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ARB camp kitchen slides and flips into gourmet backcountry cook station

ARB camp kitchen slides and fl...
By adding the swing-away design, ARB creates an L-shaped outdoor kitchen with loads of work space
By adding the swing-away design, ARB creates an L-shaped outdoor kitchen with loads of work space
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The highlight of the Slide Kitchen is the Thetford Argent triple-burner stove
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The highlight of the Slide Kitchen is the Thetford Argent triple-burner stove
By adding the swing-away design, ARB creates an L-shaped outdoor kitchen with loads of work space
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By adding the swing-away design, ARB creates an L-shaped outdoor kitchen with loads of work space
The Slide Kitchen isn't only for camping and overlanding
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The Slide Kitchen isn't only for camping and overlanding
The Slide Kitchen dishes out lunch at a local park
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The Slide Kitchen dishes out lunch at a local park
The Slide Kitchen sets up in less than 30 seconds
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The Slide Kitchen sets up in less than 30 seconds
The Slide Kitchen packs away neatly and works with ARB's drawer systems
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The Slide Kitchen packs away neatly and works with ARB's drawer systems
The collapsible sink doubles as a dish drain
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The collapsible sink doubles as a dish drain
The stove includes dual 1.75-kW burners and a 2.5-kW large burner, along with electric ignition
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The stove includes dual 1.75-kW burners and a 2.5-kW large burner, along with electric ignition
ARB Slide Kitchen utensil drawer
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ARB Slide Kitchen utensil drawer
Plenty of cooking power for a hearty breakfast
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Plenty of cooking power for a hearty breakfast
You couldn't filet that fish with just any slide-out kitchen worktop
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You couldn't filet that fish with just any slide-out kitchen worktop
A roomier camp kitchen for backcountry gourmets
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A roomier camp kitchen for backcountry gourmets
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Already deeply established in the overlanding game thanks to its off-road components, fridge/freezers, camping equipment and accessories, Australian brand ARB is branching out with one of the larger, smarter plug-and-play camper kitchens out there. Its new Slide Kitchen looks like any camper slide-out galley at first pull, but it swings, flips and pops into an L-shaped kitchen large enough to prepare (and clean up) a multi-course meal.

ARB certainly isn't the first brand with a slide-out kitchen to sell, as we've seen plenty over the years, including the Nomad Kitchen and the VanEssa tailgate kitchen. Usually such kitchens pack primary equipment like the stove, sink and maybe fridge onto a single slide-out, limiting the amount of workspace that campers have for chopping, mixing and plating.

The Slide Kitchen sets up in less than 30 seconds
The Slide Kitchen sets up in less than 30 seconds

ARB opens things up with a dual-arm design that creates a much more prep-friendly outdoor cooking space. The single slide-out does technically house the stove and sink but on a separate arm below the worktop. That arm swings out like a folding knife blade, bringing the stove and sink out into the open and leaving the full 49-inch-long (125-cm) stainless steel worktop completely clear for food prep and camp work. A drawer below the endmost section stores utensils, and the slide can hold up to 66 lb (30 kg) distributed evenly over the length of the worktop.

You couldn't filet that fish with just any slide-out kitchen worktop
You couldn't filet that fish with just any slide-out kitchen worktop

The stove/sink arm stops at 90 degrees for a comfortable L-shaped space, and the sink extension folds outward. The collapsible sink basin pops into shape, and the tempered glass stove flips for access to the three burners of the Thetford stove. The design doesn't include a water supply or tap so campers will have to bring their own to wash dishes in the sink. The sink platform holds up to 33 lb (15 kg), so something compact and light like the Geyser or GoSun Flow would probably work well. The sink includes a drain and doubles as a drying rack.

The Slide Kitchen can be mounted on its own or in conjunction with additional drawers and slides from ARB's Outback Solution roller drawer lineup, including the slide-out fridge shown in the photos. It's designed to be mounted on the passenger side for safe use when parked on the side of the road.

The Slide Kitchen dishes out lunch at a local park
The Slide Kitchen dishes out lunch at a local park

The Slide Kitchen is available in Australia and New Zealand starting at AU$2,795 (approx. US$2,165). ARB is currently looking at the possibility of bringing it to other markets, though it's not sure if or when that will happen. The company does have a global footprint with an established presence in markets that include Europe and the US.

Source: ARB

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2 comments
paul314
That load capacity seems maybe less than what you would want if you want to do serious cooking. Certainly don't put any heavy pots/skillets on the end of the prep shelf, don't lean on it, and don't try to pound cutlets or take apart whole meat with a cleaver. I know support legs would be so inelegant, but they might be way functional.
BlueOak
Not sure about “gourmet” label, but a nice concept and priced at a premium like their highly rated ARB mobile fridges.