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Old 12-06-2015, 09:12 PM   #1
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Question Some questions for those with outside kitchens

The TT we are looking at only has outside storage at the pass-thru at the front and at the back where the optional kitchen goes. Choosing the kitchen leaves only the front storage. Knowing that...

1. Would you choose an outside kitchen, leaving only the pass-thru storage?
2. Do you really use the outside kitchen? Do you wish you didn't have it?
3. What are some pros/cons of having an outside kitchen?
4. How does the outside fridge get power? Is it electric only?
5. The 2 burner outside stove seems small, especially with the wind guards up. Can you really use both burners at the same time?
6. Have you ever had plumbing issues with the sink?
7. Any general advice/experience using your outdoor kitchen?


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Old 12-06-2015, 09:22 PM   #2
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We have the outside kitchen with the Murphy bed. This means we don't have pass through storage. Our front storage is minuscule. Even knowing that, I would absolutely keep the outside kitchen. It's nice being able to cook smelly things outside.

Outside fridge is electric only. Does not run on 12v. Takes a half day to get cold. Perfect for keeping sodas and adult beverages cold.

We don't have the sink.

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Old 12-06-2015, 09:30 PM   #3
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We do not like outside kitchens, would much rather have the storage. We camp in bear country and we set up our own outdoor kitchen several yards away, if bears want to check out our cooking I don't want them at the trailer next to where my kids sleep.

We do use our storage. We don't like load and unload items from the trailer, so we leave everything packed away in the trailer.
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Old 12-07-2015, 12:12 AM   #4
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I looked at trailers with the option to have an outdoor kitchen and decided against them for a few reasons:
1) adds extra weight to trailer
2) takes away storage
3) I don't like cooking against my trailer ( potential heat/ fire damage)
4) if the appliance breaks you have to replace it with the same type.. There are lots of stoves/ bbqs out there that are far superior to the ones that come with outside kitchens.
5) I find it easier and gives me more room to have a folding table with all my cooking appliances where ever I want to put it in my camp spot..
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Old 12-07-2015, 09:30 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. I think we're leaning to forgo the kitchen, mostly because of the storage issue. We already do most of our cooking outside on our little coleman grill. I think if the TT we are looking at had another outside storage spot we'd go for it, but as it is the storage is more of a priority.
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Old 12-08-2015, 02:51 AM   #6
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When I was looking at TT's I really liked the outside kitchen option. We decided on the 28DSBH which only has the front outside fridge which is perfect for beverages. After using our TT for 2 years I can honestly say I would rather have just the fridge and the pass through storage than a full kitchen set up. I carry a small colman stove and a Webber 2000 BBQ which is easy to set up and take down leaving me ample storage.
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Old 12-08-2015, 09:25 AM   #7
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Storage space always seems to be at a premium. I ordered my unit with the old fashioned dinette set up instead of the free standing table and chairs. The dinette has storage under both benches and i can also sleep more elves when folded down.

Same dilemma as you. It looks good and sounds like a great idea but you will always be wanting for storage space once in use.
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Old 12-08-2015, 10:35 AM   #8
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Had some issues with mine

Hey Ranger,

My previous TT had the outdoor kitchen. I thought I would really like it... Not so much. The extra fridge space is nice, but since it is straight electric it only cools when you are plugged in.

The stovetop on mine was definetly small, I actually melted the knobs because a pan I was using was to big for the burners.

My biggest concern though was plumbing. All those moving pipes are just begging for a problem. Mine leaked a few times from being pulled in and out... Luckily each time it leaked was in the extended position so I did not end up with damage inside the trailer.

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Old 12-08-2015, 10:43 AM   #9
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We prefer to have the storage instead of the outdoor kitchen. Being from where I'm from, and especially where my wife's from, we like to cook, on a bigger scale. We set up our own outdoor kitchen with the big coon *** stove, old smokey grill, table etc, usually all under the gazebo. Can't cook a gumbo or stew on the tiny stoves they offer. The outdoor fridge is about the only thing I like on them, and we have a Yeti instead of that.

When we full timed, we did have the option, but turned it into a mini shop / tool storage area. Only thing there was the sink for washing hands.
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Old 12-08-2015, 10:45 AM   #10
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Personally not a big fan of the outdoor kitchen, though I have never owned one.

I can create my own custom outdoor kitchen (away from my trailer) with items I already own, and I see this as an advantage. I'm not a huge fan of outdoor fridges either. But I have thought on at least one occasion it would be nice to have because my son was asleep inside the trailer and I didn't want to bother him. On that note, I have never bothered him while making myself a drink (he sleeps HARD), so that fear may be unfounded. But then I could use a small cooler to accomplish the same thing if I really wanted to.


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