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Old 12-14-2006, 08:10 AM   #29
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Interesting...... our 2002 CCD doesn't even have an oven... just a cooktop. We love the extra storage (three large drawers) we get by not having the oven. Would we use an oven if we had it? Occasionally, I'm sure... but most of the time it would be used for storage. But, judging from the responses to this thread, some people use their ovens a lot. My wife IS considering bring along our countertop convection/toaster from home when we plan to hook up to shore power.

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Old 12-14-2006, 08:18 AM   #30
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We use ours pretty frequently. Meat Loaf, roast chicken, small Pork Roast, small Roast Beef, etc. Makes the WHOLE campground smell GREAT!!!

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Old 12-14-2006, 08:24 AM   #31
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Yes we use it

We have only spent 3 nights in it but we used it twice and it works great.
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Old 12-14-2006, 08:24 AM   #32
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I use my oven every trip.

As a bread box. But I am planning to actually use it as an oven. I usually bring frozen food ( it helps keeps the beer cold ) I could warm the food up when it thaws.
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Old 12-14-2006, 08:31 AM   #33
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We don't have, or need, an oven. My wife can heat all our TV dinners in the microwave.
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Old 12-14-2006, 08:38 AM   #34
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We dont even have a microwave! We boondock a lot and the oven is used a lot, especially in cold weather, It cooks biscuits and warms us at the same time!
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Old 12-14-2006, 08:39 AM   #35
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We have a combo micro/convection and a cooktop and use all 3 regularly along with our BBQ.
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Old 12-14-2006, 10:29 AM   #36
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We had the oven in the '01 Safari and now the microwave/convection oven in the Classic. At best we found the Safari's oven marginal and based on the heat buildup inside the trailer, its use was limited. I think Eric (Silvertwinkie) remembers Patty's ruined brownies at the first Moraine View forum rally in 2001!

The convection seems to be more controlable although there is a learning curve and there are issues about pan sizes that you can use. Also the regular oven was a repository for pots and pans.

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Old 12-14-2006, 11:05 AM   #37
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When we acquired our Excella it had no micro, but did have the oven. Our SOB was the opposite; micro but no oven. I wanted to get a micro right away, but it was camping season and out we went! We soon filled up the micro space (over the fridge) with other stuff (cereal, snacks, etc) and decided we would wait on the micro. We often prepare meals ahead (lasagna, etc) and found that we like the oven better than the micro. We decided that micro space was better used for storage. The reality is, we used a micro rarely-just to reheat stuff, so it has not been missed at all. In fact (I do all the cooking when we camp) and I like the oven much better. Pots/pans also stored in oven when not used!

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Old 12-14-2006, 11:58 AM   #38
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Not much rhymes with oven

someone should make a moven.
but there might be a lot of shoven.
If only we could have more loven,
then we could forget about the oven.


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Old 12-14-2006, 12:05 PM   #39
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Oven? What oven? The big box below our cooktop keeps things cold...(16' Bambi)
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Old 12-14-2006, 12:10 PM   #40
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We've used ours infrequently for baking frozen pizza and casseroles which don't work in the microwave.. We removed microwave over the fridge and added matching swing up cabinet door to make storage space, and then added a very small microwave to sit on floor in transit or credenza next to fridge (under hanging flat screen TV) when camped.. It works to reheat things. Add a wide-slot toaster for bagels and bread and a single cup coffee maker and meals are covered... I like the idea of using it for storage on the road...

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Old 12-14-2006, 12:15 PM   #41
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This discussion has placed me even more firmly on the fence. My safari didn't come with an oven, just a micro that hasn't ever worked. I was just about ready to spring for a nice little panasonic micro to replace it - and now realize that we really didn't miss it that much as we dry camp as often as not. An oven would be nice, but not sure I want to invest that much. So here I sit.
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Old 12-14-2006, 12:36 PM   #42
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Mystery Switch?


If your microwave NEVER worked, you may have missed the secret mystery wall switch often mounted over the stove, or in one of the overhead cabinets aboive the sink on the curb side. The switch flips between power to the air conditioner and power to the microwave, since both couldn't be powered up at the same time... Airstream might have done a better job of labeling...

Though the switch is described in the owners manual, we were slow to discover its function, after we had concluded the outlet over the fridge was dead... We prefer our arrangement of small portable microwave and over-fridge storage anyway, but the switch might bring your microwave to life...


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