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Old 02-11-2012, 08:33 AM   #1
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For the ladies- Opinions on convection ovens

We are looking at going to a Class A, and many of them have the combination convection/microwave ovens without a regular gas oven. My wife thinks she could never live with this and that we would have to install a gas oven. We would like the HONEST opinions of those that use only the convection oven without a gas oven. Thanks!

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Old 02-11-2012, 08:43 AM   #2
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I'd let my wife chime in but she has never turned on the gas stove or oven just the convection and micro.

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Old 02-11-2012, 08:47 AM   #3
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As the "end user" (I don't cook), I can tell you that my wife has no problems with this combo. We supplement it with the NuWave IR cooker which produces amazingly tasty food. At home we have an oven, MW, convection, cooktop and she still uses the NuWave quite a bit.
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Old 02-11-2012, 08:50 AM   #4
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We did the same thing - insisted on a real oven even though there was a microwave / convection. After we read the instructions for the convection and started using it, we discovered we never used the gas oven anymore. A month ago we removed the gas oven and put in a dishwasher.

So, we use the convection exclusively and have no use for a gas oven.

It might depend on what you bake.

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Old 02-11-2012, 09:03 AM   #5
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What's Cook'n

Ours came with the micro/convection combo and we both like to cook. After using it last summer on a 5000 mile one month trip, we decided to remove one drawer and also install an Amana gas range. Now we can prepare meals that require different temperatures for various dishes. If you do not like to take a lot of time cooking the micro/convection works just fine. We are going full time in July and so our needs may be different than yours. DACOTAH
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Old 02-11-2012, 09:07 AM   #6
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Well I am not a lady, but I can tell you that the Microwave/convection oven combo will do what a conventional gas oven will do and do it better! On my last outing I made biscuits in the convection oven and they were perfectly golden brown on the surfaces. ( a uniform golden surface) which you will not see with a conventional oven. You really do not need a gas range if you have a convection oven.
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Old 02-11-2012, 09:08 AM   #7
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Our's has both and oven and micro/convection combo. I use the convection to bake and the micro for fast cooking. I've never turned on the propane oven. We use it for storage. I wish it were actually cabinet space. I wouldn't worry about not having an oven. The convection bakes more evenly and is much easier to use.
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Old 02-11-2012, 09:12 AM   #8
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Sorry guys! I guess I should have known that many men cook as well as women! As the old saying goes, I can't even boil water! Anyway, your opinions are appreciated too!
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Old 02-11-2012, 10:19 AM   #9
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I also thought i could not live without my real oven...... WRONG... I love my micro/convection and i have a hone ec degree and am a major cooker/baker.....
I can do anything in my convection..... Baking is not a problem..... HONEST.....
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When we looked at the Tiffin Allegro Bus it only had a 2 burner stove and no oven with the convection microwave. DW said absolutely NO. She cooks and wanted the 3 burner stove with gas oven. The gas unit was especially important as we boondock for weeks at a time and she didn't think running the generator for hours at a time was a good idea. The dealer switched out the counter top and the stove/oven was done. I've never been sorry and neither has she. Wouldn't go any other way. And yes, she uses the gas oven 3 burners and the convection microwave all the time.

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Old 02-11-2012, 10:28 AM   #11
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Last RV show DW and I went too 3 weeks ago, I noticed that some rigs are not coming with installed gas ovens. I was talking to my DW about replacing the range and eliminating the gas oven. I am going too replace the microwave with a convection micro-wave. Thought if I need an oven badly enough I'll use my Weber Q200 which has a thermometer on it.
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Old 02-11-2012, 10:35 AM   #12
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We have a 20 year old Sharp Carousel micro/convection in our mh. After using it for 2 months straight, my wife and I like it better than a conventional oven. It heat up super fast and the carousel turning the food means everything get even heating.

I'd rather have the space for storage than a regular oven anyday.

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I had the gas oven/cooktop in my previous coach and cooked in it a lot from 2004 thru 2009. Now I have the microwave/convection combo and no gas oven with a 3 burner gas cooktop. I noticed several differences:
1. the gas oven inside space for the food & pan is really small and would burn things on the bottom quite often because I had to place it on the lowest rail to fit.
2. the convection oven cooks everything I cooked in the gas oven only it cooks much more evenly.
3. the space where the oven was in the old coach is great storage in the new one and I like having that area for pots and pans rather than having to dig them out from the storage under the dinette.
4. the convection oven cooks a lot faster.
5. it took me a while to figure out the timing on the convection oven.
6. convection has a lot of neat features I use on a regular basis such as thaw, then cook, mixed microwave and convection cooking.
7. the convection oven leaves foods much more moist than the gas did.

Where I thought I could not function without my gas oven, I found I adjusted just fine and like the convection so much better.
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I agree with everyone about the convection oven, I use it for everything that needs to be baked and Everything that I have baked comes out great. I don't even use my oven in my stick house. the DW

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