Kitchen design question

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Kitchen design question

Postby Kirwan » Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:23 pm

Hi all - I'm working up the design for a teardrop, and thinking about the kitchen.
It seems like most TD's have a hatch down to the frame, and the counter is somewhat forward of this point... like this: (google image)

Apologies to whoever's this is; it looks like a lovely trailer...... But just looking at trying to use that counter makes my shins hurt. And maybe my back, when I think of the leaning necessary.

I'd appreciate comments on this design element - is it as much a shin-knocker as it appears? How is a kitchen like this to live with?
Are there some alternate design ideas that avoid this?
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Re: Kitchen design question

Postby mhphillips111 » Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:39 pm

I have modified mine a little I am going with flat index of curved.ImageImage

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Re: Kitchen design question

Postby JaggedEdges » Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:09 am

How long are you going? If you're planning a 10 footer, you can have yourself the "no-compromise" classic profile, and make the kitchen slide forward, or add flip up counter to front or something.

If like me you're planning an 8 footer, you soon realise that every. last. inch. counts. For maximum space utility, aerodynamics, and of course, the common sense of not beating your shins or doing all kitchen tasks hunched forward, I am doing mine with a "bobbed" tail.

The best galley arrangement I've found so far in an 8ft design is the one for the "Rimple" at the bottom of the page here..

I'm basically doing that with a 20 degree slope Kammback instead of the radius curve.
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Re: Kitchen design question

Postby QueticoBill » Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:01 am

I'm planning a hinged strip that when folded down, and a couple of braces pulled out, it's just an inch or two beyond "bumper".

I've seen some here where the lower "tail" are two large hinged sections that swing out - counter and storage under and all. Now you have a "U" shaped kitchen. Does not fit my current design and some thought on good sealing but quite appealing.
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Re: Kitchen design question

Postby Nobody » Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:07 pm

Guess we must be extra careful (or extremely lucky). I built our TD in 2006 & for 10yrs & 30K miles we ain't bumped a shin nor gotten a back ache yet. Also I still raise the hatch using muscles, no assisted gas shocks. I'm 77yrs old & don't know how long we can continue. Couple of years ago we bought a 17' Casita SD that we love but we still ain't given up completely on the TD...

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Re: Kitchen design question

Postby Shadow Catcher » Sun Mar 26, 2017 6:06 pm

Ours is a grasshopper design so square in the rear.

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Re: Kitchen design question

Postby tony.latham » Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:30 am

It's certainly a consideration. It depends of course on the 'drop's profile. We always set up a roll table in camp to eat off of and a lot of prep work is done on it––but most of our meals are planned to avoid prep.



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Re: Kitchen design question

Postby Socal Tom » Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:07 am

I've got the generic benroy profile, shins are still intact.

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Re: Kitchen design question

Postby Juneaudave » Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:31 am

Shins ok, but I bang my head on the hatch occasionally. Quite truthfully, I prefer to cook on a picnic table and the galley is more for storage!

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