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Old 09-09-2017, 07:00 PM   #1
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Add Oven and Booth Dinette

We hope to be first time owners within the next year and are strongly considering a 2 to 4 year old Tiffin Allegro 36LA. Our preference (at least as of now) is to have an oven and booth dinette. From looking online, it's difficult to find a unit with both of these items. So a couple questions:

1. How hard is it to add these items if we find a unit that doesn't have them (i.e. would the unit already be prewired for an oven?).

2. Would this have to be done by Tiffin in Red Bay or can a dealer do it.


Same general questions also if we want to make other modifications such as adding solar panels, heat pump, residential refrigerator, etc.

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Old 09-09-2017, 07:20 PM   #2
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We hope to be first time owners within the next year and are strongly considering a 2 to 4 year old Tiffin Allegro 36LA. Our preference (at least as of now) is to have an oven and booth dinette. From looking online, it's difficult to find a unit with both of these items. So a couple questions:

1. How hard is it to add these items if we find a unit that doesn't have them (i.e. would the unit already be prewired for an oven?).

2. Would this have to be done by Tiffin in Red Bay or can a dealer do it.


Same general questions also if we want to make other modifications such as adding solar panels, heat pump, residential refrigerator, etc.

Thanks!

Phil
Pittsburgh, PA
We have a 36 La and to add an oven would require different cabinetry as it is part of cooktop then. The convection microwave works great in ours.

They are usually pre wired for solar panels so it would not be that hard to add them.

Most units have the upgraded generator and heat pump.

Residential refrigerator was in just about every unit we looked at before purchasing ours.

Got ours like new with 6k miles on it for $114k. Dealer was asking 139,995 and I said i would buy it for 109k. They came back at 114k wife said done deal as she was looking at them and the prices for a while.
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Old 09-10-2017, 09:38 AM   #3
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You must like making biscuits or cookies, because that's pretty much all that oven is good for.

Booth dinette can be swapped out in Red Bay, but by the many third party providers that have sprung up there - not Tiffin directly.
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Old 09-10-2017, 09:51 AM   #4
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According to a dealer we spoke to the oven is an easy add. Cabinetry comes out and new stove goes in.

Dinettes suck but can be added. You might want to try the table and credenza before changing it out.
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According to a dealer we spoke to the oven is an easy add. Cabinetry comes out and new stove goes in.

Dinettes suck but can be added. You might want to try the table and credenza before changing it out.



Having only rented an RV on 2 occasions, I'm looking for any feedback. So I'm curious why you prefer the table & credenza vs the dinette. What do you feel are the advantages and disadvantages of one vs the other???
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I too would like to remove the table and chairs and replace with a nice dinette. The factories around Indiana that make most of these only charge about $1500-$2000 for them. If you are fortunate to be able to drive there, they install.

There are a few manufacturers of dinettes that will ship to your local dealer to install, but shipping and the cost to drive to IN might be a wash.

The combo microwave convection oven works great for baking anything short of a 20 lb turkey
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When looking for our RV, we wanted a dinette, and like it.


We also wanted an oven, but once we did a little research on the convection oven, it opened the search up more, you do NOT need an oven.


Do some searches on convection ovens and you will discover how nice and easy they are to use.
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Having only rented an RV on 2 occasions, I'm looking for any feedback. So I'm curious why you prefer the table & credenza vs the dinette. What do you feel are the advantages and disadvantages of one vs the other???
Two issues with a booth.

Anyone with mobility issues can have a significant problem getting comfortable assuming they fit. Good chairs can be had for a table and chair setup allowing folks to sit comfortably.

Cushions on many booths are not user friendly for sitting for a long time like when on a computer. Again, fixable with enough cash and a good upholsterer but can be a PITA to arrange.

A credenza will provide all most as much storage as under the booth seats but arranged for better access. OTOH if you really need the bed the booth does it better. Most older couples don't need the bed as the occasional kid can be handled with a camp pad on the floor in more comfort.
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Having only rented an RV on 2 occasions, I'm looking for any feedback. So I'm curious why you prefer the table & credenza vs the dinette. What do you feel are the advantages and disadvantages of one vs the other???


Credenza provides a great place for serving dishes while not taking up space on the table or away from the table. No adjustment away from table / opposing diners knees with a booth depending on girth and length. If only the two of you, table takes up less space when not extended fully.
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Don't be confused about the word microwave convection .. it a convection oven ( gets very hot) and can also be a microwave. Not both at the same time . The oven cooks just about anything . We've had a convection ( fan that blows the air around the oven for even heating ) oven at home for years.
Both problems already listed just no flexibility , and most are uncomfortable to sit at for any time
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Don't be confused about the word microwave convection .. it a convection oven ( gets very hot) and can also be a microwave. Not both at the same time.
The major brands make convection microwaves that use both methods at the same time. It is often called a speed oven, or speed cooking, in the marketing material. My GE Profile will cook a whole chicken (cut into parts) in about 35 minutes in the speed cooking mode.
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We love our 36LA with NO oven and Dining booth. I have cooked biscuits, ribs, pork chops, chicken, and beef in the convection oven that also has a microwave. The credenza option with 4 chairs is perfect for us. Plenty of storage and a nice expandable table for when we have extra guests. Our grandkids sleep on a memory foam mattress on the floor when they are glamping with us.
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Add Oven and Booth Dinette

While I usually just bake potatoes or biscuits in the convection oven, I did a large prime rib in it last Christmas. Works just as good as the convection oven at home. We prefer the booth. A dishwasher now resides where the oven would go if we added one. Needless to say, that's not likely to happen.
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We like our booth. It's an additional place for the grandkids to sleep. The DW is still debating if she wants to keep the oven or replace it with a dishwasher.
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