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Posted: 03/11/08 07:25pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm developing a lighter version of the HitchKitchen to go with a car top tent. This aluminum version will weigh less than 100 lbs empty. It contains a 3-way fridge, stove, sink, 5-gallon fresh water tank, 5-gallon holding tank. It can be used on or off the car and it unfolds to provide a 6 foot 'L-shaped' countertop. This mobile kitchen locks when folded for security and critter resistance.

Presuming weight and rear ground clearance are addressed, do you think this product would have market appeal? Comments appreciated.

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Posted: 03/11/08 08:35pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

sounds like a cool idea. dont know if it would appeal to any more than tent campers. good luck with it.


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nothing new about it but its larger then most i have seen, people have been making them for years,its like the outside kitchen on the tear drops also, some not so handy campers would probably be interested in buying something like that,i made one to fit inside of the back of a ford van i used to have,just open the back doors and theres your kitchen.


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Posted: 03/12/08 09:39am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I doubt cartop tent campers would be too interested. Most cartop tent owners are off-road, overland type folks and a big box hanging off the rear bumper would not bode well in the dirt. Now, if it could be secured inside a cargo area and unloaded for camp, that would be different. But, then that would eliminate the need for a hitch mount. Adjustable legs, with ability to level, would be a better option for that application.

However, I think it would appeal to tent campers and tailgaters. Marketed as such you might be able to get into that niche. It looks like a great design. Good luck with your venture!


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Posted: 03/14/08 11:28am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

like stated before it would probably work and sell to the tailgating crowd for football and nascar but a pretty cool idea


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Posted: 03/16/08 07:43pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wow, the "rear hitch kitchen" idea is almost like the one I saw at Sam's Club last year for tailgating at football games. It even included the castors, and taillights for $1100 - $1200. I would search the web, maybe you can improve on the idea.

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