How to Make Easy Crock Pot Meals When RVing

Updated on January 21, 2019
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I have traveled extensively throughout the US for many years and enjoy helping people to make the most of their RV vacations.

A slow cooker is a wonderful tool to have on board when you are traveling in a motor home or camper, but it only works if you it them correctly and safely.

This article will give you some guidelines and also will pass on a few simple recipes, so get ready to enjoy some easy, clean, inexpensive and tasty meals.

How to make a delicious pot roast and other great meals in your RV crock pot!
How to make a delicious pot roast and other great meals in your RV crock pot! | Source

Slow Cooking in an RV

Some people do not realize that it is possible use a crock pot while they are on vacation in their motor home or trailer but those who feel this way need to rethink their positions because these appliances allow you to create easy, tasty meals for your family and make cleanup a snap.

My article "How Hard Is It to Cook in an RV” discusses other utensils you can use, but you cannot beat a crock pot because it offers so many different options.

RV Meal Flexibility

There are a number of ways you can prepare food with one of these appliances while you are vacationing.

For example,

  1. If you are parked in one spot for the day, you can put the ingredients for an entire meal into the pot in the morning, then plug your crock pot in, turn it on and leave. When you return, dinner is ready.
  2. If you are stopped just for the night, you can fill the pot with your ingredients of choice in the evening, let it cook all night, and the next morning you will have enough for that evening's dinner! If you choose to make soup or chili, you’ll have enough for extra meals, too!

If you do this, be sure to place the pot on a safe surface—one that will not catch fire or burn from the heat—and you will have no problems

If there are leftovers, package them in lidded plastic containers, and place in the fridge or freezer to use for future meals.

Other than the fact that you are on wheels and need to take care about timing, you use a crock pot exactly as you would at home, and it offers all of the same benefits.

Using a crock pot when your RV is in motion is not a good idea.
Using a crock pot when your RV is in motion is not a good idea. | Source

What to Do While Your Unit Is in Motion

You may think that it is OK to use a crock pot while you are on the move, but doing this is a tricky proposition because if you don’t do so correctly, you can ruin your meal, damage your appliance or injure yourself.

For these reasons, I generally advise against actively cooking when a coach is on the move, but if you are careful, you can do it by following these directions:

  1. Make sure your sink is totally dry.
  2. Make sure your slow cooker is the right size for your sink.
  3. Put it in the sink early in the morning.
  4. Secure it with towels to make sure it will not move or damage the sink.
  5. Fill it with the food you plan to prepare.
  6. Cover it.
  7. Plug it in.
  8. Set it on low.
  9. Allow the contents to cook for at least 8 hours.

If your unit is equipped with an inverter, it will run your device. However, you will have to have a special connection for it near the sink for this to work.

You can turn on your generator instead, but this is a very expensive option and is not worth the cost. You must have one or the other to be able to cook while in motion because they supply the power you need to do so.

When you arrive at your destination and are stationary, it will be safe to remove the unit from the sink, but you need to take great care when doing so.

Use pot holders to place the crock pot on a heat-resistant surface. If the food is not ready, simply plug your unit into the regular electrical receptacle, and allow the appliance to finish its job.

Use a Smaller Pot

Use a smaller cooker for travel because it will be lighter, easier to store and can hold enough to prepare food for four people.

You can also use it for making baked potatoes, chili, gravies and sauces. However, avoid trying to make pasta unless it is included as part of a completely cooked meal of spaghetti or lasagna.

Meat and Poultry Cooking Basics

If you plan to cook meat or poultry of any kind, the instructions are basically the same:

  1. Early in the morning, add a cup of water so that the heat in the pot will be evenly distributed.
  2. Add the ingredients.
  3. Use the low setting.
  4. Put the cover on.
  5. Plug the pot in.
  6. Cook for at least 8 hours.

For complete dinners, place additional ingredients into the pot along with your meat, and at day's end simply serve and eat.

However, if you are cooking high-fat meat, such as a pork roast, do not add other ingredients because they will become coated with the fat and will not taste good.

Four Easy RV Crock Pot Recipes

Good choices for complete meals include but are not limited to the following recipes which are geared for serving two people but can be easily doubled if needed.

1. Chicken Thigh Dinner

Add to pot:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 skinless chicken thighs
  • 2-3 washed, unpeeled potatoes, quartered
  • 3 large washed peeled carrots cut into 2 inch sections

Set on low, cover and cook for 8 hours.

2. Pot Roast Dinner

Add to pot:

  • 1 cup of water
  • a 2 lb Chuck Roast cut into 2 inch chunks
  • half of a white onion, skinned, washed and cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 4 medium washed, unpeeled potatoes, quartered
  • 4 large washed and peeled carrots cut into 2 inch sections

Set on low, cover, and cook for 8 hours.

3. Navy Bean Soup Dinner

Add to pot:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pound diced pre-cooked ham, including any bones
  • ½ of a peeled, washed white onion, cut into small pieces
  • 1-2 cans of navy beans
  • enough additional water to fill the pot

Set on low, cover and cook for 8 hours.

4. Vegetable Beef Soup Dinner

Add to pot:

  • a 2 lb Chuck Roast, with fat trimmed off, cut into 2 inch chunks
  • 2 15 oz cans of stewed tomatoes
  • 2 15 oz cans of mixed vegetables
  • 1 cup frozen butter beans
  • enough water to fill pot
  • salt to taste.

Stir thoroughly, set on low, cover and cook for 8 hours.


There are many ways to add variety to some of the above recipes that take very little time to do and create great dishes.

For example, you can add syrup or BBQ sauce to the chicken or smother pork chops with a mixture of onions, canned peaches and mushrooms.

Chunk a cheap cut of beef and cook it in cream of mushroom soup, onion soup mix and some wine, and you've got a great topper for mashed potatoes or rice.

Let your imagination lead you to delicious meals that take just minutes to prepare! The above video shows you just how far an imagination can go!

Great RV Crock Pot Meals Can Be Yours

With a slow cooker you can prepare fresh, wholesome meals that save time and work while you vacation.

Your RV is your home away from home, so it is important that you have as many luxuries as possible.

Delicious meals count in that respect, and learning how to use crock pot recipes for making great meals with a minimal amount of work certainly helps!

Bon Appetit!

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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2013 Sondra Rochelle


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  • TIMETRAVELER2 profile imageAUTHOR

    Sondra Rochelle 

    7 years ago from USA

    Hi Stephanie...nice to see you again! Grab up a smaller crock pot and take it. They don't take up much room and you are's really nice to have some nice hot chili available on a cold, rainy day!

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    Stephanie Henkel 

    7 years ago from USA

    Crock pot cooking sounds like a great way to make one dish meals that will last for a few days. We've been leaving our crock pot at home because of space issues, but maybe we'll have to make room for it again! I do like to have a pot of chili cooking on a cold, rainy day!

  • TIMETRAVELER2 profile imageAUTHOR

    Sondra Rochelle 

    7 years ago from USA

    onegreenparachute: I know people do this, but I really don't feel it is a safe thing to do. However, if it worked for you, so be it! sorry you don't have your RV anymore, but thanks for stopping by.

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    7 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    We don't have our beautiful 40' class A anymore but when we did I took the chance and cooked in my crock pot while traveling. My crock pot used to fit snugly in our kitchen sink. It didn't move an inch, never spilled and dinner was ready as soon as we were parked.


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