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Old 10-10-2006, 08:53 PM   #1
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Question Convection/Micro Oven or not??

Leaning toward the puchase of a new 20 foot Safari. Comes with a standard oven and no microwave. Decision is: 1) purchase a stand alone microwave and lose counter space; or 2) upgrade to the optional Convection oven / microwave oven combination.

For those of you with experience with the combination oven how well does it work? Is it worth the upgrade cost?? I would prefer not to lose the counter space and depending on cost will most likely opt for the combo but don't want to find out it doesn't work all that well....Thanks for taking the time to respond....
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Depends on how you're going to use the trailer. Convection ovens work great, until you're boondocking without hookups. The conventional oven works everywhere. We have conventional ovens in both trailers with standard microwaves.

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Old 10-10-2006, 09:44 PM   #3
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Smile Depends on where you camp and how you cook

Roger has it right. If you like to boondock without electricity, you have to give up your baking abilities with the convection microwave. So look at where you expect to camp and what do you eat when camping? If you eat out a lot then maybe just a micro/convect...
2 cents time aren't you glad you asked??..

Personally I don't care for the taste of convection cooked stuff. It comes out ok. I married a Tarheel and we have biscuits for breakfast while camping...
We started out with an Airstream with a propane oven and a microwave. Just used the micro to reheat things. Now our newer trailer has a convec/micro so we had to go out and buy a little Coleman propane oven to bake in, cause we like to boondock and frankly baking is better in an oven.

The little propane ovens take up interior storage space but if you cook outdoors like many of us do it won't clog up counter space...
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We have the optional convection microwave. Honestly, I don't quite yet understand it. I should give more time to reading the manual -- I cook and bake a lot but this is a new world to me. My wife does pretty good roasting good hearth breads or sourdoughs, so I'm happy. We tend to cook outside on a grill with an LP line from the Airstream's tanks to the grill. You read all sorts of styles -- boondocking vs plug-ins. Some folks never use their ovens. Biscuits!! Steph, ever try Pioneer mix from San Antone -- I grew up on that and carry it everywhere (though wouldn't begin to try it in the c-microwave). If I'm camping for another purpose (visiting kids, fishing, or bicycling), I do like an electric hookup. Other times I love to be more primitive and get away from it all.

We were boondocking in September and wanted to use the microwave. I have a supposedly quiet Honda eu2000i generator with a very humane eco-mode and a somewhat higher rpm standard mode. When we used the convection feature a lot of watts were required and the generator responded in kind and absolutely roared. I truly don't know that a Coleman or Generac would make any more noise (though I suspect they actually would). Power gets noisy -- no two ways about it.
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Old 10-10-2006, 10:17 PM   #5
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Steph, ever try Pioneer mix from San Antone -- I grew up on that and carry it everywhere
I read somewhere that Pioneer mix was what was used for Popeye's biscuits with sour cream. I'll be sure to try some! Thanks.

Outthere--Here's a link to the type of portable oven we bought--works well and you can get a better price shopping around. Its small but if you are sold on the convection/micro oven its a way to bake while boondocking without a generator. Good luck with your decision, how fun!!
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Your call

I agree with 85MH325 as a basic guideline. We went with the micro/convection in place of the gas oven and find it useful. We did not want to use additional space for a stand alone micro. For us, we would probably not have used a gas oven since we are not into baking. It really all depends on your style of cooking and your camping desires. The right answer is your answer.

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Leaning toward the puchase of a new 20 foot Safari. Comes with a standard oven and no microwave. Decision is: 1) purchase a stand alone microwave and lose counter space; or 2) upgrade to the optional Convection oven / microwave oven combination.

For those of you with experience with the combination oven how well does it work? Is it worth the upgrade cost?? I would prefer not to lose the counter space and depending on cost will most likely opt for the combo but don't want to find out it doesn't work all that well....Thanks for taking the time to respond....
You just can't beat an oven for home made Pizza while boondocking. I've thought about convection but boondock and knowing I can whip-up any number of things in the oven is attractive. Also, while cooking, it takes the chill out of the air on cool evenings.

Congrats on your new purchase!
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Interesting....I did not realize that the convection oven required a hard hookup to operate...We do plan on doing a significant amount of boondocking so for us it looks like we'll have to go with a conventional oven and a stand alone microwave.....

I'm glad I asked cause I'm not noted for reading the manual before I have to so I can just see us in some deserted spot trying to bake some cookies and finding out that the extension cord will need to be 25 miles long!!

As usual, thanks for the responses. You guys are great!!
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Our '06 25'FB came with the convec/mw. We both would like a conventional oven, but don't want to give up the space for a separate mw. It's a compromise. Besides, between the cooktop and the outside grill (dutch ovens are GREAT), we don't lack for anything to eat. Your decision.
BTW, anyone know of a good convec cookbook that has the time conversions in it? Send email to arana1st@aol.com if you do. Thanks.
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Interesting....I did not realize that the convection oven required a hard hookup to operate...We do plan on doing a significant amount of boondocking so for us it looks like we'll have to go with a conventional oven and a stand alone microwave.....

I'm glad I asked cause I'm not noted for reading the manual before I have to so I can just see us in some deserted spot trying to bake some cookies and finding out that the extension cord will need to be 25 miles long!!

As usual, thanks for the responses. You guys are great!!
If I was going to be doing a lot of boondocking I'd have a generator, and with that (assuming it was one with enough power) you could run your convection microwave.

We have the convection microwave option, and although we're always using the microwave, we rarely use the convection part to bake in. However, since my wife doesn't bake much anyway, we don't miss the oven, and having the extra drawers where the oven would be otherwise is nice for storage.

In any case, the convection microwave is a pricely option.

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We've had both types of ovens with the latest being a convection/microwave. We really don't boondock so the lack of power doesn't enter into the equation.

The biggest issue I have with the convection/microwave coversion oven is that fact that the turntable continually moves and at least in the 2004 model, there was no turntable shut off switch. This limits your pan size and an oblong pan is a no no. From our standpoint when we had an oven it was rarely used (it really was used for pots and pans storage), and in the current trailer, the convection is occasionally used.

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Some folks never use their ovens. Biscuits!! Steph, ever try Pioneer mix from San Antone -- I grew up on that and carry it everywhere (though wouldn't begin to try it in the c-microwave).
During last weekend's unit rally, we ate lunch in the restaurant at the Pioneer factory. They serve breakfast all day and I couldn't resist buiscuits and gravy, knowing that if it is good anywhere, it should be absolutely supurb there.

It was! The biscuits were so light that they needed the gravy to keep them pn the plate.

For anyone visiting San Antonio, I can attest that Pioneer Mills is a great place to eat lunch and their little museum and shop are worth a visit.
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another conventional vote

We ordered our 2007 20' with the conventional oven; we figured we will be seeking out dry camping and away from everything more than not. We also liked the idea of a warm oven on a chilly night.

Even so, we're on the lookout for a small, low-wattage microwave to optionally carry onboard. So far I've seen a 700W model, but too ugly to consider!

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Thumbs up We tried it, guess what our new camping biscuit mix is?

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Steph, ever try Pioneer mix from San Antone -- I grew up on that and carry it everywhere (though wouldn't begin to try it in the c-microwave).
Well Bob, Pioneer passed the Tarheel's biscuit test, so we're thankful for the tip. I was so glad to see it sold in the grocery stores up here in MI. Just wanted to share that even overcaffeinated Yankees from the Great Lakes regions can appreciate those Texas biscuits! I really like how well they came out. The container the mix comes in is perfect for the trailer's pantry (resealable, tall and narrow). Looks like you Texans know your biscuits! Thanks for the tip.
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