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Old 01-08-2015, 09:00 PM   #1
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Ideas wanted for useless Microwave space

Hey there.

Some of you blessed with a microwave in one of those pull out drawers may have concluded that the microwave in your rig is essentially, how do I say, useless? Can't reheat a cup of already hot coffee in less than three minutes? What is that all about?

Would love to hear from you, or better yet, see pictures of what you may have done with that space after you pulled your micro outta the sliding drawer, e.g. made shelves, a zen garden, grow lights for pot plants etc. (hey some of you do live in Colorado after all)?


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Old 01-08-2015, 10:46 PM   #2
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We use our conv/micro frequently; it works great! Muffins, cookies, cake, roast, water for coffee & hot choc ... all are done well and quickly.

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Old 01-09-2015, 05:02 AM   #3
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Probably the best use for that space is to put in a microwave that you like.
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Old 01-09-2015, 05:19 AM   #4

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Our Dometic works great we use it a lot, the 2000i will run it fine with no other high draws in use.
Great for reheating the DW's "Best Lasagna in the Northern Hemisphere".

IMHO....get one that werks.

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Old 01-09-2015, 05:32 AM   #5
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Usually, but not always, the smaller (physical size ie. outside cabinet) means the less wattage. The less wattage means the slower it cooks.
If you want a M/W, I would measure the max physical space you have then search for the largest Wattage that will fit in that space. You my get lucky and find a larger wattage than you have now. A good place to search is They have most brands online.
I don't know how small Panasonic goes but they are the lightest on the market. They use a solid state inverter instead of the heavy transformer.
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Old 01-09-2015, 05:40 AM   #6
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I found my microwave useful, but wanted more space in my 2009 27 FB Int. So, if you go to these links you can see how I added shelf space. Unfortunately, I cannot find my image of the slide out drawer, to which I added a bottom after taking out the microwave, thus adding additional storage,.

Modifications To My '09 27fb Ocean Breeze - I have installed an extra counter/shelf which allows removing the microwave and thus adding drawer space as well as adding counter space. This is functioning position. Photo Gallery

Extra Shelves For My 27fb - Space, this is what we need and the shelves make storage more accessible Photo Gallery
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Old 01-09-2015, 07:33 AM   #7
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Our conv/microwave works well.

But they are power hogs. That is, if you have another power hog (water heater, space heater, etc) operating at the same time, plus the quiet equipment (lights, converter/charger, etc), you will probably have a voltage drop with a 30 amp hookup to many anemic campground pedestal supplies.

Try it on its own, or get one you like better, or you have extra storage.
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Old 01-09-2015, 07:59 AM   #8
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Hey log rider you should keep the micro- wave , if you go to colo. You could use it for a dryer.I went to grade school in arroyo grande,,and would go swimming at Avila beach, they had a large indoor pool there....
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Old 01-09-2015, 10:45 AM   #9
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Interesting that this topic came up as our useless (and hazardous to health in my opinion) microwave crapped out recently and left us with a nice space! We currently have a recently purchased juicer stored there along with sprouting seeds and supplies and a small food processor. We are looking at designing a rack or shelving system to make the space more usable.
And no more flashing digital clock - Yay!
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Old 01-09-2015, 11:07 AM   #10
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WE removed the microwave from an overhead cabinet as we found we only used it for a bread box anyway. Now we have room for more bread and cereal and got rid of a few pounds of weight. WE usually boondock and avoid 115 volt appliances when we can.
Don't miss it a bit.
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Old 01-09-2015, 11:15 AM   #11
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Eight years camped off the grid we removed the Microwave in the 2006. Put a curtain over the opening and stored paper towels, plates and cups in the large empty space over the refrigerator. We kept the microwave and when we sold the trailer, it was available to reinstall. Never missed it when at a RV Park with power.

Today we have a Honda 2000 generator, rather than the Solar Panel that provided 12 volt and battery recharge. Now we might be able to use the microwave and will kept it installed.

I would have preferred NO MICROWAVE on the purchase of the 2014 so the refrigerator could vent straight out of the roof, rather than the fan cooling the coils. Now that we have it and the generator... and went from a 23 foot to a 25... space is not a problem.

Had I a choice... no microwave.
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Old 01-09-2015, 12:49 PM   #12
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In all the 27FB models' storage cabinetry beside the sink, there are two combinations. The top third is the same part number for both configurations. If the factory microwave option is omitted, the bottom two thirds is a single cabinet with a single door. If the factory microwave option is selected, then the bottom two thirds is made up of two cabinets and a power outlet is added for the microwave. It would be a major project to swap the cabinets from one configuration to the other - the sink and overhead roof locker would have to be removed to get the storage cabinet out and swap the lower two thirds pieces.

We had no option for the micowave space on our 31' Classic except to choose an extra cost convection microwave. We have access to a great carpenter who could remove said microwave and make a slide in module with matching drawers. We have run the existing microwave off our batteries as the Magnum inverter/converter can create 2,800 watts of 120Vac power. We kept the standard propane oven and cooktop.

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