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Reverse flow rolling kitchen

Post by Stewart » January 10th, 2017, 7:56 pm

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here is the start to my new smoker trailer. A 2005 cougar 5th wheel camper. Camper had a kitchen fire that pretty much gutted the internals. My plan is to convert the front16' into an enclosed kitchen and the back 16' into an open porch with roof for my rf.
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Post by Big T » January 10th, 2017, 8:19 pm

It sounds like an awesome plan. Do you have a sketch of what you're wanting to do ?


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Post by mp4 » January 10th, 2017, 8:50 pm

I can't wait to see the project updates as it develops!



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Post by Stewart » January 10th, 2017, 9:20 pm

I've got a few rough sketches I will share the one I go with. Since I have to pass the health dept I have to have the triple basin sinks and hand washing station. Prep tables freezer/fridge. I'll share it all every step. lol it's already named shock and awe. If I can pull it off it will be bad ass.



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Post by ajfoxy » January 10th, 2017, 11:43 pm

Sounds like an awesome project. I will definitely be following this one. Not that I want to build one, just out of interest to see how it unfolds.

More power to your right arm buddy, it is a large project.


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Post by forty_creek » January 11th, 2017, 1:00 am

Interesting build concept! I will be staying tuned


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Post by Squiggle » January 11th, 2017, 7:00 am

Sounds very cool, can't wait to see it in action. :kewl:


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Post by Rodcrafter » January 11th, 2017, 9:22 am

Nice project! The main thing in my opinion is don't set a deadline and you can have more patience with a job this big. You can do it!


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Post by Stewart » January 11th, 2017, 8:24 pm

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Concept I'm going with for my rolling kitchen conversion



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Post by Stewart » January 11th, 2017, 8:25 pm

Hmm not sure what just happened. Lol. Guess I'll keep you in suspense



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Post by Stewart » January 11th, 2017, 8:46 pm

This is a rough sketch of what I'd like to end up with when this project is done



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Re: Reverse flow rolling kitchen

Post by Big T » January 11th, 2017, 9:47 pm

I remember someone doing something similar to this and they had to add a 3rd axle to support the weight of the smoker. I believe they bought their trailer so I'm not sure what the framing looked like but the frame was sagging behind the axle.


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Post by Stewart » January 11th, 2017, 10:00 pm

I will have to check into it. I do know where I want the smoker to sit I'll have to beef up to accommodate the weight. We figure it weighs around 800-1000 lbs. hard telling without putting it on scales. The camper frame is steel i beam with twin 7000 lb axles. If my measurements are correct half of the smoker will ride over the rear axle. That being said I'm sure everything I've planned for will turn to poop as soon as I slide that heavy pig into place lol.



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Post by Stewart » January 22nd, 2017, 8:09 pm

Here's a rough sketch of the floor plan I think I am going to use.
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Post by Rodcrafter » January 22nd, 2017, 8:22 pm

Looks like a great plan. I would love to setup a trailer like this


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Post by Stewart » January 22nd, 2017, 8:37 pm

It's definitely a challenge. to be certified thru the health department there is so many hoops I have to jump thru. And of course I want it done like yesterday lol.



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Re: Reverse flow rolling kitchen

Post by ajfoxy » January 22nd, 2017, 9:12 pm

Yeah the getting it certified and sanctified by the health dept would be a whole series of jumps, summersaults and the possible wearing of kneepads.
But I guess if you are going to use it to sell food you have to do the same hard yards has the fellers owning a restaurant or food stall.

Good luck with the the build. I'll certainly be looking in on this one with every new post.


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Post by Dirtytires » January 22nd, 2017, 11:15 pm

I pull a 5th wheel toy hauler about this size. As already mentioned, pay close attention to the total weight and weight distribution on your trailer. You still want it to be safe to pull down the road.

Our goal was to put a lifted cj-5 jeep in ours and we were concerned about the weight capacities of the floor and loading ramp. My wife, how is a mechanical engineer, was able to get one of the factory designers on the the phone and got him to talk "off the record" about some specific concerns. The information was priceless. My point....call the manufacture and get some feedback on what liberties you can take with the frame and cabin.

I routinely haul my 3000 lb jeep and the trailer handles extremely well even tho this is at the upper limit of the trailer gross weight capacity. A few months back I loaded up my 900 lb smoker for an event. Even with it properly strapped down and centered over the axles (as well as left to right) the trailer handeled so poorly I stopped several times on the freeway to inspect the loading, wheels and suspension figuring I broke something.

Please keep us tuned in....this has the potential to be a super cool build!



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Re: Reverse flow rolling kitchen

Post by Stewart » January 23rd, 2017, 7:31 am

I agree the weight distribution has been my single major concern. The camper tag weight from the factory loaded is about 13000 lbs. I'm in process of gutting the inside (pictures to follow). Plan is to box in the main ibeam frame around rear axles to stiffen and give me mounting points for the smoker. Weight distribution front to back will be the fun part of this I think. I too own an obscenely large fifth wheel camper and know the importantance of this. But being that a good 80% of the factory weight has been removed and I'm not replacing it with heavy materials I'm thinking I will be ok. "But" I'm sure when I get into the assembly something's bound to throw a wrench in my plan.



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Post by Stewart » January 23rd, 2017, 6:47 pm

A lot of progress has been made even tho it doesn't look it lol. Here's a little look at the nice mess I'm in.
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Post by Big T » January 23rd, 2017, 8:33 pm

I love the demolition stage of a rebuild, it really seems like you're getting something done in a hurry. Then you start to rebuild and it seems like the smallest things take forever.


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Post by Stewart » January 23rd, 2017, 9:39 pm

Thats so true. Hurry up and wait lol.



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Post by Stewart » May 19th, 2017, 8:38 pm

Finished stripping the old camper to the frame today. Scored 2 black tanks a grey tank and another fresh water tank. All will be reused in the new build.
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Post by Weldun » May 19th, 2017, 9:13 pm

Looks like you've been busy, now for the fun part!


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