Portable or not, you’ve likely seen RV’ers with full-sized kitchens and/or cooking supplies. What if all you need is to cook a few meals? Or not cook at all? These 9 unique RV kitchen accessories will help you get the job done.
If you’re a frequent camper, you’ve probably got a few favorite gadgets that make camping life easier. Did you know that there are some helpful kitchen accessories you can add to your RV kitchen to make your life just as easy? There are some common camping gadgets that are useful in the home, and some that are specifically helpful while out on the road.
If you’re an RV’er, you know that one of the toughest parts of traveling with a tiny kitchen is trying to find room to store all of the cooking equipment you need. Even when you’re just throwing together a sandwich or a bowl of cereal, there’s a lot of equipment you need to store: a coffee pot, a microwave, a toaster, a blender, a griddle, a skillet, measuring cups and spoons, a cutting board, measuring cups and spoons, a blender, a coffee pot, a toaster, a griddle, a skillet, measuring cups and spoons, a cutting board, measuring cups and spoons, and more measuring cups and spoons. And that’s just for starters.
When looking for kitchen accessories to add to your RV kitchen, you can easily become overwhelmed by the number of listings and items available. Most of these articles often list products from large companies that have a good price, but don’t add much character to your RV. Those at the beginning of the RV buying process may find themselves in trouble if they buy all the recommended supplies while their debit or credit card begins to smoke from use. All RV owners want and need kitchen supplies at a reasonable price, but there are many family and pop businesses that offer that little bit extra that the big chain stores can’t. We dug up some of the most interesting and unique RV kitchen accessories from independent companies. Whether they are RV enthusiasts trying to stay on the road or a family business with solid values, their products are not only high quality, but feature creative touches that can add a special touch to your RV home. We like to call it the camper category in the accessories industry: He competed against key rivals, but he gave more than praise.
Unique independent branded accessories
- Kitchen and van drain by ColleenO
The drop cloth by ColleenO – Photo: Etsy What’s the first thing you think of when making a list of essential kitchen accessories for RVs? These are mainly dinner sets and the like. Cleaners and sterilization are usually on this list, although they have become more important recently. Stubborn kitchen grime that accumulates where the faucet connects to the sink can tarnish the luster of your RV vacation. Colleen Overholt has found a creative and decorative solution with her dish rack. The zigzag seam provides insulation between the outer layer of double-sided fabric. You can let Colleen know your specific sink and faucet size. It will also add extra holes if you have a separate sprinkler and drain valve. Furniture preferences are unique to each person, so don’t be afraid to talk about your ideas. You will see on her Etsy page that she has many examples. The best part is that the prices start at $7.25. Save time, money and effort by protecting your countertop and bathroom from harmful bacteria and adding a stylish touch to your shopping cart.
- Wine Country Craftsman Magnetic Wine Barrel Holder
Wine Barrel Magnetic Knife Holder – Photo: Etsy Have you ever wondered what wineries do with old barrels? The short answer is that they lose their aging benefits after three cycles. At the time, barrels were ideal for making furniture and other items from oak, as they were very pliable. Modern craftsmen revive these methods from the pre-industrial revolution in every possible way. Wine country artisan Michael Weiss uses the woodworking lessons he learned from his mother to create elegant pieces from used Napa Valley wine barrels. The Wine Barrel magnetic knife holder is particularly space-saving and can be easily attached to any van wall. You can store 8 professional chef knives. Michael is a true craftsman in his construction and uses natural and food safe materials. The process starts with cutting and drying the product for a whole year without artificial influences. Then he sanded the wood and treated it with mineral oil. If it doesn’t meet his high standards, he can apply another coat of mineral oil, as each piece of wood is unique. The small individual magnets are very strong and can support up to 18 pounds. Being a stay-at-home dad himself, Weiss wouldn’t do anything he didn’t use himself. The Wine Country Craftsman Magnetic Wine Barrel knife rack meets many expectations. It has excellent furnishing value, is very artistic, contributes to waste management and is undeniably useful for saving space in the kitchen.
