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Old 02-01-2014, 02:43 PM   #1
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Outdoor Kitchen - Bunkhouse - Trailer Manufactures - Help Needed

I currently have a 31ft Class C. We are looking to sell that and buy a travel trailer. I think it would work better for our needs. I have started looking at a few trailers but am having a hard time finding exactly what I want.

I know I want a trailer with the large outdoor kitchen/grill option. I know I want a bunkhouse for 2-3. I know I want two slides - one for the bunk portion (so the kids can have a door/room to themselves) and one super slide (as deep as possible (24 inches?)). I may want a third slide - one for the kitchen so we can get the island. I am not sure about this part because I am afraid it will take up room in the outdoor area and that I will smack into it with my face . I really want to stay around 28-32 feet if possible as I am trying to use California state parks and they are usually around 30ft limits.

I have seen a couple of trailers that fit the bill, but am wondering if anyone has a list of manufactures that has these items. I started my quest looking at the 2013 Keystone Sprinter 311BHDS. I really just want to know if there are other manufactures with the same floor-plan without having to go to every manufacture (of which I don't know all the names) and search each and every floor-plan. Any help would be great in that area.
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Old 02-01-2014, 02:59 PM   #2
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Isn't that a 36' trailer you're looking at now?
A comparable floor plan is the Catalina 323BHS
Catalina - Coachmen RV

Other thing to watch for is weight of course.
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Old 02-03-2014, 12:33 PM   #3
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The starcraft 329bhu fits your description. We love ours.
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Old 02-03-2014, 03:07 PM   #4
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The Sprinter 311BHS is 36'. We love ours. There were at least 8 different coaches that have a near identical floor plan. The shorter ones deleted the second door at the bathroom.
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IMHO, an attached outdoor cooking grill is convenient and pretty BUT means lots more cleaning. Oil vapor is carried in the air and adheres to the side of the RV and if under an awning, well........

That is why I cook a distance away from my rig.
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Old 02-03-2014, 06:28 PM   #7
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Isn't that a 36' trailer you're looking at now?
A comparable floor plan is the Catalina 323BHS
Catalina - Coachmen RV

Other thing to watch for is weight of course.
Your right. I like the floorplan and that was the first one I ran across with the outdoor floorplan with the bunkhouse. I didn't realize it was that that long until you mentioned it. I went back and looked. I thought it was just over 31' (311 - guess you can't go by that number for anything). I guess that might mean 31' inside, not including the tongue and bumper?
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Your right. I like the floorplan and that was the first one I ran across with the outdoor floorplan with the bunkhouse. I didn't realize it was that that long until you mentioned it. I went back and looked. I thought it was just over 31' (311 - guess you can't go by that number for anything). I guess that might mean 31' inside, not including the tongue and bumper?
Sometimes the model number says inside length, but it's not a standard, so it is up to the manufacturer. If it's 31 in the model, usually it's longer than that. Some are very close, some are way off.
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IMHO, an attached outdoor cooking grill is convenient and pretty BUT means lots more cleaning. Oil vapor is carried in the air and adheres to the side of the RV and if under an awning, well........

That is why I cook a distance away from my rig.
I thought about this as well. But atleast for my purposes I don't think we would use the outdoork litchen for all out cooking maybe just boiling crabs or some eggs in the morning. I think the biggest use would be the fridge and the sink. 90% of our cooking is on the grill when we camp. Still up in the air about our next trailer but I think I would go for it if I found the right deal. I don't think I would start looking specifically for an outdoor kitchen
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Our outdoor kitchen has a stove, a tall refrigerator, and a sink. We use the fridge 100% (meats for grilling and cold beverages). The stove geys used about 20% of the time (eggs, grilled cheese, gravey). The sink also gets 100% duty. The grill hangs off the wall under the awning. It gets used 75% of the time (non boating seasons). While I dont detect. Any residue from cooking or grilling, I do wash the rig and awning frequently (diesel residue and awning mildew). Also note that we only camp about 24x /yr or about 70days/yr.

That said, going on out 4th yr w/this rig the tall fridge and sink are very high priority. The grill would be a high 2nd mainly for the convenience of not having to carry charcoal or small gas bottles.
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Our outdoor kitchen has a stove, a tall refrigerator, and a sink. We use the fridge 100% (meats for grilling and cold beverages). The stove geys used about 20% of the time (eggs, grilled cheese, gravey). The sink also gets 100% duty. The grill hangs off the wall under the awning. It gets used 75% of the time (non boating seasons). While I dont detect. Any residue from cooking or grilling, I do wash the rig and awning frequently (diesel residue and awning mildew). Also note that we only camp about 24x /yr or about 70days/yr.

That said, going on out 4th yr w/this rig the tall fridge and sink are very high priority. The grill would be a high 2nd mainly for the convenience of not having to carry charcoal or small gas bottles.
I just went and looked at a trailer a few days ago. It was a private party and had the outdoor kitchen. I just found out that the refrigerator in the outdoor kitchens are not propane/electric. No dealer had ever said that and the short amount of time I have been looking into it I had never ran across that information. I hope I wasn't given bad info on that

Is it normal for the outdoor kitchen fridge to not have propane and only run off AC?

Has anyone ever thought/tried to put a propane/electric refrigerator in the outdoor kitchen? Getting the propane there would probably be easy, but having an exhaust for the fridge would probably be the hard part.
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First -- Never have I seen an outdoor kitchen with a 12v + propane fridge.

Second -- Every bunkhouse I have seen with bunk room slide plus a main slide are in the 35'-36' overall length...we too are in CA and that was just too long for several spots where we like to camp.

We ended up with Jayco 29QBH ... Several Mfgs have this floor plan, and at 33' overall it was the best balance of what we wanted in a length that we could still go to our favorite spots.

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We have a 2013 Flagstaff 831bhds (31ft), has a nice size outside kitchen and a bunkhouse that will sleep four. We are very happy with it and enjoy ours.
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2012 flagstaff FR831RKSS our outside refrigerator only runs on 120v when TT is plugged in
the 2 burner and sink, microwave, storage are really good... like it a lot
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