|A later Vanagon interior with cooking|
accessories inside along the wall.
There is something to be said for each school of thought. Having a complete kitchen inside, though a small one, makes it easy to get up, start the coffee, fry the eggs and bacon, and get on with the day just like at home. The same goes for dinner.
But some will argue, do you really wish to cook inside vehicle at all? Maybe. Maybe not. How much grease do you want floating around?
The refrigerator door is hinged to be accessible from the outside. A portable stove, of course, has many advantages. It can be used on the fold-up table shown in the brochure. It can also be placed on a picnic table at some distance. Often this makes the most sense.
Almost all early buses had an icebox and not a refrigerator. A few had refrigerators that were sometimes loud and noisy and run on propane or 12 volt.
|A 12-volt 1.5 cubic Norcold refrigerator|
replaces the original icebox.
There are pros and cons to both indoor and outdoor approaches. Cooking outside in cold, wet and windy weather is no fun, and sometimes impossible. On the other hand thinking of the entire outdoors as an extension of your kitchen is a good way to not feel all cramped up in a vehicle that at 14-feet in length is shorter than a Toyota Camry.
Either way the most important thing is to plan meals in advance making sure you have all the ingredients, cookware, etc. needed. For those who live in a bus it is important to plan good, hearty and well-balanced meals. It makes travel and living in a bus all that much more enjoyable. It takes time, effort and sometimes a bit of ingenuity. But well worth it.
Boeuf bourguignon anyone? Next: laundry and housekeeping.