We are on the fence about this as well. I like the idea of the extra fridge space and the sink for quick hand washing. We have a good grill and a Camp Chef 2 burner stove that cooks like a demon so I don't think I could go back to a little camp stove that comes with some units. Also have no use for another microwave outside so that is wasted space, weight and $$ for us. Extra cupboard and drawer space is always welcome but I know the first rainy day that DW asks for something it will be in the outside kitchen. lol
It's no different than most options on an RV, it all depends on what the owner wants. We got the RV to get AWAY from outside cooking and would likely never use the outdoor kitchen but many others have reached a different conclusion. You will need to come to your own decision as to if they are worth it to YOU or not.
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That all depends on you and if you feel you would actually use it enough.
We had a choice when we bought our MH of an outside kitchen or entertainment center. We opted for the entertainment center, as we liked the idea of having a tv and stereo outside. I guess theirs alot to be said for either depending on what you feel is more important to you. Only you can make that decision.
I have seen some with the best of both, which is what I hope for if I get one. The last one I saw had a small fridge, small sink, and a shelf with a flat screen TV and the tv had one of those accordion fold out hinges so that you could bring it out of the storage slot and pivot to where you wanted it. It wasnt a huge TV, probably about 19 inch but that is all I'd be looking for and still be able to have a dorm size fridge and sink.
That's the way to go if you can find a floor plan that works for you.I would have done that myself if I could have. My outside tv is only a 19inch but we don't need anything bigger than that.
Good luck in your search, and let us know how you make out if you do start looking.
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We bought our Spree in 2010 with an outside kitchen. As we don't cook outside all that often I thought it would be a waste of space. WRONG. The bar fridge is used every single trip as our drink fridge. It is always stocked and has come in handy when we needed extra fridge space or just lazy to bring stuff inside. It has saved countless trips inside for a pop. Only draw back, the fridge is only 110.
Use our sink every single trip as well. Never used the former outside shower but a sink is very handy. Hot and cold running water for a quick hand wash, drink for the dogs, wash something. Perfect.
A clean counter outside at counter height (most times), awesome. Plug the slow cooker, blender what ever out there.
The outside stove used a lot in the summer. No bringing out a stove, just pull it out, plug in the gas and your good. No extra space taken up.
The drawers and cupboard really awesome for outside storage.
Only used the outside microwave twice, to warm out Bailey's in the winter, then again I rarely use the inside one either.
Ours is a back bathroom couples trailer. We do have hook ups for a tv outside but never used it. The kitchen is a wonderful addition but your mileage may differ.
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We have ordered 2 campers with the outside kitchen. Yes, both were bunkhouses. We do most all cooking outside, weather permitting. As for the cold weather, Sandpiper took my advice and put cut-offs going to the outside sink so all you have to do it winterize it one time and you don't have to worry about it the rest of the winter. We winter camp and it became a problem on our first one(355QBQ) but not on this one. It is always a topic of conversation around the CG. We love ours, but like others have said, it is a matter of personal preference. Here is a pic of ours. The fridge is by between the two entrance doors of the camper. Right where you sit.
Most outside kitchens are in the rear what happens on uneven ground?
That's my thinking We have had several camp sites that we wouldn't be able to use it. As much as an extra frig and sink would be nice, I like the flexiblity of ours that can be set up anywhere on site.