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Old 11-10-2015, 10:14 AM   #1
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Help us with this decision?

Hi Everyone,

We are sneaking up on the due date for our build sheet and I thought I would ask your opinions on one of the decisions we are going back and forth on. We are getting the 19' trailer and plan on taking it out for shorter trips than lots of you are able to do... we are both still working at this point. We live in Colorado and will be spending lots of time up in the mountains with it...

We are planning on skipping the range hood over the stove. This part of the decision we feel pretty good about because we are planning on doing most of our cooking (and dishes) outdoors and we want the openness in the room without the hood. The part we are going back and forth on is whether it is a good idea to also reverse the position of the stove and the sink. The thought is that the window placement (opening) would follow the sink, placing the stove more centrally between the window and the MaxxFan to make the ventilation just a little bit better. We are thinking that we could use the flip up counter as a "warning" device for anyone entering the trailer if the stove is in use, addressing the safety concern of something getting knocked and falling off. I know a few of you have done this.... have you liked it? Thoughts anyone?

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Old 11-10-2015, 10:51 AM   #2
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We got the sink window, range hood, and we stuck with the standard stove/sink arrangement. After a couple years use, I have no issues with that. Where it is, pots cooking on the stove are safely in a corner and not likely to get bumped into. Agreed, not having the range hood does make for a cleaner, more open look. The hood exhaust has been functional but not critical. The window was a great move. Think it on the left side makes the sink more convenient. We'll use the sink cover and lift the fold-down wing whenever more counter space is needed.

Of course, there's never enough counter space.
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Old 11-10-2015, 11:06 AM   #3
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I do have the range hood in my 17, but the only times I use it it to attempt (with limited success) to keep the smoke alarm from going off when making toast. I do most of my cooking outside or in a toaster oven when I have hookups, so I don't use the trailer stove very often.
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Old 11-10-2015, 12:14 PM   #4
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I use the hood to vent steam while cooking. On cold, rainy days when condensation is an issue, every little bit helps. I'm not sure I'd miss it, if it weren't there.

I like my hot pots and pans, sitting in the corner. Haven't sent one flying, yet.
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Old 11-10-2015, 12:35 PM   #5
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I would think that it is better not to break up the counter space by moving the stove. With the flip-up counter and the sink cover next to one another, you have a larger surface ( unless you are doing dishes ).
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Old 11-10-2015, 01:12 PM   #6
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I agree about not breaking up the counter run for efficiency. Also, the Maxx fan is appropriately named; as I've said before, it will suck your socks off if you don't have something cracked open somewhere.
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Old 11-10-2015, 01:57 PM   #7
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Thank you all for your input. I had thought about the effect having the sink on the right would have on the "right to left" workflow that a right handed person (like both of us are) is most comfortable with. I had thought less about the impact on the contiguous counter space mostly because I figured both the sink and the stove have a cover that can be put into place to restore the countertop.

The option has also just gotten more expensive to do... our original quote from ETI was $100 to reverse the placements; I just learned that the original quote was incorrect and that it really costs $250 to make the changes.

As far as the condensation issue goes, that is one of those things that we have absolutely no way to anticipate as this is our first trailer. The comment is especially relevant considering that it comes from a Colorado neighbor who is camping in many of the same places we hope to go....

Lots to think about...

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Old 11-10-2015, 02:00 PM   #8
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You might want to sift through the It's Friday thread for build pix of a 19 with stove and sink swapped. Would help you decide.
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Old 11-10-2015, 02:04 PM   #9
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Thanks! I've been almost all of the way through those pictures and I think I only saw one trailer in which this change was made.... Ruthe's trailer. Looking at those pix again right now!
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Old 11-10-2015, 03:27 PM   #10
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Condensation is a big issue in any trailer. That said, this is not our first trailer, in the first we found we never used the range hood so we did not get it in this one. We used the Fantastic Fan in the last trailer and the Maxxfan in the Escape with the window open when the weather or bugs chase us inside to cook. Works well for us but many have and like the hood, just a matter of personal preference, like having an oven, or swapping the stove and sink.

Condensation control is also an issue to think about when you shower.
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