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Old 05-13-2014, 04:43 PM   #1
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Convection microwave as only oven?

We're looking at a new 30' Flying Cloud bunk house but the one we're looking into only has a convection microwave and not a traditional gas oven like our current trailer. Before anyone asks, we do actually use our oven.

What's the deal? Can a convection microwave really do everything that our current one can? What are the downsides?
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Well, they don't work for boondocking, or for cooking while on the road.

I would like to hear reports from anyone who has successfully made popovers or baked a cake in one of them.
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I had a similar dilemma when we upgraded from a 23 FB to a 25 FB. We used both the microwave and the gas oven in our 23. Our new 25 has the convection microwave but we haven't actually used it yet. I had two concerns with the convection microwave. It is smaller than the oven which is where I used to store our pots and pans, so I will need an alternate plan for that storage. Second we will not be able to use the oven unless we have full hookups. That said the convection microwave seems to have several cooking options that we did not have in the 23. I could be wrong but I think most of the airstreams come with the sharp convection microwave oven. You can download the product manual from the sharp webpage and get an idea of the features which is what I did.
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I had a similar dilemma when we upgraded from a 23 FB to a 25 FB. We used both the microwave and the gas oven in our 23. Our new 25 has the convection microwave but we haven't actually used it yet. I had two concerns with the convection microwave. It is smaller than the oven which is where I used to store our pots and pans, so I will need an alternate plan for that storage. Second we will not be able to use the oven unless we have full hookups. That said the convection microwave seems to have several cooking options that we did not have in the 23. I could be wrong but I think most of the airstreams come with the sharp convection microwave oven. You can download the product manual from the sharp webpage and get an idea of the features which is what I did.
I've been trying to get some information as to which Sharp they use so I can get the manual. Sharp makes a ton of different microwaves.
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It seems like there are folks on the forum who really like their convection microwaves. A related question would be, which one is easier to add later? If I get a unit with a traditional oven and standard microwave it seems trivial to swap that microwave for a convection unit. Just looking at what it would take to add a gas oven starts to make my head swim a little.
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I suspect they put the same one in most Airstreams. Hopefully you can read this.....
Yes, I can read it easily! Thanks!
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I would like to hear reports from anyone who has successfully made popovers or baked a cake in one of them.
I regularly bake biscuits, casseroles, pies, and cakes in ours. There is a learning curve, but after the first couple of disasters, you generally get acclimated to the different way of cooking.
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I've been trying to get some information as to which Sharp they use so I can get the manual. Sharp makes a ton of different microwaves.
There is one on the lot now. I'll see if I can remember to get model number and front dimensions tomorrow.
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We're looking at a new 30' Flying Cloud bunk house but the one we're looking into only has a convection microwave and not a traditional gas oven like our current trailer. Before anyone asks, we do actually use our oven.



What's the deal? Can a convection microwave really do everything that our current one can? What are the downsides?

The convection microwave behaves just like a normal oven but of course you can also nuke stuff quickly when everybody is real busy. We do not notice a difference between it and a normal oven. The biggest positive is you also get the much needed additional storage under the cooktop where the normal oven might be. The down side is you have to work the thing from a really awkward position in semi darkness and you have to have 120 power. We run ours from the inverter so 120 is irrelevant. As in all things Airstream, it's whatever compromise you can live with. 30' Flying Cloud bunk house is a fabulous family Airstream regardless of your choice in ovens. Jim
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Edit, replace 120 with "shore". Jim
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Well, they don't work for boondocking, or for cooking while on the road.

I would like to hear reports from anyone who has successfully made popovers or baked a cake in one of them.
My DW has done cookies and cakes, roasted chicken, casseroles, etc. She believes it does a better job than the propane ovens we used to have in our RV's in the olden days and I will not argue about it. We boondock a lot and use our Honda Genny so it's no problem. Our stove/oven at home is also convection so there was no learning curve, it's simply a better and faster way to cook. On the road we go the fast food route. I suggest those who don't have a clue about the convection/micro ovens today do a little research and if you have one read the instruction manual.
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The convection microwave behaves just like a normal oven but of course you can also nuke stuff quickly when everybody is real busy. We do not notice a difference between it and a normal oven. The biggest positive is you also get the much needed additional storage under the cooktop where the normal oven might be. The down side is you have to work the thing from a really awkward position in semi darkness and you have to have 120 power. We run ours from the inverter so 120 is irrelevant. As in all things Airstream, it's whatever compromise you can live with. 30' Flying Cloud bunk house is a fabulous family Airstream regardless of your choice in ovens. Jim
Can you run the convection microwave oven with the 1000 watt inverter on the new airstreams?

I thought that it operates on shore power only.
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