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Old 08-03-2016, 11:10 AM   #1
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Owners of Outside Kitchens..Pros & Cons

As the thread title states......

I would like to hear from those who have the outside kitchens on their trailers.....both pros and cons.

Looking at Crusaders and might...MIGHT...purchase one in the near future. So just doing a little investigating for now.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-03-2016, 11:17 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 08-03-2016, 11:22 AM   #3
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We have a Rockwood w/ the outside kitchen and i absolutely love it! When we were looking at a new TT my only request was the outside kitchen and my wife picked the rest. We have had the outside kitchen for 4 yrs now and I will always want it from here on out. We have the fridge, dual burners, sink, little counter top area, double cabinet and a microwave. We weren't looking for the microwave outside but i did put it to good use by putting the bread/rolls in there, keeps them safe. Only issue i had and resolved was the door swung open the wrong way so i switched it to open opposite. When it opens now it hits the spring but i am ok with that since it is fully open when it hits. We cook ALOT outside so we are always using it and have it filled with all kinds of goodies. The less i go in the happier I am.
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Old 08-03-2016, 11:26 AM   #4
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We have one with a refrigerator, sink, microwave and pull-out propane stovetop. The fridge is really what gets the most use from us as we mainly use it to keep drinks cold.

Pros

Don't have to worry about people constantly going in/out of the trailer for drinks when sitting outside. This includes kids and guests as well.

The extra sink comes in handy more often than you might think. Especially when you have dirty or sticky hands that need to be rinsed off. We also have a quick-change faucet that we can attach a sprayer to. That came in extremely handy one time when one of our kids got sick all over the exterior door right next to the O/K.

The extra microwave is nice but we haven't used it more than a couple of times. We usually forget it's there.

I think we used the pull-out stove one time just to say we used it. More often than not we'll use the one inside the trailer instead. YMMV.

The extra storage is nice as well. It's a good place to put extra plates, napkins, silverware ect... so that we can grab stuff when we are outside eating.

Cons

There really aren't any. My biggest problem is remembering to re-stock everything when it gets used up because everything we have in the O/K we also have inside the trailer.

I guess if you really want to be nit-picky it's extra appliances that you have to worry about replacing if they break. Also one extra sink to worry about when winterizing.
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Old 08-03-2016, 11:27 AM   #5
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We have an outside kitchen for the first time in this TT. In the past we essentially had a ginned up outside kitchen which had to be setup and taken down each time. It is nice to not have to go in and out just to get a drink, snack, get utensils, wash up etc. Keeps temp inside where you want it and helps keep insects out. I would never own another one without an outside kitchen. No more outside drink cooler.
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Old 08-03-2016, 11:30 AM   #6
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My first trailer had a kitchen with sink, 2 burner stone and dorm fridge. I loved using it. The only negative on it was with it being in the rear if you were on a site where it sloped down on the backside you has quite a reach to get to the kitchen. Depending on the ground level it could put you at almost chest height.


My new fiver has a modified kitchen. Has a sink and a small dorm fridge but it's located in the front just behind the front pass through storage. I always use my grill to cook out there. I like it better as the level is pretty constant.


I use the outside kitchens a lot.
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Thanks all for the quick answers helpful info.
The two models we are considering are the 297RSK (outside kitchen) and the 315RST (no outside kitchen, but better bathroom/bedroom layout).
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Thanks all for the quick answers helpful info.
The two models we are considering are the 297RSK (outside kitchen) and the 315RST (no outside kitchen, but better bathroom/bedroom layout).
There are no Cons..! Love ours.. Well, i guess one con would be .. it would be nice to have the refriq that runs off of propane for off the grid camping..
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There are no Cons..! Love ours.. Well, i guess one con would be .. it would be nice to have the refriq that runs off of propane for off the grid camping..

Very true, would love to run off of LP but not a deal breaker unless you live off the grid.
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Love, luv the outside kitchen.
Pro, can cook bacon without setting off smoke detector. Have flashbacks of when I was a kid, cooked outside under canopy(if lucky) or else. No traffic inside for drinks. Keep extra s/p shakers outside, paper towels etc. cuts down running in and out of tt for things.
Con! FR did not set sink up with drain, so have to dump the sink after every use! Guess it would be a engineering issue as out kitchen is in the kitchen slide.
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