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Doc

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Hi - hoping someone can respond urgently. We are 490 owners but friends are looking at a 345 and are wondering about the cooking/washing arrangements. It looks like a fridge will fit in the rear of the camper and there's a kitchen area on the passenger side. But they're wondering if there's a quick solution for a more permanent cooker/washing set up - something that is basically off-the-shelf that will just slot in somewhere.

Also wondering if a 2014 or 2015 345 (I can't remember the year they're looking at) is likely to have had any CA upgrades (for instance suspension, drawer bar, electrics etc).

Any advice gratefully received.
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Doc,

Mine's an older 345, but I (like you) decided that it needed a decent kitchen setup.
My solution was not exactly "off the shelf" but it's proved to be very workable.
I removed the 600mm fridge slides from the rear of the trailer and re-installed them in the RHS front compartment (see photo). I made up a box from aluminium and installed another drawer inside that for pots and pans. (On 600mm Bunnings drawer slides). 
On top of the box is a two burner gas stove (with grill), cionnected to a 4kg gas bottle via a flexible hose that is long enough to allow the drawer to slide without needing to be disconnected from the stove. The stove is surrounded on two sides (rear and RHS) by a high aluminium wind barrier. 
Had to shift the jerry can box forward by about 25mm to allow the gas bottle and holder
to fit. 

You'll also see a drawer above the stove for storing cooking utensils etc. Again, a folded alumium box mounted on cheap runners from Bunnings. 

In the rear, I installed two long slides (long enough to reach the front of the wolf pack boxes) and then reinstalled the fridge on that long slide. In front of the fridge on the slide is a large aluminium box for carrying solar panels, portable HWS, small gas heater etc. 

While we still use the frame that hangs on the RHS Jerry can holder to support the wash bowl and drain rack, I'm sure the pull out drawer under rthe stove could be easily modified to perform this role. We just use it as a general food preparation area as it's handy being next to the stove.

The biggest expense in the project was purchasing the 1400mm or so heavy duty drawer slides for the fridge and storage box. Cost about $250 I think. 
The only "issue" is that if you roll out the rear drawer to its full extent, you are in danger of unbalancing the trailer if it's not hitched to your vehicle or if the rear legs are not lowered. 

Hope this helps you with your decision.

Alan 1UEV 345.jpg  2UEV 345.jpg 



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Thanks Alan for the response - I've forwarded our friends a link to the post.
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