View Poll Results: Should I keep the oven in my 31' Sovereign or replace it with a built-in microwave?
Microwave 9 36.00%
Oven 9 36.00%
Convection Oven 3 12.00%
Both Microwave & Oven 4 16.00%
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Old 10-29-2003, 11:07 AM   #15
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IMHO it depends on the type of camping you are doing and the type of unit, Trailer/motorhome.

When we lived in the north we had a trailer camped at many state park campgrounds and di a fair amount of boondocking. In this case an oven was used on a regular basis. A microwave would have been nice, but was not necessary.

Now that we are in the tropics, where AC is a must have for most of the year, we have a Motothome, 30 amp service is the norm with a genset for boondocking, we have a micro/convection oven.

I have made muffins and even a cake in the convection oven. I cannot run them both the AC and the oven at the same time, it is a trade off.
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Old 10-29-2003, 11:41 AM   #16
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Tim,

The fact that you raise the question means that, for you, an oven is wasted space. The more interesting question would be to find out what percentage of new AS buyers choose an oven in those models where you have an option.

I have a 25' Sovereign, and when it came time to rebuild the cabinet, the decision was simple. But the choice was not oven vs. microwave, it was oven vs. counter space! There was no contest. Where the range top once was there is now a two burner cooktop and real counter space! Where the oven once was, there is now a microwave and a real, large drawer for kitchen utensiles. No more opening up the cabinet door to get a spatula.

My photos (click below) show the before and after.

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Old 10-29-2003, 11:54 AM   #17
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I have to agree with most replies here, it strongly depends on your type of cooking and usage habits.

I NEVER cook in a microwave, only defrost or popcorn, besides it being proven to be cancerous I really prefer the taste of a real oven.

We have both on our unit and I absolutely feel it is a waste of space. Modern technology offers great All-in-one combinations that would use up half the space and be incredibly more efficient.

At home I use a very Airstream looking Convection Oven/Microwave that has all the following functions: Convection Oven (faster and more uniform than traditional), Rotisserie, Toaster, Broiler and Defroster.
Absolutely great, I fully reccomend it. It's the "De Longhi Retro Convection Oven with Rotisserie". Good for morning biscuits, Thanksgiving turkey, pies, movie popcorn, you name it it can be done.

Check it out here:
http://www.chefscatalog.com/store/ca..._requestid=648
or on amazon.com

...The only problem is that it's totally electric so when you boondock you're left with only your range...That's why we're still hesitant in changing our current set up.
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Old 10-29-2003, 12:14 PM   #18
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As a confirmed boondocker, there's no question. A propane oven, while not hugely useful, is the only way to go for us. We like to go places that the hookups aren't. So for re-heating last night's leftovers, the propane oven is great.

But if we always stayed at electric campsites, we'd dump the thing and get a microwave or one of those nifty all-in-one combos KIMILI was talking about.

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Old 10-29-2003, 12:31 PM   #19
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It is starting to look like a 50/50 split in a way.... The oven that I have is located next to the Refrig and stands alone. Maybe it would be good to drop a one piece unit into the counter where the range top is located now and put the microwave where the oven is at this time....Your replies have been real helpful....keep them coming if you have more thoughts to this question...Tim
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Old 10-29-2003, 01:08 PM   #20
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...besides it being proven to be cancerous...
Huh? A microwave causes cancer? I didn't know that? Where did you get that information from?
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Old 10-29-2003, 01:43 PM   #21
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Oven!

Our oven thermostat has been "out" for the better part of this camping season...I didn't think I used the oven very often, but not having it has been tough!

We too boondock alot and don't always have electric and don't want to haul around a generator.

Note to self...winter project, fix oven!

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Old 10-29-2003, 02:39 PM   #22
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We only have the oven and the three burner cooktop. I haven't really figured out how to light the oven yet, and so we haven't used it. Pan storage sounds like a great idea though!

I'd probably use a microwave quite a bit, but we also camp without hookups a lot, so I guess we'll just have to figure out how to use that oven one of these days. So far we've cooked everything we need on the cooktop. Even at home we don't use the oven much.
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There's no option in the poll for "BOTH".
I added "Convection Oven" and "Both Microwave & Oven" to the poll...

When I added the two new options the "Score" was:

Microwave = 6
Oven = 8

...for a point of reference.

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Yeah, but those of us who have both and voted one or the other can't change the vote, can we?
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Old 10-29-2003, 04:22 PM   #25
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Maybe......

Do you have a residence in Florida?
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Yeah, but those of us who have both and voted one or the other can't change the vote, can we?
No...but I may be able to change it for you...let me know via PM if you want me to try...

Note how you originally voted & how you want it changed....

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Old 10-29-2003, 04:33 PM   #27
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If I bought an Airstream that did not have an oven, I would install one.

Last weekend, we used ours for chocolate chip cookies. Nice and warm and gooey.

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Thumbs up Convection/Microwave!

Our 325 and now the 34' both had factory convection microwaves in them. Of course, the 325 ALSO had a 7.5kw Onan generator, so boondocking with a convection/microwave wasn't a problem!

We have and use a convection microwave at home, and as a matter of fact, just passed on our 13 year old Sharp with a bad and irreplaceable circuit board and bought the latest iteration of the same model. They are extraordinarily versatile. We use the convection part much more frequently than our regular oven for anything that you can bake that will fit inside.

As other posts have said, the only reason NOT to go that way would be if you boondock regularly without 110AC. Then, naturally, the propane oven would be the only choice.

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