- Custom Cutting Board from Red Robot Engraving
custom cutting boards by Red Robot Engraving – Photo: Red robot engraving You may be thinking sarcastically: Yay, cutting board. For experienced camper enthusiasts, especially in the Teardrop, Pop-up, Truck Camper, Small Travel Trailer and Class B Campervan categories, cutting boards are an essential camper kitchen accessory. What is unique here is the customization. A cutting board is a flat surface. When properly cleaned, the cutting board can also be used as a cover for the motorhome stove or sink, increasing the work space. If it is large enough, it can even be used as a mobile table and have many other creative uses in the van. If memory is as precious as gold, then surface space is silver. If it is such a precious possession, why not decorate it with a personal artistic design. Red Robot Engraving is an independent company in Southern California that customizes many kitchen accessories for RVs and other items using a locally made laser engraving machine. Like many great innovators in the annals of RV history, Pierrick Berube made a custom Travel Trailer, Camping, RV cutting board for himself and his family. Other people have seen it and wanted it for themselves. Thus, a commercial product was born. He uses sustainable bamboo cutting boards from Ikea as canvas. When you order a cutting board on his Etsy page, he asks you to add notes at checkout to personalize the product with your first or last name. Like any quality craftsman, he defends his work and the longevity of engraving.
- UncommonCamper’s spice rack
Spice Organizer by UncommonCamper – Photo by Etsy How many of us have bottles of spices lying around in the cupboard or in a plastic container taking up all the space? Don’t throw away products you haven’t used in a while, because you might come across a recipe that needs them. You can also eat double or triple portions of the same spice because you always forget you have enough. Shelly Cope of UncommonCamper offers a spice organizer that uses travel-friendly plastic tubes in a compact wooden holder. If you order an item through Etsy, let her know what herbs you’re storing so she can label each cylinder in an artistic font. If you don’t need the 8 tubes, Shelly offers smaller versions. Your spice rack can be used for medicine or to store nuts and bolts. UncommonCamper’s spice organizer is a versatile solution that complements the interior of any van and saves you valuable storage space. Before you go to the store to stock up, you can easily see the herb stand so you don’t have to guess what you need when you’re in the herb section.
- Mason jar indoor herb garden by Sandpiper Woodworking
Indoor herb garden by Sandpiper Woodworking – Photo by Etsy Have you ever sat in your outdoor living space and thought that everything around you is natural, but what’s in your van’s kitchen cabinets and refrigerator wasn’t grown by you (unless you own it yourself)? We are always in favor of local food, but it can be frustrating not to get your hands dirty. Why not an indoor herb garden? The wall-mounted wooden product is available in 7 different colors that easily match the classic country style, modern or contemporary decor of today’s van. If you have a different color or stain in mind, please contact owner Chrissy Kreiser of Sandpiper Woodworking and let her know what you have in mind for your indoor herb garden. On travel days you can loosen the worm gear clamp securing the canisters and store them. The boxes hold water, so you don’t have to worry about moisture damaging the car. The unit is 18 long and 5.5 wide and can be easily attached to the wall of the van with wood screws. You can add drainage rocks, potting soil and your favorite herbs to grow inside. Sandpiper Woodworking has the best reviews on Etsy with five stars and hundreds of sales. Chrissy Kreiser works in her studio in Walpole, Massachusetts. To bring a little natural life to your van that matches the interior design of your van, take a look at Sandpiper Woodworking’s interior herb garden, no matter the style.
