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Old 01-07-2012, 10:23 AM   #1
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Is the outside kitchen worth the money?

A 29L with quad bunks and no kitchen or a 29L with 3 bunks and a kitchen...these are my choices. Would love your feedback on how handy the outside kitchen is.


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Old 01-07-2012, 10:44 AM   #2
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I have the 32BHDS and held out for the outside kitchen introduction for the 2011 model year, (Keystone had outdoor kitchens prior to this but I was concerned about reported roof issues).

Is the outdoor kitchen worth it?

It really comes down to your style of camping. Like I said, we held out for the for the 2011 Jayco 32BHDS specifically because we wanted the outdoor kitchen. We were upgrading from our pop-up and we still wanted to have outdoor and indoor cooking options.

If you already have standard outdoor cooking equipment like an QuickShade or EZ-up canopy, Coleman propane stove, folding table, etc., then the outdoor kitchen may not be worth it. The extra fridge outside is really nice to have for us.

Points to consider:
1. Can you tow the extra weight of the camp kitchen?
2. Number/age of kids and will they bring friends camping (do you need the extra bunk)?
3. Will loss of the lower bunk to the camp kitchen make you feel claustrophobic in the bunkhouse (our 32BHDS has a bunkhouse slide that really opens up the floorplan)?

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Old 01-07-2012, 01:13 PM   #3
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We also have the 32 BHDS w/outside kitchen, our first TT after years of tent camping. We never used a Coleman stove while camping. Did everything on campfire. While we will use the campfire as much as possible, we (well, me, a woman!) saw the outside kitchen as a plus because of the convenience, fridge (to hold drinks & outside cooking items) and that we can fry greasy items (bacon, sausage, burgers, etc...)on the outside stove and leave the mess & smell outside. We tend to use our home outdoor grill for same reasons.

I hope an opinion of a woman helps decide for you, one way or another. Enjoy!

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Old 01-07-2012, 07:09 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by CruizinKim View Post
I hope an opinion of a woman helps decide for you, one way or another. Enjoy!

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I'm a girl, but I'm one of those boring practical ones... probably not typical but here goes....

I'm for sitting down and writing out your (you, family, guests) cooking plans/needs while camping/traveling for the length of time you will own your tt.
-How long do you plan to own it and for what type of camping? (For this last tt, we planned to own it for 10 years mainly to travel [we like to bbq and head inside during those humid rain storms back east], and for local camping [windy here in Summer and too cool in Winter] - for us that meant having the outdoor kitchen wouldn't be used a lot)
-Do you spend a lot of time hanging outside the tt?
-Will you have more than a family of four with you?
-Will you boondock?
-What kind of weather will you be camping in?
-What kind of food will you be cooking? (greasy doesn't work too well indoors LOL, don't ask me how I know)
-Are you concerned with having cold beverages available at the ready without having to go inside the tt or so many you have to take along a cooler (they have those portable electric coolers if you just need to keep extra cold drinks)?
-How much room do you need for kids and their stuff and their friends stuff etc etc

Lotsa things to consider... maybe others could add to this list and we can make it a 'sticky' somewhere

Also, I found a list of questions to ask yourself when considering an outdoor kitchen or the extra storage/sleeping area onine a while ago. I don't know where, but google it and you might find a great questionnaire to help you too

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Old 01-07-2012, 07:43 PM   #5
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We did not have the outside kitchen as an option when we ordered our TT, but we would not have sacrificed the outside storage as well as the additional weight. Also with 4 kids we wanted each kid to have their own bed.
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Old 01-07-2012, 11:08 PM   #6
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I am female - I guess that is obvious by my user nick lol, but when/if I buy another TT i will definitely get an outdoor kitchen. We only camp from spring to fall, and we spend the bulk of our time outside. Cooking inside is not an option unless it happens to be pouring down rain, and then honestly we'd probably just go out to eat. I think the outdoor kitchen concept is awesome. I would definitely suggest it if this is an option you have been considering, and if you don't need the bunk space. For me, outside under the awning is our "living room and kitchen" when camping so it would definitely be something I'd get next time around.
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:00 AM   #7
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Dave to me it would depend on where you are as to if it is worthwhile to you.. IN MOSQUITO COUNTRY?? FORGEABOUTIT
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:51 AM   #8
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Dave to me it would depend on where you are as to if it is worthwhile to you.. IN MOSQUITO COUNTRY?? FORGEABOUTIT
I live in the Harrisburg/Lancaster, PA area and probably all of our camping will occur within 30 minutes - 3 hours of our home.
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Old 01-08-2012, 06:23 PM   #9
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This is a "how will I use it" question. Take all the pro's and con's and use that to decide.

We have a 2011 jayco 32bhds. Wife really wanted the outdoor kitchen, I really didn't. As it turned out we could only find one equipped w the outdoor kitchen so we went with it. Sooooo glad we did. We use it so much. We spend a lot of time outside (pretty much unless it rains). We also have the outdoor bathroom entrance (second door) so it really compliments it because w kids and guest they really don't have to be in/out of the trailer. Especially nice at night when kids are asleep. Huge feature here.

Our trailer is parked seasonally. If we had to travel with it, the outdoor kitchen really kills the storage space (or 4th bunk depending on model). We have very little outdoor storage w the kitchen. So if we weren't seasonal it would be very tough. Consider your storage and bed space vs. how much you'll use the kitchen. Being seasonal, I always have electric so that's not an issue (and I hve 50amp service so I never have to worry about drawing too much at once. With AC, two fridge, elec hwh and micro running all at once you could overtax some parks systems, so you'd have to watch what you run simultaneously?.....

All in all, we really live it and would be dissapointed without it. The extra fridge space for drinks (outdoor kitchen) keeps the indoor kitchen mainly food and colder since we open less. We get many people who stop to look at it and hear a lot of "we are getting that in our next trailer". We think it's great.

Good luck with your choice!
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:28 AM   #10
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It is worth every penny for us. We have found ways to get around the loss of the outside storage (we keep a lot of stuff on the floor or on the bunks of the trailer when we're packed up). I don't believe Jayco offers a 4th bunk in any of their models either that have an outside kitchen, so you'd basically pick between the kitchen or storage.

Keep in mind that with the outside kitchen, you don't lose 100% of the space anyway... you get some extra cabinets, a drawer, and counter space, so you can still easily store some stuff there.

Having the second kitchen outside has really help us keep the inside of the trailer clean and tidy because people are in there less often. It is also very nice to have two fridges... the outside has all of the drinks and some snacks, and the inside has food. Having the drinks outside means that I have bring one less ice chest as well (I only bring one or two, instead of three). It is also great to just walk up and wash your hands in the sink instead of going around back to the hose, or going inside.

The outside kitchen is one of the biggest reasons we bought this particular trailer, and we wouldn't definitely do it again.

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