View Poll Results: Outside kitchen- like it or hate it?
Do you like the idea of an outside kitchen? 211 57.49%
Don't want an outside kitchen 82 22.34%
Don't care either way 74 20.16%
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Old 04-09-2011, 11:52 PM   #31
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One of the main reasons why we bought the Rockwood 8312ss! I love to cook, and always cook outside. I don't think we ever did anything but boil water inside our old trailer. I like the idea of being able to have everything at my finger tips, my brother in law likes the idea of a shorter walk to the beer!
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Old 04-13-2011, 04:53 PM   #32
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I would love to have an outside kitchen. We do most, to all of our cooking outside. It is left over from tent camping. I really enjoy cooking when camping. The running in and out is killing me and I have had to only do it twice so far. We have everything to set up outside. We usually carry everything out when we get there in warm weather so I don't have to keep running in and out except to get food. If and when we get a different camper it will have an outside kitchen. By that time I probably don't need bunks for grandkids. They all will be to old and not want to hang with grand parents. This group is 10 to 14 and getting to point of not wanting to be with us as much. They have friends. This first are 19 to 22 and they stopped around 13
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Old 04-25-2011, 09:07 PM   #33
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One main reason I bought the Rockwood 8286WS is because of the outdoor kitchen. I love it and will rarely use the kitchen indoors. As posted by others it will keep the heat out of the rv. Also it has the pulldown tv. The only thing missing is a swingout Lazy boy recliner!
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:17 PM   #34
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One main reason I bought the Rockwood 8286WS is because of the outdoor kitchen. I love it and will rarely use the kitchen indoors. As posted by others it will keep the heat out of the rv. Also it has the pulldown tv. The only thing missing is a swingout Lazy boy recliner!
We bought the 8286WS for the outside kitchen also. We love it. Ours didn't come with the pull down TV though. When did they start putting those in? Our is a 2011. Post some pictures if you have any.
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:36 PM   #35
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Rockwood 8286WS

I also have a 2011 model. I don't have any pictures yet but here is the dealership website and the pics of the actual rv we bought. Forest River Rockwood 8286WS The second pic you will see a handle above the microwave. Scroll through the pics and you will find one with the tv pulled down.
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:54 PM   #36
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We bought the 8286WS for the outside kitchen also. We love it. Ours didn't come with the pull down TV though. When did they start putting those in? Our is a 2011. Post some pictures if you have any.
We ordered a 8293rkss with the outside kitchen aswell. While doing research I found a bunch of dealers advertising what I thought was older models as 2011 models.
Now to be fair Forest river does advertise that they can and will make changes as the model year continues. Thus I'm thinking what I saw and what you may have is early 2011 models whereas Dave may have a newer model.
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:59 PM   #37
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Triguy- we tent camped for almost 20 years. We had quite the elaborate outdoor kitchen setup; refrigerator, 70,000 BTU cast iron stove, 3 different cast iron Dutch ovens, 3 tables, 2 wooden kitchen boxes filled with our utensils, a large array of cast iron fry pans, a table top ice machine, cast iron pie irons, swing-arm grill, cast iron tripod for the dutch ovens, an indoor-outdoor rug, and a camp Oven, all under an easy up canopy. We also have a canopy for the picnic table. There was NOTHING I couldn't make in my outdoor kitchen. We also had a huge 10 x 12 tent for two of us with camp cots (25lbs.+ Each), a huge area rug to keep the floor clean, hanging racks on one end of each cot, and a porta potty. I'm looking forward to NOThaving to take 3 hours to set up (and take down!) all this stuff!!! But we were the envy of every park we ever went to. We make some amazing meals; no hot dogs and hamburgers allowed - LOL. Good luck with your setup. I'm hesitant to leave my stove at home once we get the camper......we'll see.
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Old 05-02-2011, 10:03 PM   #38
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I have the 2010 Lacrosse 318bhs with the outside kitchen. It works great. It allows you to be more social if you are camping with a big group.
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Triguy- we tent camped for almost 20 years. We had quite the elaborate outdoor kitchen setup; refrigerator, 70,000 BTU cast iron stove, 3 different cast iron Dutch ovens, 3 tables, 2 wooden kitchen boxes filled with our utensils, a large array of cast iron fry pans, a table top ice machine, cast iron pie irons, swing-arm grill, cast iron tripod for the dutch ovens, an indoor-outdoor rug, and a camp Oven, all under an easy up canopy. We also have a canopy for the picnic table. There was NOTHING I couldn't make in my outdoor kitchen. We also had a huge 10 x 12 tent for two of us with camp cots (25lbs.+ Each), a huge area rug to keep the floor clean, hanging racks on one end of each cot, and a porta potty. I'm looking forward to NOThaving to take 3 hours to set up (and take down!) all this stuff!!! But we were the envy of every park we ever went to. We make some amazing meals; no hot dogs and hamburgers allowed - LOL. Good luck with your setup. I'm hesitant to leave my stove at home once we get the camper......we'll see.
Now that's what I'm talking about.

Now I'm thinking a 60 or 70,000 btu burner, my old marine cooler, canopy, camp table and the Big Easy oiless deep fryer that Bear brought up in his "smoking" thread. The big question is where to put it all when towing.
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:23 PM   #40
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My husband I were divided in this one. We have a 2011 Freedom Express 292BH with outdoor kitchen. I wanted the fourth bunk, but he really wanted the outdoor kitchen. I think it will definitely decrease the traffic in the trailer though. I think outdoor sink will be nice.

We haven't had the opportunity to take it out yet (it's been raining for WEEKS here in Ohio), so I'll let you know the final verdict soon.
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