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Old 07-06-2017, 06:41 PM   #1
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Replacing Microwave w/ Convection Oven

Hi - My wife and I never use the microwave but would use a convection oven or toaster oven. Has anyone tried to replace the stock microwave on the 2017 '16 Sport with either of these options? If so do you have any recommendations or tips as we look into this?

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Something to think about:

Would you be happier with a small toaster oven and the space used by the microwave converted to storage of some sort?

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We want to replace the microwave with a convection oven
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One thing you'll have to take into account is heat. A convection oven produces/releases a lot more heat to its surroundings than a microwave oven does. This can pose a hazard if not properly addressed. It may require adding a fan to kee the area around the unit cool.
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We have a 2017 Classic, came with Micro/Convection and an oven. We are considering reversing the OP's plan and taking the combination out and putting in just a micro. One point made by JiJoeSilver is spot on. The Convection when in use gets so hot it's uncomfortable to touch the counter above it, which is a solid surface, no added fan(s) put in by AS, just significant heat build up so we hardly use it at all.
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Maybe we just aren't very good at noticing things. Neither of us has noticed the microwave getting the counter above it hot. We use it mostly as a microwave so that may be the key.

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I'm not sure why participants seem to drift or hijack threads so quickly and easily. Righttoroam has made a decision and asked a simple question and all he's got so far is contrary opinions about microwaves and toasterovens.

Righttoroam: I have not done as you suggest, but I also have considered the idea. When we bought our lightly-used 22' Sport the existing/oem convection MW did not work. We replaced it with a Samsung convection/MW.
We have used it almost exclusively as a MW, however the one or two times we used the convection or broiler functions it overheated and shut down. It's my opinion it is not designed for "built-in" service and needs more air circulation surrounding it.
My plan is to build a sheet-metal enclosure with a power-vent/fan to pull air from the cabin thru the surrounding ventilation-ports of the oem sheet-metal surround/frame. I plan to exhaust that warmed air via duct-hose to the adjacent refer upper vent-door. I hope this is a good solution for us because I also am slightly intimidated about the idea of converting to an ordinary oven coupled with the loss of a MW. (I like to quickly heat up a cup of coffee and also like to warm plates before serving food on them, and the MW is the best way of doing that IMO.)
Keep us posted on any solution you discover on such a conversion so we can learn from your experience.
I am confident that you'll need to install an exterior exhaust, either side-mounted and/or overhead and perhaps power-vented if you do this conversion.
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I'm not sure why participants seem to drift or hijack threads so quickly and easily. Righttoroam has made a decision and asked a simple question and all he's got so far is contrary opinions about microwaves and toasterovens.

Righttoroam: I have not done as you suggest, but I also have considered the idea. When we bought our lightly-used 22' Sport the existing/oem convection MW did not work. We replaced it with a Samsung convection/MW.
We have used it almost exclusively as a MW, however the one or two times we used the convection or broiler functions it overheated and shut down. It's my opinion it is not designed for "built-in" service and needs more air circulation surrounding it.
My plan is to build a sheet-metal enclosure with a power-vent/fan to pull air from the cabin thru the surrounding ventilation-ports of the oem sheet-metal surround/frame. I plan to exhaust that warmed air via duct-hose to the adjacent refer upper vent-door. I hope this is a good solution for us because I also am slightly intimidated about the idea of converting to an ordinary oven coupled with the loss of a MW. (I like to quickly heat up a cup of coffee and also like to warm plates before serving food on them, and the MW is the best way of doing that IMO.)
Keep us posted on any solution you discover on such a conversion so we can learn from your experience.
I am confident that you'll need to install an exterior exhaust, either side-mounted and/or overhead and perhaps power-vented if you do this conversion.
Thanks for this - really helpful!

So we talked to Airstream Los Angeles and our tech said adding an RV rated convection oven in the place of the Sport 16' microwave is possible so long as it has a front exhaust. Will continue to dive deeper on this and if we go through with it will follow up with how it works.
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I have extensive experience with the Sharp and now the Contoure convection micros and have not noticed excessive heat build while cooking a roast or baking a cake and they both work excellent to toast bagels and such, oh yes the micro works as well.

It is very difficult to find these units on your own. They are small (.7cf) on purpose, so there is an air gap around them after install. I just bought a Contoure from AS, if you are upgrading from just plain micro you may have to get the front shroud from AS also.

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Thanks for this - really helpful!

So we talked to Airstream Los Angeles and our tech said adding an RV rated convection oven in the place of the Sport 16' microwave is possible so long as it has a front exhaust. Will continue to dive deeper on this and if we go through with it will follow up with how it works.
The problem I think you will experience is the heat vented to the cabin will be uncomfortable and will overwork your AC.
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I have extensive experience with the Sharp and now the Contoure convection micros and have not noticed excessive heat build while cooking a roast or baking a cake and they both work excellent to toast bagels and such, oh yes the micro works as well.

It is very difficult to find these units on your own. They are small (.7cf) on purpose, so there is an air gap around them after install. I just bought a Contoure from AS, if you are upgrading from just plain micro you may have to get the front shroud from AS also.

Good luck!
Reviving an old thread here but do you remember when you installed the Couture how it was tethered to the cabinet. We’re you able to just reuse the stock attachments from the original microwave? Thanks for the info.
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Reviving an old thread here but do you remember when you installed the Couture how it was tethered to the cabinet. We’re you able to just reuse the stock attachments from the original microwave? Thanks for the info.
The “stock attachments” are a joke. The MW/Convection simply sat on an unsupported, cantilevered shelf with the only thing preventing it from falling into the aisle was the sheet-metal surround designed to hide the gaps of installation.

When I replaced the failed MW in our ‘08 AS I shored-up the shelf with a 2x4 cut to size. I added a 1x1 strip of wood around the “feet” of the oven to prevent it from sliding around on the shelf.
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have you seen the breville smart oven?
https://www.breville.com/ca/en/produ...ns/bov900.html

its the size of a uwave.
13 smart cooking functions with air fry and dehydrate.
The Smart Oven Air for the cook who desires a counter top oven that can roast for large gatherings, air fry crispy French fries & family favorites and dehydrate a wide range of healthy foods.

The super convection setting reduces cooking time by up to 30% with great crispness.
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