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Old 10-10-2018, 07:25 AM   #1
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Anyone use either a RV or a porch trailer? I've been thinking of heading in this direction with competitions. Pros and cons of each?
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Old 10-10-2018, 07:58 AM   #2
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we have a porch trailer we use for our food truck business. We have competed with it a few times as well. I like it, but its set up as a kitchen not a cozy RV.
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Old 10-10-2018, 08:27 AM   #3
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What type of cooker? The J3?

RVs typically provide more 'creature comforts', but can take longer to get set up and tear down. With a porch trailer you can pretty much park and be ready to go, but it is harder to find one with a head and a place to sleep. Those are typically custom built so they are more expensive.
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What type of cooker? The J3?

RVs typically provide more 'creature comforts'.
Haha, This is the real reason for wanting an RV, but in reality I see more people with porch trailers. I think most people probably want the easier setup and available work space. Foregoing the comforts of home is probably a small price to pay to be able to do your best work possible in a kitchen-like setting. Who needs to shower anyway???
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Haha, This is the real reason for wanting an RV, but in reality I see more people with porch trailers. I think most people probably want the easier setup and available work space. Foregoing the comforts of home is probably a small price to pay to be able to do your best work possible in a kitchen-like setting. Who needs to shower anyway???
It's not so much the shower for us, but having a private toilet and a bed for my wife :)

We use a bumper pull toy hauler that has a bed and head in the front, a small kitchen area with a stove top, fridge and microwave, and then two fold down couches in the back. We keep one couch folded up and put our prep table in front of it and use the other couch during the day and that is where I sleep. When we were cooking on the FEC-100 or the Southern Q I would put the ramp on jack stands and roll the cooker onto the ramp. Now with the drums I roll them out and cook on the ground. I guess I could still use the ramp and find a way to protect it from the heat, but this saves us the steps of leveling the ramp.

We looked at porch trailers, but since we are used to the bed and head it is hard to find one used, and building to specs was expensive, so we're sticking with what we have.
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The above posts pretty much sum up the pros and cons. It really comes down to when you plan to arrive and who you cook with.

With the RV, we enjoy getting in on Thursday, setting up "Home" and enjoying the ammenities, and even staying over until Sunday depending on the venue. If I rolled in on Friday afternoon and back out on Sat solo, no set up would certainly be the way to go.
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We have a 5th wheel and pull the smoker behind that. It's not the best set up because it's so long pulling tandem. Looking to change it up in the not too distant future. Would like a 5th wheel toy hauler and an IVC with a couple UDS's. But I have to agree with Ron. RV for me. Plus when you're not competing, you can go camping. If you don't plan on getting into catering/ food truck business I would stick with RV
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The above posts pretty much sum up the pros and cons. It really comes down to when you plan to arrive and who you cook with.

With the RV, we enjoy getting in on Thursday, setting up "Home" and enjoying the ammenities, and even staying over until Sunday depending on the venue. If I rolled in on Friday afternoon and back out on Sat solo, no set up would certainly be the way to go.
This is pretty much how we roll as well.
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The above posts pretty much sum up the pros and cons. It really comes down to when you plan to arrive and who you cook with.

With the RV, we enjoy getting in on Thursday, setting up "Home" and enjoying the ammenities, and even staying over until Sunday depending on the venue. If I rolled in on Friday afternoon and back out on Sat solo, no set up would certainly be the way to go.
With my limited vacation time at work we rarely get to a site before 2pm on Friday, but we do stay until Sunday quite a bit. We have it down to a science (art?) and can be set up in less that an hour, and we split the work on tear down, my wife doing the inside stuff and I do the outside. We can typically be ready to roll by 3pm on Saturday if we need to.

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Plus when you're not competing, you can go camping.
That's what we thought, but in 5 years with the toy hauler guess how many times we have gone camping?

Yep... Zero We keep all of our comp stuff in the trailer, so going camping would mean cleaning it out
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Porch trailers are great for cooking but suck for sleeping. At times I wish we had gone with a fully enclosed trailer with beds in the back and no porch since we cook on cans. Then we cook a comp where it rains all damn weekend and the porch has never been nicer.
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That's what we thought, but in 5 years with the toy hauler guess how many times we have gone camping?

Yep... Zero We keep all of our comp stuff in the trailer, so going camping would mean cleaning it out
That's unfortunate, Ron. The camping part is relaxing. We do more camping than comps though.
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we just upgraded to a "porch" trailer (porch becuase it's all enclosed, we open up the ramp area when we're cooking), and we have an 8' kitchen, 3 bunks in the front and a bathroom with a shower. It's a game changer for us since it used to take an hour or more to set up, now we park, level, hook up power and water and we're good to go.
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Now with the drums I roll them out and cook on the ground.
Ron - Do you set up an EZ up, or cook under the awning. I find the EZ Up the biggest pain to properly set up/tie down, but enjoy the sitting space free'ed up.
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Ron - Do you set up an EZ up, or cook under the awning. I find the EZ Up the biggest pain to properly set up/tie down, but enjoy the sitting space free'ed up.
Awning, unless there is no chance of rain, then I don't worry about it. I agree that setting up and securing a pop up is a PITA :)
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we just upgraded to a "porch" trailer (porch becuase it's all enclosed, we open up the ramp area when we're cooking), and we have an 8' kitchen, 3 bunks in the front and a bathroom with a shower. It's a game changer for us since it used to take an hour or more to set up, now we park, level, hook up power and water and we're good to go.
This seems like the ideal situation. Best of both worlds. Saw some pics of the trailer on your facebook. Would you mind posting a pic or 2 of the bathroom area? Also, who built your trailer?
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