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Old 09-08-2013, 09:15 AM   #1
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Oven use???

Is the oven option a useable option?? Would the storage drawers be of better use??

I have found two International 30 Airstreams that are configured with either. I just don't know what tends to be the better choice.
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Old 09-08-2013, 09:23 AM   #2
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There are 2 schools of thought. Those that never eat in there trailer and those that do. Only you will be able to determine which camp, a play on words, you are in.

When I was looking for my trailer I saw several older trailers that had never had the stove turned on. Those trailers also did not have an oven. My wife would not ever consider them.
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Old 09-08-2013, 09:35 AM   #3
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We wouldn't even consider a trailer without an oven! We cook/prepare 99% of our meals when traveling. Goodbye Denny's and Applebee's!
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Old 09-08-2013, 09:39 AM   #4
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Our trips are long so we don't eat much differently than at home. We like the gas oven, especially if without hookups. If you use the oven at home, you may want it when traveling. I think you can answer your question best.

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Old 09-08-2013, 10:49 AM   #5
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I'm in the pro-oven camp. I use the galley the same way as my kitchen at home and I do a lot of roasting and baking, so the oven is absolutely necessary.
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Old 09-08-2013, 02:32 PM   #6
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I'm definitely a oven user at home so I'm certain it would be used. I know there are plenty of people that have them just wasn't sure if they ended up using them as planned.

While I'm new to the RV community I think my current situation allows me the freedom to move about on my time line. I want to plan my order/purchase as best informed as I can be. I thank all of you for responding.
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Old 09-08-2013, 02:42 PM   #7
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I am cheap and would rather make my own food. Nothing like home made pizza in the oven. Cooking and camping go together. Why have the expensive trailer and not be able to cook in it. There are times that a toaster oven will work just as well. The Magic Chef ovens will heat a trailer up in a hurry if you are camping in the summer. When it comes time to replace my stove, I will probably replace it with another 4 burner with oven range. Actually 3 burners would be better since there is not enough room for 4 in that small of a space.

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Old 09-08-2013, 02:58 PM   #8
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I looked in the parts books for the 2013 and 2014 three trim level of 30-31' models. The blasted microwave is in the center stack beside the sink. The drawer stack is on the right with a cooktop on top. Then you find out that the gas oven can only be in place of the kitchen drawers. The base microwave can only be upgraded to a convection microwave. If one boon dock camps, there is no electric power for a micro wave or convection oven. Thus the need for a gas oven.

We wanted the gas oven and the kitchen drawers. There was no way unless we ordered the trailer and rip the kitchen apart in a custom shop and build it back the way we wanted it.

That is why we ordered the 27FB Classic that came with the gas oven and the kitchen drawers.
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I also like having the oven and 3 burners. I prepare a lot of our food for traveling/camping in advance and freeze all kinds of casseroles in small disposable stackable aluminum casserole pans. I also freeze left over soup, chili, sloppy joes, etc. in sealing food saver bags which can freeze flat. Not only does the frozen food help keep the freezer temp down, but can easily take out casserole to pop in oven or food saver bag can be heated in pot of simmering water on the top. No mess with either to prepare or clean up.
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I also like having the oven and 3 burners. I prepare a lot of our food for traveling/camping in advance and freeze all kinds of casseroles in small disposable stackable aluminum casserole pans. I also freeze left over soup, chili, sloppy joes, etc. in sealing food saver bags which can freeze flat. Not only does the frozen food help keep the freezer temp down, but can easily take out casserole to pop in oven or food saver bag can be heated in pot of simmering water on the top. No mess with either to prepare or clean up.
Wow - love those ideas!!
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Old 09-08-2013, 05:19 PM   #12
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We would not be without our oven in our Bambi. We dry camp a lot so a propane oven is a must. We have roasted (using roasting bags so the oven stays clean), we have made pies at Thanksgiving, we have made pizza, cookies, biscuits, etc...just like at home .... and when we aren't using it, it's our bread box, so it's multi-functional for us. The Bambi does not have a microwave, so if we know we are going to have electricity, we often carry a small, inexpensive (very) microwave with us.
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I looked in the parts books for the 2013 and 2014 three trim level of 30-31' models. The blasted microwave is in the center stack beside the sink. The drawer stack is on the right with a cooktop on top. Then you find out that the gas oven can only be in place of the kitchen drawers. The base microwave can only be upgraded to a convection microwave. If one boon dock camps, there is no electric power for a micro wave or convection oven. Thus the need for a gas oven.

We wanted the gas oven and the kitchen drawers. There was no way unless we ordered the trailer and rip the kitchen apart in a custom shop and build it back the way we wanted it.

That is why we ordered the 27FB Classic that came with the gas oven and the kitchen drawers.
I totally agree with the idea. I'd rather dump the micro than the oven. UGH....
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:39 AM   #14
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One of the many reasons we love our 34' is the usable galley. As somebody said above, cooking and camping go well together.

The microwave was the first appliance we got rid of when we started work on the silver beast (the TV was the second) but I consider a gas oven an essential. We're also beginning to get into Dutch oven cooking, but there's a learning curve.

Pre-cooking, freezing and heating up whilst camping are also real time savers. We often bring a couple of assorted pasta sauces and a stew or two for the freezer. Frittatas and Spanish omelettes travel well too. I would not recommend heating up food saver bags though, all kinds of nasties can make their way from plastic to food at high heat.
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