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Old 09-20-2017, 12:57 PM   #1
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Who has an Oven? Do you use it?

We are searching for our first Class A and my DW wants an oven.

She thinks it would be useful and a necessary appliance in any kitchen. We use the oven at home at lot (probably more than our cooktop when preparing dinners.

We are looking at pre-owned MHs, and most of the used MHs I have seen and like don't have an oven.

Some posters have said that a MH oven is "not like a home oven" - in that they are too small. They suggest using an "outside grill" as an oven when needed.

Does anyone here have an Oven?
And if so, do you use it, and is it as useful as your home oven?
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My wife likes to bake and was given a hand mixer, in hopes of using the oven frequently. It was a feature we wanted when looking for a motorhome.
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Don't have a MH.have a 34' 5th wheel
We FTd in it for 7 years and used the propane OVEN almost daily.

Have pre-heat it and then check temp with oven thermometer so you have correct temp. Then rotate items about half way thru cooking time
And use a 'pizza stone' or 'unglazed terra cotta tile' placed on bottom shelf that covers burner. Helps even out the hot/less hot zones.

Does it work YES..just have to experiment with temp/cooking times
As good as oven in S&B -----NO but usable with good results

AH.....need new/different cooking pans/cookie sheets etc due to smaller size
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Old 09-20-2017, 01:04 PM   #4
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We have an oven. We use it mostly to store the coffee pot and coffee. My wife uses it as an oven very rarely. We have a toaster oven that covers 99 percent of our oven needs and can be used on the picnic table leaving the heat and odors outside.
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Old 09-20-2017, 01:08 PM   #5
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We have had ovens in our 5th wheel and truck camper, and have used them a lot. We have an electric convection oven in our Class A and hate it. I bought one of these: https://www.campchef.com/deluxe-outd...ping-oven.html

The two top burners give the added advantage of being able to cook bacon or other "spattery" foods outside, thus saving a lot of wall-cleaning inside.
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Had an oven, recently removed it, mostly used for storage space...convection microwave oven is the cat's meow...Only reason would be if you are a big time dry camper.....
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Old 09-20-2017, 01:21 PM   #7
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So it looks like the recommendations are pretty evenly divided - For and Against.

The toaster oven is a good idea for those fries and late night snacks.

I know most of the MHs have a Convection-Microwave. We have one at home too, but we never use the convection mode. She says its not as good as a real oven, and since we have the oven at home too ...

I suppose, if I don't get her an Oven, I better plan on doing all the cooking.
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I've very rarely used the oven on any of my RVs. They don't work nearly as well as home ovens. Cooking a frozen pizza usually results in burned crust and frozen toppings. Also, be ready for your coach to smell like anything you cook. I'd much rather have an extra drawer and skip the oven.
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The wife isn't too sure on how to use the convection feature in the microwave. I have a toaster oven, but can only use it with external power.
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Mine came with a Sharp Carousel convection microwave. I do use the convection side of it often for pizza or cookies. You are correct it's smaller than a normal oven, 12 inch round pan is all the bigger I can go for pizza (which accommodates most frozen pizzas). However it does cook well as an oven, I don't really notice the smaller size as I only ever cook for myself or two on occasion.

I have not tried baking a double layer cake in it, but if I did, I imagine I'd have to do one layer at a time and that might be annoying.

As an aside, I did manage to fit a full size roasting pan in it last year, of course I removed the turntable to accomplish it. It just barely fit, so no baking rolls while the turkey was in the oven.
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I would say a lot of it depends on where you use your motorhome. If you stay mostly at places with hookups then a propane oven would seem unneeded. But if you are like me and never go to a place with hookups not having one makes as much sense as having a residential fridge. My current coach only has a convection microwave and having to run the generator to bake something is very annoying.
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We do have an oven, but only because it was in the MH. My wife has used it very occasionally and after getting her to read about convection/ microwaves we are likely going to change out the existing Microwave. We do use the cooktop burners, a lot, so may do something in the future to change out oven for more storage.
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We have had both a propane oven and a convection-microwave oven. We thought we wanted a propane oven, but found a motor home that we liked that had only a convection-microwave oven. My wife didn't think she would like the convection oven, but after using it a few times, she really likes it. It does take some learning to use. You have to adjust the time and temperature. It does better than a propane oven.
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We use it at least once every trip, we would not be without it.
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