Why Solar Ovens Make the Best RV Stoves

January 27, 2020 4 min read

Why Solar Ovens Make the Best RV Stoves

 

Your RV is only as good as your RV stove. If you can't cook great food traveling or even living in your RV, then nearly all the conveniences of this mobile lifestyle are nullified. After all, If you can't make great food, then why not cut your losses and sleep in a tent?

There are many types of RV stoves, including the following:
  • Gas stoves
  • Alcohol stoves
  • Stove and oven combos
  • Stove and sink combos
  • Wood stoves
  • Electric cooktops
  • Portable stoves

We think the final one on the list has the most advantages. More specifically, we think solar stoves make the best RV stoves. We'll give you our reasons in this article, then close it out with the testimonies of full-time RVers whom experience has taught them that solar stoves are a mobile camper's best friend.

Meet Cameron the Boondocker

Here's an edited testimonial from a Cameron, a 23-year-old college student and RV "boondocker" -- somebody who lives without any electrical hookups. He believes that boondocking ish much easier with a solar oven than any other sort of RV stove:

I've lived in my van for two years and I've plugged it in at a campsite plug probably twice. I'm able to boondock or be without any sort of like electrical hookups, completely self-contained.

I boondock in a parking lot at my school while I'm there instead of paying rent so I'm saving five to six hundred bucks a month and I cook in the GoSun six days a week for one-two meals a day. I have 200-watt solar panels mounted to the top and I have it wired to a 200 amp hour battery, which is wired to my pre-existing RV wiring.

With the GoSun Fusion there's so much more space than other ovens; I made an entire box of brownies at once. And no matter what I'm cooking it's making my food without using any sort of fuel. Compare that to when I was running
my propane stove for 45 minutes to cook a meal, this was in the Arizona sun in a
a parking lot that was blacktopped. It got real hot real quick. Being able to keep the heat out by using the GoSun was life-changing.
And using a microwave would pull so much power it wouldn't make any sense
for me to actually cook something in it. I would have to plug it in, which would mean a campsite fee of $50 a night. And thanks to the Fusion I don't have to run home to cook while the sun is still up. Now I can plug it in and cook whenever I want to get around it. Maybe I'll bump up my usage of the oven to seven days a week. 
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Testimonial: Using the GoSun For Your RV Stove

What some people see as a simple vacation other can make into a lifestyle (or better yet, an art). We discovered a GoSun user named Tiffany back in 2015 posting on the GoSun Community Kitchen. Her eye-catching recipes came attached with intriguing snip-bits and breathtaking landscapes. We had a feeling that there was a great story behind the photos and reached out to get the inside scoop behind this RV explorer. 

rv living is good with fuel free cooking
What draws you to the RV life?

 In a word, “freedom”!

I am not tied to anywhere for any specific length of time. My route is dictated by elevation and temperatures. In a second word, “economics”. My main goal was to never pay for a place to stay. And so far, that has worked out!

I love nature, so I stay in national forests, on free public lands, and various other spots here and there that offer a free place to park, i.e., some city parks, and even retail establishments for a quick overnight when traveling to a destination. Most free public lands and national forests allow a two-week stay. I always have enough provisions to last the two weeks, so I usually only move twice/month. Very economical!

For the past two years I have stayed in one spot for about five months during the winter...southwestern Arizona. It is a long term stay public land area. Cost? Less than $1.00/day, and that includes a water station and other [simple] amenities. It’s not “free”, but almost! My yearly expenses for a place to park (which is a place to live!) is only about $200! And more often than not, I have lived in many beautiful places!

Of course, this is “boondocking” – living off-grid with no hook up to electric, water or sewer. Not everyone would or could live this way full time but for those who want freedom and a simpler life, it’s perfect!

 

a parabolic dish solar cooker by an RV

What is it about the GoSun that makes it ideal for those shopping for RV stoves.

I have a propane stove and oven, a propane camp stove, a charcoal grill, a slow cooker, a pressure cooker and a toaster oven. All these cooking devices are just fine. But, propane and charcoal are fuels that need to be replenished and obviously, cost money. In many of the remote areas where I stay, it isn’t always easy to find a propane station. And anything electric requires the use of my generator, which equates to gasoline usage.

Here’s where the GoSun has been a lifesaver! The sun is free! And barring only severely inclement weather, it can be used almost every day. Another virtue of the GoSun is its light weight and small footprint. Two very important factors when you are living in a small space. It sets up anywhere. I may be parked in the shade, but I can take the GoSun away from the RV into the sunlight, or even semi-shade. It’s the perfect travel companion!


What are your top 5 GoSun recipes?

Pork : Cherry/Dijon Roasted Pork Tenderloin 
Chicken : BBQ Chicken Thighs
Salmon : Teriyaki/Sesame Salmon
Vegetables : Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Onion & Tomatoes
Desserts : Cranberry/Blueberry Upside Down Cake



Anything else you'd like to add?

Don’t forget....the Go Sun isn’t just for RVers. It’s for everyone! Camping, tailgaiting, backyard get togethers, the beach, hiking, picnics....wherever good food and the sun meet! 

All the above images and photography are productions of Tiffany. To learn more about her artwork and track her through her next adventure visit her blog at: www.travelintiffdiaries.com


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