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Old 08-26-2017, 04:33 PM   #1
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How do modern RV Ovens Work?

I just completed a repair on my '67 Overlander's oven with nothing but labor that should keep us in bacon, biscuit, and anything else we want to bake on our next trip.

The oven's current issue had me thinking a replacement would be in order. But no one sells just an oven anymore - they only sell ranges with burners on the top. I'm thankful for small favors.

Since the innards of my oven are in good shape, I am okay with just retrofitting new components into my 1/2-century-old biscuit cooker should one of the oven's now obsolete components fail irreparably. The problem is that I do not what the components now are; I assume a circuit board is probably involved.

One image below shows how my oven converts gas into heat.

Does anyone have a similar image for how the oven in a modern-day Magic Chef works?

Thanks for ANY insight,
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Actually not much change.

Gas valve, thermocouple, orifice, and burner.



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Ditto to JD.

Tom, what is your rough opening for the oven? Chances are pretty good that a new residential one is available. We love ours, and there is a thread singing the praises of real gas ovens in Airstreams:

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

Is a modification of your counter possible if only a range/oven is possible?

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Is a modification of your counter possible if only a range/oven is possible?
Thanks Peter, but I like the cooktop we already have.

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Actually not much change.
Really? I was sure the Safety Folks would have me running 12 VDC into a new product to run a circuit board!

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Really? I was sure the Safety Folks would have me running 12 VDC into a new product to run a circuit board!

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I think the now-ubiquitous circuit boards in fridges and water heaters aren't due to "safety folks" they're due to "lazy folks." While everything is working right, it sure is easier to flip a switch inside rather than crouch down thumbing the striker on an old Dometic or going outside to light the water heater pilot on a windy day. Again.

There are a couple models of fridges and water heaters that are still all-gas without the 12v brain and ignitors.
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Thanks Peter, but I like the cooktop we already have.

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And the RO for a possible new oven only? Hard to imagine that nothing is available IMO.
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... We love ours, and there is a thread singing the praises of real gas ovens in Airstreams:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f484...ven-28619.html...
Peter - take a another look at that thread - I contributed to it early on, and ultimately posted a picture of my oven after cleaning it many years ago.

I E-Z-Offed the oven again today since it seems to be a good thing to do every decade or so...

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In theory you could keep an old RV appliance going forever as long as it's not rusting away. As far as I know parts are still available for ovens but parts for stoves are harder to come by. There are two types of oven controls for the older ones, the one you show has a thermostat that turns on and off a pilot flame which opens and closes the main gas valve to regulate oven temperature. The other type modulates the main burner with the thermostat at the knob. The only difference between RV ovens and household ovens is that the parts are usually smaller or more compact in size but you might be able to adapt generic parts to fit if you really want to save a certain oven. Did you remove the original range and install a stove top in your trailer? I wish I could find one of those old Coleman (I think it was) ranges that were a combination oven and heater!
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