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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't read this entire thread, but as far as a sink, wouldn't a used Westy sink work?
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We rarely use the sink in our '77 but I do miss the drawers for utensils and small odds and ends when we use the '90 MV.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To Djkeev:
We usually cook on the fold up table, but the top of the fridge is often used also
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just finished my version of the holy grail. A compact self contained and fully removable kitchen unit. Does not block aisle to front seats, no holes cut in the floor or to the outside

Propane stove, sink, electric fridge, water tank, drawer, cutting board. Remove 3 bolts and 4 wires and it is out if needed.

Has aux battery voltmeter, aux 12v cig socket, 5 gal fresh water tank.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like this self contained version of the weekender kitchen. Where did you get the cabinet? Could you reverse the location of the fridge so that you wouldn't need to climb into the van when sitting by a campfire?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty sweet, Mark...ready to start taking orders...??? Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nicely done, Mark.

What's powering the fridge ?

And yes ... time for a production run. Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crazyvwvanman--- nice work! Best yet.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 1:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Way to go Mark
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Way cool Mark.

Is the sink bowl removeable?

Is the nook shown in lower LH of image for fire extinguisher?

Nicely done man!

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 5:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow Mark....... Just Wow!

Very nice!

Can you enlighten us about the Stove/Sink top?
Looks like one piece Stainless steel?
Source of it?
What did this unit cost you and how much are you selling them for? Wink

Excellent job! To only improvement would be Westfalia color laminate...... But that's a minor picky issue!

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 5:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great work, Mark. Any build or process/cutaway type photos?

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 6:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The cabinet is built from scratch. The main objective was to build it so it was as small as possible and intruded as little as possible into the main living space. Originally I was going to put the water tank flat under the unit but just a few inches more height made it less practical to use the kitchen while seated at the jump seat, at least for a shorter person lke my wife.

I bought a sheet of grey laminate to use but decided this wasn't the project to learn that skill on.

The van is an 87 Westy Wolfy so it came with a factory aux battery setup that is being used to power the kitchen unit. A second Group 41 battery is under the driver seat for this.

The stainless sink/stove top is from a Westy kitchen. It has been trimmed to the smallest practical size on all 4 sides, including removing the other burner. During the mockup phase I bought some aftermarket sinks and stoves to use but didn't get as compact a result as I desired.

That is a fire extinguisher spot doing double duty as a bracket to keep the water tank in position. I removed the extinguisher and the velcro straps for it to take the photos.

The sink drains into a 1 gal jug that fits behind the front passenger seat. The stove uses a green 1 lb can that straps to a holder behind the front seat. Here is a photo of that.

The step in the cabinet top is needed because the front seat leans back and the seat/headrest would otherwise interfere with the stove/sink.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

While you may not desire to produce these, shipping and all......... Draw up some quality plans.
Off to Staples, run ofF some copies for a few bucks..........

Put an ad on here....... A causal link in here just "mentioning" it........ Wink

There are many who would gladly part with $20 for a proven design with a material and a cut list.
Include Some basic instructions and Viola'!!
extra Beer money for you!

Many have asked for Nacho to do this very thing with his interior design....... But so far it hasn't happened.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mark ... since the fridge is powered off a group 41 when in camp do you consider this operation to be an overnighter only (as in moving daily from camp to camp to recharge) ?

I was also wondering about adding propane as well although then perhaps not as easy to remove the unit when desired.

Overall looks simpler than I expected which is good .... I like a clean, simple set-up without hundreds of wires and multiple hook-ups Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Group 41 is good for an occasional 2 night stay. More battery is needed really but I am starting with what the factory provided and we will see how it goes. That is why the voltmeter on the cabinet where I can keep an eye on the battery condition. I don't want to drift this thread into all the usual electrical discussions.

With just a single burner stove the 1 lb cans should be fine. I have plenty of permanent mount propane tanks on hand for under a van but I am trying to do without that in this van. We are going to try to live simply.

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Mark ... since the fridge is powered off a group 41 when in camp do you consider this operation to be an overnighter only (as in moving daily from camp to camp to recharge) ?

I was also wondering about adding propane as well although then perhaps not as easy to remove the unit when desired.

Overall looks simpler than I expected which is good .... I like a clean, simple set-up without hundreds of wires and multiple hook-ups Cool


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

crazyvwvanman wrote:
I don't want to drift this thread into all the usual electrical discussions ..... We are shipping this one to Europe for extended travels ....


Well then .... I guess you wouldn't want this thread to drift toward knowing more about your extended Euro travel plans either ? Wink Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice! Very Happy

Can I suggest a good strap to hold the fire extinguisher in place? The velcro may allow the extinguisher to become a projectile into a rear seat passenger in the event of a rear end collision.... just a thought.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I keep trying to come up with the perfect cabinet for our Bluestar, built for the particular usage Lady Shadetree and I prefer, which means all cooking and washing outside. To that end, a year and a half ago I built this cabinet to hold our plethora of kitchen utensils and the abundance of food we like to travel with.
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It was pretty satisfactory, with the exception that it replaced the jumpseat and took up a lot of space while camped. Not to mention it oriented all those cool utensils inside and the cookstove outside at a table. Not to mention I hated placing the stove in a trashbag and storing it on the bed cushion while traveling.

Fast forward to 2015 and we now have a CHC top, which changes the options available in my feeble little mind. At Buses By The Bridge I tried a crate outside with my limited dishes (I was camping alone), and my food in another crate in the pop top. Camping with the jump seat instead of the cabinet made the interior seem extravagantly spacious. But Lady Shadetree wants her dishes, and I want her happy. Besides, I have long admired the chuck boxes others have posted, so I decided to try my hand at building one.

Here you can see the overall size of the cabinet
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Almost done, still need to varnish it.
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And here is the finished product, closed up and ready to travel.
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The legs each have about 2" of vertical adjustability to account for rough terrain. Currently the cabinet is loaded and ready to try it out camping this weekend.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2015 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="crazyvwvanman"]I just finished my version of the holy grail. A compact self contained and fully removable kitchen unit. Does not block aisle to front seats, no holes cut in the floor or to the outside

Propane stove, sink, electric fridge, water tank, drawer, cutting board. Remove 3 bolts and 4 wires and it is out if needed.

That's a nice set-up! I just might have to copy it.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2015 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Because I don't yet know where I'm headed as far as a removable "Weekender" Kitchen ........

I was at the All Air Cooled Show in Flanders NJ today. They have a GREAT swap meet as well as a show and I saw this Westy Sink.

I believe it's from a mid 70's era full Westy.

$20


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I really liked Mark's unit show above ^^^^ and thought that heres step one towards that.

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