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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 11-08-2011, 02:24 PM   #101
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Thumbs up Outside Kitchens the Wildcat way...

I think it's important to think about the type of RV an outside kitchen is going into. A few questions came to mind for us: What space do we lose inside and/or how can we minimize this loss? What makes up an outside kitchen (for instance, do I really need 2 microwaves)? Can it be used and stowed easily?

Here's what we did at Wildcat -- we call it the Jack Knife Cooktop:


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Old 11-08-2011, 02:47 PM   #102
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I think it's important to think about the type of RV an outside kitchen is going into. A few questions came to mind for us: What space do we lose inside and/or how can we minimize this loss? What makes up an outside kitchen (for instance, do I really need 2 microwaves)? Can it be used and stowed easily?

Here's what we did at Wildcat -- we call it the Jack Knife Cooktop:


See more examples here: Wildcat Outside Kitchens | Facebook
Kind of like the idea, but the upper cabinets look like Craftsman tool boxes. I like the idea of the stove/grill though. And I also like the idea of not having the countertop go all the way across. I can see us having to rebuild ours in a year or two due to sagging. Not surprised about that though; we've had to rebuild shelves in our unit that collapsed because not enough fasteners were used and the material was waaaaaay too thin for a shelf.
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Old 11-08-2011, 03:04 PM   #103
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I'd rather have an outside bathroom. Oops, that's from a different thread!
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Old 11-08-2011, 04:19 PM   #104
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Love my outside kitchen.

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Old 11-08-2011, 04:26 PM   #105
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Old 11-08-2011, 04:26 PM   #106
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I cook for one so there's little chance that an outside kitchen would be a "Must have" for me. Let me say a little more - I hate cooking. The fun ends once you open the can...

With the above said, if I were younger and camped with company and liked to cook I would love the outside kitchen.
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Old 11-08-2011, 05:27 PM   #107
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I love my outdoor kitchen! I have the same one that Vols posted above.

We had the fridge removed. I think it would be great for people who drink a lot of canned drinks or beer, but we dont, and we prefer the counterspace.

I also removed the quick connect on the stove and on the stove end of the propane hose, and have them permanently connected. When we push in the stove, there is room for the hose under the stove.

I would hate a TV there.
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Old 11-11-2011, 01:30 AM   #108
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I've never actually looked at one with an outside kitchen. This is the scenario I see:

Me: Honey, where is the mustard?
Wife: In the outside fridge
Me: (run to outside fridge) Honey where is the mayo?
Wife: In the inside fridge
Me: Geez!

Or for those that have the kitchen do you have 2 of everything?

Seriously though, if that's your thing great, nothing wrong with that. I really don't think I'd make good use of it.
Just to let you know. Your little scenario happens all too often. Lol. I think that might the only con that I have. And to add to that is that you also run out of stuff because you can't remember which fridge it is in.
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Old 11-11-2011, 01:58 AM   #109
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Interior layout was prime consideration when we purchased the TT and thought the exterior kitchen rather novel but not much else. Flash fwd +5000 km and a cumulative total of six weeks on the road and that outdoor kitchen has become much more than a novelty. Love it.
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Old 01-06-2012, 02:34 AM   #110
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We do most of our camping in the south. Being able to keep all the heat outdoors is a real advantage. We love our Surveyor SP-240. The outdoor kitchen is great.
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Old 01-06-2012, 08:23 AM   #111
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We do not have an outside kitchen; however, I think it would nice as we do nearly all cooking (99%) outside. Probably the most indoors cooking appliance we use is the oven and that is mainly in the morning time and not that often. Another poster mentioned “Dutch Oven” cooking which is something we do. I like the outdoor refrigerator and sink concepts. My preference for an outdoor stove is the Camp Chef type with the large burners.
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Old 01-06-2012, 09:25 AM   #112
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I have a 3 burner stove from my popup days which I still carry in the 5th. I would like to have a stove pull out outside but I don't need the rest of the stuff. Well maybe a small counter to go with the stove.

