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Old 12-30-2015, 12:05 PM   #15
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Jen– The shelf does extend a bit over the stove. We do all of our cooking outside and would never use it if we had to cook inside due to bad weather. It is a homemade solution for the space we had. All the parts came from a local big box store and cost less than $10/US.
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Old 12-30-2015, 12:13 PM   #16
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I have installed a fold-up/fold-down countertop extension in every trailer I have owned. On my current trailer I used a bamboo cutting board I bought at Walmart. I found brackets and hinges at Home Depot or Lowes (can't remember which). The total install took about 30 minutes. Be sure to measure space available before you buy materials.
This added about 18 inches of countertop space.
I have yet to see any great kitchen space in travel trailers.
The bathrooms are so small you have to go outside to change your mind !

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Old 12-30-2015, 12:23 PM   #17
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Wow, Jon, that is cool.
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Old 12-30-2015, 12:26 PM   #18
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Uplander ha ha...
Do you have a photo? That's an interesting idea but it would stop me from opening the cabinet door.
I like John's idea of an adjustable height table.
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Old 12-30-2015, 12:52 PM   #19
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work with what you got....

you have to work with what you have and use your imagination....

that is a very small of counter space alright!!! if it was me I would be tempted to make an extra counter fastened with a piano hinge that would fold UP...and rest/be secured to the side of the range hood when not in use...for support somerhing as simple as a small chain or rope tied back to the range hood would hold it up (it's not like you're going to put a lot of weight on the thing)

when you're cooking that side of the dinette seat would not be available (or whoever was there would be in there for the duration!)

just an idea...

my circumstances were different....and I worked with them...my counter extension also doubles as a serving tray to take stuff outside and back inside the trailer....worked out very well

put your thinking cap on!
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Old 12-30-2015, 02:23 PM   #20
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Wow, Jon, that is cool.
A caution after looking more at the product Q&A… It will only lower to 20" unless you drill a hole in the floor to allow the top section of the post to drop below floor level. So it looks like it would allow you to adjust between dining level and counter level, but not drop all the way down to make a bed.

I don't think think it swivels, either. Not sure if you can pull the whole top section out and reinsert it in a different direction, or perhaps a fixed plate attached to the pedestal and a sliding attachment for the table would allow it to slide out into the aisle for prep and back against the wall for dining…

As Franswa says, in these tiny spaces, you have to get creative. Make every square inch do double (or triple) duty!
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Old 12-30-2015, 02:34 PM   #21
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I modified my stovetop cover so that it locks into the left cabinet drawer and can be used as extra counter space or a small dining table...
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Old 12-30-2015, 02:36 PM   #22
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The bed is very cozy and I like it. The bathroom and dinette are fine. Its the tiny sink and no counter that are vexing at the moment. Got to get creative!


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Old 12-30-2015, 04:03 PM   #23
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Since we'll be rebuilding all our "furniture" and cabinets, we're considering making the galley several inches longer to start with, and possibly re-use the flip-up countertop that came with the trailer. We're also probably going to use only a microwave and possibly a butane stove for outside only...the power strip idea is super! (Well, ALL the ideas are super, YMMV!)
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Old 12-30-2015, 05:03 PM   #24
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Old 12-30-2015, 05:09 PM   #26
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So you can see, my fridge is a very nice size. If my fridge were smaller the top could be counter space. Atop the fridge is my microwave cabinet which is very convenient. Therefore I have very little counter space!


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One of the neat things Escape does is take the counter cutout for the sink & route a cove on the bottom so it fits as a sink cover. Something to consider if your are doing your own restoration.
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Pix of 17B sink cover, with folding counter extension on left.
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