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Old 06-08-2015, 11:23 AM   #1
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Convection Microwave Replacement

Does anyone have any experience / recommendations on a good convection microwave? I want to replace the microwave that is there now with a convection one. I'm just curious if any specific brand/model is recommended over the others.


Also, do the convection microwaves need a "build-in kit" since they get hotter than a normal one?
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Old 06-08-2015, 11:34 AM   #2
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A word of caution:
I have replaced two microwaves with convection types, one in my last motor home and one in my present unit.
Unless the one you get is designed for a built in installation and exhausts out of the front, or your current installation has a way of exhausting through the wall I would highly recommend getting the "build-in kit" for whatever brand microwave/convection you get.

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 the 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.

The second time I got the kit and the job was much easier. There was additional sheet metal in the kit that formed ducts to move air in from the front and back out the front. It also came with decorative grills that make the installation look like it came from the factory with the unit already in place.
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Old 06-08-2015, 12:50 PM   #3
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A word of caution:
I have replaced two microwaves with convection types, one in my last motor home and one in my present unit.
Unless the one you get is designed for a built in installation and exhausts out of the front, or your current installation has a way of exhausting through the wall I would highly recommend getting the "build-in kit" for whatever brand microwave/convection you get.

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 the 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.

The second time I got the kit and the job was much easier. There was additional sheet metal in the kit that formed ducts to move air in from the front and back out the front. It also came with decorative grills that make the installation look like it came from the factory with the unit already in place.
What brand / model did you use?
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A Sears the first time.
The one I installed in my present motor home is a Sharp Carousel Grill 2 Convection R-820-BK (the BK stands for black, I think WT will denote a white one).
The dimensions are 20 1/2(w) X 12 1/8(h) X 19 3/4(d).
At the time I had space issues with the one in the Sightseer which is why I chose the Shart. I don't think the build-in kit is available for it now.

Knowing what I do now I would look for one designed to go in a cabinet so I wouldn't have to have a build-in kit. As I recall the kit cost about $150 or so.
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Replaced my Magic Chef micro with a Dometic micro/convection combo. Camping World sale for 199.00 and came with the sheet metal for ducting the heat to the front.
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