- Heavenly Wanderers Enameled Storage Mug
custom Camper Mugs boo Heavenly Tramps – Photo: Etsy For generations, people have defined their status and decorated their space with fine china, tableware and cutlery. Many of you probably still have your parents’ or grandfather’s 12-piece dinnerware for special occasions. If you have the opportunity to visit the White House Visitor Center, you can see examples of presidential china used by each U.S. president during his tenure. As people who live on wheels, our philosophy of tableware decoration is focused on the longevity of the style. A crumpled aluminum cup is a status symbol in itself: It’s well used and worth telling around a campfire. Heavenly Wanderers, a 5-star Etsy seller, sells handmade 12-ounce flowing aluminum mugs with an enamel and white finish. There are many memorable icons and logos to fit your RV lifestyle. You can also personalize the mugs with your name or first name to make them unique. Celestial Wanderers uses a sublimation printing technology that prevents cracking, peeling or fading. As true artists, they see their cups as a whole canvas, not just one side. If the image on the front of the product fits, there is an additional image on the back. Whether you are right- or left-handed, the image you choose will be clearly displayed. Camp Mugs custom enameled mugs can bring a touch of glamping to your RV life. At least it’s a good deterrent to keep others from using your favorite coffee cup. Discover sustainable and stylish mug options from Celestial Wanderers.
- Cast iron pencil box from Cottage Rose Boutique
Cast Iron Stove Handle Holder – Photo: Etsy Pen, pen, pen! – Unknown This quote is from Shakespeare’s play, Richard III, in which Richard demands a horse, not a pen. The critic wrote the above line as part of his negative review of the play. It’s always interesting what history remembers. We are reminded of the handle because the cast iron handle supports somehow manage to make the legs grow like pencils. If you need it, you can’t find it. You risk a towel, your favorite flannel shirt, or anything else to get that infernal handle off the stove or fire. Sharon of Cottage Rose Boutique makes custom cast iron pen holders that should be on every camper’s list of kitchen accessories. If you’re grilling by a campfire, keep one of these heat-resistant muslin and insulating pads in your back pocket – it’ll save the day on an adventure. Camping kitchen appliances under $10 are often the deciding factor in RV kitchen horror stories. How many times have you heard the expression: If I had used [insert appropriate utensil or gadget here] instead of my odds…. You can choose from many different fabric patterns. You’ll see and feel the quality of the workmanship, from the seams to the insulation of the basketry. Be smart to have a few in the kitchen cabinets of your van so you never have to say: Basketbearer, basketbearer, my basketbearer!
- PolarWhale Kitchen Organizers
This RV refrigerator organizer basket is ideal for RV enthusiasts – Photo: Polar whale RV suspension systems have come a long way in the last 50 years. However, one of the most irritating noises is the clattering sound that results from the contact of the road with the body. Of course, there is always the endless game of Tetris to find the perfect solution to organize storage space (someone should add this to the list of unanswered questions in life). American company PolarWhale uses black foam for its products to organize storage space. The RV kitchen storage accessories they offer are non-slip, impact resistant and dishwasher safe in the wall cabinet. Here you will find drawer and cupboard storage for all your storage needs:
- Coffee and tea
- Trash can
- Herbalist Pack
There are other organizers for other parts of the van, inside and out. PolarWhale also offers multiple packaging options to reduce costs. For poolside activities, the company offers floating tables with cup holders and other amenities. Visit the PolarWhale website to explore the VR solutions they offer to achieve storage nirvana. You might just find the perfect character as you progress through the game’s four levels.
- Pinnacle Camper by GSI Outdoors
ThePinnacle Camper – Photo: GSI Outdoor area When this Pinacle Camper Kitchen Headset website was launched, the author had the same puzzled look and said sincerely: I love you. He must have said it too loud, because his wife heard him. To make a long story short, guess what we’re getting for our anniversary this year? GSI Outdoors is a family owned and operated company based in Spokane, Washington. Since 1985, Don, Jan and Kathy Scott have been making the best camping accessories for your RV lifestyle. Their most notable achievement (in this writer’s opinion) is the Pinnacle Camper kitchen and dining set. The scratch-resistant, anodized aluminum cookware is lightweight and durable, so you can use it healthily for years to come. The three-layer Teflon Radiance coating heats pots and pans 25% faster than conventional versions and is non-stick. The partitions are even colored to prevent the panels from getting mixed up. The cups/bowls have the same colours as the saucers. What really makes this complex a dream is its clustered nature.
