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Old 06-14-2021, 09:47 AM   #1
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Cooking: Interior, Exterior, or Portable?

Currently looking at what TT designs are out there and we're finding a mix of ones we like that have interior only kitchens and some with the additional exterior.

So is the built in exterior kitchen worth skipping a particular model without to find one with? Or are those who have brought the own portable grill just as happy as with a built in?

I am finding that if I bring a portable then I have a larger cook area than the built in ones.
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Old 06-14-2021, 09:53 AM   #2
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I think you have the right idea there. I rarely use the range/oven inside, nad mostly use the Coleman "TailGater" portable grille for most everything else. I also have a Coleman camp stove for "just in case" or emergencies. Gets too hot in the motorhome otherwise.
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Old 06-14-2021, 11:29 AM   #3
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You are wise to ask this question before settling on an rv model. We have a 22" Blackstone and use it at least half the time for dinner. You just have to decide how much you would actually use an outdoor kitchen. I do a lot of cooking inside either for the whole meal or portions of the meal. For me the outdoor kitchen would not be a plus and would not get used.

I use my gas range about a quarter of the time but use my single burner induction Duxtop just as much, especially because it has a timer and better control of temperature on certain foods. I have never used my oven. I don't leave the pilot light on for an oven and hate having to stand on my head to light it every time. The oven is replaced by a NuWave oven. It takes a little while to learn how to use it for various foods, but we use it about 5 days a week for some purpose or another. I don't need a toaster, either, with the NuWave.
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Old 06-14-2021, 01:08 PM   #4
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As you probably know, outdoor kitchens can be difficult in bad weather. If you rarely camp in cold or wet weather, then that's not a major problem.
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Old 06-14-2021, 01:49 PM   #5
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In a travel trailer, fifth wheel or motorhome, I would want an interior kitchen but I could live without the oven. Our second travel trailer had an outdoor kitchen with small sink (hot and cold water), small bar fridge and a two burner propane stove and I really liked it and used it a lot. Our motorhome was purchased used and we had to sacrifice having an outdoor kitchen so I travel with my Weber grill, a Coleman two burner propane stove and a nice lightweight aluminum table large enough to hold both. We do a lot of cooking outside, but also inside depending on weather and menu. With our Bay Star, I really don't have a good spot for a bar fridge, so I use a cooler chest for extra drinks and simply pay for some ice as needed.

But, an outside kitchen will probably reduce storage room, so it all depends on your priorities and the size of the rig you want to buy.
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We don't do a lot of outside cooking. We find it is just to darn hot outside in the summer. We use a grill for steaks and burgers, but all the rest of the cooking is done inside.
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When weather is not that good or down right bad. Inside, except to grill. We have a small Webber grill and 3 burner stove we use for outside.
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I was thinking of getting a trailer with the outside kitchen but...what would I cook. Bacon pops to mind - but then that would bring racoons and who knows what else.

I am deciding against an outside kitchen and sticking with a Webber potable Grill.
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I'm not a fan of outdoor kitchens on TT's; too much expense, weight and space taken up. I carry a grill and camp stove and do most of our camping outside. As per everything else; the best choice will depend on usage, expectations and budget.

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For some reason my DW always prefers to cook inside. We have an outdoor kitchen and I’ve only used it once in the 5 years I’ve been camping with RV. I also have a Coleman grill for backup but again I’ve probably only used it once as well. Looking back I’d prefer to have the storage space instead of outdoor kitchen
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I'm actually surprised at the number of replies saying they don't really care for the outdoor kitchen!
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Agree with others, as I prefer the quality of the Camp Chef, and can place it anywhere. Where we camp just dealing with the slide out position between trees can be a challenge.
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Depending on which Weber you have, you just may be able to unscrew the regulator and go to a propane supplier and have them put a quick connect on it and supply a hose to hook into the quick connect that is on your trailer. Also have them put the mating part on the regulator so you can use a tank at home. Been working for me for five years now.
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I'm not a fan of outdoor kitchens on TT's; too much expense, weight and space taken up. I carry a grill and camp stove and do most of our camping outside. As per everything else; the best choice will depend on usage, expectations and budget.

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