Tips for barbecuing with your RV

As summer rolls on, many RV owners will be heading on vacation with the family to RV campgrounds across the country. While some like to eat out while they're on vacation, it's impractical to do this every night – especially with a large RV. Fortunately, one of the main benefits of owning a motorhome is being able to cook your own meals whenever you want.

One of the easiest things to do with an RV is to hold a barbeque. RVs have plenty of storage space underneath, and you should dedicate at least one of these compartments to a grill with a propane tank. Grilling is a great way to make dinner for the whole family quickly without relying on the RV appliances inside the vehicle – although they can be helpful when it comes to preparing side dishes.

If you're planning on grilling, you'll definitely want to think about your meals in advance. Take inventory of the family and ask what everyone would like to have. Hamburgers and hot dogs are easy staples and will be go-to meals for many RV grillers. However, don't be afraid to kick things up a notch. Steaks, grilled sausages and vegetable kebabs are all great options for RV grillers, and aren't too much more involved than the burgers and dogs.

Sometimes the side dish can really make the meal, and this is where RVers can get creative. Sure, you can go with some corn chips or store-bought potato salad, but the grill offers a big advantage to RVers in that it frees up space inside the RV. It shouldn't be too hard to throw together a nice chili and let it simmer for most of the day. If you want to eat healthy, make a quick trip to the local supermarket and get some fresh veggies for a delicious salad.

Barbecuing at an RV campground is great, but sports fans have an added bonus when it comes to using their grill – tailgating. Although football season is still several weeks away, it's not a bad time to start thinking about the logistics of tailgating in an RV. Some stadiums, especially for the popular college teams, sell season passes to their RV parking lots that are good on multiple weekends. Others just let RVs in on game day and don't require any forethought. It's a good idea for those planning on tailgating in the late summer and early fall to think about this now and do some research for the rules at their favorite team's stadium.