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Old 03-11-2015, 02:10 PM   #1
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Convection/Microwave ovens

In looking at several of the new Class A motor homes, we are noticing that several of them only have the convection/microwave, not the standard RV oven that we currently have in our motor home. Never having used one of these I (the wife) am hesitate about not having the standard oven. Any input on convection/microwave cooking would be appreciated. Is it an easy learning curve to bake things in the convection/microwave? Thanks!

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Old 03-11-2015, 02:26 PM   #2
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My wife had no trouble learning to use it and really liked it. Me - not so much. I was glad we still had a propane oven.
Especially when we did holiday meals - we once had 16 guests for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Old 03-11-2015, 02:30 PM   #3
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we have both and that is what the wife wanted when we bought our MH. She uses the convection oven a lot more than the gas oven and it seems to work good. She says she likes both but could make it just fine with the convection only.
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Old 03-11-2015, 02:41 PM   #4
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We have both. We're using the convection more and more. For one thing the convenience of not having to light the pilot light every time we want to use the oven. There is a small learning curve. I'd say, generally, 25 degress less temperature and a little less time. No big deal. If we were going to order a new coach I would not have a gas oven.
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Old 03-11-2015, 02:57 PM   #5
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We have both. The majority of the time I use the convection oven, if I'm just cooking for the two of us. There is a little learning curve but you would learn quickly how easy it is. I will soon be getting one for my house. BUT having a propane oven has it's benefit too. Have you ever tried to make a cassarole or cake in a 9x13 pan & use the convection oven -- it won't fit on the turn table and go around with the door closed. You would have to make them in two separate smaller batches. Try the convection & if needed you can always add the propane oven later - -but verify with the dealer first.
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Old 03-11-2015, 03:00 PM   #6
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The MH does not have a conventional oven, only the gas cooktop and the convection/microwave oven. After 2 1/2 years my wife has still not learned to use the convection oven! We haven't given up, but it has definitely been a problem!
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Old 03-11-2015, 03:07 PM   #7
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We have new convection/microwave ovens at home and on our new MH. I think older ones may be harder to use but these two new ones are very easy, just like a regular oven. My husband and I both use them and love them. In fact, Richard cooks more than I. No conversions. No learning curve other than reading the directions. No adjusting the temperature or time. We bake cookies, pizza, casseroles etc. IMO we see no need to have a regular oven. We have a gas range/oven at home but with the two of us we usually use the smaller convection/microwave. We have Bosch at home and Whirlpool in MH. The Whirlpool in the MH is huge and we can turn off the turn table so it doesn't turn so we can use large pans to bake or roast (9x12). LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!!
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Old 03-11-2015, 03:16 PM   #8
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Love our convection oven!
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Old 03-11-2015, 04:57 PM   #9
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DW loved the convection in our unit. The only issue she had was getting used to the longer preheat time with the convection before it' up to temp.
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We've been using convection ovens for at least 25 years (our first was a JennAir unit in a sticks and bricks remodel) and when we retired and re-modeled the kitchen at the farm, it got an induction stove top/convection oven built in and a Convection/Microwave mounted above it. Wife won't have any "oven" that doesn't include convection and now that she's been using induction cook tops, that was a "short list" requirement for our new motorhome as well. Convection? Love it and induction, and we won't leave home without either of them.

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Old 03-11-2015, 05:06 PM   #11
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Hi cloverpatch,
When the new coach did not have the propane fueled oven and a micro/convection instead, the wife took to the new setup like a duck takes to water. She also appreciated the additional storage (what female doesn't). She promptly filled the space with more of what she can not do without. But has done without for several decades.
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You do realize that the convection/microwave unit has a bake option that is the same as your regular oven? Nothing to learn just press the button set the timer set the temperature open another beer.
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Hi Five2o,
Yep, even I can make cookies.
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and havent missed it yet...
love the micro/convection

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