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Old 08-11-2007, 02:32 AM   #1
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upgrade to convection microwave on 1997 International CCD28

I bought a 2007 International 28 today, which will be delivered next Tuesday. I almost got the Safari 25FB SE because the 28's didn't have the microwave convection option and the dealer said Airstream factory sells it for $700 plus shipping and plus dealer install. I have not completely taken leave of my senses, and cannot imagine paying that price for a microwave upgrade. Any other less expensive way to go?

I haven't slept in the last 5 days; decided to go for it on Monday; drove to the dealer to look that day; managed to work 3 days (in between obsessing about which model); went back today in blazing Louisiana heat and bought it. Must sleep now; silver dreams....
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Old 08-11-2007, 03:08 AM   #2
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Sweet

What a nice way to start your Airstream streaming. Although we have a Safari 25FB/SE, the International 28 CCD was the model we first lusted for after our first trip to the dealer. You couldn't go wrong with either....congratulations and welcome to mania central.

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Old 08-11-2007, 07:33 AM   #3
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A microwave oven for $700?
If this was 1978 that may be about right.

There are so many cool ones out there now...
Stainless, black, round, square and way under $200

I would get the convection type though...once you try one you will never go back
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rnhunter -- Congrats and welcome to the Forums! Cosmotini was the hit of the June midwest rally with his new International 28. It was a beauty! He got the optional roadside & rear awning which I liked. The microwave in the pantry is great. I don't know if his was convection... but klattu is right. We're just beginning to understand ours and get full use out of it. Ours is a Sharp and they did stovetop + convection for the same price as a stovetop-oven. My model number was out of production IIRC. I'd bet somebody with a 27' FB Classic would have the model # -- I'll PM member wheel interested. I'd think all you'll need is to take some measurements and get to a Best Buy...
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Old 08-11-2007, 08:09 AM   #5
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rnhunter; Welcome to the forum and the airstream family. You'll really like the convection microwave once you get the hang of it. Our previous AS had one.
We'll have to get together at Lake Enid when it cools off a bit in MS!
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Old 08-11-2007, 09:26 AM   #6
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Sorry I can't be of help with the microwave because ours does not have one. We have the conventional oven and the pantry/microwave option was not available at the time. I certainly am missing it though. At a June rally I had to send my food out to be zapped and this past rally someone made up a dish and turned around and said now only to pop in your micro I am wanting to put one on a slideout in the cabinet above the pantry if I can find one 12-12 1/2 inches deep or less. The cabinet facing may have to be trimmed open a bit. The pantry install is another option. It hasn't been horrible without one but everyone is amazed I don't have one in a new Classic.
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Before you add a secound unit...
Think about getting one that has both microwave and convection.
Ours is like that and really works great.

Most frozen foods I used to zap, get convectioned now.
Flakey crust instead of rubber biscuits.

I've taken stuff out to the MH from the house to cook cause its so much better.
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hi rn' and welcome to the forums...

the units a/s uses are under 300$ depending on model...

which changes every few years...

until recently the sharp model they used was available at wally world...

search 'convection' and many threads will appear.

here is a useful one...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f426...ded-29635.html

IF your unit has a standard microwave, a combo will fit in the same space and use the same outlet.

there are many location/install options.

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Old 08-11-2007, 11:36 AM   #9
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Talk about feedback!!

This is clearly an active community. Thanks for all the welcomes and suggestions.

The main thing I am unclear about is: short of replacing the recgular 3 burner/oven with the 3 burner/microwave-convection underneath the burners-- where would I add another microwave/unit. The 28 international doesn't seem to have a spot; (of course I was only in it for 5 minutes at a time all afternoon yesterday; and it was at least 120 degrees in there, so my memory is hazy to say the least)
If I do replace the regular oven/cooktop and get a convection-microwave /cooktop (not $700!!); how hard is it intsall, and what are my choices for that space.
The way I live; I rarely use a regular oven except Sister Shubert's rolls; but I regularlly eat microvave popcorn for supper when I've had a crazy day.

I guess that last statement begs for an explanation: I bought the Airstream because I work anywhere from 2-4 hours from my home during the week. I will probably have to it move 2-3 times a year. I don't even own a suitable tow vehicle, nor do I want one at this time. I plan on paying someone to haul it from project to project.

I am so psyched I still cannot sleep. By the time Tuesday rolls around I will be a zombie.
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My personal fave at June's Midwest rally was cosmotini and his new 28' FB CCD. Wow! I did PM him -- don't know if he has the convection. Here's what I saw in his Airstream - the microwave space had a separate door and pulled out at about rib height. There was a pantry door below that and a small pantry door above it. The extra cabinet work may be part of the $700 charge. Airstream also may have quoted a change fee to your dealer -- which would jack the price. So maybe these additional factors are why the price is so much higher than just the microwave.

I have the convection microwave under the stove burners and don't miss an actual oven... yet. It's going to take us a couple more years before I can conclusively say that was a good idea -- but I think I'll feel the change was the right way to go. Only problem is that the oven works without a generator running and the convection microwave demand puts any genset into very noisy high-output mode. See this.
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unless a/s is using a new model of stove top,

the 3 burner gas stove top is not connected to anything, except gas...

mine has wooden drawers under it...

the gas oven is a modular unit....

the mic/convec is a free standing unit...

many have the mic/convec locationed UNDER the burners, they are 2 different appliances.

others have it ABOVE the burners or sitting on the counter or in a drawer or mounted under the overhead storage...

lots of options anywhere near a 110 ac outlet...

installation is shown in the previous link post #8.

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Good point...no power required for a gas oven...
Now what we need is a gas convection oven.
What would that be? just add a fan inside ?
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The microwave in our 27' FB International CCD is only a microwave. It's not a very powerful one at that. I think it's only 500 watts. It's good for re-heating leftovers but I haven't had much luck with microwave popcorn.
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Re-reading the first post, I see they are referring to a 28' CCD and not the 27' FB like we have now.

Here is a link to a thread I started when we had our 28' CCD. It's the same subject.

I took it to the factory and had them modify the galley roof locker because there was no place for a microwave.

The Airstream guys were wondering why they didn't do this in the first place.

I bought a microwave at Home Depot for $50 and it worked out well. I never permanently mounted it on the shelf, I just set it on the bed when towing or in storage.

The nice thing about this arrangement is you could get whatever type or brand of microwave you wish as long as it fit the space.

Having this done was less expensive than switching out the existing oven with a stove top and convection microwave. I got quotes for both.
Hope this helps.
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