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Old 01-24-2016, 11:57 AM   #1
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Kitchen or no kitchen?

Hey folks,
my wife and I are looking at purchasing a trillium 1300. Currently we're traveling around while living out of our 2013 Tacoma. We have a tent on the top and store and make our food out of the box. We always make our food outside and actually quite enjoy it. The reason we're looking for a camper trailer is for a dry place to sleep and work on the road at all times. After finding @Colinn's recent thread about his bed-widening build it got me thinking, "do we really need a kitchen in the camper?" We would certainly like a slightly wider bed and appreciate more storage. I'd like some opinions/ thoughts and info from those that either love having their kitchen in their camper or don't really care and usually make their food outside. I recognize that tearing out the kitchen would be quite an undertaking, but I'm just gathering info now to see if it's actually worth it.

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Old 01-24-2016, 12:35 PM   #2
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Hi Alex, I have a pillow that says "I have a kitchen because it came with the house." So I understand where you might be coming from.


I would suggest you think to the future before making a mod of this undertaking. What would you do if you can't cook outside? Maybe for days on end. I try to camp 11 months out of the year and many times it's too wet and windy to be outside...


AND, some of that kitchen cabinetry is necessary for the support of the trailer. Remember there's no inner "framework" to an all molded towable and certain cabinets actually keep the roof up.


Wishing you well with your decision.
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Old 01-24-2016, 12:46 PM   #3
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Hi Alex, sounds like quite the adventure. I have a Boler 1300 and while we don't fulltime by any means we did spend 50+ days in it this summer (family of 5)! we could easily have gone without the kitchen. we used the stove only to boil water for coffee or porridge some mornings. While we found the propane fridge to be a favourite new travel accessory we have travelled Canada, 5-6 weeks solid each summer, with just a 12 volt cooler for the past 15 years.
We haven't used the sink or the water tanks on our boler either and in fact this spring I am removing the kitchen sink and replacing it with a flat counter top.
I guess my vote would be, you don't need a kitchen if you are okay with cooking outside. That's our preference.
good luck!
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Old 01-24-2016, 02:27 PM   #4
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We also do all our cooking and eating outdoors. We use the kitchen area and sink as more of a bathroom. I have left the stove in for chilly morning hot tea, but have toyed with removing it. Am planning a different approach to using the 10 gallon water tank as well - we dislike the hand pump and don't want to add an electric pump.
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Old 01-24-2016, 03:04 PM   #5
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We cook outside too, but I'm with Donna. I'm glad there is an indoor kitchen because if you camp enough you will eventually get caught in a spell of bad weather.
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Old 01-24-2016, 03:11 PM   #6
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I might be one of the few people who cook almost exclusively inside my trailer. My camping trips are also photography trips and I'm putting in some long hours slogging around in the woods/desert/muddy bogs and the idea of taking time to set up for cooking outside gives me a sad. I love being able to fire up my little cooktop, with protection from rain and wind, and make my food only half a step from my bed.
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Old 01-24-2016, 03:12 PM   #7
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Sometimes it's just more convenient to cook inside. If you're in a spot for one night (and it's raining) is it worth setting up the Coleman stove outside to heat up a can of stew? A trailer isn't like a tent--it's a whole different way of life.
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Old 01-24-2016, 05:07 PM   #8
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How you're going to cook on Walmart parking lot or on a rest area/truck stop while on the way to the destination?
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Old 01-24-2016, 06:37 PM   #9
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Thanks for the insights folks. As it stands we don't have a camper yet to test either preference. I won't be buying a camper and immediately pulling out the kitchen there will definitely be time had in the camper before I make any major decisions. As for weather, time and convenience, we've cooked in solid downpour under our ARB awning, set up kitchen on our tailgate in the middle of parking lots numerous times...so, that kinda thing doesn't really affect us. Thanks all for your replies!
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Old 01-24-2016, 07:09 PM   #10
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I might be one of the few people who cook almost exclusively inside my trailer. My camping trips are also photography trips and I'm putting in some long hours slogging around in the woods/desert/muddy bogs and the idea of taking time to set up for cooking outside gives me a sad. I love being able to fire up my little cooktop, with protection from rain and wind, and make my food only half a step from my bed.
Jen your not the only one to cook almost exclusively indoors. We are the same but for different reasons. When it's my turn to cook we go to a cafe, I HATE cooking and am no good at it, Marilyn doesn't like outdoor cooking.
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Old 01-24-2016, 07:19 PM   #11
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We have a Trillium and cook, do dishes etc outside. We decided that we wanted 'places to put stuff' more than a stove and sink. Hubby made a wooden 'countertop' that fits over the stove area with a lift out part so we can store things in the sink. At the same time he took out the water tank, which we stored in the basement of our house in case a future owner wants it. Our camper came with an awning and we also have a 10x10 canopy. The canopy has fabric sidewalls that fit adequately on the three sides of the awning for protection when times are challenging. They attach with glued on Velcro in the same way they fitted on the canopy. Now we only take the heavy canopy if we have a bunch of grandkids along (with one or more tents).


We have never camped in a parking lot!
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Old 01-24-2016, 10:05 PM   #12
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I have a 71 Boler that had a kitchenette but the PO had removed the stove and fridge but fashioned their own wood cabinets and sink from a stainless steel bowl. We removed it all so we could turn our front bunks 90 degrees and make room for a front shower/toilet and still sleep 4. We put a fridge in the closet and a/c under lower bunk...now I am making our bed permanent doing away with the dinette as it was too narrow due to mods by PO as well. A queen would be nice but we would loose length in the lower bunk where our son sleeps but with my mod we will gain about 8 inches...we love cooking out as well but have considered putting in a toaster oven just in case we want to heat up a pizza or something during weather events that make it too difficult to cook outside...you can see my thread with pictures under my profile posts....right now I am just waiting for some better weather to finish up the project...
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Old 01-24-2016, 10:35 PM   #13
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Thanks for the insights folks. As it stands we don't have a camper yet to test either preference. I won't be buying a camper and immediately pulling out the kitchen there will definitely be time had in the camper before I make any major decisions. As for weather, time and convenience, we've cooked in solid downpour under our ARB awning, set up kitchen on our tailgate in the middle of parking lots numerous times...so, that kinda thing doesn't really affect us. Thanks all for your replies!
Alex, I believe the HC1 has easily movable and removable component modules such as sink, stove, refrigerator, toilet, etc. that really allows one to arrange the trailer to fit their needs at any time, but it is not very tall inside if you need that. With this being said, we use every convenience (stove, micro-wave, sink, shower, full queen bed, couch) every day. We have plenty of storage room and counter space in our Lil Snoozy.
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:56 AM   #14
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We seldom use our trailer for cooking / dish washing and prefer to cook outside when possible especially when frying foods . That being said , living in a Northern climate , many times in the spring and fall cooking outside is impractical due to freezing temps. Cooking in the rain and snow can be a PITA. We appreciate having cooking / cleaning facilities in our trailer. We already haul around stuff we seldom use and by removing the kitchen it would only make more room for stuff we don't need. We really enjoy having a refrigerator , running to town everyday to purchase ice is not my idea of fun nor is it a money saver. Having cooked outside at temps below zero , you soon learn to appreciate the ability to prepare and cook meals in a warm / dry climate. IMHO.
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