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    After our camoping the weekend at Kam'Bati I decided it is time to look at pimping my XT140. I bought the trailer in January with the Howling moon TTT and I am extremely happy with it. After due concideration I have decided that a kitchen area would be a benefit and this is my thoughts.

    Firstly I want to enclose the roof rack area. As you should know Jurgens has an extension available that converts the roofrack to a storage space with two drawer/packing areas each side. I have decided to box this are off and rather provide more space inside the trailer. Also fit a shelve in here to load the tables on.

    Secondly I want to use the space on the kitchen side on the wheel arch and extending to the height of the TTT for a box acting as a kitchen. This will incorporate the electrical connections as well as the filler for the water tank.

    I will start tonight with taking some measurements. Then I need to decide what exactly I will be putting into the kitchen and what to do with the space available. BUt let the ideas come. What I am looking for is ways to attach glasses and plates. What kinda storage or methods of storage is best for these items?

    Looking forward to some ideas from everyone.

    Keep checking in, this is going to be an awesome thread.

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    Hey Karel, We also bought a used XT140 a few months ago. Before I took delivery of it I had a kitchen box made fron stainless steel. I then built a marine ply box exactly the same size as 2 Ammo boxes and with a lockdown lid. When we get to site we set it up as you can see in the picture. We have tons of space for everything. We have a double plate 2 ring gas stove that I light with a blowtorch. We also have 2 Indel B 45L freezer / fridges giving us flexibility and 90L of cooler space.
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    Excellent setup wish I had something similar done instead of the @#$% I received (Kitchen mod only-not my trailer)

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    Hi all
    This is what i have done to my XT, see pic.
    Similar to yours Gerald. Very nice idea with the box.
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    Thanks Guys, you will notice that the stove hangs off the side of the kitchen box so there is more space for preperation on the kitchen door. We also fitted a 12v battery system. We also fitted a 12v water pump from the tanks to a tap next to the fridges on the nosecone. We have a porta potty so swambo diesent have to run outside at night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by William62 View Post
    Excellent setup wish I had something similar done instead of the @#$% I received (Kitchen mod only-not my trailer)
    I can understand your fustration. It seems that Jurgens thought that their clients would eat in a restuarant or make a fire on the ground! But it won't cost much to make the xt140 into a really good trailer. We are still new at this but have enjoyed it thoroughly. If you want more pics i will post them.

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    Hi Gerald

    A closeup pic of the layout of your kitchen please.
    Looking at doing something similar in my box, want to get the jurgens plastic crockery set, don't like the steel plates and cups.
    Im looking to replace all the ammoboxes with 2 wooden boxes on the rear slider, swambo hates the ammoboxes. Jurgens is busy fitting the exstentionbox for me, exstra packing space
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gidvix View Post
    Hi Gerald

    A closeup pic of the layout of your kitchen please.
    Looking at doing something similar in my box, want to get the jurgens plastic crockery set, don't like the steel plates and cups.
    Im looking to replace all the ammoboxes with 2 wooden boxes on the rear slider, swambo hates the ammoboxes. Jurgens is busy fitting the exstentionbox for me, exstra packing space
    I will take some pictures tomorrow and post them for you! We use the original Jurgens Safari plates and mugs which we bought from Campworld. The space that we made for the glasses is a bit small so we also take a canvas padded bag for bigger glasses. The 2xAmmo box replacement box is the best thing I have done. We carry all the fryingpans and kitchen utensils plus a stack of groceries in the box. When we set up camp we simply take the lid off and place the loaded box on top of the SS kitchen box. I tie it back with 2 bungie cords. If we go out we leave the box in place and put the lid back on still retaining the bungie cords, no monkey problems. Just a point, make sure you can lift the ammo box replacements if you need to take them out. I have a 3 ammo boxes I take with but usually they stay inside the trailer. What exactl are Jurgens fitting for you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gidvix View Post
    Hi Gerald

