Dining Out: RVs with Exterior Kitchens
The sky’s the limit when whipping up a meal using the exterior kitchen in one of these inviting RVs.
What is it about kitchens that make them the hub of activity? They inspire us to bond with loved ones, share our daily lives, and are a place to prepare the foods that nourish our bodies and minds.
As much as we may like preparing meals inside our RVs and the resulting close-knit time with family, moving the cooking outdoors also has its advantages. There’s plenty of elbow room to flip those pancakes, keep your RV free of humidity and strong smells like bacon and seafood, and serve your spread on a picnic table for all to savor. Plus, you can’t beat the scenery if you’re camped alongside a creek, taking in a mountain view, or simply watching your kids or other RVers reveling in their time outdoors.
Now that spring has arrived, this gives us another excuse to spend more time outside. And for some reason, food tastes better when prepared and eaten outdoors. The kitchen truly is the heart of the home, so why not expand it to include fresh air and nature? These RVs with exterior kitchens just may motivate you to try out a new recipe or simply to cook with wild abandon!
Venture SportTrek ST333VIK
The Campfire Cafe in the 37- foot, 8-inch ST333VIK sports two 3-cubic-foot fridges so you can load up on cold drinks and food for family and friends. With plentiful storage, a slide-out griddle, and a sink with a quick-connect faucet with hot and cold water access, the party can continue outdoors once the wee ones have crawled into the VIK’s four bunk beds. Outside the front entry, a doggy tiedown doubles as a bottle opener.
Inside, there are two options for seating and dining arrangements, but we’re smitten with the KING U-Sofa that’s housed in one of the three slides. This large sofa can seat 7–8 people comfortably and transforms into a queen-bed air mattress when it’s time to call it a night. The VIK’s homey feel is accentuated by the Western Pine Board paneling on the wall with a fireplace and 40-inch HDTV/smart TV and a closet by the entry for stashing your coat.
The front cap has an automotive windshield, and lighted pass-through storage is below the bedroom. The SportTrek has a heated and enclosed underbelly, fiberglass insulation in the floor and ceiling, and foam insulation in the side walls.
Base MSRP: $63,915 | venture-rv.com
Sunseeker Classic 2860DS
We can’t help but smile when saying “Sunseeker” out loud and the exterior kitchen in the 30-foot, 9-inch 2860DS is sure to put a smile on the faces of RVers who love hanging out in nature. Abundant counterspace bookends the sink that’s plumbed to the gray tank, an upper cabinet and lower drawer are dedicated for storage, a 12-volt 3.2-cubic-foot fridge keeps food cold while traveling, and a one-burner induction cooktop pulls out.
Taking center stage in the outdoor kitchen is a 28-inch TV with room behind it for stashing small items. Pass-through storage below can be hosed out, and a 16-foot electric awning keeps the kitchen in shade and out of the rain.
Built on a Ford F-450 chassis, this Class C has two slideouts on the streetside, one housing a walk-around queen bed, and the other playing host to an oven, cooktop with flush glass cover, convection microwave, and a jackknife sofa with three seat belts. The convertible dinette has seat belts as well, and there are two tether restraints for child seats. If the 60-by-80-inch sleeping space (shown in photo) over the cab is not needed, you can opt for the Sunseeker’s Trekker cap with a built-in entertainment center with LED TV and additional storage.
Base MSRP: $114,599 | forestriverinc.com
Tailgaters will love the optional unique exterior kitchen that pulls out from the rear of the Lance 2075 and includes surface space that runs the 8-foot width of this 24-foot-9-inch-long travel trailer. Slide out the combination two-burner cooktop and sink, hook up the propane and water, attach the stabilizer legs, and you’re ready for a fiesta!
There’s a drawer-style electric cooler, and you can bring the music outside with the included portable Bluetooth stereo speaker that’s mounted inside next to the 24-inch HDTV. An electric lateral-arm awning extends over the outside kitchen, plus a 16-foot awning covers the patio area. A 4-foot folding table is included in a built-in storage bay.
Walk through the 2075’s Euro entry door to an interior living space consisting of a flush-mounted two-burner cooktop and sink; 5-cubic-foot, three-way fridge; built-in wine rack; huge U-shaped dinette with telescoping table that converts into a comfy 40-by-80-inch bed surrounded by windows; and a deluxe queen walk-around bed. The bathroom features a work-of-art vessel-style sink, porcelain toilet, and adjustable slide bar assembly in the shower.
Base MSRP: $66,373 | lancecamper.com
Palomino Puma 32RBFQ
It’s a beautiful spring day and with the Puma 32RBFQ’s optional fully outfitted outdoor kitchen, why bother with cooking indoors? Thiis is one serious alfresco kitchen with abundant counter room, plenty of storage above and below, a griddle, 3.2-cubic-foot fridge, hot and cold running water, and—yep—a microwave! There’s also a handy USB wireless charging dock with expansion capabilities and a propane quick-connect.
At just under 37 feet, this rear-bunk travel trailer has three slides, all on the streetside, leaving your outdoor dining experience wide open camp-side under a 21-foot awning.
Inside, the kitchen’s L-shaped countertop gives you the ability to entertain without feeling cramped, and a U-shaped dinette and sofa offer lots of seating. Additionally, a great deal of natural light comes through windows in every room.
A Mini Camp Kitchen is another option for those who prefer a scaled-down version.
Base MSRP: $46,394 | palominorv.com
Entegera Vision 29S
Built on the Ford F-53 chassis, the Vision 29S is sure to catch the eye of outdoor lovers with its exterior kitchen set under a 23-foot awning. Concealed by a durable compartment door the company prides itself on constructing, the kitchen has a sink set in a metal countertop and a storage drawer under the mini-fridge. This one is BYOC—bring your own cooktop. An entertainment center is housed in a separate compartment to the right of the kitchen.
Inside this 31-foot, 4-inch Class A is spacious living and sleeping thanks to a full-wall streetside slideout. Every seat in the house—including the jackknife sofa and booth dinette—has seat belts, for a total of eight belted positions. The dinette table, with recessed cupholders, is sans legs so you can slide into the bench seats without obstructions. An 8-cubic-foot refrigerator is standard, with a 12-cubic-foot double-door as an option, and there’s counter space behind the range and sink for stowing appliances and cooking items.
The bathroom, closed off by a sliding barn door, has plenty of counter room, and a glass door encloses the large shower. There’s storage galore in the bedroom with its queen bed bookended by nightstands, a full wall of cabinets over the bed, and a mirrored wardrobe with a floor-to-ceiling row of drawers. Over the Vision’s cab area, the electric drop-down bed has a 750-pound weight capacity.
Base MSRP: $166,418 | entegracoach.com