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Old 01-06-2014, 07:23 PM   #15
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It's all about camping style and I mean NOT what you've done in the past, but what do you plan to do in the future? I can count on one hand with fingers left over the number of times I've fired up the propane stove in my trailer after all the years I've owned it. BUT, my future trailer is going to be used in really CRAPPY weather, like major storms over looking the Pacific ocean. No way would I even consider cooking outside. My past is the past, my future is looking forward. YMMV

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Old 01-07-2014, 09:56 AM   #16
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Not only would I miss the cook top, I wouldn't even consider a camper without one.

I understand your need to maximize counter space and would also suggest the stove cover. Of course it's your trailer so make of it what you will but I wouldn't jump to the conclusion that most people don't want or need a stove in their campers. Its standard equipment in most RVs for a reason.

Our current camper allows the stove to be hooked up outside as well and we've found that to be very useful.

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Old 01-07-2014, 10:10 AM   #17
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Indoor cooktop

Preferring to cook outside, the Mr. and I have not used our cooktop in the 2 years we've owned our baby. Like Floyd he made a cover for the cooktop and another we can put over the sink area. They are flush to each other and greatly increase our space. We use it for the coffee maker, the water filter pitcher and associated items for the coffee.

Twice we have used our small portable induction cooktop when it was just too rainy, cold and blustery outside. Unfortunately said induction cooktop went belly-up at the fall rally in Cherokee, NC and we've yet to replace it. Reckon we'll be using the Coleman or our traveling George Foreman Tabletop Grill for a while till we sort out the details of replacement or not.

In this way we have more usable space without affecting what resale value might still exist come the day we stop doing this.


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Old 01-07-2014, 12:29 PM   #18
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We too do the vast majority of our cooking outside, HOWEVER, I would never give up a stove inside either. We have used it in inclement weather, or for a quick one night stop.

We have a a Dometic/Smev unit similar to what Nate posted, and it closes flush to the countertop, allowing it to be used to put stuff on. Ours has a separate lid for the stove and sink, so on the rare occasions we do dishes inside, the stove top can be the drying platform. We just love this unit, but would go for a two burner next time instead.

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Old 01-07-2014, 01:32 PM   #19
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How about this fellow for only $22.00? GasOne GS-3000 Portable Gas Stove with Color Box, Black: Sports & Outdoors
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:41 PM   #20
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That would work in the Snoozy and Egg Camper (total electric campers)
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Old 01-07-2014, 07:38 PM   #21
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It seems to me that there are two kinds of fiberglass trailer users- those who buy them to use, and those who buy them to sell.

I'm a member of the former camp- the only reason I bought my Trillium was to achieve some ease when camping. I expect it to provide me with shelter, warmth, and above all an indoor place to do all the "camping"-type things I used to do outside. That includes, of course, cooking.

I couldn't care less if the smell of the things I cook penetrate the trailer's wall linings/bedding- whatever. Let the next owner deal with if I haven't already designated which of my heirs gets the trailer! They're well familiar with Grandma's cooking odors, and hopefully any that linger will only prove to be a fond reminder of the greasy messes I've served up- always gobbled down without complaint by the crowd.

What matters to me is that I can carry along all the facilities that I once had to unearth from my car, only now they're ready-to-use when/where ever I want to do so.

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Old 01-07-2014, 07:45 PM   #22
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I've got a three burner propane stove in the trailer and two of those one-burner butane stoves and a BBQ for outside.
I've got options.
Actually, no microwave or oven ( unless you mean the folding Coleman that sits on a burner ).
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Old 01-08-2014, 12:54 PM   #23
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There's a Playpac in the referrals postings with the following picture...
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Old 01-08-2014, 12:55 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by john linck View Post
excellent! (but is it safe to use south of the 49th parallel?)
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Old 01-08-2014, 03:41 PM   #25
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hey, i resemble that remark...

We luv the simplicity of those butane stoves (ours is stainless steel single burner 12,000 btu output). Yes there are some limitations (they don't like temps below ~35ish or altitudes much more than ~10K). But i'd have to ask myself why i wasn't in nicer weather! and just move.

Yes we only use with plenty of ventilation and only when up and about. Yes all warnings are located/posted in my build thread. Please no flame wars (pun intended).

Also, it is a nice way to take the morning chill out of the inside by simply boiling a kettle of water for coffee/tea.

Our Parkliner kitchen in action if the outside weather is not conducive to cooking on the RocketStove:

After we are finished it just gets stowed in a cabinet below. We typically go through one canister (~$1.75 each) every four or so days.


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