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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)
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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, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kammback 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..
http://tnttt.com/Design_Library/The%20Simple.htm

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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