Saturday, February 4, 2023


RV Review: The PullKitchen Longitude turns a pickup into a camper

Today’s review is of the PullKitchen Longitude. This isn’t quite an RV, but can certainly turn just about any pickup or even some SUVs into one… sort of.

What you have is a cleverly designed kitchen that incorporates a sink, stove, prep areas, storage and a cutting board into what amounts to a drawer that can slide in and out of the back of just about any pickup out there. Essentially this can turn your pickup into an RV. 

Just add a bedroom. 

Click on the above for a demonstration.

How it works

There was a lot of thinking that went into this because it’s a lot more than just a kitchen in a drawer. First of all, since the entire weight of the mechanism is cantilevered outside the truck so you can stand there and use it, they developed two different mounting systems for it. 

One of those mounts turns this into a permanent part of your truck. But it’s also possible to get a mounting kit that allows you to remove the PullKitchen when you want to go back to using the bed of your truck. 

The PullKitchen slides out with two storage bays, one at the front, one at the back. There is a sink and stove that sit between the bays. You pull it out of the back of the truck and then the storage box at the back slides out further. Lids on the storage boxes flip up and back, giving you access to whatever’s inside. 

Powering the propane stove is a small one-pound propane bottle which you can buy wherever they sell camping supplies. Not my favorite camping thing, but certainly a universal one. I just wish these little bottles were recyclable—but this isn’t PullKitchen’s fault. 

Clever components in the PullKitchen

The water for the sink comes from a separate 20-gallon portable tote that fits into the end of the PullKitchen. There are even lights on the device and a cutting board that slides out from under the storage bin at the back of the unit. It’s rather clever. 

In fact, there’s even a paper towel holder under the front flip-up cover for the storage space. 

Powering the electric water pump and the lights themselves are a DeWalt power tool battery, so you’re not drawing the truck’s power to accomplish this. I also like that this is just something you can get at many hardware stores if there’s an issue. You can also charge this with something like the Jackery 1500. 

The sink is what’s referred to as a direct drain. In other words, it just drains out. So you’re going to have to accommodate the gray water. In the Pop-Up Camper, this was the same arrangement. I found it was remarkably convenient to just drain into a plastic folding container.

There are cases and places where you can just drain onto the ground. But remember your manners and Mother Earth when considering this option. 

Build quality

The whole structure is built of extruded aluminum pieces. That is what I was going to do when building my cargo trailer conversion. These offer a good compromise between being relatively light in weight and being quite strong. 

Composite panels make up the rest of the kitchen. It’s the ideal combination to take a life in the back of a pickup designed for adventure. Even the most adventurous off-roader is going to have a difficult time damaging this. Also, water certainly won’t cause harm to any of the composite or aluminum panels. 

Making an RV

It would be safe to say that this might really be more of a component rather than a whole RV, or even a gadget. 

You could combine this with a roof-top tent, as many have done, including the lady in this video. This folds up small enough that it could fit into the back of even something like the Jeep Gladiator or just about any full- or mid-sized pickup truck. 

If you’re wondering about refrigeration, there isn’t any incorporated into the PullKitchen. But there are so many really great portable coolers on the market now that the biggest challenge is going to be making a final decision on that option. 

To complete the RV build

To complete your RV build, you could even get the Camco Travel Toilet I reviewed and a SylvanSport Privy Bivy. Now you’re set, but in an RV that costs less than some of the accessory packages on the truck itself. 

There are also roof-top tents like the Roofnest Sparrow that can fit atop a frame on the pickup bed or even over the cab in some cases. 

More and more I’m seeing even the least expensive travel trailers coming in at more than $30,000. So taking that expensive pickup truck and turning it into an RV for a price that might be lower than just one of the option packages you’ve chosen seems to make sense, depending on your style of camping. 

This certainly isn’t cheap at about $4,795, but it is well made. 

Certainly you could also use this in a van build or even with some SUVs, as well. It’s a nifty device that may serve some campers very, very well. 

I would love to read your comments and suggestions over on our forums, where you can weigh in and start or join a discussion about all things RV. Here’s a link to my RV Reviews Forum.

Tony comes to having worked at an RV dealership and been a lifelong RV enthusiast. He also has written the syndicated Curbside column about cars. You can find his writing here and at StressLessCamping where he also has a podcast about the RV life with his wife.

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Bill H.
9 months ago

Not worth the money. I’ve got a $79 collapsible camp kitchen I purchased over 20 years ago for scouting that is emminently more functional. I set it up under my RV awning and do all of my cooking there rather than filling the inside of my RV with the moisture and odors that come with cooking. Now, if an RV manufacturer were to take this idea, integrate it into an RV for outside cooking, so that the electric, gas, water (hot and cold) and sink drainage were all integrated into the RV, that would be a nice feature.

9 months ago
Reply to  Bill H.

I’ve got that price beat. The only outdoor cooking we do at our campsites is with a $15 Walmart propane infrared grill with a vented cover and folding legs. It uses 1# propane bottles, folds into a small, easily carried and easily stowed package, and does a great job cooking hamburgers, steaks, salmon fillets, whole trout (when I get lucky!), and grilled veggies. I have even cooked bacon and pancakes on it using a cast-iron griddle. Of course, we have to carry the food (and beer!) from the RV fridge, wash the grill with the outdoor shower, and wash the dishes inside. But we have never considered any of those tasks to be overly difficult. In other words, we have never had an outdoor kitchen in our RVs and very likely never will.

9 months ago

Tony, how about a review of the pop-top “Project MO Four Wheel Camper” in that one kitchen photo? Looks like it would be perfect for “real” boondockers not able to work remotely, but who want to really get away from it all on their too-short weekends. And, as you have mentioned in several of your truck camper reviews, you could still pull an ATV or boat trailer behind it!

Last edited 9 months ago by RV Staff
9 months ago
Reply to  Tony Barthel

You could even add one of those batwing awnings, ala Winnie EKKO, to the rear of the camper and a folding camp table and stools for a shaded, dry kitchen and “dining room”. Or you could just go with a $79 Walmart 10′ x 10′ awning. But, if you are spending nearly $5000 on a slide out kitchen, what’s another $800 for a Rhino batwing awning?

John T
9 months ago

Does the Pullkitchen have a way to make itself level? No campsite is level especially when boondocking. For me having a level cook/work surface is a must.

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