Of course there is very limited storage space on the truck. It's like a tiny house but even smaller! So you have to get smart about it. I'm in no way an expert on this as our truck still looks like a mess too but there are a few things that work for me and maybe it will help you.
So first: refrigerator space! If you're lucky enough to be able to have a dorm sized fridge on your truck and it doesn't break on you in a short time, then kudos to you! We have one of the Dometic fridges that are specifically made for trucks/RVs as they're build to withstand all the bumps and vibrations which regular fridges are not. So yes they are expensive but worth it after you've had a few regular fridges break after a few months.
But as the space is more limited, how can you store stuff for meals for 5-6 days? It does take some creative skills!
I always have Ziploc bags on board because as soon as we get our groceries, I repack half of them. They are either packaged in too bulky cartons/containers or in case of bags they're too blown up etc.
So what do I do? First I plan my meals ahead for 5-6 days and think of what ingredients I'd need for each meal. I try to come up with things like for example chicken noodle soup; what does that need? Chicken obviously, so I get two half chickens, put them in the Instant Pot (electric pressure cooker) and when done put them in a bowl or plate to let the, cool off. Pull the chicken meat off both halves. One half goes into the soup, the other half goes into a Ziploc bag to make e.g. chicken salad with. The soup will also need celery, carrots and onions. I know I will not need the amount of all 3 just for soup. So I use half and with the other half I can make for instance beef stew.
So then all I'd need is beef stew meat. Now you pretty much have 4 meals and probably leftovers as well. These are just examples but if you think about it, you can create a lot of meals with similar ingredients without making the same over and over.
We also have a 3-drawer storage thing that fits into one of the cubbyholes of our truck. The top drawer has all kinds of loose stuff in it.
The second drawer I put the spices in I always use and the third is for the cooking utensils. So they're right next to the little pull out drawer table and easy to use/easy access.
Hopefully this helps at least one of you out there! Safe travels!
By Mark A. Love.
From The Trucker Gourmet : Many ask about the gas set up. Well - pans to a reach to the left. there is a heavy washable towel under so they go back out of the way warm after wipe. Stove top itself comes in case stored, reachable under bunk. After dinner prep cooking is quick. Always disengage fuel can before put away. Fridge,utensil drawer and pantry to right as in every truck. Not pictured. Open windows while cooking recommended. Cook ....Plate .... put equipment away ... EAT .
Of course cooking on the truck can be relaxing but definitely rewarding because you get to eat a 'home cooked' meal instead of truck stop or fast food! But how do you clean it up afterwards?
There are many ways and tips we have seen in the group over time so I tried collecting the most popular answers for you and hope it helps you in finding the best or easiest way for you.
1: take the dirty dishes with you when taking a shower and either wash and rinse them while you're in the shower and/or the available sink. There are people who don't think this is hygienic and others who say it will all be cleaned anyway: whichever you decide it's an option and we don't judge ;)
2: If you use a slow cooker/crock pot you can fill it with a quarter to half gallon water, let it cook for an hour until water is hot, add 2-3 lemons cut in half into it, add utensils you want to clean e.g. knives etc. and let it cook for another 15 minutes. Let the water cool enough or add more water to make it cooler so it is safe enough to stick your hands into it without getting a 2nd degree burn and use a sponge to scrub the utensils and inside of the cooker. You can throw the water out the window as it is just water with lemons. The pot will smell fresh again and your dishes are clean.
3: Clorox or Lysol wipes. Just clean whatever needs to be cleaned and if you are concerned about the chemicals, wet paper towels with water and wipe again to get rid of the resisdue that may have been left behind.
4: Get a wash tub (plastic) for on the truck and bottle of detergent, get hot water in an empty gallon jug from the truck stop (bathroom) and use it to do dishes in the truck. Throw dirty water out when done.
These are the most used methods by other truckers but if you have a different better way, let us know on Facebook and I'll be glad to add it!