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Old 01-30-2004, 08:16 PM   #1
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Installing a microwave in 1976 Overlander?

Hello all. I haven't had the opportunity to check any of the systems in our Overlander (too cold), so I don't even know if anything works. Based on the fridge, everything could be fried or rusted, but going against my luck, and hoping for the best. I know the fridge needs replaced...but I think I have that covered.

We want to install a microwave into a spot where there is a missing door, next to the fridge (see pic). How difficult will this be, and well, because I'm being lazy, I'll ask where the best place is to buy one, OR can just a regular ol' run-of-the-mill Target microwave work???


Since it's too darn cold here, I haven't been able to learn the airstream like I intended to. So I rely on you all. And if I don't find it in a past forum, I post a new one. Please forgive my many questions...

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Old 01-30-2004, 08:17 PM   #2
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The fridge for anyone who hasn't seen it! The grates have rusted away....
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Old 01-30-2004, 08:27 PM   #3
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TCL,
That is the same location ours was in when we bought the unit. Our microwave was a monster GE over range unit that someone stuck in there. They got the power by drilling a hole in the side of the cabinet where the fridge is. There is a power plug behind the fridge that can be accessed from the access door. ...at least there is on mine. We are going with a smaller microwave, a Magic Chef stainless steel unit that we bought somewhere on clearance sale. BTW is the tambour door there completely missing or just stuck in the open position? Those big ones like that take a beating!

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Old 01-30-2004, 08:31 PM   #4
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I would say yes, but with a few limitations. This is what I did when i installed a Microwave/convection in our MH.

Be sure the outside dimensions of the microwave allow for air movement per the manufacturers specs. This normally means 2 inches on all sides. If the shelf is of the thin plywood (18 inch) I would beef it up with some 1/2 inch of the microwave may end up in the pantry

Find a unit that has the exterior cover held on with side mounted screws. Once you have cut and installed your 1/2 inch minimum piece of plywood I recommend using an L shaped bracket to hold the microwave to the plywood using the screws that were conveniently provided my the microwave manufacturer. This prevents you from being greeted by the microwave at the door after an emergency maneuver or a rough section of road.

If possible simple is better. unless you like having to reset the clock every time you plug in, get a manual model. They are also a bit less temperamental to power issues (lack of proper voltage, etc.).

Lastly, do not run the microwave and the AC at the same time. The draw of the microwave and the AC compressor will pop a breaker for sure In newer trailers they had a switch that made you choose what one you could run.
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Modified area for microwave on my 72 Overlander. With a few tools, you can make a cheapo Wallyworld Microwave fit nicely!
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Old 01-30-2004, 10:16 PM   #6
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Aaron,

Actually, I didn't know that that was a tambour there, I just assumed that it was a regular door. (regular door probably has some special name too, doesn't it.)


This is all great info, so glad that I can get a cheapo unit, after deciding on the $1500 fridge, and I think we may spring for the s/s door panels too.

Not like we're keepin this one anyway. Our Safari is getting much less love right now.

But the Overlander is stricly for resale....

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Aaron,

Actually, I didn't know that that was a tambour there, I just assumed that it was a regular door. (regular door probably has some special name too, doesn't it.)

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Ron,
My unit has the tambour there...but in most of the photos I have seen of that configuration the pantry doors go all the way to the top. Look in the rear sides of the cabinet for evidence of the tambour. Should be rivet holes or possibly the coil up tracks where the tambour used to fit. BTW I have seen very few units where that tambour was in good condition. Mine is broken in the middle and will require major surgery to correct...it is on the list

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Ron,

I like the bedroom configuration on yours, with the big wardrobe, that or a rear bedroom would have been my preference...we have the rearbath, mid twins. If I can find a donor unit I might try the conversion....So many Airstreams so little time...


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Old 01-31-2004, 09:09 PM   #9
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Now i'm anxious to go check out that missing door. It may still be there. It's such a mess, I didn't take that good of a look.

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