Here’s the deal: Living in a van or RV is different.
But just because you desire a nomadic lifestyle doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice the comforts you’ve grown accustomed to at home . Here are the items we use daily that have had the biggest impact on our comfort while living in our RV.
Having a refrigerator might seem like a luxury, but trust us, it’s totally worth every penny. This is hands-down one of the best investments we’ve made for our nomadic lifestyle. Gone are the days of buying ice and emptying out nasty, wet coolers. We run our ARB fridge from our 12v battery bank and it’s always on, keeping our food and beverages cold (or frozen if we want). It’s super easy to set up (no hard-wiring) and will run off of a 12v or 120v power source. It’s compact yet still has enough space for five days worth of fresh foods for the two of us. It also doubles as a great seat!
The Ranger II from Camp Chef is one of the best portable two-burner stoves we’ve ever used. Think of it as a Coleman stove on steroids. The cooking surface and legsare made outof cast-iron and either of the two burners put out 17,000 BTUs, enough heat to accomplish any cooking tasks we have. It has a built-in piezo-ignition so you won’t need matches or a lighter to get it started. The Ranger is designed to work with a 20lb propane tank which for us lasts roughly 9 months (yes, NINE months cooking daily).
When you are living in a van, small RV, or any enclosed space, air circulation is extremely important. Amanda and I did a LOT of research, looking into all the different roof-mounted fans and in the end the Maxairr had everything we wanted. The two best features of this fan are the rain cover, which lets you run the fan even if it is raining outside and the thermostat which will turn the fan on and off to maintain a predetermined temperature. This fan can also run in either direction, pulling air out or pushing air into your van.