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Old 03-02-2012, 02:53 PM   #1
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Please share your thoughts pro/con about replacing the existing propane oven/cook top single unit with a factory style propane cook top with microwave oven beneath ... anyone done this ... recommended parts source other than factory? 2012 FC
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Old 03-02-2012, 02:57 PM   #2
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That would never work for us unless it was a microwave/convection combo because we like to cook muffins, brownies, and cornbread too much!
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:07 PM   #3
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When we bought our A/S, I bought a microwave and put it in the trailer. After 3 years we used it twice, one time to bake a potato and another to warm some leftovers. Took it out and used the space to store wine, groceries, etc. No regrets and we do use our oven quite a bit. Plus our favorite way to prepare meals is generally the BBQ.
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You can see the many "Do you use the oven?" threads for the practical pros and cons of going without a propane oven. In short even if you do not anticipate using the oven you may need it if you are camping someplace where electricity is not available. Beyond that it depends on your camping and cooking style.

You can get the Amana cooktops from many suppliers. Try pplmotorhomes or campingworld. Not sure about the microwaves. Mine is a Dometic, but doesn't have the convection oven feature I am assuming you will want.
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:19 PM   #5
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I would never give up a stove with conventional oven in favor of a microwave, but then we boondock all the time.

We had a microwave for a number of years and mostly used it for a breadbox. Finally took it out and don't really miss it.
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:26 PM   #6
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I like my microwave convection oven and propane cooktop, but I have to say, if I had lots of money, I'd either find a much bigger microwave/convection or have a trailer big enough to have both the propane oven AND a microwave, because I would use all three. I just like to cook and bake!
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Thank you for the posts. We are looking at the microwave CONVECTION oven modification and currently use a small counter top microwave considerably. When the cold northern climes do not allow outside cooking, we prefer to cook with the microwave to reduce combustion byproducts and cooking smells in the AS. We are also very concerned about drawing bears (and other predators) near our AS while boondocking (from heavy residual odors)- we have only hooked up to external power twice, but often fire up the gen in the morning and evening for meals. If you have ever been face to face with a grizzly or put one down, you know to what I am referring. My wife loves to cook (even grinding our own flour) and often prepares the meals well in advance of our AS departure from home.
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We use our propane oven all the time...for a bread box when not in use, and as an oven when we need it. It works great! We dry camp a lot so it's nice to have this option. There's no room in our Airstream for a microwave to be installed, but we do carry small inexpensive one that we set up outside on a table when we know we are going to have electricity (or use the genny)...we cover it with a vinyl cozy to keep it out of the elements. It all really depends on how you cook...we mostly use the micorwave for thawing or reheating...
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