We opted to upgrade to the Microwave-Convection oven in our 2011 35SB3 Cameo. What a great decision. We've been RV-in for 30 years & truly upgrading to this was the best decision since 3-slideouts! Very true-to-baking times. We still have the gas oven (& I wavered over keeping or deleting) & have used both for superior meals.
A convection oven is not hard to get used to, and the wife loves it especially for cakes and breads--browns real nice.
A small GE brand with interior about the same size as an RV microwave costs $39 from walmart.com with free shipping to your local store. Save yourself $468 and if the microwave craters you are not stuck with replacing at $525.
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"Mountain Cabin" 2001 Northwood Nash 245N
2007 Dodge 2500 quad short "Lone Star" 4x4 w/5.9 CTD, 48RE
If you qrdering another Carriage Cameo....the optional convection microwave is a very nice Amana with an external vent. The regular microwaves are not vented to outside and since it is your range hood...you have no venting hood.
2011 Carriage Cameo 34sb3
2005 GMC Sierra Duramax/Allison
We have a Fridgadare micro/convection and when we went to use it this trip we realized that what we thought were operating instructions were actually install instructions....so we had to use the gas oven instead.....
Wife and I are going to order a new trailer and one option we know little about is the convection microwave oven, it is a $525 option which seems pricey to me, can anyone give any pros or cons on them. We are 60 years old and we both cook mostly the old fashion way and use a regular microwave very little, but if these things are really great we would add it. We would appreciate your thoughts.
Pros: No gas oven means more storage space. Less heat produced than a gas oven. Faster cook times. Can quick-heat things, like leftovers, that would get soggy in a straight MW.
Cons: You =must= have 110v power to run it. If you boondock, you'll need a generator or do without. $525 option cost vs. $0 for standard MW. Smaller than a gas oven, so big items (turkey) can't be cooked. Learning curve means wasted food if it doesn't turn out right (personal experience, here).
2002 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Duramax Crew Cab 4x4
Banks Bullet Tuner and Monster Exhaust
B&W Turnover Ball with 5th Wheel Companion
2004 Komfort 25FSG Fifth Wheel
1936 John Deere Model A
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I agree with all the pro statements. We've had one in our Carriage since 1996. We use it for just everything. In fact, 6 years ago, we took our oven/stovetop out, don't miss it one bit, and put in a glass cooktop. We now have a great spare freezer in the area where the oven was. I say go for it!!! Diana
1996 Dodge Dually, Max Brake Controller, Mor/Ryde Susp Rear Spgs, Air Bags, Tailgate Easylift,
1996/2010 Triple Slide Carriage, Mor/Ryde Susp, Kodiak Disc Brakes, Big Foot Auto Leveling System, TST TPMS
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2011 Palomino Maverick 1000SLLB on a 2004 Dodge Quadcab CTD Ram3500 SRW long bed equipped with Timbren springs, Stable Load bump stops, Rickson 19.5" wheels/"G" range tires and a Helwig "Big Wig" rear anti sway bar.
Our Motorhome has a 3 Burner Cook-Top, and an Over as well. Plus a Microwave/Convection Oven. We, or I should say me. Wouldn't be with out any of them. Its true that a Convection Over for some people is a litle bit hard to learn to use. But once you have Mastered it, its a great time saving way to cook. Since a Convection Oven Cooks much faster, and can cook just about anything that you want to Cook or Bake. I think the next issues would be someones cooking level and experience. The only problem with a Microwave Oven, or a Combo of a Microwave Oven/Convection Oven is that you have to have a power sore. Either Shore Power or a Generator. On the most part, a Convection Over can cook aprox 50% faster than a Regular Oven. And you can cook mulitable foods at one time, which actually saves you time spent in the Kitchen. Once you learn how to really use them, they are great to also have on hand. I wouldn't spend the extra money for one, if your don't think that you will not end up using it. Like everything, some things are great for some people and some things are not. I think the Convection Oven is more for people who are really into cooking. Most RV'er's I think don't want to be inside the RV anymore than they have to, and enjoy their BBQ's and Camp Stoves much better or cooking over an open fire. Each to thier own. Good Luck. Happy Travels. Dan & Jill
We tried using the RV gas oven and hated it in our first FT 5er. It became a storage area for pots and cookie sheets.
Both of our Suites had only a GE Micro/Convection. It doesn't really save any cooking time and I don't bake much in the hot summer. But is much preferred, since majority of our meals are not frozen Lean Cuisines. Have done a few Thanksgiving dinners for 2 with GE and a Flavorwave Oven on the countertop.
We've had no repairs in nearly 3 years of use with either Suite oven, except for the interior halogen bulb needed to be replaced on each of them.
2009 DRV Mobile Suite 38TKSB3 (38RSSB3)....our custom home w/2011 upgrades
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