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Hitchable slide-out kitchen helps convert a car or truck into a camper

Hitchable slide-out kitchen helps convert a car or truck into a camper
Add a rooftop tent to this Camportable G-Class setup, and you have a rugged 4x4 micro-camper
Add a rooftop tent to this Camportable G-Class setup, and you have a rugged 4x4 micro-camper
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Add a rooftop tent to this Camportable G-Class setup, and you have a rugged 4x4 micro-camper
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Add a rooftop tent to this Camportable G-Class setup, and you have a rugged 4x4 micro-camper
The Camportable includes rear lights and plugs into the hitch plug for power
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The Camportable includes rear lights and plugs into the hitch plug for power
Enjoying a sunset cookout with the Camportable kitchen
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Enjoying a sunset cookout with the Camportable kitchen
Camportable uses an all-in-one Dometic sink/dual-burner stove
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Camportable uses an all-in-one Dometic sink/dual-burner stove
Integrated lighting makes for more convenient night cooking
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Integrated lighting makes for more convenient night cooking
Light check
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Light check
The Camportable has dual lockable drawers below the counter
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The Camportable has dual lockable drawers below the counter
Cooking with the Camportable kitchen
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Cooking with the Camportable kitchen
The 14-L Dometic fridge is more of a drinks cooler than a large food/drink fridge, but the Camportable keeps room inside the vehicle free for those who want to carry a larger fridge or cooler
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The 14-L Dometic fridge is more of a drinks cooler than a large food/drink fridge, but the Camportable keeps room inside the vehicle free for those who want to carry a larger fridge or cooler
Camportable drawers
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Camportable drawers
Popping the Camportable drawers
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Popping the Camportable drawers
The Camportable kitchen is designed to work with vehicles that have a hitch capable of carrying more than 50 kg
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The Camportable kitchen is designed to work with vehicles that have a hitch capable of carrying more than 50 kg
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Want a sweet slide-out kitchen like a mini-camper van but don't want to mount something semi-permanent and hard to remove? Polish startup Camportable has a new solution in an all-in-one kitchen that mounts to the vehicle hitch, easily adding rear galley capabilities without any tinkering inside the vehicle.

The vehicle itself is free to carry passengers and cargo, and the kitchen is always at the ready, whether for an extensive arrival dinner or a quick roadside lunch break. After the camping trip ends, it removes in one quick motion, bringing the vehicle back to everyday form.

We've seen a variety of plug-and-play camp kitchen solutions over the years, from camper-in-a-box kits, to expandable outdoor kitchen boxes, to slide-out drawer kitchens, to pickup bed kits.

We've also seen a hitch-mounted product or two, but the Camportable kit is more comprehensive than other hitch products, carrying all the amenities you'd get from a full camper kitchen in an 84-lb (38-kg) aluminum crate filled with Dometic appliances.

Cooking with the Camportable kitchen
Cooking with the Camportable kitchen

Camportable promises that set-up takes a mere 30 seconds, faster than the typical rooftop tent. Campers simply unlock the waterproof sealed lid, flip it open and gain immediate access to the Dometic sink/dual-burner stove combo and worktop. The stove is powered by a 1-kg gas canister, and the sink is plumbed to 10-L fresh and 10-L waste water tanks. The under-counter drawers store the tanks, a 14-L Dometic fridge box and space for kitchen utensils, dishes and tools. A spout on top provides easy fresh tank filling, and the box weighs a total of 106 lb (48 kg) with a full fresh water tank.

The Camportable kitchen rides on a lockable hitch bar that raises it above bumper height to improve ground clearance and departure angle. Like some bike racks and gear carriers, the Camportable hitch bar includes a tilt-back feature, allowing users to move the kitchen out of the way to access the lift-gate.

The 47 x 25 x 24-in (120 x 64 x 60-cm) Camportable features an aluminum skin, along with plastic trim, atop a plywood frame. Plans call for it to be packaged with the hitch mounting kit, electrical connections, rear vehicle lighting bar and interior LED strip lighting.

Camportable completed its production-ready design in 2021, but it will have to find a new path to funding after today's cancellation of an unsuccessful Kickstarter campaign. The campaign mentioned a planned retail price of PLN18,450 (approx. US$4,600) and a two-part launch plan for European and global deliveries.

Source: Camportable

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5 comments
5 comments
Ornery Johnson
Nice concept for it's broad applicability, but should be developed further:
1) add the ability to at least partially extend/rotate the unit away from the vehicle to allow rear door access
2) better utilize the interior of the lid, with specialized pockets for cooking/eating utensils, lighter, etc.
3) make an extendable countertop that slides out to the left side.
BlueOak
Amusing to see it displayed on a riding high G-wagon. Like typical G-wagon owners have ever slept in a sleeping bag, much less a tent.

But more importantly, look at the clearance between the road and typical car or minivan hitch - this thing would get destroyed at the first parking lot exit.
Tomek
Hi, thanks for any remarks. Just to make it straight. Rotation of the unit is possible with Van Swing (mainly EU) or Thule Swing Away:-) Interior will be filled with tailor made fulfillment to keep any utilities in place while driving. As we tested extendable countertops it get dirty too much. G-wagon owner sleep in different places I can assure. The clearance is more the efficient for any vehicle. all the best in 2022. We hope to meet outdoors with you.
Signguy
Too much money.
TomLeeM
I think that is really neat. I can see myself using it with my Jeep Liberty. The price seems steep but one does get a lot of storage with it and it frees up storage area in ones vehicle. Could it have 'legs' where one can leave it at a campsite?