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Hi, my name is Nick Featherstone and here is my story of how and why I decided to build the Castaway Camping Kitchen.
For 15 years I had a classic 1970's Bay Window T2 VW campervan which had all of the necessary facilities to make camping a real enjoyment. You're not just sleeping off the ground and in the warm, but you also have all of your cooking facilities around you to make light work of rustling up a sandwich, making a cup of tea, toast or even a complete fry-up!
In 2015 I decided to sell my lovely camper for something newer, more economical, and more importantly faster. However, I wasn't sure if I wanted a 'full blown' camper, particularly since we now had three young sons who were only going to get bigger and need more space.
I went ahead and bought the long wheel base T5 shuttle, took the middle row of seats out, made a folding bed for the back (watch this space for the launch of this product) and 'hey presto' we had what we needed. A fast, economical, reliable van. From the previous camping set up we had kept the awning with the bedroom section and all of the furniture which included pop up wardrobes, larders, cooker stations, carpet... we had everything? So we thought?
However, once we went camping one major element of my old van was sorely missed. The ready to go built in cooker unit with all of its storage.
The first moment that I realised there was a problem was even before we left our home for our first camping trip in the new van. Where is the kitchen 'stuff'? I hastily commenced rummaging through my garage in bags that had not seen the light of day since the last camping trip a year before. Of course none of it was as it should have been in any sort of orderly fashion. No, of course not! 'Was it even all there?' I thought to myself. I didn't have the time time to fill in a spreadsheet and tick everything off. What if we left a tin opener behind or more importantly a bottle opener for my beers!
It was at this point that I thought, 'wouldn't it be great if I had some sort of wooden box that contained all of my camp kitchen 'stuff' including the cooker and gas bottle which was 'ready to go' and sat in my garage?'. I then thought back to my parents' trailer tent that had a kitchen bolted on the back of it that just lifted off and sat on four extending legs. 'I could create something like that?'
It was at this point that I thought that maybe I should look into creating a business where a quality product could be designed and produced that would fill this void.
This Castaway Camping Kitchen has been created for both car and van owners. You can keep the kitchen in your garage for most of the year or leave it in the boot of your vehicle. In both instances you will have the peace of mind that all of the necessary kitchen equipment that you need is still there from your last camping trip. Pull the kitchen out of your vehicle partially resting one edge on your bumper and by putting only two legs in place for speedy use. Otherwise you can remove the kitchen completely and have it standing on four stainless steel legs away from your vehicle.
All materials used are of the highest quality that I could source. I wanted to produce a product that I could be proud of, a product that I would see around camp sites in years to come that would still look and function well, a product that would last for many years harking back to my younger days when products lasted or at least could be fixed before this modern day 'throw away' culture existed.
So here it is... the Castaway Camping Kitchen, a high quality, versatile, modular, and customisable camping kitchen designed and produced in Cheltenham, Great Britain, and designed to last.
If you are interested in having the Castaway Camping Kitchen built for you then please give me a call to discuss.
My old VW T2 Bay window camper
My new VW T5 shuttle with my bespoke bed system
My new VW T5 shuttle with the kitchen sat on the boot
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