When you think of camping, what comes to mind? For me, I think of exploring our national parks, going on whitewater rafting trips through canyons, enjoying cool, crisp evenings by a roaring campfire, and settling into our RV and playing board games at night. Since we take trips that span weeks at a time, I like to plan ahead so I can make some of our favorite meals, such as cheese soufflé, oven-baked BBQ chicken, and everyone’s favorite, strawberry shortcake! Being able to bring the tastes of home on the road with us was important, so when shopping for an RV, we put “gourmet kitchen” right up at the top of our list of must-haves. We did the research, and I want to share with you the top 5 tastefully designed RVs for the mobile chef so you too can enjoy culinary conveniences that yield delightful dishes on the open road!
Heartland Bighorn 3760EL Luxury Fifth Wheel
Bighorn customers appreciate the finer things in life, and it isn’t exclusive to being at home. They know that it’s possible to live just as nicely on the road as it is at home, so they turn to the line-up of Bighorn fifth wheels for their RVs. When they step inside the Bighorns and find themselves surrounded by Amish-crafted glazed hardwood Sedona cabinetry and fascia, real solid surface countertops with pencil nose edging, and residential resilient flooring, they know they’re home. It will be easy for your family’s chef to imagine themselves creating culinary magic with the high-end appliances that include an 18 cu. ft. stainless steel refrigerator, a 3-burner cooktop with oven, a 30” over-the-range microwave, and a residential-sized stainless steel sink that features a boutique pullout sprayer and matching solid surface covers. Unlike most RV kitchens, the one in this luxurious 2017 Bighorn 3760EL is spacious, designed for serious culinary fun, and oh-so-functional. At almost 41’ long and featuring a large kitchen-area slide out, this fifth wheel puts meal prep on center stage. Since cooking delicious, healthy meals often requires more than just a saucepan and a few spatulas, this kitchen has built-in storage everywhere you turn. Bring along your favorite pots and pans and tuck them away neatly in the 20”-deep residential-sized drawers that feature deluxe ball-bearing drawer guides for smooth operation. The 24”-deep residential-sized cabinets can accommodate your dishes, glassware, bakeware, and more. And thanks to the large, deep pantry, you can stock up on all the staple items you need for making your famous lasagna, meatloaf, oven-fried potatoes, and chocolate chip cookies. The center island makes it easy to lay out all your ingredients and work your magic without getting flustered or frustrated by trying to cook in a shoebox-sized kitchen. Overhead pendant lighting, recessed LED lighting, and toe kicks are thoughtful, designer touches that emphasize the home-like feel of this magnificent Bighorn fifth wheel kitchen. For chefs who yearn to take their culinary skills with them on the road, this high-end Bighorn 3760EL fifth wheel is a must-see!
Forest River Cedar Creek Champagne Edition 38EL Fifth Wheel
The center-island kitchen in this lovely 2017 Cedar Creek Champagne Edition 38EL fifth wheel is truly a sight to behold. Never has cooking been more of a pleasure on the road than with this stunning kitchen! Boasting LG solid surface countertops and gorgeous Maple cabinetry, you’ll feel like you've stepped into your dream kitchen when you tour this model. Within a large kitchen slide out you’ll find a lovely induction cooktop that offers fast heating and superb simmering. For true elegance, this kitchen features a 20 cu. ft. stainless steel French door refrigerator with an inverter, ice-maker, and water dispenser, and a stainless steel 30” microwave. With enough room for your favorite cheeses, meats, and beverages, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy all your favorite indulgences just like you’re at home. Since real homemade cooking takes a fair amount of space, this Cedar Creek Champagne Edition kitchen makes countertop and storage space a priority! The center island with sink covers offers dedicated meal prep space so you never feel cramped or unable to work your culinary craftiness in this 41 ½’-long fifth wheel. The island even accommodates a dishwasher if you want to spoil yourself! Maximum cabinet and drawer space abound in this kitchen with two pantries for all your dry goods, condiments, spices, and other kitchen essentials. And to top it all off, the pièce de résistance of this spectacular kitchen is a built-in wine fridge with storage rack, allowing you to enjoy a glass of your favorite wine with your delicious, homemade dinner for two! Raise your glasses in a toast to your fabulous RVing life!
