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Old 12-20-2011, 03:15 PM   #15
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We were out last week with our motorhome. I baked bread, cinnamon rolls, pizza, and a pork roast. The only drawback to convection cooking is that the fan is noisy and, during the summer it can make the inside of the rv hot. Enjoy your new unit when you find it.
I LOVE a good pork roast, but I use a crock pot for it.
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Old 12-20-2011, 03:20 PM   #16
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We replaced the Sharp micro/convection oven in our MH with a new GE Profile. The difference was like night and day. The Sharp was, at best, acceptable as a convection oven (although the microwave cooking was fine). The GE is great; just like an oven in a stick & brick. It even has two strong metal racks that can be hung on fixed hooks to provide multi-level cooking capability. In addition, the interior is all stainless steel so it is very easy to clean.
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Old 12-20-2011, 03:36 PM   #17
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In our previous motorhome, I insisted on a "real" oven (propane). Knowing we were headed for a big diesel with a convection only, I started weaning myself off of it. I actually cooked a Thanksgiving dinner with the convection. In our new motorhome, I don't have the option of a propane oven, and don't miss it. With a little forethought and planning, we can cook anything in the motorhome that we could at home. The biggest challenge is that you obviously can't microwave while you are cooking something in the convection oven. Since we rarely go out and instead cook in the motorhome, we've had good luck supplementing our convection/microwave and two-burner stove with an electric frying pan and an toaster oven. We have a lot more storage without a conventional oven, too.
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Previous 5er had a convection Microwave as well as a propane oven. We only used the oven to store pots and pans. All baking was done in the convection MW. You can use it as a convection oven, a microwave or a combined convection and microwave.

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Liked Jillie's post.... I too was concerned about the M/c oven and no real oven. I bake a lot, but after only one 3 week trip I am totally a fan.... Loved it. I made homemade pizza, with homemade yeast crust and it was super. Also crescent rolls, biscuits, etc... No problem at all.... I did use the rack and several times had double decker things going.... Did not miss the conventional oven at all..... Btw i have a home ec degree, and make pretty much everything from scratch..... Enjoy it...
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It was just too awkward to try cooking main dish convection and then veggies microwave so I broke down and ordered a small (0.7 cu. ft.) microwave to supplement the bigger M/C. It came yesterday and sits on the stovetop since I rarely use that. I'm looking forward to trying out my new arrangement.
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We enjoyed ours so much ,we now have one for the house.Ialso seem to use about the same time to bake.(yes some guys cook and bake)) it cooks other stuff quicker.The one we got for the house also has a griling fuction with upper and lower elements,with microwave and convection.It makes the best chops I have ever cooked inside.If I could find this type to replace the one in the camper I would. Like has been stated try every thing ,I have been very pleased with results.
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How are these combination ovens for electrical consumption? I don't plan to replace the propane oven in a TT, but if I were it would have to be a substitute that -- like the propane oven -- could be used when boondocking. It's hard to imagine them an advantage if the independence of the RV is compromised thereby.

We have a big convection oven at the house, but I am not convinced that it saves much but a little time, or that it "cooks" all that much better (and have worked in restaurants where commercial grade equipment was of a different order, so understand what it should be able to do).

As to RV'ng, it is looking to me to be less than ideal. I am not looking for right vs. wrong but initial cost & energy consumption versus reduced RV capabilities unless one of these could be run off of a solar/battery bank system (assuming a daily re-charge).

Has anyone else approached this in this way?

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I haven't looked at it in the same way as have you. However, when we bought our MH new there were no ovens available at that time so we got the combo MW/convection. We have used this happily over the past eight years with no complaint.

However comma we recently discovered the NuWay IR oven which we use approx 75% of the time AT HOME. When we go back on the road that percentage will be even bigger.

I encourage you to look into this small "appliance" to see if it might meet your need.
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Interesting discussion on microwaves/convection ovens.
Two years ago our MH microwave gave out. We started shopping for a replacement that would fit into the cavity and use the same trim. We searched the RV suppliers via internet then went to a local (major national associate) RV dealer and repair shop. When we asked about getting an RV certified microwave we were told there is really no such a thing and that any microwave will do just fine. The dealer said he does sell microwaves for RVs but they are significantly higher than most others and he would be happy to sell it but we can do better by going to any other retail store. Nice Guy; we did and we purchased and installed an off-the shelf microwave. We have made four trips since , one almost 2400 miles, and the unit continues to work just fine.
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If you have room, this product looks like an interesting option for an oven that gets occasional use. http://www.amazon.com/Camp-Chef-Camp.../dp/B0013LLSZG. The heat is outside if it is summer and you could even bring it inside during winter.
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We have the GE Profile MW/Conv oven. Wouldn't leave home without it--in the RV, that is. We haven't used the Amana propane oven since the first time we compared the two (pizza cook-off). The Amana now houses our cookware.

To be fair, the lack of external venting from the kitchen area gave the advantage to the GE. But, that wasn't the main decider. Since the parks charge us for electricity, we'd like to get our due. The GE lets us do that. In fact, in the 2 years we've full-timed, we've used NO propane to cook (except out door grilling). We do cook a lot.

Looked into getting a MW/Conv oven for our Stick/Brick. The $500+ price gave us pause. But, if it croaked, we'd replace the unit in the RV in a heartbeat!

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How are these combination ovens for electrical consumption? I don't plan to replace the propane oven in a TT, but if I were it would have to be a substitute that -- like the propane oven -- could be used when boondocking. It's hard to imagine them an advantage if the independence of the RV is compromised thereby.

We have a big convection oven at the house, but I am not convinced that it saves much but a little time, or that it "cooks" all that much better (and have worked in restaurants where commercial grade equipment was of a different order, so understand what it should be able to do).

As to RV'ng, it is looking to me to be less than ideal. I am not looking for right vs. wrong but initial cost & energy consumption versus reduced RV capabilities unless one of these could be run off of a solar/battery bank system (assuming a daily re-charge).

Has anyone else approached this in this way?

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Any oven, other than a solar oven, is a pretty inefficient way to cook. You are, after all, using energy to heat the box of air before you cook the food. A convection oven is just an electric oven with a fan to circulate the air to make the heated box more even. If your main concern is off grid then, IMO, electric heating of anything is probably not the way to go. We do not boondock much any more, but when we did all of our baking was done outside with a solar oven or with wood fire coals. Since we typically have electric power available where we park now, I would not trade the convection oven for a propane one.
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We have the combo MW/convection oven which we use quite a bit. This year, however, we bought a NuWave Infrared portable which we use extensively in our house, DESPITE having both a conventional and convection oven. We really like the taste of what is prepared plus it is small enough to easily fit on the counter in the kitchen area of the MH. Additionally, it doesn't heat the the surrounding area. I highly recommand that anyone who is interesting in cooking and wants more versitility in the RV look into buying one. If you do, I recommend buying the 3" extender ring which significantly increases the amount of food that can be cooked at the same time.
Agree on the NuWave oven. They now make a smaller version for RV's which we will buy this spring for the 'Bago.
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We took our regular NuWave on a trip but found it to be too large and difficult to store, so we'll buy the Mini.
Also like our Microwave/convection combo, but it took forever to figure out how it works. The manual that came with it was, shall we say, useless. Whoever wrote it never used the oven he was writing about. But I have to say it cooks very well.
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