- 3 liter saucepan
- 2-liter jar
- 2 lids for the sieve (unbreakable)
- 9 inch frying pan
- 4 insulated 14 ounce cups/bowls with insulating sleeves and tight-fitting lids.
- 4 7,5 plates
- Foldable panhandle
- Carrying case that doubles as a sink for cleaning the set
- Total weight: 3 pounds, 10 ounces
The only camping accessory you might need with this kitchen set is cutlery. The kit fits easily in your pop-up or teardrop camper as it is 9 inches long, 9 inches wide and 6 inches deep. If you’re looking for the perfect camping cookware, check out the Pinnacle Camper cookware from GSI Outdoors. This is a versatile product that will allow you to cross many items off your RV packing list and have plenty of storage space for additional gear.
Where can I find the best kitchen accessories for RVs from other independent contractors?
There are many other ways to find other independent family-owned businesses that sell RV kitchen accessories and other equipment. They can be found at various RV shows around the country, but most don’t require the engine to be turned on. We’ve shown you some great examples on Etsy, Pinterest and other online marketplaces. In today’s world, online reviews and testimonials have as much power as word of mouth. What better way to learn about the best independent RV suppliers than from your friends in the RV Life community? Visit the many RV Life community forums. These free forums are open to anyone who wants to learn from each other and share common interests. On the Jayco forum, when talking about kitchen cabinets, someone might be talking about a good price for new cutting boards or about a new storage folder they found. Of course, don’t forget to check out RV Life, Do-It-Yourself RV, RV Smarts and the many other sections used daily by 1.4 million subscribers. See you on the road!
About the author
Although he’s from Motown, Brian Newman is an experienced camper who grew up on I-75. Since 2017, he, his wife, and two working fur babies have lived full-time in their mobile home. Like John Madden, he hasn’t worked in years because he can write about his passion. When not writing, Brian supports his daughter’s dog rescues and disability projects.If you’ve ever been in an RV, chances are that you’ve encountered a kitchen accessory or two. For most people, there’s usually a couple of items they remember as being the “best,” or at least one that they remember sticking out from the rest. Our experience, however, is that everything is a matter of personal preference. So, to help bring you the best RV kitchen accessories, we’ve put together a list of our favorites that you should consider adding to your RV kitchen.. Read more about rv kitchen must haves and let us know what you think.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I put in my RV kitchen?
The kitchen is the heart of the recreational vehicle. It is where every meal is prepared and every dish is washed. It is also a place where friends and family gather before and after the fun you are having outside. Keeping the kitchen functional, clean and organized is an essential part of a fun RV vacation. If you’re planning a road trip soon and are in the market for some kitchen equipment and accessories, you should check out our round-up of the best camp kitchen tools and gadgets. We’ve selected the top-rated items for maintaining a well-stocked camp kitchen, and we’ve also made a list of items that are great for cooking while on the road.
What every motorhome needs?
When you’re cooking in your motorhome or RV, you’re usually on the road. So, instead of carrying every utensil you need for a picnic or a barbecue on your adventures, use a few accessories that will make your cooking life easier. Every motorhome needs the following accessories for a more comfortable, enjoyable trip: Utensils Spoons Plates Cups Bowls Spatulas Ladle Coffee Strainer Cork Screws Cups and Bowls.
How do you keep dishes in an RV?
As a landscape contractor, my favorite day on the job is potlucks. At these gatherings, I get to try out new items that I plan to use in my own properties, and I love to see others use the same items on their own properties. Recently, I was invited to a potluck at a new homeowner’s place, and it was there that I found out about the RV Kitchen Pot Lid. One of the most popular topics on our blog is RV kitchen accessories, and for good reason: RV travel is an exciting time because you can travel anywhere in the world, but on high-quality RVs that are equipped with refrigerators, stoves, ovens, and other kitchen appliances. When you’re at home, you tend to cook more. When you’re traveling, you tend to eat out more often, but if you can have your food made at home and keep it fresh, you’re going to enjoy yourself even more.
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