1:00:00 PM La Mesa RV 1 Comments

You're on the road, and it's the holiday season, but you're not sure what options you have for Thanksgiving in an RV? This article is for you!

Potlucks are a great idea when it comes to putting a big meal together in a small space. Everyone pitches in and brings something, and it's a great way to meet new friends, bonding over good food, family, and the RV lifestyle. Throughout the country, RV parks offer community-style Thanksgiving potlucks. Often the main course is taken care of, and you bring a side dish or dessert to share which surely makes life much easier when you’re only responsible for the green bean casserole or apple pie. Rayburn RV Hideout in Brookeland, Texas, hosts a potluck dinner each holiday. The park provides the main dish and guests offer a side. Check it out!


It’s good to research in advance what parks offer a Thanksgiving celebration. Search for parks that provide potlucks or even sometimes a full-service Thanksgiving feast. In Kentucky, there are some state parks with Thanksgiving dinners and events. Click Here



In Tennessee, there are there are eight parks with restaurants on site like the Riverboat Restaurant at Paris Landing State Park to the Thanksgiving Harvest Buffet at Cumberland Mountain State Park. For a full listing of the state park restaurants in Tennessee and their holiday offerings visit the link to Read More.



We’ve talked about restaurants, RV or state park professionally cooked dinners and potlucks, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cook your own. With a little planning of what to cook and how to best prepare with the space available this route is entirely do-able.

The first thing to consider is the size of your turkey or ham. Unless you're cooking for the full and extended family there is no need to go super large on turkey so why not go with a smaller one? In some cases, you can even go with a light turkey breast vs. the whole turkey.  The same goes for ham. They come in a variety of sizes that should match your cooking space just fine. Another option is to grill or smoke the turkey or ham if your camp provides grills, it’s another option that allows you to make the most of your space.

Are the sides taking up all the cooking space? Make the side dishes and order a pre-cooked turkey from a local grocer that offers this type of service (Order Here). Maybe even buy some premade sides while you’re at it. Take the stress off of yourself to do everything is the key here and it saves time on clean up!



Planning and cooking ahead is always the smart approach. Cook some or all of the sides in advance and keep them in the refrigerator or a cooler until you’re ready to heat.

Crockpots are a life saver AND a space saver. You can put them anywhere so long as you have power nearby. Recipes are always aplenty, and you can get creative with side dishes AND desserts. Read More





The most important thing is to enjoy yourself, your time with family and loved ones and if that means getting a Swanson turkey dinner for two, do it and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

You Might Also Like

1 comment: