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Old 07-08-2010, 02:14 PM   #1
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Oven question..

We are restoring our galley, but have decided to replace our range.
Question is, how often, if ever do you guys and gals out there actually use the oven? Our oven looks absolutly new in the inside, the cook top, not so much...Please note if you are full timing.. thanks.

We are thinking of just going with a new cook top and moving a convection microwave over to the space where the oven would be under the cook top... Thoughts?
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Old 07-08-2010, 02:19 PM   #2
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We are not FTers, and we do use our oven. Cookies, casseroles and the like.
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Old 07-08-2010, 02:23 PM   #3
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I believe we have a whole thread on this.

Many people (including me) consider an oven indispensable and can't get through more than a few meals without one. I use mine on every trip, biscuits, muffins, popovers, hot sandwiches, roasts, pies. Some of those can be prepared in a convection oven, sure. But that's all beside the point.

The main thing to consider is that a microwave or (electric only) convection oven will not work without copious amounts of electricity and a gas oven will.
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Old 07-08-2010, 02:26 PM   #4
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I use mine often especially for cooking dishes for potlucks but it was in brand new condition when we bought the trailer so it didn't see much action for 35 years! Heck I even use it sometimes at home for holiday dinners when I have run out of oven room in the house!
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here is the other discussion http://www.airforums.com/forums/f484...ven-28619.html

I use mine all the time! Remember that you need hookups to run the microwave but can use a propane oven anywhere..... if you are going to be camping in state parks, national parks or at your friends cool mountain get away you will want a propane oven. Heck - I've even used mine at home for over flow (thanksgiving pies) and power outages
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Old 07-08-2010, 03:10 PM   #6
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Thanks for the thread link, it's last post was long enough ago that my search put it on page 7 of the results with my criteria, so I gave up before getting that far..
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Old 07-08-2010, 03:10 PM   #7
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I bake some and quite like having the gas oven. If it's too hot and I don't want to tax the air conditioner by using the oven, I use a toaster oven outside.
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Old 07-08-2010, 04:01 PM   #8
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our 62's oven was brand new when we got it. literally, not a speck of dirt or grease or any hint of use ever.
edit: at home all we really use the oven for is to broil anyway, so we got rid of the oven in our AS. space was of higher priority.

didnt wally used to say he stored his shoes in the oven?
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Old 07-08-2010, 05:06 PM   #9
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I got rid of our oven in my globetrotter but my wife points out frequently how she would have used it. I will be keeping the princess oven in my flying cloud for my "princess".
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Would not have a trailer with out an oven. Microwave not necessary but regular oven is.
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Old 07-08-2010, 05:26 PM   #11
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Oven is a must have for me.
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Old 07-08-2010, 06:29 PM   #12
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We use our oven almost every camping trip but seldom use the microwave. We are thinking about removing the microwave instead.

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Old 07-08-2010, 06:35 PM   #13
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Ditto

Almost never use the microwave, except as a storage bin, but I need that oven for a nice hot pizza, a batch of cinnamon rolls of a morning, etc. Yummmmmmeeeeee!
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Old 07-08-2010, 07:57 PM   #14
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We use the oven quite often. I say keep it if everything works. You can replace the cooktop metal/glass to make it look new too.

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Old 07-08-2010, 09:50 PM   #15
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You can use the propane oven and the airconditioner at the same time, too.

I usually don't due to the heat buildup, but it's not even an option with the microwave.
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We are restoring our galley, but have decided to replace our range.
Question is, how often, if ever do you guys and gals out there actually use the oven? Our oven looks absolutly new in the inside, the cook top, not so much...Please note if you are full timing.. thanks.

We are thinking of just going with a new cook top and moving a convection microwave over to the space where the oven would be under the cook top... Thoughts?
Hi, since we precook almost everything at home, we only use the stove top and microwave. We have only used our oven once so far, but I would never remove it. I feel fortunate that our trailer came with all three: stove top, oven, and microwave. Those, who I have talked to and read about, on the convection oven mounted under the stove top, said "It's too complicated to use unless you use it all of the time or have one at home too." And. "It is difficult to read the controls, even if you get down on your knees." Note: I have no personal experience with one, so this can be considered hear-say.
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Old 07-08-2010, 11:23 PM   #17
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Single male camper here frequently camp with other RVer's or tenters.

I'm not cooking enthusiast but I love the oven. I use the disposable poultry pans and frequently bake chicken dishes, enchiladas etc. The only time I don't use it is when the weather is very hot. I also use the microwave regularly.
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We are restoring our galley, but have decided to replace our range.
Question is, how often, if ever do you guys and gals out there actually use the oven? Our oven looks absolutly new in the inside, the cook top, not so much...Please note if you are full timing.. thanks.

We are thinking of just going with a new cook top and moving a convection microwave over to the space where the oven would be under the cook top... Thoughts?
Wife and I are not full timers, we used ours when we had one maybe 1 time per year. Our eating habits are: 95% of cooking takes place on the grill outside, 4% out to eat, 1% inside camper and even then we still rarely use the oven.

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Old 07-13-2010, 08:19 AM   #19
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Ok, thanks for the replies. Ordered a 22" Vision.

Talked to my parents about it, dad swears in 30 years of RV ownership, including anual 4-6 week adventures with up to 6 grandkids in the rig with them, that he can count the number of times they lit the stove on his fingers and toes, and that as far as he can remember, the latest rig has never had it lit. I told him that by far the response on here was to keep it, and he was surprised. He says "airstreamer's must just camp different"..lol, or that "most of them aren't out with all their grandkids at once" LOL. he has never made muffins for breakfast while camping.. but then again, I don't remember them making them at home either..
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Old 07-13-2010, 09:04 AM   #20
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We've used both microwave/convection ovens and the traditional propane ovens. Both work very well as ovens and get good results. In favor of the microwave/convection oven is the the microwave part. Great for heating things up fast. In favor of the propane oven is the propane. No need for AC power to run it.
So your choice comes down to what kind of camping you plan on doing. If you will be at RV parks or any place else with AC power; get the microwave/convection oven. If you will be out in the boonies with no AC power; get the propane oven.
There is no point in getting a plain microwave oven. Too much space and weight for too little performance.
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