There were several surprising things about the outdoor kitchen.
- There are 4 large holes in the back of the kitchen and a few small ones that are superhighways for critters. On nice days we tend to leave the door open so this had to be fixed.
- Coleman generally makes good products but the included grill had to go!
- I made the mistake of loading the fridge before a trip. The door came open and made a mess.
If you go into the bathroom of a 215RBK you’ll see two plastic vents. These are to allow the fridge to operate when the outside door is closed. Hot air from the back of the fridge goes through these vents.
But if you look at them from the kitchen side you’ll see to big gaping 4″ holes on the kitchen walls. Really, truly, humongous critters can go through these holes. I bough a set of 4″ screen inserts and installed them using silicone adhesive on the kitchen side. I thought I was done.
But, if you pull out the grill slide and look underneath you’ll see a few more holes. Its even easier to see if you pull out the drawer.
- A big hole between the slide and the drawer on the back wall for the electrical run to the outlets behind and next to the fridge.
- A big hole for plumbing and electric (on the left side).
- A small hole on the bottom for the three wires from the holding tank sensors.
- Two holes in the back of the outdoor shower for running the first segment of the shower hose.
The first three are prime candidates for Great Stuff Foam. I still don’t have a solution for the shower other than keeping the door closed when not in use since the hose will get a lot of movement when being used.
Ok, I can be a bit of a dummy. I carefully loaded lots of beer and diet coke cans into the fridge since we were only going 15 miles from home. Sure enough the door opened and a few of the cans leaked.
I still wanted cold stuff when I got to the beach so we came up with these child proofing straps. They work really nicely.
We tried grilling on the Coleman grill that came with the 215RBK with really bad results. Everything stuck to the sheet metal grate and it didn’t get hot enough to do a good job. We’ve been grilling on a Weber Q for years and really like the results.
We had bought a camping stove for our prior trailer and it fit where the Coleman was. It didn’t quite fit perfectly however, so we ended up putting two L-brackets underneath to hold it stable.
We had seen alternative designs where a tray was put on the slide out rails so an alternative grill like the Q could be placed there, but after a lot of thought we decided that we wanted both a stove and a grill.
We went all in and upgraded our Q with the wheeled stand so its easy to setup and tear down.
We also decided to stay with the small propane tanks and invested in a pair of refillable ones. We do have a hose adapter for 20 pound tanks and store it underneath the stove slide, but its only just in case.