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While out looking at RV's today I was determined I needed more counter space than any of them offered but on the way home realized I actually only use a small area here at home in my kitchen, so I'm wondering if I'm putting too much emphasis on this than need be. In reality do you really need much more counter space or is it just a feeling that it would be nice to have. If you were cooking up a storm would you bring in a small table such as a card table or use the dining table for part of your counter space?
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In my humble rolling abode they removed the factory table and put a long card table,looked like hell......I removed the card table and replaced it with a matching 6' corian countertop mounted along the wall with a 4 drawer end, it open up the floor area nicely.....its a counter dinette with 2 stools........its an awsome food prep & baking area all within the galley.......and it makes a nice desk when needed.(close to coffee & fridge)....and the dog has called it home under there
-- Edited by Lucky Mike on Thursday 28th of February 2013 05:28:24 PM
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This is what I'm thinking - maybe instead of looking at what is or isn't there, look at whether it can be modified for a better set-up. Thanks guys!! :)
For me, as much as I can possibly get! We have a decent counter space around the sink & cooktop plus we have a kitchen island. I use all of it when I'm baking or making dinner from scratch, which is pretty often. I think it depends how much you cook & bake.
I will often have the crock pot cooking on the island, which still leaves me space to use the counter by the sink/cooktop. We've been FT for over a year & I've never felt like I had too much or wasted counter space.
We also had a flip-up/drop down counter extension. I didn't find that extremely useful, so we removed it. In its place, my husband built a 2 shelf kitchen stand. I store my crock pot, toaster oven & coffee pot on those shelves. So I agree with Lucky Mike, look at your space & see how you can adapt the space to be a better fit for you.
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Kelly--like all have said---the more the better. But also you use what you have ---its kind of like storage, you store as much as your space will hold, if you want to store something else then something has to go, same with counter space. That being said, you do need some counter space just to help in meal prep and convience. I don't know exactly what you are looking for in a trailer but if it is counter space you seek look at my fiver floorplan "Crossroads Cruiser CF305SK" I havent measured it but I would say I have 12 ft of counter top--of course the sink takes out about 2 ft and the stove takes out about 2 ft so I have 8 ft of clear corian counter top. When we are at a CG we leave the coffee maker out the toaster out and still have plenty of room to prep for meals. The right trailer is out there, get on line and just pull up every manufacture and look at floor plans--start a spread sheet to keep track of the ones you are interested in then when you go to a show you have a list of the ones you want to see. Keep notes on each one about the things you like and dislike. Sorry about getting so long winded, but if you want counter space look until you find one you are satisfied with.
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I must put in my two cents... for what it's worth! Check out the Lifestyle Luxury RV, models LS36FW (the one we plan to purchase when we can leave home) and the LS37IK. Both are similar floor plans. The LS36FW has a full wall slide-out. The counter space plus the island is absolutely incredible! I believe Mark (on this board) purchased one in November. All of this, not to mention how well made the entire unit is! Good luck!
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Not just "how much" but how it's laid out is also important IMHO. The KZ has a good amount of square footage for counters (square inches? lol) but due to the angle the sink is set at I found it less than convenient for most things. The lack of any useable space between the stove and sink really was bothersome to me. The space between the sink and wall was pretty much wasted, other than parking space for the coffee maker. Well thought out and plentiful cupboards and drawers also rank way up there for me, someting the KZ also fell short on. I really learned a lot about what I wanted and didn't want by living in it all last summer.
I'm hoping to keep the original configuration in the Caboose when it's redone. Lots of counter and lots of drawers and cupboards for a 20' trailer. Excuse the mess LOL
Edited because I can't spell lol
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Well, I can certainly tell you that Jo (my wife) would say that EVERY RV manufacturer ought to have a woman helping with the design. In fact, she also used to say that back when we were looking at regular homes. I can also say that if I had any say in the design of an RV, there would be a gun safe mounted between the rails of the frame somewhere. That would have changed some things with our lifestyle.
Maybe Jo and I ought to "farm ourselves out" to a manufacturer to "advise" on design.
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Check out the kitchen in this one... http://www.palominorv.com/productinfo.aspx?model=columbus&page=floorplandetails&floorplanid=4986&RVType=#It's a 5th wheel Palamino. Our saleman called us after it came out, knowing our desire for plenty of counterspace.We plan to order it as soon as the house sells!
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I think more counter-space provides more scope to be artistic in the kitchen and it gives more confidence and comfort to the cook.