Kitchen “Super Size” In the Wilderness.
This is a project that we have been wanting to do for several years. When we were in Oregon we went to the local hardware store, “Jerry’s” and looked into getting a made to order counter top. The price was good but we never found the time to do it. Now we are retired, guess what? We have all the time in the world. We went to Home Depot in Flagstaff, because that is all that’s here, and got the counter top and the pre-made cabinet. We started out early in the morning so we could get it done before dinner time. Our old kitchen was not aging very well and it only had about 10 inches of usable space. I think that almost all Rexhall Motorhomes had this really small kitchen installed.
At first, I wanted to rip everything out and start from scratch, but my wife is a little more reasonable and suggested we use the old base and just add to that. After lots of measuring and a trip or two to Home Depot, I found the wisdom of what she suggested. I also learned that had I done this years ago my wife would have been doing some amazing cooking. How could I have known? So to start with we had to remove the stove and sink.
We also had to cut the new cabinet down to the size of the RV ones. I guess you have to be really short to use the typical RV kitchen counter. This was the one part of the refit that I was the most apprehensive about doing. I was sure that I would cut too much off and we would have to go out a buy another cabinet. Luck was on our side and we only cut it about 1/8 inch too short. We ended up adding a small 1/8 inch piece of trim wood and everything was ok. We measured and cut the opening for the stove and sink and installed the counter top.
We also decided to paint the cabinets a gray color that would bring out the counter top. A few years ago we were going to buy a Sail Boat so we had a pint or two of really good Epoxy boat paint. So that is what we used. The color was exactly what we wanted and the price was right. I learned a very long time ago that when you are doing anything with wood you always measure at least twice, this will save you when you get the first cut wrong. I can honestly say that we got everything right and didn’t have to redo or buy anything again.
I really do like the finished product and it has inspired many great meals. I think that all RV manufacturers should consult people who actually cook meals when they design the kitchen. The added space makes full time RVing so much more enjoyable. Thank you, Mike and Barbara Anderson.