Camper Trailer Kitchens

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 20:57
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Hi All,
Just wanted some advise on which camper trailers have kitchens that are inside the main tent ?

Thamks
LR's
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Reply By: Trekkie (Member - WA) - Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 21:07

Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 21:07
Not a reply to your post, but can be very hot under canvas when your cooking
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Reply By: Geoff - the first - Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 21:18

Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 21:18
Trak Shak do.
You can have the kitchen wherever you like............

Cheers
Geoff
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Reply By: maroni - Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 21:58

Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 21:58
cavalier campers got one it is great!
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Reply By: Fusion - Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 22:52

Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 22:52
Adventure Campers have the kitchen under a roll out awning which can be part of the main tent if you want it to... takes about 2 mins to setup the roll out awning. Not sure if that helps?


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Follow Up By: geordie4x4 - Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 00:52

Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 00:52
Looks like a nice setup
and great photo too.

Geordie
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Follow Up By: Fusion - Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 10:17

Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 10:17
Thanks Geordie,

It is a great setup, we love it. We bought this unit January 2005, and since I'm a professional photo, DVD, web guy started doing some work with Adventure to update their marketing materials. This is one of the shots that gets used a lot, it's even on their tyre cover. We shot it in the Grampians last year.

Aaron.
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Reply By: Shaker - Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 22:53

Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 22:53
I can think of nothing worse than filling the tent & bedding with cooking smells.
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Reply By: geordie4x4 - Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 00:45

Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 00:45
Hi LR's

Try this link to the Australian RV website, it has a list of trailer manufacturers with links and photos that you may find helpful.

http://www.rv.com.au/frames/buildframeset.html

www.rv.com.au

I ended up building my own light weight aluminium trailer and made a pull out kitchen from marine ply with laminex top. I have it mounted so it is inside the front of the trailer where it getts a better ride so the food doesn't get bounced around.

I found that swing-out style kitchens in the back tailgate get bounced around and take up a lot of valuable room at the back but are easy to get at. I like the kitchen at the front as that space would normally be the hardest to get at for packing and is under the bed. Mine pulls out a hatch at the front side and legs drop down to be a free standing unit. Although I like this setup, some of the units that pull out with a roller arrangement are much easier to operate with no leg s to adjust for uneven ground.
If money is no problem look at an Ultimate Camper. They have a nice kitchen inside and a roll out one on the side for smokey cooking and BBQ. You also need something big to tow them.

Have fun
Geordie
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Follow Up By: Atropos - Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 09:00

Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 09:00
Hi Folks

I recon that a seperate screen tent is the way to go, keeps the flies out of the food, takes a few mins to put up but worth the effort, I'm inclined to stick with portable gear rather than have it in any fixed spot. One of the things that I use is one of those "fly spray can" style portable stoves which I use on an old photographic projector stand (tripod) .. very handy for a quick meal when you dont want to bother setting up a full kitchen.
I find the gas lasts quite well .. I often take it down the beach and cook snags and onions on it, and bung them in a fresh bread roll... smell of cooking onions drives the "natives" wild and heaps of people come to look at what I'm cooking it on.. I use all cast iron pans . heavy but the best (and they dont cost a fortune)

So a fixed kitchen in the camper trailer is not essential.. well thats how I see it.. (grin)
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Reply By: ImEasy - Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 08:51

Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 08:51
If you want a free standing type kitchen you can put anywhere, and packs away neatly in your trailer, have a look at http://www.drifta.com.au/
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Reply By: flappa - Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 08:53

Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 08:53
Not many actually have it INSIDE the main tent. Some of the Cub ones are the only ones that spring to mind.

Personally , I think its a silly idea.
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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 09:44

Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 09:44
Good question.

We have been thinking about the kitchen on our trailer too.
Just bought the trailer and it has a basic tailgate swing out kitchen, which needs a small upgrade.

Did think about having a kitchen that comes out the side into the main area, since ours is a side fold trailer. Advantage is that in wet or fly ridden areas we wouldn't need to put up the awning over the rear to cover the rear tailgate kitchen.
I think Freedom out of SA has such a set up.
Looking at it at the camping show, you will get smells in the trailer, the side wall near the stove may over time build up some grease from cooking, especially with t he window over and fumes going that way, and if you spill anything while cooking, it will land on the main floor. Mess to clean up, but if it is also hot, you may melt the floor.
Having a zip up flap to pull the kitchen through solves the seal problem, and using that front area saves some access problems from the back, but most trailers have a lift up bed these days with gas struts.
So we are going back to a rear mounted kitchen, and will put up the awning and a small screen in that corner for fly and weather protection if we need it.
Now the decision is, slide out or tailgate mounted :-).
Pluses and minuses to both!
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Follow Up By: flappa - Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 10:22

Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 10:22
Not to mention you have a flame inside a possibly closed Canvas area . . . Fire and Canvas dont mix , along with the possibility of someone leaving the Stove going to provide warmth . . . another no no.
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Follow Up By: Grif - Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 18:57

Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 18:57
flappa

Spot on. Cooking inside is smelly and can be dangerous.

I'm keen on a hard floor Modcon camper where kitchen (like many other campers) slides out side of trailer and you cook under awning. You can partly enclose awning if you want protection from elements.

Grif
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Reply By: Darian (SA) - Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 11:25

Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 11:25
Ultimate do - my Campomatic doesn't.
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Reply By: DCTH-S - Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 17:26

Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 17:26
Deluxe Campers from Adelaide have a free standing unit that is stored under the trailer and taken out to where ever you wish to position it.
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Reply By: Member - Duncs - Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 22:35

Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 22:35
As Geof said earlier Trak Shak have a kitchen that is hung on the rear trailer door. When travelling you can get to it just by opening that door and use it where it is. Great for a quick cuppa at lunch time on the long haul trip.

That same door can be opened when the camper is set up and this puts the kitchen inside the camper. This is not always nice, cooking smells steam, extra heat on a hot night. But sometimes it is a necessary evil and nice to know you can if you have to. We have done it once in 10 years.

The kitchen unit can also be lifted off the door and put anywhere you like. It is very simple, possibly even crude, but it is versatile and offers reasonable storage and work space in a very light compact unit.

Duncs
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