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Old 11-29-2016, 11:24 AM   #41
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I like the idea of solar even though I haven't been boondocking if for no other reason than to keep the house batteries topped off.
I have switched to AGM batteries hoping for a longer battery life than the 3 years of my original flooded cell batteries.
The only significant upgrades to my trailer are the 16" wheels and LT tires and AGM batteries.
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Old 11-29-2016, 03:02 PM   #42
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Buying new: options to consider?

We are moving on a used 2016 unit! I just put the down payment on it amg I'm over the moon : ) comes with solar, and batteries, full awning package, composting toilet and convection microwave.

Anyone have thoughts, comments about the convection microwave vs the oven? We plan on boondocking sometimes and truthfully I'm kinda bummed about the microwave. I think the oven would be more convenient but it almost seems silly to rip out an upgrade and put in base equipment.
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Old 11-29-2016, 03:06 PM   #43
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I like my convection microwave.
It still cooks toast, biscuits, and cookies, only faster and I have drawer storage where the oven would be if I had an oven.
You will like the convection microwave once you get used to it.
It does the same thing, only faster.
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Old 11-29-2016, 04:18 PM   #44
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... convection microwave.

Anyone have thoughts, comments about the convection microwave vs the oven? We plan on boondocking sometimes and truthfully I'm kinda bummed about the microwave. I think the oven would be more convenient but it almost seems silly to rip out an upgrade and put in base equipment.
The convection microwave is slow, but convenient when you are hooked up to power.

If you want to bake, you could purchase a Weber Q1200. We have used ours for cookies, biscuits, and roasts as well as the usual BBQ food like steaks and burgers. Weber makes a trivet to raise your baking/roasting off the grill. They recommend not using a roasting pan. If you are interested, check YouTube and there are a lot of good videos (especially from Australia). You can also get an adapter so that the Q will hook up directly to your low pressure outlet at the front of the Airstream.
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Old 11-29-2016, 04:55 PM   #45
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We are moving on a used 2016 unit! I just put the down payment on it amg I'm over the moon : ) comes with solar, and batteries, full awning package, composting toilet and convection microwave.

Anyone have thoughts, comments about the convection microwave vs the oven? We plan on boondocking sometimes and truthfully I'm kinda bummed about the microwave. I think the oven would be more convenient but it almost seems silly to rip out an upgrade and put in base equipment.

The small trailer trade off. If one winds up carrying equipment in the TV to supplement trailer spec, then the wrong trailer was chosen IMO.

Keep the removed appliance. You may change your mind. Or the next owner may want it.


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Old 11-29-2016, 04:57 PM   #46
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We have 900 watts of solar and a 600 amp-hour lithium battery on the 2014 Classic. Power is not the limiting factor with the Magnum MS-2812 inverter to power any 120Vac appliances we want. The time limit is usually the gray water tank filling up, usually twice as fast as the black water tank. We can get five or six days if we are careful.

We have 500 watts of solar and a 300 amp-hour lithium battery in the 2015 23D International Serenity. The Magnum MSH3012 hybrid inverter and a single 2000 watt propane powered Honda generator can run the air conditioner or the microwave. We have 39 gallons of fresh water but only 21 gallon gray and 19 gallon black tanks. We have three days or four if we are really careful with water use.

Too old to dig a squirrel hole? Or, a composting toilet with two grey tanks. Seems a shame to lose the rest of the utility.


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Old 11-29-2016, 06:11 PM   #47
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I have a convection/microwave in the house. Rarely use the big oven. If and when the trailer micro fries it will be replaced with a convection/microwave.
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Old 11-29-2016, 07:04 PM   #48
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I like the gas oven and we use ours a lot, maybe because it's sort of old fashioned, heats up the trailer on a cold morning with the smell of cinnamon rolls. Also because we mostly don't camp with hookups where a convention oven is just a boat anchor.

Almost tempted to get rid of the microwave. In three years it has maybe 30 minutes of use.
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Old 11-29-2016, 08:23 PM   #49
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You have to remember that AS builds trailers for FULL HOOK-UP camping, if you do any dry camping then you need to take a hard look at what you need to make that happen.
This statement surprises me... particularly since I think of the Airstream as particularly suited to dry camping and quick stopovers. Aside from the obvious (tanks, low power lighting, etc.) I think the effcient use of space—and no need for slideouts—is a big part of being "roadside-ready."

When I stop the truck, I'm ready to camp... and that means wherever and whenever I stop!
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Old 11-30-2016, 03:45 AM   #50
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I like the gas oven and we use ours a lot, maybe because it's sort of old fashioned, heats up the trailer on a cold morning with the smell of cinnamon rolls. Also because we mostly don't camp with hookups where a convention oven is just a boat anchor.

Almost tempted to get rid of the microwave. In three years it has maybe 30 minutes of use.

Same, I use my oven a decent amount at home. And the only thing I ever use the microwave for is warming up my coffee.

The convection aspect would probably suffice, but I'm mostly concerned with being in national parks without ability to use the stupid thing.
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Old 11-30-2016, 05:08 AM   #51
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I would buy the Airstream and add what I found I needed later. I know that from my experience ( I bought used to save money) I wanted to slide into camping being new. I learned quickly that there are lots of expenses to get set up. I have added $16K to the trailer (half I would have still added if new) and about $5K in camping supplies including generator. I really use my oven and would not think of replacing it with an electric micro oven.

As far as what is critical, the tire/wheel 16" is safety first. You can check prices and probably beat AS. Mine was $1400. A good hitch will also set you back- ProPride is around $2300. They, in my opinion are not an option. Since yours will come with an inverter, you will have most of the basics. I have heard some say on this forum when buying new after-the-fact, I now wish I would have just gotten the Flying Cloud- kept for some who are Classic lovers! Just sayin.
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Old 11-30-2016, 10:38 AM   #52
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A microwave is a great Coffee warmer and don't forget the bag of popcorn once in a while.

Wife wants it out, could use more storage space.
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