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Old 09-05-2013, 02:16 PM   #1
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Microwave Storage Place

We are the proud owners of a 2014 Flying Cloud 25 FB. Jeanie thinks we need a microwave. Any input on storage ideas for a microwave in this AS during travel? It would be very usable on the table and I could probably store it under the sofa during travel, but it would be a bit cumbersome. When I had a sailboat, I had a place to put it and I added hardware on the bulkhead so I could add a securing strap when rigged for sea. Any experience?

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Old 09-05-2013, 02:29 PM   #2
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Congratulations, we have a 2012 Intl 25 FB and are loving it. I am not going to be any help to you. I also had a cruising sailboat with a gas oven and never installed a microwave, even though I had an inverter big enough to run one. After that experience I concluded, for spousal travel, I would rather have a microwave than a gas oven so we bought with the convection/microwave upgrade. I never cared for the temp variation in a boat/rv gas oven.
As new owners I would say there is so little counter space in our 25 that I would not bother with a microwave. I find counter space is more important for cocktail and meal preparation. I sure do not like the idea of stowing and unstowing something like that.
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Old 09-05-2013, 02:34 PM   #3
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Will,
Hmm . . . interesting question. So, help me, did your unit come with an oven but no microwave? Ours is just the opposite, i.e., we have a dual convention/mw in the place you might think a traditional oven would ride in the casework. I don't know the floor plan or fittings for your unit. Is a swap out an option?
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Old 09-05-2013, 03:25 PM   #4
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Since that part of the lounge under the television is often unused, I've the seen the seat cushion removed and a portable open cabinet made and placed there for the microwave and a few other things. Set it on the floor for travel, or fasten it down.

Ours is the front dinette model with conv/microwave over the fridge and full gas range, but I'm still looking or ways to put that long lounge to work.

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Old 09-05-2013, 03:26 PM   #5
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The gas over is being ditched on all new models at the local dealership in favor of the microwave convection oven which is an extra cost upgrade. Then if you want the gas oven, that generates additional expense. None of these convection microwave units will operate when remote boondocking without a generator. It is pure greed in my opinion.

That is why we ordered our 27FB Classic specifically without the $564 microwave option and gain the full use of the pantry. Note that 1/3 of the pantry volume in a 27FB model is assigned to the microwave and one can not retrofit easily because the pantry cabinets are entirely different "for" or "without" the microwave.

The convection microwave oven is even another $404 option for a Classic.
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Old 09-05-2013, 04:13 PM   #6
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We mostly boondock with a generator and wouldn't be without our convection microwave ... when we had the FC20, it had more counter space and I attached it there. Out 25 EB has storage under the side lounge that would work for a portable mw. There have been some folks in the past that pulled their C/micro and offered them for sale...might be worth consideration.
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Old 09-05-2013, 04:47 PM   #7
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We got our 25'FB Flying Cloud in June. After three weeks and 5,000 miles we do not regret the gas oven. So far we have used it for baked potatoes and baked cookies. Do a lot of boon-docking. Don't have a generator yet. Give it a little time and you may find you don't miss it that much. Although I use mine at home almost daily when we are in the "cloud" we don't seem to generate left overs.
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Old 09-05-2013, 04:58 PM   #8
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In my 2014 FC 20' I put my little old microwave under the dinette table. There even is an outlet there on the inverter, and my little microwave runs fine on the new 1000 watt inverter which was an option on my trailer.

The dealer is the one who determines how the rig is ordered. If they feel they can sell more with the convection/microwave that is how they order them. I had mine delivered with a regular oven, which is what I wanted. My dealer made a running change on one they had in the production lineup, and told me that up to the date of production, they could change things like the countertop colors and oven arrangements. So, that is what we did and I got the rig quickly.
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Old 09-05-2013, 05:12 PM   #9
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We have the convection oven/microwave, and I am not impressed by it. The microwave seems pretty wimpy, as it struggles to pop popcorn. If I could do it over, I'd go with a gas oven and small microwave (stored in TV).
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Old 09-05-2013, 05:44 PM   #10
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We have the Convection/Micro in lieu of the gas oven and like it. To each there own.
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Old 09-05-2013, 06:35 PM   #11
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We also have the microwave/convection oven instead of the gas oven and we love it! You can cook, bake, grill as well as microwave. It works great.
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Old 09-05-2013, 06:54 PM   #12
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My 2009 25FB Classic had the microwave hanging from the ceiling over the stove as ordered from factory.

My 2013 27FB has its microwave stored in its own pantry pullout and is only energized when its drawl is pulled out, again as ordered from factory.

Having an oven is great, especially if you ever boondock!
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Old 09-10-2013, 07:00 PM   #13
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Airperson here, Our o6 Classic came with both ovens. However, if I had to choose I would go for the Gas Oven and pick up a Microwave at Wal-Mart. The new ones that are designed for kids to take to school are so small and light that they would be perfect for your Airstream.
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Old 09-10-2013, 07:38 PM   #14
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If you store the microwave in a place so you have to move it a bunch, you will quickly find out that you dont need it...

We put ours in its last storage place a few years back, a dumpster in a KOA some where out west.

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