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Old 02-22-2007, 11:15 PM   #1
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compact spacesaver microwave

I see the new 27' FB Airstreams will have a pull-out pantry mounted microwave. It must be very compact. Does anyone know what Brand and model they are using? I miss my microwave as we do not have one in our Airstream. Wonder if we could tap off the electricity easy enough to get a plug back in there.
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Old 02-23-2007, 12:05 AM   #2
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If there is one on display at the rally tomorrow, I'll ask what brand it is, and see if they can find the outlet for it.
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We looked at a brand new 27 FB that a dealer had on display at the Texas Vintage Rally a couple of weeks ago. We looked for a brand on it as we also liked it , but were unable to find one.
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Thanks Terry. That would be great. I bet you are having fun in Sarasota.

Brian, I have measured and the specially made for Walmart GE microwave (cheap too) will fit sideways in that space but the pantry framing is about 1/2 inch too wide to get it through. I thought a slideout tray would work in the bottom shelf of the cabinet over the pantry. Also kicking around the idea of placing it in the large closet, there is plenty of room, maybe build a little organizer with a shelf or two too. The electrical hookup is another consideration. Thought I might run an extension cord each use but that is not such a great idea. Since the space is there one could be mounted in a cutout facing the stove without pulling it out but it might interfere with stove usage, but not really. Also thought I could take down the hood and mount one there with a built in fan underneath.

All fairly elaborate inconvenience to get a microwave in, except perhaps as Airstream is now adding them. What I would really like is the microwave when I don't have hook-up---without a generator running. That's when you could really use not having clean-up and a quick warm up on a paper plate, or hot water for tea or coffee, on the road or dry camping or boondocking. Sigh
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I like the pic with the aluminum plate along the pantry wall -- I'll keep that in mind when I'm in a John Irwin mood...

Keep your eye out for members here with newer 27' FBs. They'd have the microwave manual in their owners packet. Carol, you wouldn't think they'd have prewired yours to the pantry but I'd wonder if there was a prewire for the under stovetop position of an optional convection microwave. It would require taking a lot apart to tap into the 110v kitchen socket between the stove and sink.

Boondocking & microwaves? It is possible but at an unexpected price -- see Night Terror on the Gunflint. You - ; neighbors - .
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Thanks Terry. That would be great. I bet you are having fun in Sarasota.
I won't be there until later today. While I'm well enough to travel a little, there is no way (yet) I can get into our trailer, can't climb steps, or handle other setup/teardown issues. I'll just be visiting, but I'll ask the slesman at the display to earn his keep.
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Terry I am so glad you are getting to go mingle with Airstream buddies. Don't go out of your way to peek at micros then, just if you happen to pass by. I'll be going to JC soon as the weather warms up. Say howdy to Rich and Bret and Hunter for me if you see them.

Bob, too funny! I can just imagine the surprise to all. Cute tale. Lesson accepted. Kind of defeats the purpose for getting all the way out there in that tranquil spot.

On the bright side if I don't put in a microwave I will have more room for chips and cookies.
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...I will have more room for chips and cookies.
Good thing Valentines night was too cold for your oreo-salted martinis. Told Susie about it later and it didn't suit her tastes at all! [no 'whew!' emoticon -- will have to work on that]
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Old 02-23-2007, 06:52 PM   #9
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Carol, the microwave is a $230 option, so there shouldn't be any rewiring needed (read there is a 120v plug already installed).
It is a Tappan TM5030B, is 850 watts.
I sent our fearless leader Rich on a suicide mission to find this out for you...
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Old 02-23-2007, 07:44 PM   #10
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Great sleuthing guys. Found them on Google - $105 for white or black, $115 for silver at the seller that came up first. Not sure if there's better bargains to be had, but they look pretty decent.

Thanks for getting the detail Terry.

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That's a regular small microwave, not a convection type. Small Microwaves - Small Tappan Microwave Oven for boat, RV and home use - SailorSams.com Either way, not bad if that's what you want and have a plug-in.
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Old 02-23-2007, 08:34 PM   #12
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Thanks Terry!! You and Rich in on a caper together, ohhh I'm missing all the fun stuff, darn, darn, darn. That is quick investigative reporting as Barry said. Okay now to see if I have a plug inside there. I would almost think that is a mid year design change since no option was available for that before. I think they just figured that one out. The picture of the 25' Classic FB that Colonial put up had the microwave over the window.

As a special thank you Terry for you and Rich, (make one for Bret too)Follow Bob's link to oreo salted martini and have one on me. And Bob that was a close one wouldn't want to have spoiled Valentines!

Barry thanks for the heads up on the good deals!Martini for you too.
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Carol, the microwave is a $230 option, so there shouldn't be any rewiring needed (read there is a 120v plug already installed).
It is a Tappan TM5030B, is 850 watts.
I sent our fearless leader Rich on a suicide mission to find this out for you...
I've put a small microwave on my dinette in the 25 FB SE. It is not nearly as small as the Tappan though, and it's a pain in the neck to have and have to move every time I want to use the table. It sits over the sink or under the dinette half the time. I think we need a 2nd microwave at work so I think I'll buy the Tappan because it's obviously about 1/2 the size of the one I have.

It won't fit in the pantry of the 25, but smaller will still be better. It looks like I could put on the streetside sink cover and put it there rather than on the dinette.

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I saw this the other day on T.V. and thought it was kind of neat. It may meet your needs?

The WaveBox Portable Microwave
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