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Old 08-03-2016, 06:13 PM   #31
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We have the outside kitchen in our Columbus. It was the deciding factor in buying that model. DH loves it and loves to cook out there. Fridge is great for bevvies and overflow food that doesn't fit inside. Wouldn't be without the sink! Micro is definitely not that useful to us.

If I had to choose between micro/cooktop/fridge/sink I'd at least have the fridge and sink and those two alone would be enough for me.

Unfortunately only certain layouts afford an outside kitchen and I wish they'd at least build a storage compartment in all trailers for a small fridge. It's hands down the #1 of the 4 outdoor kitchen features that we use.

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Old 08-03-2016, 06:45 PM   #32
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I think it all comes down to; How much "outside" entertaining do you usually do (ie; lots of family/friends)? What are your future plans for travel being retired now (with or without family/friends in tow)? Will you eventually full time or travel for extended periods & if just the 2 of you, would you rather have the outside kitchen or larger interior living space (interior not compromised by the box housing the outside kitchen)?

Just a little more mud to wade through.
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Old 08-03-2016, 07:24 PM   #33
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I had one stove was to small no propane to frige.. could live with all that! it was not being able to shut water off to sink in cold camping. I love to hunt in late october freezing lines to outside sink Did not work for me. plus did let more cold in.
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Old 08-03-2016, 07:59 PM   #34
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I think it all comes down to; How much "outside" entertaining do you usually do (ie; lots of family/friends)? What are your future plans for travel being retired now (with or without family/friends in tow)? Will you eventually full time or travel for extended periods & if just the 2 of you, would you rather have the outside kitchen or larger interior living space (interior not compromised by the box housing the outside kitchen)?

Just a little more mud to wade through.

I don't really foresee us full timing or too many extended trips, but I can't say there won't be any.....once or twice a year.
I'm sure 75% of the time we will camp locally as we have in the past and usually there are some grandkids along when we do. We have a pontoon boat at a marina located in a local SP.
I like to cook using charcoal, but I have used the outside propane grill as well. DW usually makes all the fixin's inside the tt. An outside kitchen would allow us to make the whole meal outside.....BUT.....that's not really a deal breaker to me.
The living area in the two trailers we are considering are identical. One has a bathroom/bedroom layout like our LaCrosse 303rks and the other is what you see most of the time in a 5th wheel with a bed slide out.
Our LaCrosse has been great and it's still a great tt. Our main reason for going with a 5'er is to get away from the Equalizer hitch to something a little easier to hitch and unhitch.


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I had one stove was to small no propane to frige.. could live with all that! it was not being able to shut water off to sink in cold camping. I love to hunt in late october freezing lines to outside sink Did not work for me. plus did let more cold in.
I like to camp early spring and fall as well as during the summer. That's when I can enjoy a campfire the best.
I'm guessing a cutoff to the outside sink would be a good idea.
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Old 08-03-2016, 08:39 PM   #35
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I like ours because of the "dorm fridge" to store beer, soda, water, extra food, extra beer.... and the sink is good for washing "dirt hands" when cooking on the stove top. I mainly cook bacon and stuff like that outside.... Con's - I really don't have any.
+1. Same here. Great for storing water/drinks and cooking stinky things like bacon (just did that a week ago). We also store extra things out there due to the extra storage (paper plates, cups, etc).

The only downside is that in transit, the water bottles inside can knock the door open. I bought a kids safety latch but the glue doesn't hold very well in the hot temperature while traveling.

EDIT: I will say that the grill out there does not get very hot. It's slow to heat up but eventually gets there.
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We do not have an outside kitchen but we have always cooked outside in a screen tent. Propane bottle has a T on it to run the stove and the barbeque. Nothing worse than stinking up your unit with bacon grease and other cooking things.. When it rains we are covered and no bugs when they are out as a result of the screens. The screen house fits over all picnic tables and easily seats 4 . Saves going in and out of the RV and has worked very well for us.


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Old 08-04-2016, 07:45 AM   #37
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Owners of Outside Kitchens..Pros & Cons

Loved our outside kitchen!
Had it 5 years.
Outside grill
3 burner cooktop
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Storage
Flip out tv

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Just needed to go inside to sleep and use restroom!


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Old 08-04-2016, 11:00 AM   #38
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We had to have an outside kitchen since we take the TT to BBQ and Chili cooking competitions. We only have the outside fridge and sink, but the bumper mounted grill completes the package and can supplement the two smokers we haul around.
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We had to have an outside kitchen since we take the TT to BBQ and Chili cooking competitions. We only have the outside fridge and sink, but the bumper mounted grill completes the package and can supplement the two smokers we haul around.
OK, now you are just making me hungry!


Never thought of the water shutoff for the ODK mainly because we had ours in for service over the winter. Probably something that could be done though.
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