Slide out Kitchen Plans

mjbrox

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Jun 30, 2008
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I have been looking at something like this for a while.

I have two young kids and having a kitchen mounted in the back for day or over night trips would be super useful. FIrst, We dont even like restaurants. Second, my kids have a limited diet. Finally, restaurants are expensive. So being able to pull this out at the bike park or ski slope would be amazing. we actually dont camp out of the disco very often since its slow on the highway, for that I use my Merc Wagon.

Anyway, Has anyone built something similar? Are there any plans available online? $1000 is a bit spendy, but I guess lumber is expensive these days
 

mgreenspan

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I think they are spendy because they're marketed to people who spend money. The entire thing is for show IMO.

What's wrong with just having the kitchen parts and a folding table or stand of some sort to put the grill/burners on? Is slide out a requirement you've made for this mobile kitchen? What is wrong with simply preparing food at home and planning a meal to generally be good cold or at a cooled down cooked temperature? If you're not using it for camping in remote areas I do not see the benefit of an attached slide out contraption over just taking a small grill if you have to have grilled food.
 

jastutte

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i like the concept, but practically keeping those setups clean would be a pain.

with a table and a cook stove you just set them up, cook, eat while things cool down and then just wipe down the stove and table top down.
no 90 degree corners for crumbs and grease/oils to collect in.

i may need to build some storage drawers and shelves, though, for dry goods. that would make things a bit easier and more organized.
 

mjbrox

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I dont know. Maybe Im being silly. I do have smaller box that I keep stocked with everyihng I need to make a meal. In the summer it mostly lives in my merc so that I can cook on the road.
 

bnmack1

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That's a good way to keep things organized. The only thing I don't like is the price.
 

discostew

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You should google the boxes that Boy Scouts make for all the cooking equipment. I think you could custom make a box that opens up and has all your stuff handy and kind of clean depending on how well you could seal it. You could make it fit whatever space it needs to. They build them out of plywood.
 

bri

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Think about organizing, but likely just do a pelican or something similar. I have 3 fuel 1 burner Coleman, MSR pocket rocket, UCO small firepit, pan, skillet, spoon, spatula.

Just want something to fit it in.
 

Greg_M

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Just returned from a couple of weeks of combined canoe touring (including portages) and car camping. We found this little rig useful. The old aluminum frame pack makes carrying it effortless. The plastic bin (intended to hold 50 lbs of dog food I believe) seals well keeping water out and odors in (so bears etc. aren't attracted) and the plastic is rodent/crow proof. A cut down bamboo cutting board rabbeted around the edge makes a lid for the wash basin and those lash to the frame pack as well. Might not be what you want/need but maybe there's something of it useful to you.
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modernbeat

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I can't stand cooking ON the truck. It's dirty. It attracts animals. It's where I want to sleep, so the food and food prep needs to be kept far away.
I use a taller folding table (I"m 6'3") and a three bin storage system. Bin #1 is the cold food, whether you use a fridge or cooler. Bin #2 is the dry food and bin #3 is the cooking gear, stove, wind block, "sink" bin, and tableware.

For folding tables that are sturdy, tall, and easy to pack, look at what gets used by river rafters.
These aren't too hard to make if you have a DIY bent.
 
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bri

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I can't stand cooking ON the truck. It's dirty. It attracts animals. It's where I want to sleep, so the food and food prep needs to be kept far away.
I use a taller folding table (I"m 6'3") and a three bin storage system. Bin #1 is the cold food, whether you use a fridge or cooler. Bin #2 is the dry food and bin #3 is the cooking gear, stove, wind block, "sink" bin, and tableware.

For folding tables that are sturdy, tall, and easy to pack, look at what gets used by river rafters.
These aren't too hard to make if you have a DIY bent.
That won't fit in my dining room.

The only time I cook on the truck is to reheat on the engine.