    A closeup pic of the layout of your kitchen please.
    Looking at doing something similar in my box, want to get the jurgens plastic crockery set, don't like the steel plates and cups.
    Im looking to replace all the ammoboxes with 2 wooden boxes on the rear slider, swambo hates the ammoboxes. Jurgens is busy fitting the exstentionbox for me, exstra packing space
    Hi Here are the pictures as requested. Will send more later!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geraldv View Post
    Hi Here are the pictures as requested. Will send more later!
    Hi all, Here are the close ups of the two kitchen units. They were designed by Swambo for Swambo on her Autocad. The 2Ammo box replacement is made of 6mm marine ply supplied and cut by Tmber City. This is the key. After that it is dead easy to make. I just glued and nailed it with my nail-gun. If any one would like a copy of the plans and the cutting list let me know. I will e mail them to you in pdf format.
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    Hi guys
    Sorry for my long absence, but struggled with Bronchitus the past days.
    Here are my first phase. I made a steel frame to fit in place of the trailer lid and roofrack. Then refitted the tent 30mm lower than before. I found that in some cases after levelling the trailer with the stabilisers, that the tent was just a little to high to be pitched properly.
    After that I enclosed the entire frame with tread plate with a flat DOWN door infront. Flap down so u need not worry about a piston nor something to hold it up. I am in process of fitting the doorflap. All other sides are done and made waterproof.

    Next phase will be to put a "floor" at the bottom of this frame, also level to the highest point of the trailer. Then that whole open space becomes a loading bay for the ladder, gazebo, chairs and tables.

    Once that is done a full size kitchen will be build on the kitchen side of the trailer. Stretching from the wheel arch to the tent base. But more of that later.

    Positive points on my mod. Although Jurgens has the extension fitting in the same area as where I have build the enclosure, something serious to concider is the weight. I have been told the lid and Roofrack are over a 100kgs. My frame and alu panels are 38kgs. That leaves me with over 60kgs to pack and only breaking even. For me a must was having the whole area open to pack large things like foldup tables, gazebo, etc. so having smaller doors or hatches was not my idea.

    So thats the progress so far. Let rip the comments.

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    Hi Karel,
    Sorry to hear you were ill. Get better soon. Well done on your modifications. I like the idea of making the carrier area into an enclosed compartment. The space under the lid is so small if you have a double ammo box rack and if you forget to take the tables etc out of there before you set up camp then you have to do without. Also you have to be Tarzan to open it up by yourself. Use that space wisely. Rather make compartments for each item, that way you can fit more in. I personally would make a small clothes cupboard on the bedroom side and then use the rest the same way you are doing. I will think about it some more and get back to you. Please post pictures as you go! Thanks.

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    Gerald, thanks for the wishes.

    The clothing cupboard will come after the kitchen, but is defenitly on the cards. Time is a little tight though, so moving along very slowly this side.

    Leaving for Orlando, Florida on Monday and hope to finish the flap down lid before then. Thats if Swambo will allow me some time, seeing that I will be enjoying tropical Florida sun for three weeks on my own......... ;-)

    Will keep the pics updated.

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    Hi Gerald
    These are the only pics i can find on the net, but this is what the extension box looks like, when installed. It's got two big drawers on each side, unfortunately i'm loosing one drawer because of the kitchen box.
    Thanks for the pics,helps a lot, my box looks a little bit higher than yours so cant use the exact measurements.

    Happy camping
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    Thanks for showing me this. I have seen one like this on Gumtree. How much did Jurgens charge you for the extension box? Think it would save a lot of sweat if I could just buy one. This is the picture I saw. Nice!!
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    The extension box was around R11k. And extremely heavy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gidvix View Post
    Hi Gerald
    These are the only pics i can find on the net, but this is what the extension box looks like, when installed. It's got two big drawers on each side, unfortunately i'm loosing one drawer because of the kitchen box.
    Thanks for the pics,helps a lot, my box looks a little bit higher than yours so cant use the exact measurements.

    Happy camping
    Remember the marine ply box I made is exactly the same size as 2 ammo boxes so it fits inside the carrier when traveling. change the size and you will have huge problems transporting the box!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karel View Post
    The extension box was around R11k. And extremely heavy.

    K
    Thanks, I will wait till you get back from overseas (Sigh!!) and look at your pictures as you progress. R11k is too much and i need less weight! I will rather build it myself. Swambo will design it on autocad and do a stress analysis etc and I will make it as light as possible with all the stuff I want. I will spray it exactly or better than Jurgens do.
    Thanks for the heads up Karel!

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    Morning Gerald

    I paid R5500.00, I will ask the guys at campworld about the weight. Remember they remove the lid so you are loosing weight before they install the box. Will get back to you on that one.
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    Campworld just got back to me,according to them the extension box is 1kg heavier than the lid and Carrier. Contact your local campworld and ask them about the price.
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