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Old 01-25-2016, 07:33 AM   #1
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Why do all replacement ranges look so cheap?

We're at the end of the renovation of our '79 Excella and at the point where I need to find a replacement for our MagicChef cook-top/oven. We actually didn't mind the way the oven looked, and it felt quite sturdy, but it seems like all the modern replacements out there look and feel so cheap! I chalk it up to cost cutting measures over the years, but essentially we're stuck with either an Atwood or Suburban cook-top/oven if we go with a model that's made for an RV.

In search of a visually appealing replacement, we've broadened our search to include cook-top/ovens for boats.

Has anyone gone this route (using a marine cook-top/oven in your airstream)? If so anything I should consider that you normally wouldn't?

Lastly, can anyone recommend a source to find good selection of marine appliances? To date I haven't found many...
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Old 01-25-2016, 07:43 AM   #2
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Agree 100%. I think it's because few rv'ers use the propane oven. I just came back from a local rv show and was shocked to see almost all higher end rv's had cook top only (often induction) and a convection microwave. It's as if they expect to always be hooked up to 50 amp service.

I just don't think there is a big market for those of us that actually use the oven.
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Old 01-25-2016, 08:51 AM   #3
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You might try appliances for apartments. They might fit.
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Old 01-25-2016, 08:51 AM   #4
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And everything RV is built down to a price. The SOB RV factory buyers demand a lower price, and the appliance manufacturers make the product cheaper. Or, if demand is low, discontinue making it at all.
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:15 AM   #5
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I have an original Magic Chef cook-top/oven with 4 burners from our '77 Overlander. It looks like it is in great shape. Is there a good enough market to sell it to fund other reno projects (we aren't doing an original restoration) or given the sounds of this thread, should we consider keeping it to put back in once we re-do the inside?

I'd consider shipping if you were interested TrekerBoy but I have no clue what it would cost for something this heavy.
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:22 AM   #6
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You could look into Marine appliances. Durable and usually a lot nicer to look at than their RV counterparts. For example:

Mediterranean Three Burner Gas Stove - Dickinson Marine | Dickinson Marine
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:45 AM   #7
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In search of a visually appealing replacement, we've broadened our search to include cook-top/ovens for boats.
Defender Marine (Marine Stoves / Ovens on Sale) is a reputable source for all things boat-related. And usually with better pricing than West Marine.
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Old 01-25-2016, 10:27 AM   #8
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I have been lusting over the Dickinson Mediterranean stove for some time... They are proud of them, even when on "sale."

Dickinson Marine - Mediterranean 3 Burner Marine Propane Galley Range

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Keep in mind that both Dickinson and Force 10 are Canadian companies and with the Canadian Dollar being so low right now, you might be able to get a good deal on one of their products.
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We have an Origo 2-burner alcohol stove in our boat. All stainless steel, very sturdy and built to last; and it's less expensive than larger, gimballed marine stove/oven units. However, it's not quite as convenient as propane (kind of like big, blow-torch-like "sterno" burners on steroids), it requires carrying another different kind of liquid fuel (stove alcohol), and it sometimes emits a slight alcohol odor.

The stainless is beautiful, it's rugged, and alcohol stoves are safer than propane (alcohol is lighter than air, versus propane being heavier; thus, it's less prone to explosion, which is why alcohol stoves are used in boats instead of propane).

Note: Made in Sweden.
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Old 01-25-2016, 12:04 PM   #11
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Agree 100%. I think it's because few rv'ers use the propane oven. I just came back from a local rv show and was shocked to see almost all higher end rv's had cook top only (often induction) and a convection microwave. It's as if they expect to always be hooked up to 50 amp service.

I just don't think there is a big market for those of us that actually use the oven.
We use our gas oven almost daily when on the road
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Old 01-25-2016, 12:36 PM   #12
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Does anyone know how much the old gas range/ovens weighed, circa 1964? What would be the downside of installing an apartment size (20') gas range like this one... https://www.atgstores.com/ranges/dan...160125191219:s
It weighs 124#, more than double the new RV range/ovens.
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Old 01-25-2016, 02:29 PM   #13
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I would look at Smev cooktops. Very beautiful and they have a glass cover over eyelets when not in use. Comes in two and three burners, and burners and sink combos.

I have the three burner in my Globetrotter and it is great!Click image for larger version

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Wallas Stovetops

Here are some high priced models from Wallas. I have no experience with them and I couldn't get my brother to spend the bucks when he was replacing his camper's appliances. They also can be used as a secondary heat source.

Wallas Heater | Boat | Stoves | Cooking Equipment | ScanMarineUSA.com | Wallas Heater | Boat | Stoves | Cooking Equipment | ScanMarineUSA.com
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