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Old 07-29-2012, 05:27 PM   #1
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Microwave in cabinet

We are buying a 2012 25 ft Flying Cloud. It does not have a MW. Does anyone know if a .8 cubic foot will fit in the overhead cabinets? Thanks

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Old 07-29-2012, 06:44 PM   #2
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No idea! Our 16' International doesn't have a microwave either and we don't miss it at all! Come to think of it, we don't have one at home! We opted for a convection oven 15 years ago and threw the microwave out, never looked back, of course Dorsey is quite a cook....

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We are buying a 2012 25 ft Flying Cloud. It does not have a MW. Does anyone know if a .8 cubic foot will fit in the overhead cabinets? Thanks
It will fit, but eventually cause the cabinet to fall. Another user already tried it. You might do an advanced search and find the thread. You can always carry one and stow it under the table when you're on the road. Plop the stove cover down and use the microwave when you need to.

I got rid of mine, just found I didn't use it all that much. Try going on two or three trips before you make up your mind. The low wattage of the small ones makes them more irritating than useful.

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Old 07-29-2012, 09:51 PM   #4
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Another idea might be to use a lower cabinet, or like in my previous trailer, I had room inside a cabinet above the fridge and used it for a permanent place for a small microwave. Since the cabinet was underpinned by the fridge it didn't cause any problems with a cabinet coming loose from the wall. But I did fasten the micro to the cabinet so it could not move. The size I used was the smallest lightest one that Sharp company made at the time. I can't remember the model number as it's been a while.
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:29 AM   #5
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Ours sits on the counter top ...
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:58 AM   #6
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For 2012 Airstream introduced another 25' Airstream model (25A twin bed or 25B queen bed) with dinette/entrance door in front and bed in rear. This version has a rearranged kitchen with a built-in convection/microwave above the fridge, and retains the gas oven in the range. It also uses the same bath template as the 30' Airstream. You may want to take a look at that model. It's the one we have so can highly recommend it.

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Old 08-07-2012, 01:03 PM   #7
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I think over time you would have problems with the cabinet.
WE found we only used ours for a breadbox so we got rid of it
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Old 08-07-2012, 01:39 PM   #8
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We must be lucky. Have carried a microwave in the cabinet of our 1988 25' for 5 years and a lota miles, including dirt roads in Alaska. No problems. You do need to put a safety latch on the cabinet to keep the doors shut. We use one of the plastic ones from walmart that clips through the handles.
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Old 08-07-2012, 01:41 PM   #9
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Try the closet, i think it will fit (turn the door around so it opens toward the kitchen).

Like Paula, I didn't find a microwave all that useful after a few trips (but we haven't done a long distance trip yet)
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:30 AM   #10
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Microwave (I added one to my 25FC FBR)

I installed a microwave in my new 2010 25 FC FBR. I cut an opening in the upper door above the stove vent, reinforced the upper cabinet with an aluminum square tube beneath it, built a tray, a diaphragm and used the door cut-out to fab a cabinet door for a cab I built to replace the curved cushion behind the left dinette seat.
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Looks nice and good use of the excess materials.

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Old 09-19-2012, 12:26 PM   #12
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For a while we put a medium sized microwave on the floor when we traveled and used it on the kitchen counter between the stove and the sink. That left little room to prepare food. Once we forgot to take it off the counter, but after 50+ miles it had only bounced about an inch toward the floor. That experience made me look harder for a solution.

So I saw that Moosetags had put a small cabinet just rear of the TV wall on the gaucho. I went to an unpainted furniture store and ordered a small, deep bookcase that would fit in that space. When I got it, I finished it, put a small piece of wood across the front of the shelf to keep the microwave from bouncing out and screwed the whole thing down after removing the cushion.

The top shelf has the microwave and the bottom one has a printer. There's enough space on the right side to store stuff that goes no where else and we put a magazine rack on the left side of the cabinet.

I also had looked for really small microwaves, but reviews on them were not good. Zappers are good for heating up coffee or tea, food, etc., but we survive without them while boondocking.

As a general rule, the less weight up high, the better to keep the center of gravity down. Heavy things are generally stored down low, light things up top.

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I'd be reluctant to hang from upper cabinet

Without a lot of reinforcing, the upper cabinets can separate from the shell and cause bigger mess, unless they are ones resting on solid foundation of wooden structure.. The ones held to upper shell by sheet metal screws aren't likely to hold a heavy microwave for long...

We had one over fridge, and removed it for storage of pots, pans and serving items.. Bought a $50 art-deco silver model at local electronics warehouse, and it rides on floor near front when traveling, and on ledge next to dining table when parked.. Takes 30 seconds to set up or put down, though maybe longer in rear kitchen model.. (Rear of trailer bounces A LOT on road, so loose heavy objects are going to be a problem...)

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Old 09-20-2012, 09:51 AM   #14
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Microwave above stove vent

I agree with everyone's concerns about weight in an upper cabinet which is why I reinforced the upper cabinet as follows:
  • ran a 3/4 sq alum tube from the side wall to the end panel of the cab attaching each end firmly.
  • fabricated a diaphragm at the right side of the microwave attaching the microwave tray and lower cab panel to the framework of the body with rivits via clip angles
my microwave weight is carried mostly by the side wall and trailer frame.
After 15000 miles of towing it hasn't loosened at all that I can tell.
So far so good. I do watch it closely however due to the same concern others express.

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