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Old 09-07-2006, 07:38 PM   #15
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we solved our microwave problem...

we found by putting the small microwave in overhead cabinet works out great for us. Just leave door open while in use.. We have the 2005 25' FB model. We're just about ready now to tak eoff on our first camping trip...
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Old 09-07-2006, 07:49 PM   #16
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Hello -

Here is our two cents on the issue - we bought the smallest microwave we could find (about $40 at Sam's Club) and keep it on the dinette table. We mainly use it to reheat coffee and make baked potatoes, as well as tea water for momma and of course, Trails End popcorn (support the Scouts AND it's gluten free for mom). I like the idea of putting it in an overhead storage bin though - we could use the extra table space - I'll give that a try next trip.

We do use the regular oven as well - great for baked dinners (chicken, meat loaf, PORK ROAST) that cook better in a regular oven than a microwave.

Good luck!

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Old 02-07-2007, 11:48 PM   #17
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Tappan Microwave Problem

We are experiencing a problem with our wall-mounted Tappan Microwave in our new 2007 23' Safari SE. We were cooking something and opened the door to check on it before the time was up. When we closed the door it looked like the food item was revolving, but the count-down did not resume and the food did not continue to heat up. Then we noticed that after the food was taken out, and the door closed, the glass dish started up revolving, the light came on, but microwave energy did not flow into the oven. Then, if we bumped the outside of the microwave, or if a nearby drawer was closed while the microwave door was closed, the microwave glass dish started revolving, the light came on, a count-down did not appear and it appears that microwabe energy did not appear to flow into to trailer
It seems like there is a faulty switch or wiring.

I will call our dealer, but I am wondering if the dealer really will take care of this oven, or
if I need to contact Tappan via ICM (InterCon Marketing - 941-355-4488? Of course, we are covered by our 2-yr warranty.

P.S. I have the owner's manual for the Tappan... but it seems like I am missing a number of other appliance manuals that should have come in the AS Owner's Delivery Case, such as manuals for the Dometic AC, Sony Audio/Vision Center, and the Solar Power.
Anyone else have missing manuals and did the dealer replace them or did you have to contact AS Factory and/or the appliance manufacturer?

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Old 02-08-2007, 08:09 AM   #18
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We pretty much do it like RDM16CCD. No microwave (or oven, for that matter) in our 22' CCD, so we bring along a .7 cubic foot microwave, bought at Walmart, when we are not boondocking. We travel with the microwave in its original box, carried in the tow vehicle, and set it up on the desk of the CCD when we stop to camp.
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Old 02-08-2007, 08:24 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by AZstreamin
A better question yet is do you really need a microwave? We don't have one in our Safari and other than popcorn, I can't think of one thing I miss about not having a microwave.
I'll agree also-we find the cabinet better used for storage; cereal, etc-and Jiffy pop is great!
We find that most evrything can be re-heated in the oven, cam fire, or stove top.
Think about;what do you really use the micro for at home?
For us, the answer was re-heating left overs. We can manage without it while camping...
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Old 02-08-2007, 09:17 AM   #20
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Like a lot of vintage Streamers, we use a microwave alot. I don't cook on the stove top and/or oven because it's inefficient and I don't want a lot of cooking smells in the trailer. We can heat things quickly in the microwave, use an electric kettle for heating water (soup, oatmeal, tea), and anything else is cooked out-of-doors on a camp stove/grill.

We bought the smallest household microwave we could find, and we've had no problems with it. I would not even have the oven/stove if it was not for the aesthetics of leaving it in.

I think you have to decide depending on your cooking habits, but if you are asking only if a household microwave will work - a definite YES.
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Old 02-08-2007, 11:59 AM   #21
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SilverGate, I can't speak to the Airstream specific issues you are asking about, but our one year old kitchen micro started acting strange like that. Turns the magnatron (I think that is what the microwave transmitter is called) was bad and causing the other electronics to go nuts. This is something that you definately want to have checked by a qualified technician. You could hurt yourself and other components in the camper if the magnitron is indeed bad. If it's still under warranty, let them do it. If not, microwaves are cheap these days....


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we fulltime in our 28 ft AS , that did not come with a microwave. We also bought one from Walmart $44 and it is very inconvenient ,because of no place to put it... but it works fine
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Old 02-09-2007, 12:49 AM   #23
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Microwave problem solving...

Hey SilverGate, you raised an interesting concern, especially of interest to newbies…
Glad you found your answer, albeit on another knowledge sharing forum:
Very creative of you to search boating forums since many of the same appliances used in RV’s and travel trailers are used in boats and yachts.
So you found a boater who’s Tappan had the same symptoms as yours…
And you learned that Tappan made some of the early microwaves in the 60’s…
Practically wrote the book on microwaves!

Good idea checking your AS Owners Manual, which told you that only federally certified technicians are permitted to service microwave ovens. That info helped to prevent what would have been a totally unnecessary, disappointing and frustrating trip to the dealer!

You read your Tappan Microwave Owner’s Manual and found out…
That Tappan microwaves are distributed by a company, ICM, InterCon Marketing.
Their web site, http://, lists the following phone number for service: 941-355-4488.
(Glad that at least that manual was not one of the twenty or so missing from your Airstream Delivery Case presented to you by your dealer).

And speaking of great customer support often lacking these days...
You found that a short and pleasant call to InterCon Marketing has a brand new microwave coming your way within 5 business days (since you are within ICM’s 1 year warranty).

BTW, SilverGate sends thanks to Jim for addressing his concerns!

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Old 02-09-2007, 01:48 AM   #24
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We had a micro in our last trailer and no conventional oven. We had plans to remove the micro, and put in a regular oven. We just get more use out of a regular oven. We often camp off the grid and don't have 120 volts.
As mentioned above, it's a lifestyle choice.

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