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Old 10-08-2016, 06:58 AM   #15
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We boondock almost exclusively, and I use our microwave for storage of disposable plates, bowls, forks, spoons, knives, and napkins. It has a latchable door and is perfect for this function.

However we have already installed substantial solar and are in the process of a corresponding lithium upgrade as well, and my husband is hell-bent on being able to use the microwave for its original intended purpose - to warm food. In his view, it's far more efficient to use a microwave than a gas stove when potable water and wastewater tank space are both precious commodities. Eliminating the need to wash pots and pans will help in that regard. So our lithium system is being sized partly with this consideration in mind.

Possible moral of this story - lithium is not yet mainstream but it will get there, and whatever you do to your cabinetry, you might want to preserve the ability to put your microwave back in at some future point, either for your own purposes or for resale value.
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Old 10-08-2016, 07:37 AM   #16
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We have a 1972 Argosy, of course it doesn't have a MW. I would LOVE to have the smallest one I can find to just sit on the counter or table. We would store it when traveling in our vehicle. Anyone have a small one you could recommend?
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Old 11-08-2016, 10:29 AM   #17
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We do not use the microwave in our 2016 22" Sport Bambi, so I took it out to see what was in that area. Real easy removal. Take out a few screws, then un-plug cord from the back wall panel and unit slides out. I have a few questions . First, does anyone know what type of Plywood material/wood is used for the cabinet construction and has anyone converted that space for other use ? If nothing else, I am thinking since its not being used and can be reinstalled easily why not just remove the microwave to take around 40 pounds of weight off the trailer and put that subtracted weight back in with something else ?. Whether we decide to remove to reduce the overall weight of the trailer or use that space for other use, I need to know what the cabinet material is made of. I would like the material to match the existing outside cabinet area even if we just decide to have a front panel made to cover over where the Microwave was.
After being unable to find & match the surrounding cabinet material , I decided to purchase(order) a sheet of polycarbonate from a local industrial glass company. They recommended a sheet of 1/4 inch thickness. I was able to match the color/finish of the stove and sink top covers. This material is strong, resists cracking and is easily drilled. Drilled 4 holes to screw in place which will be unseen when the microwave is placed back.
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Old 11-10-2016, 02:38 PM   #18
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We have the exact same floorplan.

I cannot see any advantage to removing a MW and then hiding the open space with a blank piece of plastic. At the very least I'd have hinged it to allow storage of paper plates/towels/etc.

Although we don't use it often, our Convection/MW has baked cookies, jalapeno poppers, warmed drinks, popped popcorn, etc., and has done so without heating up the rest of the AS. Of course it requires shore power or generator but we usually have one or the other available if only for the purpose (in the case of the gen.)
While camping at Lake Catherine last July a big storm blew in and shut down the entire area from power. Although planning for shore power...(we were on a long trip which included some boondocking so had our gen with us).... our generator powered our AC, MW, and wife's hair dryer... and our neighbors plugged into it momentarily to take advantage for their needs. (They had failed to bring their gen because they expected shore power at the campsite.)

Anyway, although this is about removing a MW, I'd suggest you try using it and you might find how useful it can be.

Meanwhile,.... it's easy to remove. Four screws on the ventilated cover and pull it out. (In fact, that's why some folks enjoy the experience of it falling out...it's improperly secured by AS.) Firstly, the MW sits on a shelf which is cantilevered and not supported at the rear.
I cut a 2x4 down to a 2x3 and laid it beneath the rear of the shelf, and secured it to the shelf with a couple of deck screws. Now it doesn't bounce-around. I also screwed down a long strip of 1x1 along the front, just in front of the MW front legs, so it cannot "hop" out of the shelf. (The flimsy sheet metal cover is the only thing to prevent that otherwise.) Now the MW rides securely, and it's easy to pop frozen sausage/biscuits into the MW for a quick breakfast and get on down the road, or go explore.
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Old 02-18-2017, 01:17 PM   #19
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microwave removal for an extra cabinet

I would love to remove our microwave as we almost never use it and prefer the oven or outside cooking. Wondered if we could buy a matching door front from Airstream? It sounds easy enough to remove but rebuilding a drawer and finding the right front panel might be an issue?
Any help or advise would be appreciated.

