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Old 06-06-2013, 04:58 PM   #61
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311bhs here with outdoor kitchen, curious what others with similar use for skillet/pan as the outdoor stove will not handle larger pots, pans, or skillet.
I have the same camper and use a 10" skillet all the time on the stove. Also use an 8" deep stock pot. I typically use the left eye as it "seems" to have more room.
For big stuff, I have a collapsable gas burner with a 1lb tank quick connect for it. Best of both worlds. I have only used the portable burner once tho. Use the cooktop every trip!!
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Old 06-06-2013, 06:43 PM   #62
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We have a 311BHS Sprinter. We love our outdoor kitchen and use it more than the indoor one. We never have to bring a cooler. Go for the bigger one you won't be disappointed.
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:29 PM   #63
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Love our full outdoor kitchen on ours. No more need to buy ice with the extra fridge. We rarely cook anything indoors, so in our case it makes sense to have. So nice having everything I need for grilling within reach. We could get by without the outdoor kitchen, but it sure is nice to have.
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:53 PM   #64
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Love my outdoor kitchen.... What a blessing. I "t"'d the quick connect gas fitting for the twin burners and my grill. It rocks kitchen storage is awesome.. Never go inside!
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:20 AM   #65
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I went the other way. My Outback had the small kitchen with a sink that didn't drain and a two burner stove that wasn't big enough to cook on. I did away wit all of that and that space is the exact size to store the Camp Chef Weekender stove. I also use a Weber grill so I cn cook or grill outside and the flip down door makes a great work table
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Old 07-04-2013, 08:25 AM   #66
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we don't have a outdoor kitchen but our next TT will have it. We have never cooked on the stove or oven in the tt as of yet. We set up our old Coleman stove on the picnic table and use the bumper grill. Had the new TT for about 3 months and it still smells like a new trailer.

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Old 07-04-2013, 04:45 PM   #67
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We only use the outdoor kitchen in our Laredo TT - why cook inside when I have it all outside and then no smell indoors. The only piece we use on the inside is the microwave - wish that was outside too!
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:18 AM   #68
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our current trailer doesn't have a outdoor kitchen but it will for sure be on the must have list for the next trailer.
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Old 07-05-2013, 01:38 PM   #69
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I have been really looking at 5ers and can't find what I am looking for. Our sprinter 311 has the outdoor kitchen and I would have to sacrifice something for a 5er....plus it would cost me money to trade. Think I am sticking with the TT for a while!!
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:42 PM   #70
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I purchased a 2013 31sqbwe this year and have had it out 5 times so far. A few of the main selling points for us included the bunks and the outside kitchen. So far, out of the 5 trips I have used the outdoor kitchen every time.

Pros
Coffee pot in the morning (percolator, not instant) doesn't fog up the windows in the TT
Cooking outdoors is cool
Love to BBQ and this gives that the opportunity
Don't have to mess up the inside as much
Store extra beer outside, but... see con.

Cons
Lack of drain on the sink stinks. I might add a drain in to a 5 gal bucket. (You have to lift the sink out and empty it)
quick connect on the sink always spills water on to the kitchen island
Other outside kitchens are taller. The lid could be used as a rain shelter but not this one.
Every time you slide it out you have to connect the gas to the quick-connect underneath and it's a pain.

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I am contemplating pulling the fridge out and putting a storage unit in there for napkins, plasticwear, plates, etc. That would be more useful.
Replace the keyed lock with a combo lock.
Get an extra propane hose for the bbq. the one supplied doesn't give you flexibility.


There are a quite a few cons but I would not trade this option ever... it was a main selling point. I wish I had a bigger hatch cover that I could hide under if it was raining but we need all three bunks and the tradeoff was worth it.

Good luck in the decision making!
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:11 AM   #71
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I guess my Springdale 294 is diff.. The sink is plumbed to grey water, there is storage and all.



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Old 07-07-2013, 12:14 PM   #72
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Yep...same set up as my Sprinter 311Click image for larger version

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Old 07-07-2013, 12:15 PM   #73
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His only has the half outdoor kitchen I believe. Where as yours an also the cougar 32rbk and others have the full outdoor kitchen with a door that acts as an awning when up. While the 32rbk doesn't have 3 bunks it does have 2 with the j cube sofa so a place for three people.
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:59 PM   #74
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Our 279RKS doesn't have an outside kitchen and I don't wish we had one.

1) We have a small, portable grill when we choose to cook outdoors. I like the flexibility you get by being able to put the grill in a convenient place and I get my exercise going in and out of the RV to the fridge, etc. I have a large tray for carrying things when we cook outdoors.
2) We are retired and like to camp in the off-season when outdoor cooking is not always desirable.
3) Many of our campgrounds have outdoor grills in the sites.
4) I prepare a lot of food prior to our trip
5) IMO, an outdoor kitchen is another thing to: secure when breaking camp, maintain, clean, breakdown, etc.

I guess it all depends on your camping style and how you cook on the road.
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:57 PM   #75
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Yep...same set up as my Sprinter 311Attachment 3580
What grill do you on that bumper of that rig... Way cool!
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Old 07-08-2013, 05:28 PM   #76
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What grill do you on that bumper of that rig... Way cool!
It is an Aussie that came with the camper. Not the best, but the steaks have yet to complain!!!
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:23 PM   #77
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I have probably said this earlier but we love the outside kitchen. We do all our cooking outside. It make set up and breakdown so easy as you have this great stace foe storage. Like to put on the news when making the coffee and breakfast. I know it is not for everyone but it sure works for us.
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:00 PM   #78
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Our Cougar 29RBK has an outdoor kitchen and we use it all the time. The most important feature about it, to me, is the outdoor fridge cools down much faster than the inside fridge. Makes transferring stuff from the cooler more convenient.
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:50 PM   #79
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My wife and I are looking at Cougar Xlite TT's and we are stuck on which floor plan we like best. My question is addressed to those who have an outdoor kitchen on their TT.

How much do you use it, and is it essential to have the large outdoor kitchen or would the smaller one with just a shelf, small sink, burners, and a half fridge work just fine?

The models we are stuck on are the 28rbs (love the double bed bunks, but there is NO outdoor kitchen), the 31SQB (we really like the back room layout, but it has a fairly small outdoor kitchen), or the 29RBK (we like the big outdoor kitchen, but the bunk area is our least favorite).

If the outdoor kitchen is hardly ever used, or not that practical to use, then I'm thinking we'll go with the 28rbs, but if it's something that we would really enjoy using, then I guess we need help deciding if it's worth the less desirable bunk layout to have the larger one, or if we could compromise and be happy with the smaller kitchen found on the 31SQB?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

We love the outdoor kitchen and absolutely recommend it. We also were unsure if we would use it much but it has become the best part of the trailer believe it or not....
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Old 07-11-2013, 04:32 PM   #80
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