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Posted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 1:54 pm    Comment from reader in regards to countertop space

Something I see a lot in trailers (and houses) is a lack of counter space.  It always seems to be chopped up amongst the sink and stove etc.  Try to put as much countertop run in one place as you can.  One 12” space is infinitely more useful than 6” here and 4” over there and 2” by the door.


Posted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 2:25 pm    Post subject: Countertop layout

You are correct about the wasted space in TT's and kitchens in particular. Scroll up a few posts and you can see the size of my counter top. 80-inches wide and 34-inches deep along the front.

The reason I decided to go with a CT was not being able to find anything in a travel trailer that met my needs. I think the demographics for a travel trailer manufacturer are two adults, (Mom and Dad) and two teenagers, one boy, and one girl. That's why there is so much frilly stuff and tacky trim.

Posted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 12:49 pm    Question from reader.  Would you do anything different?

We are looking at an 8x18, and it has been very helpful to look at the pictures of your RV door and windows. Your base unit is a Continental Cargo, correct? Would you change anything else on a factory order? My better half is a cabinet maker/Formica man who is now on oxygen and can't do much of the work. Breaks his perfectionist heart. We wanted a curved roof, it rains 8 months out of the year here. I noticed yours came without the luan strips hiding the edges of the plywood, was that a request of yours?

Posted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 2:20 pm    Reply

My trailer is sold by TheTrailerShowroom in North Carolina.  The manufacturer is Lark Industries in Douglas, Georgia.

I requested the flat roof and the flat front. (no bend at all across the front). The regular flat front still has a 3/4" bow across the front. Making the front completely flat was the idea of the Lark factory so it would be easier to install my custom front picture window.

The flat roof too, was suggested by the factory.  It gives me more room for shelves along the top and makes installing the interior finishes a lot easier. The flat roof does have a 5/8" bow in it to shed the rain.

The wood trim strips were removed by me. I removed all of the plywood so I could touch up the insulation and tape all insulation seams. I reused almost all the old plywood for concealed areas and I cut it up for the ceiling furring strips.

I had been debating about staying with a white exterior or paying extra for the colored.  I learned at the factory that the colored aluminum was significantly thicker than the white aluminum. 

The only things I would do differently for "the next one" (LOL) would be to delete the insulation option and do it all myself. I would also delete the plywood on the walls.  The large side window could have been one of the same size but also be able to pop out as an emergency exit. 

I am very happy with my purchase from TheTrailerShowroom and the trailer that Lark Industries made for me.