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Old 08-26-2004, 07:03 PM   #1
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Swap stove for convection microwave?

Since we've NEVER used the oven and have wished we had a microwave several times, we're thinking about switching out our 1 piece stove and oven with a convection microwave and 3 burner stove top.

I spoke to our dealer about this and they confirmed that it could be done.

Anyone else do this? Looking for pros & cons.

I'm calling the factory tomorrow to discuss $$$.



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Old 08-26-2004, 11:14 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by cosmotini
Since we've NEVER used the oven and have wished we had a microwave several times, we're thinking about switching out our 1 piece stove and oven with a convection microwave and 3 burner stove top.
Our trailer -'97 25' Safari came with just a microwave and two burner stove top. The previous owner switched it out. We found a convection/microwave combo this weekend on sale at Sears and couldn't pass it up. $179.00 with coupon. We immediately bought tube cookies (chocolate chip dough in a plastic tube) and tried it out. It worked great! It does say it should have a couple more inches of clearance than is available for venting. I think if we cook something for a long period of time, like a roast or chicken, I would just pull it out and set it on the table. It fits the standard oven shelf nicely with a couple inches of clearance on both sides and more in back. Didn't heat up too much for just 12 minutes of cookie baking.

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Old 07-02-2005, 06:29 AM   #3
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I too put a combination convection/microwave in place of the OEM microwave under the counter. I then made up some nice stainless steel trim pices to finish out the install. As for the ventilation, I installed a small 120 volt fan (4", much like your computer has on the back of it, easy find at Radio shack) in the end of the cabinet by the fold up counter extension. It's plugged into the same outlet as the oven, and has a small on/off switch so we only turn it on when cooking.
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Old 07-02-2005, 10:04 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by cosmotini
Since we've NEVER used the oven and have wished we had a microwave several times, we're thinking about switching out our 1 piece stove and oven with a convection microwave and 3 burner stove top.

I spoke to our dealer about this and they confirmed that it could be done.

Anyone else do this? Looking for pros & cons.

I'm calling the factory tomorrow to discuss $$$.


We purchased our 2005 28' CCD in February from the dealer's lot. It had a gas oven in it (no microwave). Based on our previous experiences with microwave/convection oven (we loved it) in our 2004 22' CCD, we definitely wanted one in the 28' CCD. The dealer had to order a conversion kit from AS to modify the space for the convection/microwave. They removed the oven and installed the micro/convec for an additional $500 added to the purchase price. Someone on these forums had negotiated this conversion for no extra cost when they purchased a new 28' unit. We are enjoying the versatility of the M/C and are amazed what we can cook with it! I think you'll enjoy it also!
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Old 01-09-2015, 04:53 PM   #5
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Swap Oven for a micro

Our So Cal dealer can do it and we have an estimate. Their description covered all aspects of the change-out. We live in So. Utah and will get local estimates as well. Big draw back is that you must replace the oven/range combo with a new range and the M/C or micro. Wiring and gas should be no problem as the appliances are end of the line, thoughts?
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Old 01-09-2015, 05:14 PM   #6
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We have both but if had to give one up it would be the convection/microwave, and keep the gas oven. That's because we frequently camp without hookups, don't want to monkey around with a generator, and use a basic solar system for electrical needs and propane for cooking and heating.
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Old 01-09-2015, 05:30 PM   #7
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Our 2013 25FB FC came with the convection microwave.

We do a lot of dry camping, and missed our GAS OVEN. We ordered the cabinetry conversion kit from JC through our dealer(Colonial RV). Colonial provided the model information for a Range/Oven combo, (an Atwood RA-2135) which Airstream normal installs unless the convention/Micro upgrade is ordered. We found a used Atwood RA-2135 at a salvage yard.

Will wait for warmer weather to do the change over. I was told it is a simple change over. Hopefully they are correct. (we plan on keeping the takeouts in case we need to change back in the future.)

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Old 01-09-2015, 07:18 PM   #8
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I anticipate having both in my new to me 30' Classic. If want to get rid of the oven combo, do you know if JC has a conversion to supply the drawers and the slide in oven top for replacement?


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Old 01-10-2015, 04:37 PM   #9
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I'm switching my 66 Trade Wind from gas stove and oven to cooktop and microwave. We just don't do much cooking while traveling. The microwave is adequate for us. If we were doing a lot of boondocking, I might consider a generator.

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Old 01-10-2015, 05:12 PM   #10
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When I ordered my 28' 2012 Intl CCD back in 2011 I ordered it with the Sharp Convection/Microwave. After about 3 trips I discovered my error. No electricity=no oven, and while I don't boondock all that much, I missed the gas oven. SO, I put in the Amana gas oven and dumped the Sharp (which I thought was one of most poorly designed, user unfriendly microwave combos I'd experienced). I really liked the gas oven, and found I had just enough room underneath it for a Cusinart Convection/Microwave. I had both and while I did have to get on the floor to use the microwave, I just about had to do that with the Sharp. I think it really boils down to HOW you prepare food in your trailer. It is funny how some people who have the microwave want the gas oven and vice versa! Maybe we always want what we don't have.... My new trailer will have both, though I confess I have never seen a "Franklin Chef" microwave before. Oh well.
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Old 01-10-2015, 07:10 PM   #11
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Old 01-17-2015, 09:57 AM   #12
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We are trying to keep our Magic Chef 3-burner stove in our 1963 Silver Streak Sabre and want to restore it rather than replace it with a microwave/convection oven and stove top. I do a lot of cooking, even when trailering so I want a working stove and oven that run on propane.
We camp in national parks that have no hookups, so electric power is an issue. Unfortunately, parts for the Magic Chef model 418 are nearly impossible to find unless we can get our hands on a used stove for parts. Are you getting rid of one of these? If so let me know.
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Old 01-21-2015, 08:22 AM   #13
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Our trailer came with a stove top only and a convection/microwave. I hate it! I would like to replace it with a regular stove with oven. Would trade with you anytime
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:02 AM   #14
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After 4 years of using our oven for storing the toaster and frying pan, I traded our stove with oven for a friends stove top and 3 drawers. Now, she is happy and we are happy. Took only a few minutes to make the physical swap and maybe an hour for me to install the drawer guides in my trailer.

I think we used the oven twice in 4 years. We don't miss it at all.

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