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Old 11-04-2011, 06:17 AM   #1
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Convection Microwave

I have a convection microwave in my 1998 Dutch Star. It is the smaller built-in type over the stove and has a separate vent under it. I'd like to replace it with a bigger microwave but that requires some cabinet modification. Also would like to get one with the vent built in.

Does anyone have an opinion about installing one without a vent? My vent is loud so we rarely use it.

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Old 11-04-2011, 11:12 AM   #2
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Something to note.
In my last motor home I changed from a standard unit to a convection type.
In convection mode, convection micros get much hotter than the standard ones. When it was first installed, the temp behind mine got up to 200 degrees F after 45 minutes in convection mode.
I did not get a build-in kit for my first installation and went through a lot of hassle getting the temp behind the unit down to a reasonable level. I ended up adding a grill above the microwave and an exhaust fan blowing air through the side of the motor home. This involved a lot of work and cutting through the side of the motor home.

A build in kit makes the job easy and the grill pieces supplied make it look like a factory installation.
If the existing unit vents outside then you might not need the kit. It is quiet though.

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Old 11-04-2011, 06:34 PM   #3
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Most of the new ones come that you can use them vented or not. We have vented in MH and had to use one as unvented in house as vent didn't line up. Much prefer vented. Maybe the fan in the new one won't be so loud.
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