The whole outside kitchen eats up too much interior room and I can't get the layout I want. There seems to be room under one of the slide to do this.
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Old 01-17-2012, 08:42 AM   #113
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When we were shopping for our new camper, an outside kitchen was a must for my husband and a walk around bed and u shape dinette was mine. We have two kids ages 9 and 11 and almost always one of them has a friend when we camp. Our main purpose for insisting on the outside kitchen was so we could keep the kids from the constant in out in out.....i want a snack.....i am thirsty.....etc. Also, we plan on keeping the coffee pot and toaster out there so that when my husband wakes up with the kids at o'dark thirty, they can go out and have breakfast and won't wake me up......lol We finally chose the Shasta Revere 30CKBH in Espresso and we picked her up yesterday!!!!
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When we were shopping for our new camper, an outside kitchen was a must for my husband and a walk around bed and u shape dinette was mine. We have two kids ages 9 and 11 and almost always one of them has a friend when we camp. Our main purpose for insisting on the outside kitchen was so we could keep the kids from the constant in out in out.....i want a snack.....i am thirsty.....etc. Also, we plan on keeping the coffee pot and toaster out there so that when my husband wakes up with the kids at o'dark thirty, they can go out and have breakfast and won't wake me up......lol We finally chose the Shasta Revere 30CKBH in Espresso and we picked her up yesterday!!!!
Congrats on the new TT!! The outside kitchen was also a must for us and we absolutely love it. I'm with you....my DH can go outside in the morning and get some breakfast while I'm still enjoying the comfy bed and exploring the backs of my eyelids! Happy camping!!
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Old 01-29-2012, 10:24 PM   #115
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We just bought a Lacrosse 318BH Touring Edition the outside kitchen and the bathroom entrance where a must as it keeps the kids from in an out while we are at the camp site. The convenience is amazing at nights you can cook the steak drink the soda and watch the football game on Dish while inside the wife can be getting ready to put the young ones to bed it is all an upside and I see no downside.
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Old 03-16-2014, 09:49 PM   #116
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Love the Outdoor Kitchen. The Pull down TV is my favorite. It was awesome watching the NCAA March Madness games last year, outside with friends in the campground. (especially since I am a HUGE UL fan)

The ODK was a win-win for us because it was actually on HIS wish list-- and mine was a bigger bathroom -- (we didn't need any bunks.)so this camper was PERFECT!

Love having the sink and fridge and microwave right there to avoid so many trips in and out of the camper on hot days.

Cant wait for this crazy cold weather in IN to warm up a little so we can start camping again soon!
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Old 03-17-2014, 05:33 AM   #117
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I wouldn't be without one. I bring 2 grills and a smoker most of the time. All my supplies area always where I need them. The outside fridge is perfect for beer and meat for grilling/smoking. Cuts down considerably on traffic in and out of trailer. No more need to carry a cooler and keep buying ice.
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Old 03-17-2014, 05:35 AM   #118
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Wife always wanted one but we are seldom around the fiver long enough to use it. Our RV is more of a motel room while we travel instead if a destination.

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Old 03-17-2014, 06:20 AM   #119
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Our Puma 30KFBDS has the outside kitchen and we love it. There's nothing quite like cooking outside while camping, but I would say that I simply enjoy being able to wash my hands frequently while doing the cooking. The other benefit is it seriously limits the in-and-out wear and tear on the door into the camper. With 5 kids someone is always hungry or wants a cold drink and in our previous camper the door was ALWAYS opening and closing...to the point that a camper in an adjacent campsite asked how many hinges we have replaced?? Lol. The outside kitchen eliminated that..
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Our Puma 30KFBDS has the outside kitchen and we love it. There's nothing quite like cooking outside while camping, but I would say that I simply enjoy being able to wash my hands frequently while doing the cooking. The other benefit is it seriously limits the in-and-out wear and tear on the door into the camper. With 5 kids someone is always hungry or wants a cold drink and in our previous camper the door was ALWAYS opening and closing...to the point that a camper in an adjacent campsite asked how many hinges we have replaced?? Lol. The outside kitchen eliminated that..

X2 to that. Except the 5 kids (just have 3)
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