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Old 08-17-2013, 02:40 PM   #1
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I recently purchased my 16' scamp new and I see it has fabric(rat fir ?)on the walls and ceiling.I know when I cook at home grease settles on the hood and all around.It needs to be cleaned afterwards.I'm thinking I don't want to cook inside my camper because of this. I thought maybe I can put a metal back drop behind the stove. Can I put this over that material ?? What about the ceiling ?? I don't want my camper to smell like food all the time.This may be a problem in bear country !!
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Old 08-17-2013, 02:48 PM   #2
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That's why I took my stove out. I only cook outdoors. I do make coffee inside though. I mean, who doesn't like the smell of coffee?
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:03 PM   #3
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I cooked inside on the stove once. It was so hot - I had to get out of the kitchen! We bought a tabletop propane grill and moved the production outside. I too will make coffee inside- or use a microwave.
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:31 PM   #4
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We make breakfast every morning and each have a strip of bacon and an egg, basically 7 days a week. Opening the windows removes the bacon smell rather quickly, no lingering effect.

We do not have a stove back splash or protection, Certainly a good idea.

Our wall carpeting seems to have stood up pretty well. We've only had it for 3 years but have used it over 700 days in that 3 years, maybe 10 years of typical camping..

Using all three burners at once adds a lot of heat to the trailer, particularly as the sun heats up. If we cook when it's warm we flip on the AC.
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:38 PM   #5
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Open the window above the stove, Then run the fantastic fan blowing in.
This pushes cooking fumes out very efficiently.
I don't cook on my stove quite as often as Norm & Ginny, but my wife cooks for potlucks at every rally and our experience echoes theirs.
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:44 PM   #6
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We mostly cook inside. There's cooking and then there's cooking. If you cook a lot of greasy meat in skillet I can see where it might be a problem. Bacon I think would be the worst. We don't cook or eat bacon at all and greasy hamburger is cooked outside. We don't cook or eat a lot of meat. The last steak we had I cooked in a pie iron.

A word about the fabric, it's a synthetic marine fabric. It doesn't seem to hold odor and cleans easily. I've not found any grease on the bottom of the cabinets above the stove. We do have a small window over the stove, between the cabinet and the stove. That window is always open. The once or twice where we had a lot cooking odor we simply opened all the windows and the door for a day. If the fabric should someday hold odor it'll wash with carpet cleaner. Hasn't been necessary in almost 8 years.
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I'm concerned about the same issue and have not yet resolved it. I'm on the lookout for a 10" spatter screen to place over our 10" skillet when cooking foods that splatter. They seem to only come in a larger size. Short of a splatter guard I'm thinking of using a lid. My skillet did not come with a lid, so I'm on the lookout at thrift stores.

I'm thinking of installing quilted stainless steel Frigo Design 30 in. x 30 in. Quilted Stainless-Steel Backsplash-HQ3030SS at The Home Depot on the back wall. It'll be easy to clean and look "retro-cool". It's a little pricey and I don't have the skills to cut and install.

A less expensive solution would be a counter mat attached with industrial strength Velcro. Frigo Design 30 in. x 30 in. Quilted Stainless-Steel Backsplash-HQ3030SS at The Home Depot

Perhaps a retro linoleum flooring pattern or retro laminate would be cool. I think we could easily get a small piece that a flooring or laminate store would give away.

I'm curious to see what other responses you get.
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Oops, here's the link to the counter mat. Non Slip Counter Mat - Non Slip Kitchen Mat - Walter Drake
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:18 AM   #9
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Re: metal counter-top mat

I have one these at my cabin and the metal wears off rather quickly leaving black spots. It might be okay for a backsplash though as it wouldn't have pots placed on it.
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I purchased a fully-self contained trailer because I got tired of being a tent camper. Schlepping stuff in and out of the garage got very old. Now I hook up and go. Everything I need is inside the trailer. Why take two of everything to cook/clean when everything you need is inside? YMMV
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With you Donna. Our trailer came with all the outside cooking equipment. For us there's no reason to carry two stoves.

As to cooking inside we open the window over the stove and it seems to do the job. I am impressed by the Scamp's interior surface, anything that can last 22 years and still look great is impressive.

The only thing that could top it for me is a fiberglass surface.
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:32 AM   #12
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I don't have a Scamp nor do I have ratfur in my camper it is all smooth fiberglass inside with metal cook stove and metal hood. I cook inside often and it does warm the trailer up pretty quick which is great in the winter, fall, and spring but in the summer can get a bit much. Usually in June, July, and August I will break out my outdoor stove and cook outside. I make a lot of bacon and I have never noticed the smell lingering in the camper any longer then it would if lets say you made bacon at home. Like some of the other posters that have chimed in a have a portable fantastic fan that I can put in the window or in the doorway and either blow air in or blow air out and it does a great job circulating the air around the camper. The back splash and hood do get greasy if cooking stuff that is greasy but it wipes off very easily. I am not sure how well that would clean up off of ratfur however. I did read some posts not long ago where someone did cover up the ratfur with some type of back splash and said it worked out well but I can't recall the post or find it again. If I find it I will post a link here.
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:18 AM   #13
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Well I must say all of these responses are very helpful.Gilda thanks for those links that's just what I am looking for.I think a nice back splash would work perfectly.Lowes has the quilted pattern in smaller tiles which may be easier to work with on the walls,I hope I can get it to stick over the fabric.I want to keep it there for insulation purposes.

I do find the need to carry different cooking equipment.You never know when you will need to use a different method.I like to cook outside as much as possible but we all know that is not always possible.

I like all your thoughts and ideas,now it's up to me to implement them.I only need money to buy what I need and a place to do the work.It's hard to do work on some things when the trailer is in an outdoor storage yard.

Norn and Ginny,keep traveling and enjoying the country and keep writing to us about it. I love reading what you write, and how you write !

Thanks again to everyone for all this very helpful input.
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:04 AM   #14
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Looking again at the back splash tile available at Lowes it is made of thermoplastic. They are heat resistant to 140 degrees. ?????? Must watch that your pot doesn't get to close to the wall when on the fire !!! This could be a problem !???
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