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pmclemore 12-14-2006 01:15 PM

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.

Condoluminum 12-14-2006 01:36 PM

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...

Foiled Again 12-14-2006 01:36 PM


Originally Posted by pmclemore
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.

I don't use my oven all that much - but I just got one of those long match thingies that will make it a whole lot easier to light, so that may change.

Call a SALVAGE YARD and see if they've got a wrecked or abandoned RV that has an oven you can buy inexpensively. I'll bet you can find one for $50. It doesn't have to come from an Airstream... like a furnace or water heater there are only a few brands that are common to many RV's.

Paula Ford

ArtStream 12-14-2006 01:37 PM


Originally Posted by empresley
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.


Diversity makes the microwave's platter go round and round.

Nicely done em:lol:

overlander63 12-14-2006 01:55 PM

We use out oven regularly. In fact, I just went to great pains to replace our ailing oven with a unit that works as intended.

bhayden 12-14-2006 02:10 PM


Originally Posted by Janet
We use ours all the time.I learned at a recent rally that it will store 14 bottles of merlot.....

Spoken like a true NW native :D

When needing to feed a group we've bought one of the frozen lasagnas that come in an aluminum pan. Starts out as a great ice block to get the fridge on track and then "oven time" is a great time to hang out and talk. Those microwave conversations just arn't the same ;)

No microwave/toaster oven yet. I'm fence sitting on adding this. Having a hard time justifying the additional space it'll take up. Guess I'll have to see how many bottles of merlot I can fit in one!


fltlevel510 12-14-2006 03:45 PM

What Oven?

We have a stove top and a convection microwave which is great. We do most of our cooking out side the Airstream with the electric skillet or grill. When boondocking we usually stick to simple meals that can be prepared on the stove top or the grill outside.

Streamer1 12-14-2006 03:56 PM

Actually have not used it yet (AS has been winterized and is now in storage) but I guarantee we will use it on our first trip out probably in late March 2007.

BDandTTs 12-14-2006 04:03 PM

Yes, we use the oven
Bandit is still new to us, and in our first week of camping we used it only once. BUT, when the clock (really the 'brains') on my house-installed oven stopped working, we used the trailer oven for two weeks until we got a replacement.
The two major justifications I give for towing a trailer are 1) it's a comfortable, safe rolling dog house, and 2) it's a travelling kitchen which allows us to drink good coffee and wine and eat good food no matter where we roam. As others have said, meat loaf, roasts, baked chicken ... and, fresh baked bread. Yummmmmm!

dmac 12-14-2006 04:19 PM

If we lived in a mobile home perhaps I would like RV parks (they look and feel much alike)... but we don't. We love Forest Service/National Park/State Park CG's, and they typically do not have hookups. I try to minimize use of the generator to avoid disrupting campers around us. So we use the oven... and love it!

kneal 12-14-2006 07:42 PM

Thanks everyone for the responses! Looks like it really depends on how you camp and what you eat....I think I will probably keep the oven as it can be used for storage anyway if I don't use it. But then again, who knows. Thanks again!

PWRSTRK 12-14-2006 07:56 PM

We use our oven all the time. We have both oven and microwave. Would give up the oven before the microwave.

What's camping without some fresh brownies, bread or a pie?


campadk 12-14-2006 08:09 PM

We have'nt decided if we should use ours.

I bet I could store a lot of clothes in that space....

Is it dangerous to store your clothes in the oven? :D

I have to choose between my own closet... and having my wife able to bake cholocate cakes... decisions decisions.

codybear 12-14-2006 08:39 PM

campadk - you could have nice toasty and warm clothes if you store your clothes in the oven!

TinShack 12-14-2006 09:12 PM

We boondock much more often than not. The microwave doesn't work without AC so we hardly use it...hate to run the generator unless absolutely necessary.

The oven is used every trip. We use it to cook roasts, make baked and oven fried potatoes, bake biscuits, make toast... and so on. We cooked Thanksgiving dinner in it last Thanksgiving. I also keep a meat thermometer in the AS for roasting. MMMM! I love the smell of a roast in the oven!

We would be lost without our oven.

Fyrzowt 12-15-2006 05:56 PM

Had it both ways...
Our last A/S had a micro, no oven. I had plans on removing the micro and installing an oven, which would fit our needs more closely. A Semi-truck changed those plans for us by running into the rear of the Safari. We now have a GT with an oven. We like it much better, more versitile IMHO.

Sugarfoot 12-15-2006 06:45 PM

DEFINITELY use the oven, bakes better than the one at the house and is more true to temperature. And the smell of home baking wafts out of the vent and through the campground making everyone envious. :chef: Not bad for a 46 year old appliance.

ROBERTSUNRUS 12-15-2006 07:22 PM

:) Hi, We have an oven, with stove top, and a microwave. We as of now have not used the oven, but did light it just for a test. We use the stove top and microwave a lot. We precook at home in our oven and reheat in the trailer's microwave. Frozen, boneless, turkey precooked at home and a few jars of turkey gravy is soooo good. This was part of our first Thanksgiving dinner in our trailer. Use the oven as a bread box! I like that idea. But now that my wife is retired, she promissed me that she will become "Suzie Homemaker" and that will include useing the oven. Of coarse now I still have to retire to benfit from this. We also have, in the trailer, a small electric coffee maker and a toaster that looks like an Airstream, sort of, and a stove top coffee pot for use when boon docking, not used yet.
:) For microwave pizza reheated, not cooking, I put it on a plate with a little dab of butter covered with plastic wrap, Uuuuuummmmm sooooooo good.

:) :) Bob:) :)

Tinsel Loaf 12-15-2006 07:55 PM

Absolutely use the oven. Nothing like the smell of fresh baked goods and eating cornbread while it's still warm right out of the oven. Smelling pumpkin pie cooking in an Airstream is just awesome

alan 12-15-2006 08:00 PM

I use it enough to have paid a small fortune to replace the temperature control. In warm weather, I typically cook outside using the gas grill. In chilly weather, the heat from the oven when cooking cornbread or biscuits is quite pleasant.

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