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Tips For a Tasty Summer

by SmartRV | Dec 06, 2017
NZ Summer BBQ and Fridge Tips for your motorhome

At the end of a summer’s day, it’s nice to know there’s a chilled beer (or Chardonnay!) waiting, and a grill plate that’s ready to use, so here are some useful tips from the SmartRV team on getting the best out of the fridge and BBQ in your motorhome.

Don’t have a BBQ on board yet? Talk to the team at SmartRV about fitting a BBQ in your motorhome for around $420. You could get totally summer-ready and install an outdoor shower too - ideal for rinsing off after a day at the beach as well as washing down the BBQ and any fish cleaning surfaces you might have.

Stay cool

There are a few tricks to using the fridge in your motorhome to reduce its energy usage and keep it operating at its best.

  • Buy drinks cold before putting them in (putting room temperature items into your fridge means it has to work hard to chill them initially)
  • Keep the fridge shut as much as possible (know what you want before you open it)
  • Keep it full (but not bursting) as cooling a full fridge is more efficient than a half empty one
  • Keep the air around the fridge as cool as possible. Try to park in the shade where you can
  • Ensure the fridge door is closed properly (always worth checking if kids are around!)

Click here to watch a video with useful tips on how to get the best out of your motorhome fridge.

Heat it up

It doesn’t get much better than barbecuing in the great outdoors, and many of our motorhomes offer fantastic space in their ‘garage’ storage section with selected models offering plenty of room for a BBQ, fishing rods, inflatable kayak and even a chilly bin (for all your freshly caught fish!) too. Remember to give your BBQ a thorough clean before heading away this summer. You’ll need: rubber gloves, a stiff brush, soft scouring pad, a large bucket of hot soapy water, paper towels and vegetable oil.

  • Remove the drip tray and discard the contents, then scrape away any fat remnants.
  • Leave to soak in hot soapy water for a few minutes to loosen any baked-on food remnants, then scrub well.
  • Remove the grills, scrape off excess fat and food remnants and then soak before scrubbing.
  • With the tray and grills removed, check the burners are clear of any blockages.
  • Give the barbecue frame and surrounds a good clean with hot soapy water and a soft scouring pad.
  • Wipe the grills dry with a paper towel, then apply some vegetable oil (canola is ideal) to a clean paper towel and oil the grills all over.
  • Line the drip tray with aluminium foil and fill with fresh fat soaker.
  • Replace the tray and grills.
  • Ensure the gas bottle is full.
  • Grab a beer and fire it up!
Got a question about BBQs, fridges or other accessories for your motorhome? Our friendly team of motorhome experts will be happy to offer advice. Contact us.
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