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looks great! I guess that is what I will do!! Thanks

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Skibane wrote:

Another option is to modify the compartment where you old RV microwave was mounted so that it can accept ordinary microwaves.

Example:

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This is a very nice mod. It probably looks nicer than the original and has more storage inside. Sometime we get hung up on an exact replacement and miss out on a better solution.

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rhagfo wrote:

Skibane wrote:

Another option is to modify the compartment where you old RV microwave was mounted so that it can accept ordinary microwaves.

Example:

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I actually modified my cabinet opening to install a convection/ microwave by Dometic. DW loves it, and so do I.


I would love to hear how you did the modification because I very much want to get a convection microwave now that my regular microwave is fried. Do you have pics of what you did and can you tell us how it's going or if you should have done something differently?

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^The picture is not mine - It's from a fellow Casita trailer owner who loves to do custom woodwork.

Most Casitas give you the option of either ordering the trailer with a built-in microwave, or having an empty compartment with a flip-up front door (like the one shown in the picture) where you can either put your own store-bought microwave, or just use it for misc. storage.

The sides and bottom of the compartment are lined with carpet at the factory.

In my own Casita, I went with a $50 store-bought microwave from Walmart. It looks very similar to the one in the photo, but lacks a wood platform underneath it. Closing the front door on the compartment secures it while the trailer is being towed.

In a typical RV, you might need to add the carpet to the sides and back of the compartment after removing the original built-in microwave. Mechanically fixing the new microwave in place is optional, if you install a front door on the compartment.

Convection ovens give off quite a bit of heat, so some care is necessary to make sure that your compartment has adequate clearances and ventilation.

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RMZ813 wrote:

20.5 inches wide and 11 inches high


That’s almost exactly the external dimensions of the microwave I just installed in my camper. It’s a Panasonic NN-SD372S with inverter technology, and it’s 19 3/16” wide by 11” high.

The nice thing about these inverter microwaves is that when you turn the power level down, they actually lower the wattage of the magnetron tube, instead of pulsing it off and on at full power when you select a lower cooking level.

Exactly what I need when we’re using my little Yamaha 1000 generator. When we’re on shore power, I can let’er rip at full power. When the Yamaha is running I can set it on “5” and it will stay under the 900 watts the generator capable of.

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NRALIFR wrote:

The nice thing about these inverter microwaves is that when you turn the power level down, they actually lower the wattage of the magnetron tube, instead of pulsing it off and on at full power when you select a lower cooking level.

Exactly what I need when we’re using my little Yamaha 1000 generator. When we’re on shore power, I can let’er rip at full power. When the Yamaha is running I can set it on “5” and it will stay under the 900 watts the generator capable of.


That's a good point - Theoretically, you could probably run your inverter microwave on less than 500 watts of AC power, if you dialed it all the way down to "1".

I "went small" with my conventional microwave for the same reason: It doesn't require a lot of AC power.

Even so, the cooking time doesn't seem to be appreciably longer than with a "full-size" microwave - although the maximum food capacity is considerably less.

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Cheryl_B wrote:

rhagfo wrote:

Skibane wrote:

Another option is to modify the compartment where you old RV microwave was mounted so that it can accept ordinary microwaves.

Example:

[image]


I actually modified my cabinet opening to install a convection/ microwave by Dometic. DW loves it, and so do I.


I would love to hear how you did the modification because I very much want to get a convection microwave now that my regular microwave is fried. Do you have pics of what you did and can you tell us how it's going or if you should have done something differently?

Thank you. [emoticon]


Well there is a bit a story behind this replacement. We had a good working microwave. We went for a drive one day and stopped by the CW in Eugene, OR. We were not looking for a replacement for our microwave, BUT I saw a display with a nice Dometic convection / microwave for a great price (about 33% off). We didn't have any measurements, I looked it over and was pretty sure it would fit. We bought it anyway.
Well required some modifications to the cabinet, all made with a drywall plunge saw. The space above the oven is recovered space that was just a blank panel when we first got the 5er. DW needed storage space for floor, sugar, and pasta.

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This is the old microwave that we removed.

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* This post was edited 12/14/21 06:44am by rhagfo *


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