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Old 04-14-2010, 12:18 AM
 
Location: Way on the outskirts of LA LA land.
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I'm not crazy about the sink either. I use 2 small dish pans to wash dishes. I'm thinking about using the shower bag to rinse them though, if I can get it to hang ok on the lantern hook. I think I saw someone mention in the Cabelas reviews that they replaced that sink drain hose with something better, but can't remember what now, or if that's actually where I saw it mentioned (getting CRS in my old age).

I have a 7 gallon water jug too. I leave it on its side on the tailgate. Too heavy for the kitchen, I think. When I tried to boil 12 qts. of shower water on the camp stove, the counter top bowed, so I took it off right away.
Until now, I never really gave much thought to the weight limit of the shelves on the camp kitchen. I guess I'll have to come up with something else to put the water jug on, so it doesn't overload the shelves. I thought about the solar shower on the lantern hook idea, too, but they didn't look strong enough to me. I'll have to keep a look out for something else that would work well instead.

I have a Camp Chef 3 burner camp stove that is free standing, so I set it up next to my camp kitchen. I also have a folding table that I use as well, so I sometimes use that to enclose my cooking area into a "U" shaped kitchen. That provides me with a lot of room to prepare meals and such.
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Old 04-14-2010, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Wandering in the West
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A piece of plywood that covered the whole top might make it strong enough (they could've used an extra support bar in the middle), but I don't really want to carry plywood. My truck is getting pretty full. I have one of those Lifetime folding tables that's plenty strong, but takes up a lot of room. I was hoping the kitchen counter tops would replace it.

I probably just need a cargo trailer to pull behind the truck. Then I wouldn't have to unpack most of the stuff and we could haul the snowmobile or 4 wheeler around in it too.
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Old 04-15-2010, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Way on the outskirts of LA LA land.
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A piece of plywood that covered the whole top might make it strong enough (they could've used an extra support bar in the middle), but I don't really want to carry plywood. My truck is getting pretty full. I have one of those Lifetime folding tables that's plenty strong, but takes up a lot of room. I was hoping the kitchen counter tops would replace it.

I probably just need a cargo trailer to pull behind the truck. Then I wouldn't have to unpack most of the stuff and we could haul the snowmobile or 4 wheeler around in it too.
I've thought about getting a small trailer to haul my gear in, too. Like you, I would just leave it packed in the trailer until I hauled it to a place to camp. That's when everything would come out to be set up. It would actually make a nice arrangement if all I needed to do was to hitch the trailer to the truck and be on my way.

The link below shows one of the trailers I have considered:
http://www.companiontrailers.com/ima..._6_trailer.gif
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Old 04-16-2010, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Wandering in the West
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That's pretty nice. I'm thinking about a cargo trailer conversion, so we could sleep in it if we didn't want to set up the tent, but could also use it as a garage for the snowmobile and some other stuff in winter. Something like these, but with everything easily removable:

Camping Travel Trailer Conversion. Homemade Camp Trailers. Do it yourself Trailers. Cargo Conversions.

2004 Cargomate 16X7 enclosed hauler
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Old 02-25-2011, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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Probably the most bang for the buck was the cargo trailer conversion we did a few years ago.

Light weight, stored a lot of stuff, comfortable, and ready to sleep in immediately at any parking lot or rest area on the way if a quick hour nap was needed.

We could sleep in it.

It also stored tent gear and supplies for up to 8 people. Heat. Dry.

There's quite a bit online if you search cargo trailer conversion or cargo trailer camping There is sort of a trend beginning these days in the same way people fixing old vans led to the custom vans of more recent years.

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Old 02-25-2011, 05:05 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Probably the most bang for the buck was the cargo trailer conversion we did a few years ago.
very nice, How do you keep from getting 'locked-inside' and being towed to Mexico?

Do you still use it as a Utility Trailer?

I still have the idea of making different 'campers' from 20ft cargo containers and just grabbing the one I want, throwing it on the back of my Mack 56,000# 3 axle truck, and heading out. I would like one for camping and others for 'woodshop', Machine shop, roach coach / BIG camp kitchen... Since I don't want a personal house, this will keep my taxes down. (and I can 'stack them' and haul them around the world if need be)
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