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Old 10-16-2011, 03:28 PM   #15
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I guess what I'm trying to say is this: should Airstream remain true to its tradionalist roots, or would you like to see some of the SOB options?
I think that Airstream can and should remain true to its traditionalist roots, but at the same time continue be true to Wally's creed and make improvements.

Now, I cannot say if an outdoor kitchen would be an improvement, for some it might be. For me, one of the things that I like about Airstreams is that I feel like I'm camping, not merely dragging my den around the country. That said however, I see nothing wrong with including some SOB options on the Airstreams if they make sense. I just wish that Jackson Center would be a little bit more forthcoming about what options are available and at what cost.

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Old 10-16-2011, 03:30 PM   #16
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We've had our little mpg since December, and we've never used the stove. The microwave, yes, but not the stove. We carry a small Coleman propane stove, and I just set it up on the picnic table to fix my bacon and eggs.

Yesterday we visited the Rally in Branson for a bit. Many people had a crockpot going outside, or otherwise had evidence that some cooking is done outside. Personally, I don't think that I'd want to give up the storage space that a full outdoor kitchen would take. I do understand the convenience of a small refrigerator and stove outside, though.
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Old 10-16-2011, 03:32 PM   #17
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All of the fridges for the outside kitchens that I have seen were electric. I think it is a ventilation issue. Just saying
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Old 10-16-2011, 03:42 PM   #18
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That's what picnic tables or folding tables and camp stoves are for.
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what ours look's like.

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Old 10-16-2011, 05:28 PM   #19
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Get an Eddy Bauer model and build the kitchen inside the rear hatch. You could move some stuff around in the lounge and build the kitchen the full width of the trailer. Just raise the hatch and there is your deluxe kitchen. You would even have the pull-down screen available to keep flies away when not actively cooking.
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what I would like to see on an Airstream is an outdoor shower hook up. I don't know how do it but some way or another have a hook up about 7 ft up and a way to plug in a shower head. maybe someway to hook up a half moon shower curtain rod that you put up also.
I always need a place to hose my kids off when they get out of a river or lake. And there are remote places where an outside shower would be nice to have.
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what I would like to see on an Airstream is an outdoor shower hook up. I don't know how do it but some way or another have a hook up about 7 ft up and a way to plug in a shower head. maybe someway to hook up a half moon shower curtain rod that you put up also.
I always need a place to hose my kids off when they get out of a river or lake. And there are remote places where an outside shower would be nice to have.
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Those are available as after market items. For that matter you could do one yourself.
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I suspect that this type of rig is aimed at the tailgate crowd as much as anything else. If that was the main use you got from a rig it would be great, but if travel is the focus, not so much.
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Old 10-16-2011, 07:41 PM   #23
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what I would like to see on an Airstream is an outdoor shower hook up. I don't know how do it but some way or another have a hook up about 7 ft up and a way to plug in a shower head. maybe someway to hook up a half moon shower curtain rod that you put up also.
I always need a place to hose my kids off when they get out of a river or lake. And there are remote places where an outside shower would be nice to have.
that's my dream
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My last two SOBs had a shower head on a hose in compartment on the RS. The only thing they were really good at was turning the ground on that side of the trailer into a muddy mess. That made anything I wanted to do with the hook ups a real PITA.

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Some of the newer models have outdoor showers and they can be added to any rig. It's best to locate it wherever there is both hot and cold water on the inside of the rig, like outside the kitchen sink or bathroom wall...that way the water lines are easier to tap into. I don't like them placed on the curb side because you have a big mess where your awning/patio is... If we added one it would be outside the kitchen since on the forward end of the curb side (that's on a 19' Bambi). I'm not sure how they would be for actual showers, but I can see them being useful for rinsing sandy/dirty feet or kids or giving a dog bath. One thing to keep in mind if you camp in extra cold weather...they are a weak point for freezing pipes since there is not much between them and the water lines...
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I think it would be better to construct a box as was done in the Dark Ages (Model T) to carry a "portable kitchen". If one has a portable table, and the box contains what is wanted for food prep & cooking, then setup and takedown is methodical and quick.

What a "curbside kitchen" offers beyond this escapes me.

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I think that Airstream can and should remain true to its traditionalist roots, but at the same time continue be true to Wally's creed and make improvements.

Now, I cannot say if an outdoor kitchen would be an improvement, for some it might be. For me, one of the things that I like about Airstreams is that I feel like I'm camping, not merely dragging my den around the country. That said however, I see nothing wrong with including some SOB options on the Airstreams if they make sense. I just wish that Jackson Center would be a little bit more forthcoming about what options are available and at what cost.

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We've had our little mpg since December, and we've never used the stove. The microwave, yes, but not the stove. We carry a small Coleman propane stove, and I just set it up on the picnic table to fix my bacon and eggs.

Yesterday we visited the Rally in Branson for a bit. Many people had a crockpot going outside, or otherwise had evidence that some cooking is done outside. Personally, I don't think that I'd want to give up the storage space that a full outdoor kitchen would take. I do understand the convenience of a small refrigerator and stove outside, though.
kb, I love the idea of the outdoor crockpot or the dutch oven over the open flame. After all, isn't it all about experiencing the alternate?

Drinks in a metal bucket of ice outside work just as well as an outdoor fridge. Matter of fact, I think the former looks better - adds a bit of rustic atmosphere.
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Get an Eddy Bauer model and build the kitchen inside the rear hatch. You could move some stuff around in the lounge and build the kitchen the full width of the trailer. Just raise the hatch and there is your deluxe kitchen. You would even have the pull-down screen available to keep flies away when not actively cooking.
Pahaska, good point. Those who buy the EB models are probably more the outdoorsey type, and would like that.
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