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Old 07-26-2021, 10:03 AM   #1
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Who has a full galley?

Negotiated a two month trip with my wife. She resisted at first but has gotten her stride and now we have been on the road for 4 months enjoying American. She loves to cook and the other day complained it is hard to be creative in the half galley our 38 Phaeton provides. I never considered trading it off but if we could find a rig with full kitchen that is no longer than 38' I could be persuaded. Is such an animal out there?
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Old 07-26-2021, 10:22 AM   #2
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Describe full galley.
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Describe full galley.
Don't feel bad, I was wondering the same thing. And before anyone picks on my little trailer, I've also owned a 40' DP and a Super C.
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Old 07-26-2021, 10:34 AM   #4
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One thing we did on our previous Mini Winnie was to add fold down wing extensions on the countertop. Gave it much more work space. But yeah, add me to the list of "full galley?". Cooktop, fridge, convection oven/microwave combo, toaster, coffee pot and outside burner and bbq, I'm set.
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Old 07-26-2021, 02:46 PM   #5
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What is 1/2 galley as I there is only counter space on 1 side of the coach.
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Old 07-26-2021, 03:04 PM   #6
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Describe full galley.
Yeah, Guess I should have been a little more descriptive.

Counter space is probably number one. Number two is a larger cook top. Ours is a small 3 burner job. The burners are so close together it won't accommodate 3 pots and barely one pot and a fry pan. We don't have an oven (which would be nice) but make do with the convection microwave and I recently purchased a Traeger pellet cooker that has been wonderful. Our side by side fridge is okay not great. I didn't realize a two way doesn't have the depth. Pantry is small as well. We are able to get everything crammed in but it would be nice to be able to spread out a little.

There is just two of us without pets. Lots of room in the basement. even with a spare tire for the motorhome and toad plus 2 BBQ's, a mountain of spare parts and tools. Closets in the bedroom are adequate, bathroom is perfect with 2 vanities and large shower.

The only bone of contention is the small galley. This is our first class A rig. We purchased it 2 years ago with 23,000 miles. Now it has 43,000 so we have been enjoying it.
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Some floor plans devote more space to the galley; others the bath or the bedroom or the lounge. You can have any space you like larger and better equipped, but you can't have all of them unless the coach gets bigger. So take your pick. Many folks sacrifice galley space for other features, so your selection of floor plans that meet your spec may be limited.

My 40 ft coach had a nice size galley, 8 ft for double sink & cooktop and workspace, with overhead convection oven and a pantry & more counter in an El at the end. Not exactly a chef's delight, but not shabby either.
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There's only so much room in any RV. Having a large kitchen counter with large appliances (aside from the residential fridge) is not something I've seen, especially in a motorhome. The most counterspace I ever had was in our rear kitchen 5th wheel. I had a counter that went all across the 8ft back, part way up the PS as well as a centered peninsula which had decent counterspace on either side of the sink.
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One of the reasons we chose our Beaver is the "enormous" (by MH standards) L-shaped kitchen with the stove and microwave/convection oven at right angles to the main counter and the sinks at a ~30 degree angle to the main. The net result is almost as if you can "step into" the work area. The entire kitchen sits on the living room slideout so no cabinets are blocked even with the slide retracted.

To provide a perspective on the size of the kitchen work area, out on the counter we routinely keep a large Breville toaster oven with air fryer, a coffee maker, blending and Cuisinart. We have more counter space than in some homes I've seen!
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I highly recommend leaving the cover on the stove, if it has one. If not, you could make one and turn it into a cutting surface for example.

I have not seen our burners more than twice in the last four years as the wife lifted the cover to clean. I cook, I clean, She cleans. You get the idea.

We use two induction plates/cookers. But rarely do we actually use two at a time except on holidays. The advantage of the induction is two fold. You get immediate heat and you do not have a fire hazard such as a flame.

If you are cooking something that needs to simmer, just move the cooker into a corner out of the way and you have as much counter as is available. We have sink covers and keep one side covered until cleanup usually. That gives me a really decent area.

I must admit that we removed a small couch/love seat and installed a nice apartment sized dishwasher. The covered the rest of the area with counter tops and installed a hidden garbage can, pantry, and place to put the food processor and mixer.

This has given me several extra square feet to work with but I rarely spread out that much.

I had a commercial quality setup in my sticks and bricks so had massive areas to play with and it has taken a long long time for me to make smaller everything.

As a professional chef/cook in a previous life I do appreciate the sacrifices but love cooking inside and watching the smile on my wifes face when something new comes out.
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The big change for us was the Residential Fridge (Samsung RF18). It seems huge compared to previous two way fridge. Once cooled down, it seems pretty efficient. Makes lots of ice.

We have learned to work with convection oven. Having the right size pans/sheets is key. We have a toaster, Keurig coffee maker, bullet blender, soda stream etc.

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Portable induction burners?

Not burners. You do need the proper cookware. They must have a magnetic metal to work. A simple magnet test will usually let you know if your pan or pot will work with it.

The surface cools incredibly fast when you remove the cookware. No chance of a fire either. You can set precise temperatures which is really nice. Want to boil something gently, just set the temp.

I also use a pressure cooker and an air fryer often. Great tools and they can be stored easily.
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I think current Monaco owners group Crown Royale owner upgrade thread . He put in full size home cook top maybe it's even 36". Many coaches are equipped with slide out or flip up extra counter top space.
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