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Old 09-29-2015, 01:33 PM   #15
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We ordered our 2009 28' International with the expense upgrade of changing the gas oven to the microwave/convection electric oven combo, because there was not other built in place for a microwave.

We use the cooktop every single day, and we use the microwave whenever we have shore power (our solar is not robust enough to use it a lot when boon docking unless we're in a perfect location--ie, high angle sun for all day.)

We use the convection oven itself only occasionally.

I can't imagine not having a cooktop, and the microwave is very handy. We could probably do without an oven. But if I were in the market for a used Airstream, I definitely would not buy one without these elements.

So I think the earlier advice that you were given is perfect--if you are sure you don't need the unit and can remove it, wrap it to keep it completely clean, and then restore it when you resell, you've got the best of both worlds! You could also offer the new buyer a choice of your way or the other way, and from the replies here, that might suit some people very well.

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Old 09-29-2015, 02:50 PM   #16
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Have you ever considered totally removing the stove/oven?

Resale? We cannot even entertain the thought of the possibility of ever having to resell our AS 😧

Seriously, like you we recently downsized (from a 31' to a 25'). We're empty nesters now so we've also downsized the number of people tagging along so space in the 25' is fine. We've had a gas oven, stovetop & micro in each of our previous RV's and used them all just because we could. We gave up the gas oven when we bought our new 25' and opted for the convection/micro combo and love it! Since we are what some might call "foodies" and enjoy cooking, entertaining and home cooked meals on the road we also have a crockpot, rice cooker, induction cooktop, charcoal grill & propane camp stove on board and we seem to use one of those most of the time.

The point is like Bunni said "only you know how you use YOUR kitchen." There are many ways to cook inside/outside your Airstream without an oven or permanent stovetop so enjoy it as it is fitting for you. For us part of the adventure is learning new ways of doing lots of things. Should you ever decide to resell, with or w/o the oven, you might share what you've learned as part of the sales pitch to a new owner. Meanwhile, make it easy, co for table & fun for you.

I like to think we are Airstreaming because we are clever, resourceful & happy campers!
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Old 09-29-2015, 02:53 PM   #17
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Have you ever considered totally removing the stove/oven?

Oops, I realize you've unsized but have less space...
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Old 09-29-2015, 02:55 PM   #18
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Tongue on cheek....if you only use the firepit or microwave how many dishes can you have that need a dishwasher.....

On a serious note several here have put in dishwashers and love them.
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Old 09-29-2015, 03:44 PM   #19
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Judging by the feedback, there's definitely two "camps" (sorry). The solution's easy -if you remove it, then wrap it and store it and put it back in when you want to sell.
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Old 09-29-2015, 04:59 PM   #20
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Good topic. We have a '69 Overlander, the oven did not work so-- we converted it into .a microwave cabinet. It works out very well.
No thought has been given to removing the counter top range.
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Old 09-29-2015, 05:08 PM   #21
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I have removed the oven in our 75 international. I use the stovetop often, and mcrowave too. We have an electric toaster oven for browning things, and a toaster. I work on and remodel airstreams. and a 40 year old gas oven is just not a good Idea. just my 2 cents... Richard in Texas
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Old 09-29-2015, 05:11 PM   #22
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Very much a personal/family choice on food preparation. This is my 2d Airstream. My 28' Intl was delivered with the microwave/convection and cooktop (no thermal oven). I ended up putting an oven in it. I hated the Sharp microwave/convection as it was very difficult to use -- at least for me. I replaced it with a Cuisinart microwave and used both the thermal oven and the microwave frequently. My new Classic came with a microwave/convection and a cooktop/thermal. I just replaced the microwave with a Panasonic which uses an inverter to power the magnetron rather than the usual on/off pulse cooking system. Works very well. Since I added a 30amp inverter, I can (and do) use the microwave while boon docking, or even at lunch at a rest stop. We eat virtually all our meals in the Airstream, and have cooked for 6 people with a fair amount of ease. Not having a means to bake or microwave would be a huge loss...but again, what's great about the Airstream is that it is readily customized to PERSONAL choice.
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Old 09-29-2015, 06:32 PM   #23
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I've camped for over 50 years and owned a lot of campers. I have used the microwave inside but never the stove or oven indoor. I set up an awning and camp kitchen outdoors.
I think the lingering odors indoors would be unacceptable.
I have just finished a Remodel of a 22'er and took out the stove... I love it! I use this Rv for shorter trips. And cooking outside is part of the experience
I'm about to start the remodel of my 30'er and will leave it in, for the time being... I plan to use this RV for extended trips...
Make it your own...
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Old 09-29-2015, 06:50 PM   #24
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Every time we go camping! Our gas oven and cooktop have never been used. We grill out and I travel with a single burner induction cooktop for side dishes. Use the oven for storage like another cabinet. Wish American mfg. would get on the bandwagon with convection microwaves and induction cooktops across the board. No one enjoys the gas. Even a Sharp microwave drawer would be better!
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Old 09-29-2015, 07:15 PM   #25
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We love cooking real meals while camping, including using the oven. Still works great, warm biscuits for breakfast mmmmmmmmmm
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Old 09-29-2015, 09:00 PM   #26
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We currently have a stove in our 1979. The plan with the 1950 will be gas cooktop with a microwave/convection oven underneath. I would opt for just the cooktop but my better half says convection oven is a must and since she does most of the cooking, it's her call.
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Old 09-29-2015, 09:04 PM   #27
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For about the first year, I only used the oven to make toast. Then I went on an outing with a friend who baked zucchini bread in his oven, which tasted and smelled so good! After being blown off several times, he finally sent me his recipe for zucchini bread, which I have since made for others, to raves. This is from a guy whose only use of ovens was to heat TV dinners before the invention of microwave ovens. So you never know.... P.S. My wife has never used the Airstream oven for anything; probably her revolt against using the oven in the house so much.
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Old 09-29-2015, 09:05 PM   #28
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I don't know 'bout you but this Southern boy must have cornbread.
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