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Old 12-02-2010, 10:10 PM   #1
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Do I really need an oven?

We have recently adopted a 66 Caravel. Due to some rot I plan to rework the kitchen area cabinet. I'm wondering if I really need an oven or would I be better off with a stove top and maybe a microwave.
How much baking do people really do?
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Old 12-02-2010, 10:16 PM   #2
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I'm sure you will find opinions on both sides. We restored/replaced/updated everything in our 65 Safari including leaving out the oven. We just don't use one on the road and felt extra cabinet space would serve us better....Tim - TAC MI 14.
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Old 12-02-2010, 10:20 PM   #3
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There's lot of debate on this subject. Some need the the space and don't bake anyway, others crave the brownies. I crave brownies! If either of you decide to part out a magic chef oven, I'm looking for a Harper-Wyman thermostat for mine. Thanks
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There's lot of debate on this subject. Some need the the space and don't bake anyway, others crave the brownies. I crave brownies! If either of you decide to part out a magic chef oven, I'm looking for a Harper-Wyman thermostat for mine. Thanks

Walter1 - Sorry I threw my rusted oven to the trash last spring.....Tim - TAC MI 14
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Old 12-02-2010, 10:26 PM   #5
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We put in drawers where the oven went and a new countertop. We use a small microwave oven or a toaster oven instead. We never miss the oven. We love having drawer space in the Caravel! We can always reinstall the oven but I'm not baking any cakes when camping.
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here is a few 100 posts on this topic...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f484...ven-28619.html

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Old 12-02-2010, 10:36 PM   #7
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I was thinking the oven takes up a lot of space in a 17 foot trailer for something I'm assuming I wouldn't use too much.
Even if I put in a microwave it would probably be only half the size of the oven.
It nice to hear some others made ther same leap with no regrets.
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We use our oven (and a microwave sometimes) but really you are the only one who can say if you would use an oven. Do what you want to do...
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Old 12-02-2010, 10:53 PM   #9
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Think about your camping also. If you will be boondocking - a microwave, toaster oven needs power. The oven is slef contained propane. I have a mocrowave in our rig, have used it once in 2 years to bake a potatoe that I could easily have done on the bbq or in the oven. I am rethinking the microwave. The most important thing is to think about what ---YOU----need.
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Old 12-02-2010, 10:54 PM   #10
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Really depends on how you camp and cook.
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Old 12-02-2010, 10:55 PM   #11
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I think its wise to set the trailer up to be fully functional "off-grid". The micro-wave needs lots of electric power, the oven propane.

Lots of simple meals can be cooked in the oven. Seems like a necessity to me, the microwave, not so much.
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I considered trading the oven for a microwave, but I'm glad I didn't. We end up using the trailer unplugged a lot, and I really enjoy the oven. As for storage, I find the Caravel already has more room than I know what to do with, so I wouldn't trade the oven for more storage. I guess it depends on how much you (or whoever does the cooking) uses the oven at home.

If you're planning on replacing the furnace, a modern furnace like the new Bambi's have in them fits perfectly in that space behind the wheelwell.
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We have recently adopted a 66 Caravel. Due to some rot I plan to rework the kitchen area cabinet. I'm wondering if I really need an oven or would I be better off with a stove top and maybe a microwave.
How much baking do people really do?
Hi, no you don't really need an oven. I consider us fortunate because our trailer came with a stove top, oven, and a micro-wave. We have only used the oven a few times. We don't use our oven at home much either. We pre-cook most of our food at home and heat it up on the road. If you boondock a lot you might prefer to have an oven and if you like full hook-ups then a micro-wave is good to have. So since space is so limited in your trailer, I would say it comes down to boondocking = oven. And full hook-ups = Micro-wave.
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Old 12-02-2010, 11:12 PM   #14
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It really just depends on what kind of cooking you prefer. Everyone has different cooking methods.

The first thing we did when we bought our current trailer was to place an ad here on the classifieds and give away the microwave. We don't use a micro at home, so I knew I wouldn't need one while camping. We use that spot to store (and use) our toaster.

I like having the oven, nothing beats cinnamon rolls on a cold morning. We also like fresh rolls with our dinner.

If the weather is nice I prefer to use our camping stove outside, but I think having to bring a camping oven would be kind of a pain.

You could always rough in a spot for the oven but use it for storage, and see what the first dozen camping trips reveal!

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