I'll take the drawers.. Had an oven in the last coach and tried to do a turkey. Big mistake! The variance it too great. The gas comes on and it's +50 degrees before it shuts off, and there and cold and hot spots all over the place.
The convection is fan circulated and considerably more stable.. Wouldn't go back
Our previous Vectra had an oven in addition to the convection MW. The one we have now was equipped only with the CMW, and DW has lamented the loss of her oven from day 1. So, a couple of weeks ago, I found a new (never installed) Wedgewood/Atwood Vision stove with oven on Craigslist. Quick, easy install, and now she is much happier. I would suspect that most rigs could be converted as easily as ours was if an oven is desired.
While it's largely a personal choice, we do a lot of dry camping so the oven is a very handy item to have. Storage loss isn't a major factor if you store pans in the oven when not in use, and our old rig had more storage than we needed anyway.
Definition of insanity: Doing something the same way you always have, but expecting different results.
35' 1996 Winnebago Vectra Grand Tour DP
Wide Body - No slides !
We have been RV'ers fr a liitle over 45+ years now. And every RV we have ever owned has had an Oven. We go back far enought before a lot of TT's and %ers didn't even have Microwaves, let alone a Microwave/Convection Oven.
For us anyways, an RV with out an Oven, would be a Deal Breaker.
We use them all. We use Oven, we use our Microwave, and we use the Convection feature also. They all have there own uses.
We feel about the same, as far as eating out. Even though we do not really have any restriction on what we can eat. We just choose to eat very "Healthy". And eating out is not all that healthy for you. To much Fat and way, way to much Salt.
Besides in my life time, I have owned two Restruants, and was the cook also in both. I have also been the Lead Cook in Fancy Resorts. I was also a Full Service Baker.
So basically I am a much better cook than most places have. Yes, I do all the cooking in our household, and RV'ing also.
We really enjoy eating Good, Quality, Healthy Foods. Not Junk Foods of any kind. We espically like to shop at Farmers Markets and Road Side Stands, or Pick Your Own places when ever we do get the chance.
Not only is it Healther for you, but you can save a lot of money, compaird to what it costs you in the Stores. Where all Veggies sand Fruits are picks so quick, that they don't even taste the way they should taste.
Its a very rare occation that we ever eat out. That alone helps to keep Fuel in our Motorhome.
I also cook outside as much as possible. But we do use our Motorhome Off/On all year long. Winter time is some of the best RV'ing and Boondocking there is.
Using an Oven, espically in the winter time, really helps to keep the Motorhome much warmer also.
There are a lot of things we can do wihtout, but not one of those three items.
We had the same concern when we bought the Monaco without an LP oven. I put a question on the forum asking for opinions, and 98% of those responding said that they liked the Convection oven more than the LP oven. Many said that even though they had the LP oven, they never used it (except for storage), but used the convection instead.
More efficient??...less efficient..? Im an oven person..( so is the wife) and one of the big problems I see with not having a gas oven is that .."WE WANT ONE". Im expected to pay 100,000 or 200,000 or 300,000 for a motorhome that ISNT going to suit me? Ahhhh..I dont think so!
( Note year 2000 coach) If its not the way we want it...then it isnt ours!!!
2000 Country Coach Allure; Cummins ISC 330 HP; 71/2 - 8 MPG regardless
2002 Jeep Liberty
I was told by a salesman that the Ovens on the units with both the convection microwave and oven also models come back on trade ins virtually unused ( the Gas oven). Most part timers and many full timers have no interest in using it. So i guess if you really use it your special .. in the minority that is. ;-)
Yes, its definatly the minority that actually COOK food in the motorhome vs just warming prepared foods.
We COOK in ours and would not own one without a real oven. If you feel the same, make sure the unit you choose has one or can be upgraded to include one. The miniture electric convection feature built in to the microwave is not a substitute for a real oven. Now, if Atwood would consider offering an LP range with a convection fan in the oven...I would be in line to buy one as an upgrade. Alas, no market as so few folks actually do any real cooking in the motorhome. Seems its even worse on high end coaches that seem to include electric cooktops. Useless.
2008 Damon 3575 (38ft, forward kitchen)on Ford 22k chassis