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Old 07-09-2015, 12:19 AM   #1
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I'm thinking of adding a small microwave to my Bambi 16'

I've got 100W solar, 2 x 83AH Flooded Batteries and a rather monstrous 1500W Inverter,

Does the bracket kit allow for a smaller 700W type microwave ?

I'm not a fan of the GE borg cube that comes with the factory model. A little stainless Danby would be fine.

Is anyone enjoying having a microwave for anything but occasional popcorn ? Should I even bother or am I just junking up my trailer ?
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I have a FC 20' and use my little 800 watt (input power) microwave on my 1000 watt inverter. It takes about 90 amps at 12 volts...... but..... I have two golf cart type batteries and your 16' probably only has one #24 which I doubt would not be enough to support the microwave.

I don't use it often either, just to defrost things I decide to have at the last minute. That is the way I use it at home mostly. I really don't cook in it and it rarely runs for more than two minutes. The propane stove and oven works for most things quite well.
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I'm thinking of adding a small microwave to my Bambi 16'



I've got 100W solar, 2 x 83AH Flooded Batteries and a rather monstrous 1500W Inverter,



Does the bracket kit allow for a smaller 700W type microwave ?



I'm not a fan of the GE borg cube that comes with the factory model. A little stainless Danby would be fine.



Is anyone enjoying having a microwave for anything but occasional popcorn ? Should I even bother or am I just junking up my trailer ?

Only you can answer that question but, my take is yes, you're junking it up. A 16' is cramped for space as it is and a micro is extremely nonessential, especially if you're a camper. When you're camping 'small' think essential - footprint vs payback. I have a 19' and I'd rub two sticks together before I'd ever consider a space waster..... Just saying.


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I have a FC 20' and use my little 800 watt (input power) microwave on my 1000 watt inverter. It takes about 90 amps at 12 volts...... but..... I have two golf cart type batteries and your 16' probably only has one #24 which I doubt would not be enough to support the microwave.

I don't use it often either, just to defrost things I decide to have at the last minute. That is the way I use it at home mostly. I really don't cook in it and it rarely runs for more than two minutes. The propane stove and oven works for most things quite well.
I have 2 #24 batteries for about 2KWH nominal. For what it's worth. 2x not much may still be not enough.
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Only you can answer that question but, my take is yes, you're junking it up. A 16' is cramped for space as it is and a micro is extremely nonessential, especially if you're a camper. When you're camping 'small' think essential - footprint vs payback. I have a 19' and I'd rub two sticks together before I'd ever consider a space waster..... Just saying.


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Thanks ... I do have a medium size alumninum pressure cooker, per the suggestion in the Wallys book "5th Avenue on Wheels". Combined with the hot propane stove, speeds cooking/heating tasks up incredibly.

Besides I now have a nightmare of the MW breaking off the bracket in transit and banging around the inside of the bambi causing 1000s in damage.
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