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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'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.
Hope this helps.

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