Curbed: Why I love having a microwave in my camper van

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You might think that a free spirited, port-a-potty-using van camper would be all about fewer amenities, nature, and simplicity. If my goal was simplicity and fewer amenities, I’d still be backpacking up Colorado’s highest peaks like I did in my early twenties.

My family bought our van to make things easier for our motley crew of four, including my husband, myself, and our two kids ages six and three. What’s one of the items we use the most? The microwave.

We debated putting the microwave in, and there are plenty of good reasons to leave it out. I went back and forth with my husband. Isn’t the point of camping to cook outside in the great outdoors and marvel at the nature around us?

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Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at

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