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Old 02-11-2014, 09:43 PM   #15
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We love the propane stove. We love to bake when it is cold and rainy outside. Love the quick heating on the stove top. Boondock a lot and don't miss a microwave much. And small micro's are cheap (not that we bought one yet). So propane for us

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Old 02-11-2014, 11:25 PM   #16
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We got by with a little butane stove when we backpacked, so anything more is luxury. Once we gave into luxury (power windows and seats, steering wheels and rubber tires), an oven is useful sometimes and we wish we had 5 stovetop burners because there are never enough burners. We wish the microwave had a propane generator built in because re-heating tea or coffee is the ultimate decadence (my concept of decadence has changed through the years—40 or 50 years ago decadence was much more interesting than zapping a cup of coffee).

Our oven is hard to light and takes a lot of space, but it works without electricity and cooks some things better than anything else. Every home should have a stove with a cooktop and oven—anything else is uncivilized.

But others cook differently and sometimes until you use the RV you won't be sure just what you need. Even then, things change over years and you may want to change the kitchen again.

My ideal would be a gas oven and cooktop, self powered microwave and self powered toaster oven. That would cover it all. We could live with a butane stove, but glad we don't have to and can forgo the self powered units until someone invents them. Surely, if you rarely use a stove or microwave at home, you'll be unlikely to use one on the road.

This is purely subjective, but to me a kitchen doesn't look like a kitchen unless it has a oven. A motel room with a small fridge and a microwave does not have a kitchen. We want a real kitchen, thus an oven


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Old 02-12-2014, 12:34 AM   #17
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Liking this warm SOUTHERN weather today? I fulltime and "the winter that will not end" is starting to wear on my nerves. Dreaming of APRIL!!!!!

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Hi, we are fortunate that our trailer came with a stove top, an oven, and a micro-wave. We seldom use our oven, but would not do without it. And we live where "The Summer that will not end".

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Old 02-12-2014, 08:09 AM   #18
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CA_Streamer, my generator is actually very quiet and I love that. At the moment it doesnt run because I have no fuel supply to it due to a broken fuel pump (my fault) and a rotted gas line form the tank.

As I said earlier I am going to go the oven route. If anyone has any leads on a newer oven in good shape let me know. I've made some reservations for this summer already so I need to get this thing pieced together ASAP!
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So I have a void in my kitchen counter area. I have been toying with the idea of replacing it with just a stove top and putting a convection microwave below it. This would require me to run additional electrical and change up my cabinets (but not much, they are already custom). Or possibly just a small microwave.

Or should I just replace it with the style of oven that comes in an RV?

What is your opinion? Do you use the oven enough to make it worthwhile? Would it be worth my time to change around the configuration? Or should I just keep the oven in the chance that I do end up using it?
There are a large number of threads on this. People's use patterns vary depending mainly on:

1) Whether they camp where it rains. People out west cook outside more

2) Whether their cooking style relies much on an oven

3) Whether they camp in locations without electricity

4) Whether they cook while traveling since the many people who rely on restaurants or cold meals don't have any use for an oven

I am in the large minority (30-40%) of people who would not be without an oven in my trailer.
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:22 AM   #20
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As I said earlier I am going to go the oven route. If anyone has any leads on a newer oven in good shape let me know. I've made some reservations for this summer already so I need to get this thing pieced together ASAP!
A new one will cost you at least $500. I've seen used ranges on eBay for around $300 so you may check there, or your local Craig's list. What size are you looking for? 17" or 21" or ?

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