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Old 08-04-2016, 02:59 PM   #1
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Toy Hauler Outdoor Kitchen

We camped next to a Jayco toy hauler last weekend that had an interesting bumper mounted outdoor kitchen. It had a fridge and grill in it. Has anyone seen an aftermarket version of this out there? The only draw back I see is adding another 2 feet of length to your unit and the joy of having to move your tail lights.
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Old 08-04-2016, 03:29 PM   #2
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We camped next to a Jayco toy hauler last weekend that had an interesting bumper mounted outdoor kitchen. It had a fridge and grill in it. Has anyone seen an aftermarket version of this out there? The only draw back I see is adding another 2 feet of length to your unit and the joy of having to move your tail lights.
I haven't seen an aftermarket version... but it isn't the first time I've seen one. I belong to the Toy Hauler Fans group on Facebook, and someone there posted a photo of one just last week.

Personally, I'm not so sure how useful it really would be. I mean... ok, I've got one of those Weber Q-grills that I use. Sometimes I set it on a small table I put on the ramp-patio, and sometimes I set it on a table just outside the door by the exterior TV. I'm not sure I'd want it permanently mounted in one single place... especially all the way at the rear of the rig. And a small outdoor fridge? Really? Am I that lazy that I can't walk another 20' to go grab another Coke, or a a bottle of ketchup?

Sure, it's one of those Ohh-Ahh things that looks great on the sales floor... but c'mon. It's overkill. But again, that's just my opinion. Your mileage may vary...
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How on earth do those giant toy haulers not have an outdoor kitchen???
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How on earth do those giant toy haulers not have an outdoor kitchen???
Well, many of the Raptors do have one. They're placed on trays that slide out of a basement compartment. Personally, I found that a complete waste of what could be available storage space.

Now, I did see one 'outdoor kitchen' concept that I liked at an RV show one year. In addition to the rear ramp door patio, they also had a 2nd 'ramp patio' that folded out on the curb side. There are a few RV models that have that now... but what made this one kinda special is that the interior stove, refrigerator, microwave, and pantry wall were all installed on a 'lazy-suzan' type floor. When you deployed the side patio... the entire kitchen could then be rotated to face outward, so you could have a real nice outdoor BBQ right there on the side patio.

On the flip side (pun intended ), I don't even wanna think about the additional potential maintenance issues that come with that.
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I haven't seen an aftermarket version... but it isn't the first time I've seen one. I belong to the Toy Hauler Fans group on Facebook, and someone there posted a photo of one just last week.
That's where I saw it too, I couldn't make out what it was from the pictures at first, thought it was audio equipment (need new glasses). It's not anything I would get use from. Maybe if you were into tailgating in a big way,,, maybe then? Everyone's needs are different I suppose,,, another option...
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Haven't seen one of those and know I wouldn't want one. Depending on where we camp determines where the cooking is done. We go to Chula Vista RV a lot and the grill goes up by the front of the rig. When we're in Utah it goes near the back door to get out of the wind. Can't have one that's in a permanent location.
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Pros and Cons of outdoor kitchen........

If you don't have one, it's certainly not painful.
But when you DO have one all setup to entertain folks under the awning, it's awesome!

Most know that mine is setup as the coffee bar for my family.
They come and visit at sunrise, sit and have a cup made-to-order by me. (I really enjoy doing it) It gives me a chance to spew ole man wisdom at them before they go join the rat race for the day.

Nobody even goes in the tiny-house. It's one of my favorite things about the new lifestyle.

Best thing is it is a real refrigerator. Actually gets cold and stays cold and has some room in it.
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Best thing is it is a real refrigerator. Actually gets cold and stays cold and has some room in it.
Saves me from having to haul a beer cooler in the truck, worth it's weight in gold.
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Nothing I would add to my wish list. I tailgate on my tailgate or use the picnic table on site. My weber grill works just fine on either.
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It gives me a chance to spew ole man wisdom at them before they go join the rat race for the day.

Why Snake, you don't look a day over middle aged.
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Why Snake, you don't look a day over middle aged.
When is middle age? I may have busted through that door a few years back.

I know i'm far wiser than most 30 year olds.
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When is middle age? I may have busted through that door a few years back.

I know i'm far wiser than most 30 year olds.
According to my son, I was middle age about 45 years ago. Seems the topic came up at school, when he got home he was talking to DW about it. She asked him what he thought middle age was, he says "you know, like pa."
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I'm old enough that the AARP relentlessly markets to me.
But I'm too young to get a discount at National Parks.

Does that make me somewhere in the "middle age"?
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I'm old enough that the AARP relentlessly markets to me.
But I'm too young to get a discount at National Parks.

Does that make me somewhere in the "middle age"?
Sorry, Snake.

That gets you a "one foot in the grave and the other on the banana skin." I been wonder'n about all them bananas.
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I think I hit middle age some time last century.
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Old enough to know better and young enough not to care!

I get a senior discount at most restaurants without asking for it (and I know I don't meet the requirements) Reckon I just "look" old.

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