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Old 03-02-2013, 10:47 AM   #1
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I know that ALL Redwood owners LOVE their kitchens. My question is: when you were out shopping for your new RV (some of you are still shopping)....On a scale ofimportance... say 1-5 (5 being the most important), where does the important of the kitchen fall? Was/is it one of the deciding factors or not so much and why?

First and foremost: 2012 Redwood 36RL .....I quickly want to introduce myself - My name is Evada Cooper - author of the RV Centennial Cookbook, Celebrating 100 Years of RVing. I'm a writer for several national RV magazines providing content on successful living in the RV kitchen. I travel America giving educational seminars at RV Shows, Rallies, Campgrounds and dealerships. I want to invite you all over to my facebook page 'My RV Kitchen with Lady E'. I have just started my new website, as well. which is a love project that is just beginning ....and I invite you all to stop by.

My background is in the Food Industry where I owned and operated a restaurant for 15 years in my Central Texas hometown of Rockdale. Soon thereafter, I became a full-time RV'er and began the journey of learning how to be self sufficient ... then as being a single mom (along with a 16yr old daughter) and learning how to live successfully in my 5th was a huge hurdle for me. Because of my love for the food industry....I stayed in the profession working as a General Manager for other restaurant owners.

Fast Forward a number of years - I am now remarried Terry Cooper - The Texas RV Professor who is a Master Certified RVIA/RVDA RV Technician and professional instructor. He previously has taught at several colleges in Texas and across the United States. Together we have built a new company called Mobile RV Academy. Currently, the Professor travels to the dealerships and doing maintenance training on the spot....We call it 'target training'. While he is doing his thing....I do mine which is consumer RV education. (Oh...and we do it all living and traveling full-time in our Redwood).

So with all that being said, the questions that I ask to potential RV owners and those who have been doing it awhile (like you)....all plays an important part in my seminar presentations. I thank you ahead of time for your comments and any information that you can provide. You will see me throughout the forums asking more questions and commenting on your posts, as well.

Thank you,
Lady E Cooper

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Old 03-02-2013, 11:11 AM   #2
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Lady Cooper welcome!

as for our RL kitchen, I can't say we love it but it gets us by. Yes a kitchen is VERY important to my wife and I but I feel like it's one of the sacrifices that has to be made in order to not tip the weight scale too much. I think redwood did a good job with the kitchen but I'm hoping that they get better as more thought goes into them. It has been the best kitchen we've ever had in an RV.
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Old 03-02-2013, 03:26 PM   #3
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For us the kitchen was not a huge determining factor in selecting a floor plan. We liked the fwd lounge and needed open space as we have 2 large dogs. The FL best met those requirements.

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Old 03-02-2013, 03:53 PM   #4
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Since I have all the gadgets to cook outside the coach the kitchen didn't really enter into the equation regarding the purchase of our Redwood 36FL. We have a grill, gas stove tops, "Green Egg" and a Coleman oven so we are pretty self sufficient to cook outside the coach. We did require a dishwasher, and the Fischer & Pakel dish drawer does a great job.
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:50 PM   #5
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For us we fell in love with the Island Counter as it gives us enough space where we can both work on the counter at the same time, one on each side. We had two main priorities, Island Counter and All in One Bathroom. The RL gave us both.
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Old 03-02-2013, 06:23 PM   #6
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We fulltime, so the kitchen was a deal breaker for us. We looked at a number of class a's and c's, but the counter tops were only about 2'wide. Having designed kitchens, I was very aware that if ther's no counter space, there's no storage space above or below. The pantry cabinet and island were enough to convice us that the RW was the way to go. My mantra was "If I can't make an apple pie in it, the kitchen's too small!"
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Old 03-02-2013, 06:27 PM   #7
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We have an RL and love the kitchen layout and it was another of the key reasons we purchased a Redwood

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Old 03-02-2013, 06:42 PM   #8
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My wife and I decided the best way to buy an RV was for me to chose the chassis and needed running gear, for both of us to choose the floor plan and for her to choose the kitchen and the decorating. Works for us, and she likes the kitchen in the 36FB

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Old 03-02-2013, 08:25 PM   #9
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Hey Evada, How are you and Mr. T........Terry and Evada came to our mini rally a few weeks ago in Canton, Texas She has a great magazine with lots of good tips for the RV and convection microwave cooking...At one of our group cookouts she brought over some special brownies..( NO.Marijuana) .She brouht them over after dark so we couldn't see them...They were burnt on the bottomJust kidding about being burnt...They were awsome and they were all gone when the party was over...The Professor was really helpful to us all and we had a greaat time. Evada does your website tell us how to get your cookbook? Back to the real subject we bought the FB becaause of the large tub and private stool area...We also love our kitchen and the island counter (except when the slides are in it's hard to get back and forth in that area) Bath is a 5 kitchen is a 4.8
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:36 PM   #10
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Hi Evada from the Vineyards. I metyou and your husband a couple of weeks ago when you were here. I was working the gate and stopped by to ask Terry some questions about my door and another couple came up and you gave them a Redwood book. They came to our rig a few days later and we gave them a tour and happy to say last week at the Dallas RV show they committed to a 36RL. The kitchen was very important to our selection. The 36RL was perfect and that and the quality of the rig overall made up our minds.
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