Portable Camp Table GSI Outdoors Camp Gourmet Kitchen
Portable camp table the GSI camp table gets four star rating and has a lot of Amazon reviews. I have been a hunter and camper and spent a lot of weekends camping and this is one of the better ideas I have seen to improve your family camping experience. The best advice I have seen on this particular portable camp table is to set it up previously to going camping then if needed up grade it to your standards.
Testing the product before using it may not seem right to some buyers but most all campers I have met would just do this anyway. I really like the ideas brought forward in the reviews on the GSI portable camp table like changing the fittings to have better water flow and adding a foot pump or setting the system up for a gravity feed.
I would also suggest looking into getting a solar heated water bag for the gravity feed to the sink for some of the longer camping trips. This could also be used as a shower set up if done right. Not right in the kitchen but it is easy to run a hose from a solar water bag. This is a great way to save heating cost and would mean less fuel to heat water and lighter load to pack camping.
The best part of getting a camp trip set up right is the amount of time doing the chores is cut to a minimum and this increases the time to spend doing the sports like hiking or playing out door games. I have always found it hard to make it easier on the cook when camping especially if there children to attend to also great innovations like the portable camp stove are just one way of starting to set up a camping trip and really enjoy the out doors.
One of the best systems I have used to great effect is to start your supply list a week ahead and post it so all can add to it. Then plan most all meals in advance and just take what is needed instead of the whole house. If you want extra food just plan your snacks as separate package with or instead of meals.More great portable camp table information
Some of the best camping set ups include having a rope to hang clothes out to dry or lots of rope to cut up to set tarps up in case. we always took enough tarps to cover most all the camp for wind or rain protection. This idea saved us many times on many camping trips in most cases the tarps were used and the trip was saved . The other step to plan is fire wood if a camp fire is planed knowing in advance can save a lot of headaches later.
In setting up the portable camp kitchen it is better to discus it with the family and make sure you are with in reach of all needed facility’s like water and out houses ore what ever needs to be considered level tent site. It is always nice to be able to camp in the same site as you eat in a comfortable distance from neighbors. I will include one of the camper reviews on this folding camp table just to give an idea if you think this product is for you:
“I bought this camp kitchen over the summer and took it on several camping trips with me. It’s fairly easy to set up and take down (I could do it without help) and is very easy to keep clean.
So, after using it a few times, here’s what I’ve found:
1. Easy set up and take down.
2. Easy to keep clean.
3. Very convenient for hand and dish washing.
4. Very adjustable- you can put the wire attachment on just about any side of the thing, which is nice because all camp sites are different.
5. Stores nice – I have it in a small coat closet now.
6. Cutting boards included- they double as the stow away sink covers.
7. Has lots of storage capabilities- either under the sink on the wire rack, or hanging on the provided hooks. I also put my paper towel roll on one of the wire legs on top of the sink.
1. If used a lot in a short period of time, the fresh water will come a little loose and start to leak.
2. Can be unstable if not on the most even of ground. It has little adjusters on the four legs of the table (which is great) but they don’t work very well.
3. The sink basins are a little shallow.
4. The water jugs are not included (I guess which is fine, they were not expensive- but it would be nice )
So, overall, I like this kitchen a lot- there are just a few things I would change if I could. I don’t regret buying it, however. It’s now a staple for our leisure camping trips.
UPDATE – January 2010
I decided to update my review because I was organizing the camping closet and saw this camp kitchen and it reminded me of my review here on Amazon and that I just wanted to tell everyone how much I still love this thing!!
We’ve had it almost three years now and it’s still in near perfect condition. Nothing has broken, nothing has stained, tarnished, rusted – nothing. I am pretty anal about stuff, so it’s been taking care of really well, but it’s still held up to regular camping. I think in the past three years we’ve probably used it close to 20 times.
As I mentioned before, it does tend to leak if you’re pumping the water out quick or a lot in a short period of time. However, simply pushing the hose in farther after it’s been used for the day will help to solve that problem.
All in all, this has been one of the best pieces of camping equipment we’ve ever had! I simply adore the portable camp table.”
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