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Old 02-22-2013, 03:54 PM   #1
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How do you like the range in your trailer?

I'm beginning to realize that I may need to just replace the old range in our trailer, and i've been looking at options. Something similar to what we have, vintage, would be great. I love the way our worked, until it didn't. The new ones I think are flimsier, which is a bummer in use. That said, I feel like I just want to be done with it, and I'm curious about the experiences of others with Atwood, Magic Chef (seem to be almost identical units) and Suburban. Are there others? I was leaning towards a pezio ignition, but maybe simpler is better, light it with a match. Thanks for the help
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The old ones are pretty easy to fix. What went wrong?
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:03 PM   #3
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We really like the original 4-burner cooktop in our '72, and it didn't need much work to get it working perfectly. The oven was a separate wall-unit, which I got rid of and replaced with a counter-top convection oven. Your unit could likely be fixed, as 62SS points out. Good luck!
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We didn't like ours at all, took it out and replaced it with a convection micro and a 3 burner top. So glad we did!
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I want a regular oven- the oven in ours failed, the thermostat or something. I swapped it out for a spare one and there was no change. I know they're simple, but if you can't get parts, it makes it difficult. I'm trying to track down someone who can fix it, one guy did a lot, got all the burners to work but now the oven is either off or 600+ degrees. I cook a lot, and the oven, when it worked, was awesome, making from-scratch pizza, lasagne and broiling, baking bread and on and on. I would love to fix the existing one... Trying to find someone to do it is like finding a needle in a haystack. So now you've got me looking on line to find a replacement thermostat. I swapped out the one...
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Old 02-24-2013, 03:51 PM   #6
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I loved the Magic Chef oven/cooktop that was in my '72 Tradewind. I used the oven all the time for baking and it worked flawlessly. I've seen the new ones and they look flimsier than the old ones, but don't know if that translates to any change in their performance. Have you looked at the Smev appliances from Italy? I've no experience with them, but they sure look nice.
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Though they are expensive there are new thermostats available which would probably clear up your oven problems.

Themostats: Stoveparts

But I've been reasonably happy with my Amana range. Almost everyone who uses them seems to run into a problem with the grommets that hold the grill failing, a minor nuisance which can be dealt with through frequent replacement or various fixes. I've also replaced the knob on the piezo ignitor which, with use, started to spin on the shaft. The oven works extremely well.
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Hey Cam, I am looking at the Smeg appliances for a residential project now. They look good, but dont have a track record in the US, and some of what I'm reading from the UK is kind of iffy. I like the way they look. Thanks Jammer, I'll check the thermostat website

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Peter, the Smeg appliances are a different company than Smev. Still, I don't know what Smev's track record is either.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:13 PM   #10
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oh, SMEV!

SMEV - Enjoy your travel

Wow, those are very cool. How did you find these?? Thanks Cameron, those are beautiful.
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I'm not sure where I first saw them, but their appearance stuck in my brain. So much nicer looking than a lot of the stuff we have here.
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It's true, they're very cool. I've been wanting to replace the sink we have, and I love the whole stainless unit. Then, to find an oven. The price isn't too bad at all for a sink and range top.
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I would love to get my hands on the Smev 401 series but can't find a source here in the U.S., or even a source overseas that is willing to ship here. Anyone know how I can get one?
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That's nice, but yikes, that's almost a grand US. If it's made well.. Keep us posted, compared to 800 for a flimsy Magic Chef, maybe it's not so bad.
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