service department might be able to help you. We even have a parts store with RV locks and other security features. Call us or contact us online to find out how we can help you protect your RV from theft.

8 Easy Campfire Dutch Oven Recipes

If you’re looking for a way to add meal options to your camping menu, there’s nothing more versatile than cooking with a campfire Dutch oven. For camping, it is best to have a Dutch oven with both the pot and lid made of cast iron. Cast iron is best for cooking because it can handle very high temperatures without damage and conducts heat evenly throughout the cooking surface.  A Dutch oven can be used as a pot over the fire or an oven when covered in hot coals, making cooking with it very popular. Dutch ovens can also be used in an oven at home or on top of a gas heater if other fuel is hard to come by, which makes these cooking devices possible all year round, in any environment.

Dutch Oven Campfire supplies - Traditional camp cooking in a pot over hot coals of a fire pit.

Campfire Dutch Oven Cooking Materials

If you haven’t used your Dutch oven at the campground, here are a few tools to help give the best experience when trying campfire Dutch oven recipes:

  • Campfire Tripod – A tripod or over-hanger can be used for cooking or keeping your dish warm above the heat.
  • Campfire Grate – A campfire grate can double as both an object to position your Dutch oven above the heat or become a cooking surface itself for other pots and pans.
  • Long Metal Tongs – Long-handled tongs are a little awkward to use but are needed to move food and position coals around hot campfires.
  • Gloves – Heat resistant gloves add another layer of protection when handling hot food and materials over the campfire.
  • Dutch Oven Lid Lifter – Lids can be both hot and heavy, so having a lid lifter is necessary. Some lid lifters can also be used to adjust food while cooking.
  • Chimney Charcoal Starter – Charcoal starters are designed to preheat briquettes quickly, which can trim down your preparation time.
  • Cooking Thermometer – A little bit of a luxury, but necessary if you want your meals cooked to perfection every time.
  • Liners & Oils – Having liners or cooking oils to separate the food from the inside surface of the pot will make it easier to remove food for serving and to clean the oven afterward.
  • Pot Holders – If you don’t have a tripod or a grate, a simple pot holder can help you safely raise your warm Dutch oven off the ground without overcooking your dish in the hot coals.

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Dutch Oven Bread

Total Cook Time: 45 mins

Servings: 1

Bake soft, flaky, fluffy bread with this campfire Dutch oven recipe. Requiring only a few ingredients and just 30 minutes of bake time, you’ll have your lovely loaf ready to slice and serve with your favorite spread.

Camp Dutch Oven Pot Roast

Total Cook Time: 4 hr. 10 mins

Servings: 10 people

This campfire Dutch oven recipe brings home-cooked comfort from the warmth of your campfire to your campsite. Nothing is better than the taste of tender beef laying in a bed of fresh vegetables and savory spices, all steamed and baked slowly over charcoals. This Dutch oven recipe delivers maximum taste with minimum amount of ingredients.

Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler

Total Cook Time: 1 hr. 10 mins

Servings: 6 – 8

This simple oven recipe only requires eight ingredients. In 12 easy steps, you can bake up a soft and sweet peach pastry with warm, flaky crust that is sure to top any meal or evening under the stars. Bring a taste of grandma’s cooking to your campfire with this winner for dinner!

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Campfire Lasagna (Vegetarian)

Total Cook Time: 45 mins

Servings: 6

No meat? No problem! This vegetarian lasagna is sure to be a favorite for all pasta lovers. You can break up the boring routine of canned beans and dry trail mix with this fresh and steamy gourmet camp oven recipe.

Dutch Oven Campfire Nachos (Vegetarian)

Total Cook Time: 20 mins

Servings: 4

Hungry? Why wait? Grab your Dutch oven for this quick and hearty recipe! Crispy chips and smooth refried beans, topped with fresh chopped veggies and stringy melted cheese; this is a recipe that can please any hungry camper. Vegetarian campers can enjoy this meal as well since no meat is included.

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The Dublin Coddle (Bratwurst Casserole)

Total Cook Time: 2 hrs 30 mins

Servings: 4

The Dublin Coddle is an easy camp oven recipe to make. Taste robust potatoes, glazed onions, crunchy bacon, and succulent sausage all boiled in zesty chicken broth and beer. Enjoy an Irish classic from the comfort of your campsite. As a bonus, this recipe works in your oven at home too!

Campfire Steamed Clams

Total Cook Time: 28 mins

Servings: 2

Perfect for coastal camping, these light buttery clams are steamed in a white wine sauce. Add in a little garlic and pepper flakes for both a kick of heat and spice, and you have a meal that is both flavorful and fragrant. Don’t discard the broth, as it doubles as both a sauce for the clams and as a dip for the bread. Get acquainted with your environment and a taste of the ocean with this campfire Dutch oven recipe!

Dutch Oven Pork Chops and Potatoes 

Total Cook Time: 1 hr 15 mins

Servings: 4

Enjoy succulent porkchops covered in breadcrumbs, cooked along with hearty cubed potatoes bathed in creamy mushroom soup to blend it all together. Only requiring eight ingredients and an hour of cook time, this meal will quickly crush your hunger and keep your tank full while on the go!

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