Outdoor Kitchen Counter Mod

Current Location: Fort Toulouse Campground, Wetumpka, Alabama

Here is a trailer modification we’ve been considering. Our trailer has the outdoor bistro. We have started putting our lunch foods outside in the bistro refrigerator on travel days so we can stop and fix our own lunch. After a couple days of that, we realized there is precious little counter space on which to fix your lunch. This mod attempts to fix that situation.

The materials used were a 1″ x 12″ x 4′ poplar board, cut down to 32″ long. To support the board outside, a simple 2″ x 4″ framing stud was used, cut to 32″ long. To support the board on the backside (inside the door frame), a 2″ x 2″ x 3′ poplar board was used, cut down to 32″ long.

Test fitting.

Test fitting.

Malcolm mounted the 2 x 4 under the 12″ board in such a way that it rests against the outside of the trailer. The 2 x 2 is attached so that it sits down in the slot between the sink base and the outside trailer wall.

Shelf in place.

Shelf in place.

The 2×4 and 2×2 straddle the base of the door opening and support the shelf nicely. Once we’re done with the shelf, it slides perfectly under the TV back into the side opening of the bistro. (This is where we decided on 32″ length, since that is roughly the depth of that area).

Shelf stowed for travel.

Shelf stowed for travel.

We plan on driving more screws in it, then we’ll spray it with some glossy wood sealant.

Val also found this nifty flag and sectional flag holder while we were at Lowes.



How true, indeed.


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