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Old 09-13-2017, 09:12 AM   #1
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FC 23: Limited Counter Space in Kitchen

The FC 23 has very limited, I would say almost non-functional, amount of counter space in the kitchen area. Even the FC 20 has considerably more.

It may not be an issue to some users, but I sure wish it had more.

Any FC 23 owners out there that need more kitchen counter space and have found a work-around?

Thank you.

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Old 09-13-2017, 12:20 PM   #2
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If your stove does not already have burner covers, those are an excellent way to add counter space in small kitchens.

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Old 09-13-2017, 01:21 PM   #3
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In our 23' Safari that big barrel sink is a huge waste of space. We could nearly take a bath in that thing. I've always wondered why AS made it so big. You can't put anything next to the left side or you can't get that barrel door open.

So, here's what we do:
-Paper towels on a vertical post, stored in the pantry area at the stove side
-Stove covers closed, giving you more room. A loaf of bread will fit behind the covers and the back wall, if you're just simmering something.
-Plastic sink cover on the sink. Some have modified this cover to be partially open so you can run the water. I'm thinking about adding one.
-Towel rack in front of the window, under the overhead bins.
-Seasonings stored in a Plano divided plastic box (fishing tackle box). After seasoning the meal, put back in the pantry area storage
-Coffee pot is kept in the area under the holding tank monitor. Ours will fit there, between the edge of the stove cover and the sink sprayer.
-Cook outside. We carry a Coleman camp stove and use a screen enclosure around a picnic table. I can cook most of the meal there and we also eat there, weather permitting. Napkins, seat cushions and other non-food items can stay in the enclosure.
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:32 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum!

Your observations are exactly why we got a FC20 . . .



Which model you have? There is a thread for the 23D:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f142...ad-166085.html

. . . and one for the 23FB:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f142...um-166374.html

You might get more precise ideas on one of those threads IMO.

Good luck!

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I utilize the plastic sink covers. Most of the time I find covering one sink gives me sufficient room. Also staging some items on the dinette table.
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:31 AM   #6
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I looked at the 23 FC and the kitchen is what drove me away. It's a beautiful Airstream and I like the bigger bathroom but the kitchen is one of the main reasons I chose the 20FC. I am sure lots of folks have adapted to the kitchen you have and will post ideas. The most important thing is that you enjoy your Airstream, no matter what model.
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If you have the pull-out pantry, check this solution out, posted back in February.


http://www.airforums.com/forums/f38/mod-for-additional-counter-space-23d-158887.html

I haven't done this yet, but plan to.
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If you have the pull-out pantry, check this solution out, posted back in February.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f38/mod-for-additional-counter-space-23d-158887.html

I haven't done this yet, but plan to.
I assume you have the 23' dinette model, Bob? That is a nice mod IMO. Does the large pull-out drawer unit, with the added counter platform on top, have a way of keeping it in the Out position? Instead of having to fabricate, that new top, a plastic cutting board could probably be cut down and modified to fit the same space. [I have not read that entire thread.]

Bryan, do you have the dinette model or the front bedroom?

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The FC 23 has very limited, I would say almost non-functional, amount of counter space in the kitchen area.
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Old 09-14-2017, 04:14 PM   #9
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silicon Roll Up Dish Drying Rack Square

This thing is the best thing I've found for adding room in the galley:

https://smile.amazon.com/Enjoyee-Rol...one+rack&psc=1

I keep it rolled up at one side of the sink. When I need more room I unroll it over the sink and it can then set things on it. The best part is that you can also used the faucet at the same time because it's an open rack. And you can take things out of the oven and place them right on the rack over the sink. When I slice bread, I put the cutting board on top of the rack over the sink and the crumbs fall into the sink. It's sort of like having a sink and the space at the same time.

The dimensions when unrolled are about 20.5" x 11"
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2012 23D FC here: I mounted a solid oak flip down extension to the flat side of the sink (i.e., closest to the door). Fits perfectly, doesn't block barrel door from opening, ditto the glass-fronted storage openings under the sink. Folds easily flat against the cabinet when not in use---and when up still allows passage out the door. Got it at Out of Doors Mart, about $100. (Takes two people to install)
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Did you have order it online? Can't seem to find it. Saw this on the 25' & wondered why they didn't put one there in the first place!
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These search results probably have some good threads to check:

https://www.google.com/search?q=flip....0.U6wxFBOVztc

Our old 25' had a great flip-up counter extension by the front door.

FYI and FWIW
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Old 09-14-2017, 08:40 PM   #13
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What 23 do you have

I have a 23D and we added a cover over the pull out pantry that gives us a lot of extra counter space. Like this
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f38/...3d-158887.html
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No counter space

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Did you have order it online? Can't seem to find it. Saw this on the 25' & wondered why they didn't put one there in the first place!
Bought it at the store while there for repairs. Bet you can find it on Google.
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