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Old 02-18-2017, 10:08 PM   #20
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If you drop by Lowe's or Home Despot you can buy a ready-made cabinet-door to install yourself. Very cost effective.
Otherwise, any local cabinet maker can provide one quite simple.

Or... You can leave the MW insitu ...incase you later realize you can warm your coffee in it or pop popcorn.... and simply use the empty MW for a storage cabinet .... and you've not spent any money at all!

PS: Microwaves are not heavy appliances, actually. You'll only save 20 lbs or so, ....even less if you replace it with cabinetry.
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Old 02-19-2017, 10:38 AM   #21
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It's not a 1971 Amana RadarRange.
Ha! I still have an original Amana Radar range at home. It is a beast, but it's still going strong. The light doesn't work, but everything else does.
40 pounds? At least.
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Old 02-19-2017, 10:42 AM   #22
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We are now fighting them to get it replaces under the 2 year Dometic warranty.
Why is Dometic responsible if the unit fell out?
If it was mounted properly, it should have stayed put.
More like AS, I'd say. Just curious.
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Old 02-19-2017, 11:36 AM   #23
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Our microwave we used for bread storage.Keeps it fresh So we did not take it out.
We have used it as a microwave a few times and it is there if I ever sell the trailer.
OFTEN A MAN'S MOUTH HAS BROKEN HIS NOSE.
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Old 02-19-2017, 12:12 PM   #24
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Eh, a year old thread but...

When I purchased my AS, the only interior evidence of the previous owner than I noted was a sawed out area around a large microwave that had a bungee cord holding it in the hole! I ended up buying a microwave to replace it and calling a custom company in CA that specialized in built-in framing for appliances. The microwave was cheap and it soon quit so I purchased another but the custom frame would not fit so I ended up with another frame. The design is good though. The microwave sits on screwed in rails to center it on the opening. Under the rail legs is a velcro safety band that stabilizes the unit. It looks so much better than an oversized unit with a bungee cord. I use mine when on electric or generator.

As far as a recommended unit, I really like Panasonic. They hold the patent on Inverter Micro technology which makes a difference in how it cooks. Regular micros have only off/on timing to simulate power levels and they end up over heating one part to heat a cooler part (uneven heating). Panasonic uses constant leveled power- no on/off stuff. Here is a link to my model. As far as one that fits in your spot, you would have to look. If you can squeeze in one with Genius, that is a great sensor model. My parents had one and loved it. Another really cool oven I have is a flash bake oven- more a Japanese thing but great. Its advantage is like a toaster oven on steroids or like a hybrid oven/micro. It has browning and speed. Watching one cook is like a cartoon movie- intense light intermittently. They are excellent. Guess who makes those? Friends came over to my campsite just to watch it cook. The wife made a joke how we were watching the light and likened it to an Easy Bake oven!
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the 2017 model has a MW combined with a convection oven.
keep it and you can them bake small items
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Our 2008 22' Sport also had a Convection/MW ... a brand I've never heard of which did not work. I found a very nice Samsung Convection/MW MC11H6033CT which also has a browning-radiant-element and does baking, browning, broiling, ... everything very nicely. It was a perfect fit/replacement for that original with no change of cabinetry needed.
A nice feature is the door opens downward...just like a conventional oven, not sideways.... therefore it does not conflict with other cabinets or doors and can also serve as a shelf.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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I should mention in regard to my above post, that the Samsung does have radiant heating elements that create quite a bit of heat and the appliance requires good ventilation all-around to prevent precautionary shut-down.
My 22' Sport has it inside a large space that vents to the wheel-well and refer outside-area. Some users have suffered irritating safety-shutdown when enclosing them in tight spaces. It takes the unit about 20 minutes to operate again when it's overheat-sensor activates. This only occurs when using the radiant elements such as baking, broiling, quick-frying.
It does pizza really well.
A ventilation fan installed in the cabinet might improve matters if it takes the heat overboard.
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Yes, usually in lieu of an LP oven. Some have gotten rid of their ovens for a convection micro or some such change. People are different but I approached it differently as energy sourcing per se. I want LP cooking, electric cooking, and grilling so I can take advantage of the camping situation. I got this Billy Bob outdoor set with cast iron "stuff" then prepped for electric cooking using an induction cooktop and flash oven.I have only used the Billy Bob set once. The LP was already there. I did add an outdoor LP grill but it is good to have alternatives.
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