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I'm working my way through some mods for an upcoming 2-3 week trip that my wife and I will be taking in the Jeep late this Fall. Its probably going to be the thing that finally pushes me over the hump to buy a Dometic 50 fridge and a slide-out tray.

Which of course, then leads me down the slippery slope of "going all the way" and putting in some sort of trail kitchen...

I love to cook, and we love to eat, so having a good setup for camp cooking is a big bonus. I really miss having a truck tailgate (which I'd become accustomed to over the last 15 years). I'm trying to figure out how to optimize the Jeep for trips and would love feedback from others that have gone down this rabbit hole...

About my needs/usage scenarios:

1. The Jeep is "sorta" a daily driver. We drive it when we feel like it (which is usually a couple times a week) but no one uses it to commute

2. We don't have space to store stuff, so whatever gets installed in the Jeep will have to stay there

3. I do a lot of solo and 2-person hunting/fishing trips in the Jeep. Having a spot to process game would be very handy (i.e. sink with water and maybe a foot pump). I figure the sink could just become another storage bin when not in use

4. I currently have a Smittybilt Atlas rear bumper with 35" spare, jerry cans, & shovel+hi lift jack when I'm geared up for a trip. In other words - a lot of weight hanging off the back already...

5. I'm planning to add a roof rack - leaning towards the Rhino units because of their low profile, but they bolt through the roof and have some bracketry that runs inside the hard top - I need to make sure I get systems that will work together.

6. I'd like to maintain access to the little cubby under the rear deck, but that might not be entirely practical (maybe I'll put a bladder in there and plumb a small water tank...(?)

So far, I've been looking at the MorRyde Trail Kitchen and the AT Overland Equipment JK storage solutions

Any other options I should be considering? Any other feedback or "gotchas" would be most welcome. (such as "one thing I wish I'd realized before I installed a trail kitchen was..." and so on)
 

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Check out this thread.
https://www.wranglerforum.com/f274/jk-2-door-camping-2349945-3.html
Go back a page of two- the guy with the ultimate slide out kitchen is on here. I can't find the thread now but there was a good thread of his that had every option available on it. If you PM him I am sure he can send it to you.
I am a simple girl- I have Rightline storage bags which are a great way to take advantage of the wheel well space. Posted a pic for you. And a rear hitch rack. I use every but of space on my rear Bartact covers. I always have a dog with me so things like fridges aren't an option.
 

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I'm a big fan of AT-Overland. I'd suggest calling and talking to either Martyn or Mario. Mario has spent countless hours living out of their JK ---- I've been in it and it's impressive.

Get ideas from Frontrunner too. Go wild. You only live once.
 

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Thanks everyone! - I'll follow up on those leads. Yea, I'm semi-retired and feeling young and healthy, so I'm definitely in the mode of making life more joyful to live! This was part of the calculus of getting another Jeep after a 15 year hiatus.
 

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The MORryde was designed by our own Jeff Scherb @jscherb. It's very well thought out.

Perhaps he will chime in here.
 

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Big fan of AT-Overland too. But, also consider Goose Gear’s Camp Kitchen. Camp Kitchen 2.3
 

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If I were going that route, if be tempted to go with some sort of off road trailer... maybe a MULE, or a tear-drop of some kind. I only have a JK with the rear seats removed and it is my DD. It would be nice to not carry a lot of stuff every day, but just hitch it up when I wanted to go.
 

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If I were going that route, if be tempted to go with some sort of off road trailer... maybe a MULE, or a tear-drop of some kind. I only have a JK with the rear seats removed and it is my DD. It would be nice to not carry a lot of stuff every day, but just hitch it up when I wanted to go.
Yea, I honestly think this would be the ideal option, but unfortunately I have no place to keep a trailer. We have too many cars (college-aged kids) and no garage.

Also, the Jeep seems to me to be too gutless to be able to pull much if anything (it struggles as is when loaded with gear). Then again, I'm used to towing with trucks...
 

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Yea, I honestly think this would be the ideal option, but unfortunately I have no place to keep a trailer. We have too many cars (college-aged kids) and no garage.



Also, the Jeep seems to me to be too gutless to be able to pull much if anything (it struggles as is when loaded with gear). Then again, I'm used to towing with trucks...
It would have to be a light trailer.
 

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Another thing I like about forcing myself to stuff everything into the Jeep (and not a trailer) is I can avoid this



"Can't decide what to take, so we take EVERYTHING." lol . Queue Beverly Hillbillies theme music...
 

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Your use case is very similar to my own. Here’s where I wound up:

1. Write off that space under the cargo area. I agonized over how I could use it in conjunction with my Trail Kitchen but ultimately have not missed it.
2. I bought my kitchen from these guys
https://overlandkitchen.com/product/stainless-steel/
This trail kitchen has tons of storage and a great slider to mount your stove to, a prep surface, and pot storage all together. There is remaining space between the sides of the kitchen and the wheel wells for me to store my camp chairs and table. The section where you see my cooler will accommodate most trail refrigerators or a 65qt Yeti.
3. Installed the AEV Roof Rack which is basically identical to the Rhino Pioneer Rack. It does bolt through the hardtop into the sport cage. I was okay with the permanent installation as I never take off my hardtop. I wanted maximum weight capacity for my Roof Top Tent.
4. For my RTT, I went with the James Baroud Evasion and have been extremely happy with it. It only takes a minute or two to setup and break down.
5. Added since this picture, is a Baroud awning off the rear of the roof rack to provide cover when cooking.
 

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I ended up taking ideas from all of the options out there and building my own setup with a power panel off the side. Took me about 2 months to build in my spare time, but I saved a bunch of money compared to the Goose Gear setup. I have plans to build a side table with a sink setup and then a plate system behind the front seats.
 

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I went simple and built a plywood platform to mount my fridge slide. The platform bolts down to the existing holes where the tie-downs are. Being a raised platform to allow room for the subwoofer, I can slide stuff under it. I currently keep an extension cord and when I am at home or a campsite with electric I plug the fridge into 110v. I should get the gumption to build a fancy camp kitchen but that probably won't happen. Right now I am fine stacking some plastic containers with cookware and food.
 

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If I were going that route, if be tempted to go with some sort of off road trailer... maybe a MULE, or a tear-drop of some kind. I only have a JK with the rear seats removed and it is my DD. It would be nice to not carry a lot of stuff every day, but just hitch it up when I wanted to go.
I started with a Conqueror Compact and moved to a teardrop.
Nothing like having a king mattress, fridge, and a couple of burners ready in a moment.

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I ended up taking ideas from all of the options out there and building my own setup with a power panel off the side. Took me about 2 months to build in my spare time, but I saved a bunch of money compared to the Goose Gear setup. I have plans to build a side table with a sink setup and then a plate system behind the front seats.
That looks gorgeous. Did you use 80/20 aluminum framing, or something different. Building something myself might give me the excuse I've needed to buy a sliding compound miter saw... :)

Also, for those of you with this sort of setup in your Jeeps - do any of you hunt? If so, where do you carry your long guns (particularly something really long like a shotgun with a 30+ inch barrel)
 

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My barrel is only 18.5" ---- but this is GA and we just throw the gun in back...

I'd like one of those locking cabinets though. They're slick.
 
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