Keystone Raptor 426TS Fifth Wheel Toy Hauler
Because extreme fun goes hand in hand with extreme appetites, this 2017 Keystone Raptor 426TS toy hauler makes a gourmet kitchen one of its best features! After a day of off-roading in the hot summer sun or mountain biking on steep terrain, return home to your Raptor with the peace of mind knowing that you can soon enjoy a hot, homemade meal that will calm your growling belly and help you recharge for more outdoor adventure. This 43’-long Raptor toy hauler is a stand out thanks to the Norcold Polar Max 18 cu. ft. refrigerator that happens to be the largest made-for-RV fridge on the market! Fill it with everyone’s favorite cold beverages, snacks, cheeses, deli meats, fruits and veggies, and steaks so you can create satisfying meals any time of the day. The appliance package mirrors a high-end residential kitchen with a recessed 3-burner range with 22” oven, a 30” stainless steel convection microwave, and a large stainless steel under-mount sink with an upgraded residential pullout faucet. For maximum meal prep space you’ll love the center island that offers dedicated food prepping and dish clean up space thanks to the sink covers. And there’s no need to pick and choose which pots and pans to bring along on your getaway due to lack of storage space. Bring it all and neatly tuck everything away with the abundance of cabinets and drawers that are made of hardwood and feature 100 lb. full-extension ball-bearing drawer guides for smooth operation. Just in case you’re worried that you might feel like you’re roughin’ it in the great outdoors, even after learning of the Raptor’s kitchen luxuries, glance around this awesome kitchen and you’ll see solid surface countertops, shaker-style cabinet doors, LED accent and pendant lighting, and a designer backsplash that might convince you otherwise.
Keystone Alpine 3661FL Luxury Fifth Wheel
Like every room in this glorious 2017 Keystone Alpine 3661FL fifth wheel, the kitchen goes above and beyond what you’d expect to find in an RV. Amish-quality hardwood cabinetry and fascia greet you when you step inside. Beautiful solid surface countertops gleam in the midday sun and reflect the lovely overhead LED lighting that casts a soft, warm glow. Once again this chef-inspired kitchen features a wonderful center island that houses an extra-deep double-basin stainless steel sink with high-rise faucet and matching covers to instantly create a great food prep area. When it comes time to boil noodles or sauté the catch of the day, turn to the stainless steel range for even, timely cooking of even the most delicate foods. The range also has a flush-mounted solid surface cover to increase usable countertop space when the range isn’t in use. Or if you need to melt butter for dipping or pop a bag of popcorn before a movie, the 30” convection microwave can do the job. For healthy snacking, fill the 12 cu. ft. refrigerator (or upgrade to an 18 cu. ft. if you’d like) with cheeses, fruits, veggies, dips, yogurts, meats, and refreshing summer-time beverages, just like at home. For non-perishables, stock the huge pantry with your favorite chips, pretzels, crackers, granola bars, canned goods, spices, condiments, and more so you can grab a snack and head outside. This classic beauty is finished with a beautiful curio that offers versatile storage. With cabinets below and lovely doors with glass inlay above, this thoughtful addition gives this kitchen the ultimate home-like feel. Featuring a slide out for abundant floor space and being located just steps from the awesome front entertainment room, the kitchen in this 39’-long fifth wheel will be much-loved and well-used!
Forest River Rockwood Windjammer 3029W Travel Trailer
Who says you need to tow a huge fifth wheel into the great outdoors to enjoy gourmet kitchen accommodations!?! Not me! This 2017 Rockwood Windjammer 3029W travel trailer features a peninsula-style kitchen that is both spacious and beautiful. Designed with stunning solid surface Corian countertops for a clean, sleek look, this kitchen is every bit as fancy and accommodating as its fifth wheel counterparts, just on a slightly smaller scale. Cabinets made with solid wood doors and drawer fronts available in two attractive finishes give this kitchen a residential look and feel that compliments the high-end countertops. A huge 22” oven makes it easy for you to bake your family’s favorite casserole or pop in a batch of homemade snicker doodle cookies to tame your sweet tooth. The 3-burner range features a glass cover so you can use this space for food prep or clean up when the stove isn’t in use. Overhead you’ll see a microwave that is perfect for warming up hot chocolate, popping popcorn, or melting cheese on crackers in a hurry. A flush-mount stonecast sink with a high-rise faucet makes dish washing a snap so you can get it done and get outside in the blink of an eye. While a trash can may not seem like an exciting feature, once you go without one you’ll realize how nice it is to actually have one! Having a dedicated trash can keeps wrappers, bags, food, drinks, and debris from cluttering up your RV and giving you a headache! This thoughtful touch not only makes your life easier but it makes sense too! Where the other guys have overlooked this simple convenience, this 35’ Rockwood Windjammer got it right! Out of our top five RVs designed to impress the designated chef in your traveling family, which one do you like best? Let us know by leaving a comment!