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Old 06-17-2010, 08:02 PM   #1
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not enough usable kitchen counterspace

We have a 2004 Coachman Araura 35' class A. I would like to recess the oven/stove, so we can add a stove top cover flush with the countertop. Then install a new countertop & possibly a undercounter sink.

My question is has anyone else done this? One of my concerns is having enough airspace around the oven for exterior inside cabinet cooling. Not worth starting a fire if there isn't enough area around the oven for proper cooling. Directly below my oven is the circuit breaker panel. My other option may be to remove the oven/stove & install a stove top only. We already have a convection oven/microwave. We have only used the oven a couple of times in the 1 1/2 years we have been in this MH. Then install more storage space under the stove.
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We have a 2004 Coachman Araura 35' class A. I would like to recess the oven/stove, so we can add a stove top cover flush with the countertop. Then install a new countertop & possibly a under-counter sink..
dsbike, I ordered 2 new motorhomes and in each of those we opted not to have a conventional oven.

In our 5th wheel our oven served mostly as a huge bread box so we made up our minds right there and then - no more ovens. Like you we have a convection oven and it works great. 1 other item that we didn't need was an 11cu ft reefer. The thing never did work well enough to completely freeze food in the bottom of the freezer. We're happy with an 8 cu ft.

If you can remove the stove and go with a cook top you will be able to open up some storage space.
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dsbike,

We are facing the same problem and our plan is to totally remove the cooktop/oven crumb catcher and put in a solid countertop. We will then use either induction burners and/or electric skillets. We only used the cooktop a couple of times all winter in FL. and have only used the oven 3-4 times since '04. I'm going to install pullout drawers behind a door where the oven is now and make a counter extension that can be added about where the cooktop is now. The extension will store on the door when not is use. An early estimate for the counter-top is $350 or so.

Good luck,

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Dave, I have given it some thought to removing the cooktop also. But I think my wife uses it a bit more often. If I can recess it & do away with the oven I think that would be the best for us. What countertop material did you get your estimate for, & is that installed or just the materials & you install it?
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