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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2015 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SPACE that's what you need, I love my weekenders extra space over my Full Westy. All you need is a Coleman Grill, a small cooler and paper plates
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 4:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Weekender kitchen Reply with quote

In my never ending quest for the perfect solution for a camp kitchen, I have continued to evolve my camp kitchen design. A while back I posted a removable cabinet that allowed storage for the Coleman Stove and everything else cooking related.

The old version
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Although in a lot of ways it was perfect for us, I realized there were several problems with my design.
A) The legs were too far inboard, which made it top heavy.
B) The legs were hard to adjust on the fly
C) I don't know why I slid the top off to the right where it made it hard to connect the propane bottle
D) It was very heavy, no problem now, but in a few years? Who knows if I could move it
E) I had no place to put it except outside when I made the bed out.
F) There was wasted space at the bottom that could be incorporated into the cabinet.

My goal has always been to be able to pull into a truck stop, make out the bed with minimal stress, and have nothing setting outside.

With the newly identified goals, it was time for version 2.2

I cut the cabinet where it can break down into three separate 12" tall sections. Broken down, it can fit in front of the seat and still allow the bed to be made out over it.
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Stacked vertically is how I normally stow it.
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And here's the new version in use.
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After camping with it a few times now, I am pretty happy with this design. I found a bbq grill cover at Lowe's that will be perfect if it's raining in camp.

Perhaps it's time to build the final version out of nicer materials. Wink Perhaps I should wait a couple years to make sure I don't have more revisions...
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 4:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Weekender kitchen Reply with quote

Nice design....... But what keeps it back there should a short stop or accident happen?

I worry about things in the rear moving rapidly forward and doing serious damage to mine or my beloveds head........

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 4:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Weekender kitchen Reply with quote

I use ratchet straps to secure it in place, attached to immovable objects, like the seat bracket. Of course it could break the strap, etc. But still, I feel it's an improvement to the stove in a plastic bag sitting on the bed, like I used to do.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 4:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Weekender kitchen Reply with quote

shadetreetim wrote:
Perhaps it's time to build the final version out of nicer materials...

Good idea...I'll take that sorry old one off your hands for $20... Wink

(No, seriously, I will...)

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 9:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Weekender kitchen Reply with quote

shadetreetim~ is that an aeropress on the left side in the 2nd pic? I have been trying to figure it out. My aeropress looks nothing like that, but I am stumped.
By the way sweet set up
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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This one is still my personal favourite... Very Happy


I doubt this will get answered so many years later, but where did this kitchen come from?!? I'm looking for something similar to this. Thanks!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jasian wrote:

I doubt this will get answered so many years later, but where did this kitchen come from?!? I'm looking for something similar to this. Thanks!


Think I saw something similar in the Reimo Store in Egelsbach, Germany in October 2016.
It's not on their website that I could see tonight, but that unit is a simple unit to make.

edit: I thought I had taken a picture of it, but I only found this picture of a T4/5 interior and a stand alone sink/stove unit was near it as seen in the left of the picture.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Jeff's Old Volks Home wrote:
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This one is still my personal favourite... Very Happy


I doubt this will get answered so many years later, but where did this kitchen come from?!? I'm looking for something similar to this. Thanks!


My buddy bjrogers86auto made that for Jeff
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Timwhy wrote:

My buddy bjrogers86auto made that for Jeff


He did a dam good job!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:53 am    Post subject: Re: Weekender kitchen Reply with quote

This is a good thread!

Planning on using this unit - SMEV 9722

Housed in a box I found that measures 33"x16". Hoping to make it slide out of the door with lock in/lock out drawer slides (inspired by "a man a dog and their van"). The set up with the dometic CFX 35, measures 60" which should fit perfectly. Let's see what actually happens

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 6:51 am    Post subject: Re: Weekender kitchen Reply with quote

I have a 85 Weekender and considered installing a Westy kitchen. I have all of the cabinets from an old van that was parted out. Are there any threads covering how to do this?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Weekender kitchen Reply with quote

Searching around for gear organizers and stuff this evening and came across this:

https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/111729?feat=500192-plalander

Somewhat pricey, but I can see it being a nice addition to a tin top or weekender interior for trips and camping.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:16 am    Post subject: Re: Weekender kitchen Reply with quote

joetiger wrote:
Searching around for gear organizers and stuff this evening and came across this:

https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/111729?feat=500192-plalander

Somewhat pricey, but I can see it being a nice addition to a tin top or weekender interior for trips and camping.

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That's ok for outside at a campsite, but where would you store everything in it when moving?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:48 am    Post subject: Re: Weekender kitchen Reply with quote

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That's ok for outside at a campsite, but where would you store everything in it when moving?


I was thinking behind the passenger's seat in a weekender or along the driver's side wall in my tin-top, properly secured of course. Depending on what you had in there, it might rattle I suppose. I like that it's lightweight and would store flat in the garage, then be opened up and filled with pantry items for the road.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:14 am    Post subject: Re: Weekender kitchen Reply with quote

I'm still working on mine. Had an old chuck box that was too big (green) so I built a smaller version. Mounted my Norcold on top of the rough unit I use to slide tubs in/out of. Works pretty well, but I want to build a unit with a slide for the fridge and move it to floor level. Put shelves above it. This way I can have a working surface and still be able to slide out fridge to get into it.

I've added straps to hold the fridge in place as well as the chuck box. Chuck box can quickly be pulled to use at the campsite table, etc.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Weekender kitchen Reply with quote

True confessions........ the more I've traveled in this Van, the less I desire a kitchen.

What I carry to provide nourishment stores easily beneath the jump seat behind the driver.

It is no big deal to pull it out as needed.

I realize that Not all have this great jump seat storage box ......... I'm sorry for you..........

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Weekender kitchen Reply with quote

I have been informed by the Tower that I do not have clearance to load up the Tintop.
Anything we carry has to be under the rear bench or stored in a tote to be kept under
the jump seat.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:58 am    Post subject: Re: Weekender kitchen Reply with quote

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Here's how I roll. Works for me


I like the tool box idea, but I would really miss my jump seat and easy use of the fold up table.

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