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Old 08-03-2020, 11:54 PM   #1
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As we shop for our first Class B RV, we think we want a convection microwave, because we want to bake while on the road. Our previous Airstream trailer had a propane-fired oven, so it was easy to bake in that galley. However, as we look at Class B RVs, some have convection microwaves, and some don't. For those of you out there who like to bake in your RV but don't have a convection microwave oven onboard, how have you achieved that goal, or what have you done instead?

We know about a Coleman oven that works on their camp stoves so that's one possibility, but that could force us to carry both a camp stove and that oven, filling up valuable storage space in the van. What else we should be thinking about and looking at?
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0009PURJA/

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Old 08-04-2020, 12:32 AM   #2
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Just another thought. Has anyone dumped their conventional microwave, reclaimed that space for storage, and started carrying a convection toaster oven, perhaps like this one?
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001L5TVGW/

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We love our convection microwave. We use it all the time for baking and combination microwave/oven cooking. Were it to fail tomorrow I would look for another identical model. The only downside is that it does take more power on Convection than on Microwave but since we do not run either one off the inverter that is not a big deal.
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We actually have 2 Breville toaster ovens and love them but I would not trade them for the convection microwave in the RoadTrek. They serve different purposes and, at home, we have the choice of the Breville, a regular oven and a microwave...can't really have that in the "B" but the Convection Microwave pretty much does it all in one unit.
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We actually have 2 Breville toaster ovens and love them but I would not trade them for the convection microwave in the RoadTrek. They serve different purposes and, at home, we have the choice of the Breville, a regular oven and a microwave...can't really have that in the "B" but the Convection Microwave pretty much does it all in one unit.
Oh, interesting, which RoadTrek has a convection micro? We've been looking at the Zion, which is conventional microwave only. Thanks!
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I am not sure. Mine is a 2008C210P but from reading the newsgroups it was widely available in many models. It is really great; It actually is a convection oven you can bake in as well as a Microwave plus it can cook with a combination of the two. The one we have is Apollo Half time oven but I don't know if that model is still available.Here is what I found on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-EC042...6552673&sr=8-3
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We had a convection/microwave oven in our 2013 Roadtrek E-Trek, which we recently sold prior to taking possession of a new van. We used the RT oven quite a bit in convection mode. It created a lot of cabin heat when baking, and did not hold temps above 350F very well (but that was easily solved by increasing baking time a bit when necessary).

In our new van we decided to go with a portable induction cooktop, a portable Breville toaster oven, and a built-in Panasonic microwave. We’ve only had the new van for a couple months, but it’s been great being able to cook outside with both the induction unit and especially the Breville oven during warm summer weather. Both items are quite light and easily stored. So far so good. Food for thought.
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We had a convection/microwave oven in our 2013 Roadtrek E-Trek, which we recently sold prior to taking possession of a new van. We used the RT oven quite a bit in convection mode. It created a lot of cabin heat when baking, and did not hold temps above 350F very well (but that was easily solved by increasing baking time a bit when necessary).

In our new van we decided to go with a portable induction cooktop, a portable Breville toaster oven, and a built-in Panasonic microwave. We’ve only had the new van for a couple months, but it’s been great being able to cook outside with both the induction unit and especially the Breville oven during warm summer weather. Both items are quite light and easily stored. So far so good. Food for thought.
Thanks for this, it's exactly what we were beginning to think about, especially if we wind up settling for a camper van that has only a conventional microwave.
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Thanks for this, it's exactly what we were beginning to think about, especially if we wind up settling for a camper van that has only a conventional microwave.
Hey, nothing wrong with having your cake and eat it too.

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In our new van we decided to go with a portable induction cooktop, a portable Breville toaster oven, and a built-in Panasonic microwave.
Can you share the model # of that Breville? I would love to have a convection solution for my PW when I get it (looks like it'll be microwave only), and I've already come to the conclusion that taking out the microwave and replacing it with a convection microwave probably can't happen (can't find a suitably small convection microwave).
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We have the Breville Mini Smart Oven (BOV450XL). There is also a “compact” version that is a bit larger but still easily portable.
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...I've already come to the conclusion that taking out the microwave and replacing it with a convection microwave probably can't happen (can't find a suitably small convection microwave).
We're thinking along similar lines, given convection microwave ovens get considerably hotter when in use. As a result, even if the unit fits, it may not be safe to put a convection microwave unit into a space designed for a standard microwave.
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Hey, nothing wrong with having your cake and eat it too.

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The trouble is that once I make the cake and eat it, the cake is gone and then I have to start all over again. That's why we want the convection microwave.
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even if the unit fits, it may not be safe to put a convection microwave unit into a space designed for a standard microwave.
Ugh... I hadn't thought of that part. Well, once I actually have my toy and see how we really use it, then I'll know what extra goodies I'll need to buy.

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The trouble is that once I make the cake and eat it, the cake is gone and then I have to start all over again. That's why we want the convection microwave.
Unfortunately, that is the nature of cake. It's also the nature of my daughter's chocolate chip cookies that she likes to bake.
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One thing about any class B is that space is a premium. The combining of multiple functions in one appliance is a good thing and worth the premium in cost. Our convection microwave even does great toast, which was a surprise. One other option for baking is to use a Dutch oven. You prep charcoal briquets (which an be done very quickly with a starter), put the Dutch oven on top of them then place some coals on the top as well. These bake things very well and fast. Great for stews, jambalaya, cakes, etc,.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YOKWBI6..._XgfmFbB7EM1NV

This charcoal starter is foldable to save space.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XDTHG46..._kifmFb707CHF5
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One thing about any class B is that space is a premium. The combining of multiple functions in one appliance is a good thing and worth the premium in cost. Our convection microwave even does great toast, which was a surprise. One other option for baking is to use a Dutch oven. You prep charcoal briquets (which an be done very quickly with a starter), put the Dutch oven on top of them then place some coals on the top as well. These bake things very well and fast. Great for stews, jambalaya, cakes, etc,.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YOKWBI6..._XgfmFbB7EM1NV

This charcoal starter is foldable to save space.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XDTHG46..._kifmFb707CHF5
Interesting idea, thanks for sharing that tip!
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As we shop for our first Class B RV, we think we want a convection microwave, because we want to bake while on the road. Our previous Airstream trailer had a propane-fired oven, so it was easy to bake in that galley. However, as we look at Class B RVs, some have convection microwaves, and some don't. For those of you out there who like to bake in your RV but don't have a convection microwave oven onboard, how have you achieved that goal, or what have you done instead?

We know about a Coleman oven that works on their camp stoves so that's one possibility, but that could force us to carry both a camp stove and that oven, filling up valuable storage space in the van. What else we should be thinking about and looking at?
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0009PURJA/

Thanks!
Might I suggest an Air fryer? We have one and it is fast, hot and uses 1300 watts. We have 1 in the house and 1 in the RV
https://www.amazon.com/COSORI-Electr...s%2C237&sr=8-3
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I installed a microwave and ended up getting stuck living in the van for about 4 months, I had to have a oven and got a nice toaster oven. I hated it from the minute I put it in because I lost the space for the stuff I had to move from it's new spot.

I started looking for a convection microwave and was just about to buy the 450 dollar breville combi wave when I came across the 98 dollar Galanz unit at walmart. It's a convection oven, it roasts, bakes, combi bakes and microwave, auto reheat and auto cooks and is also an air fryer.

I've used all it's features and have to say it's been great. I never thought I would ever buy an air fryer but I've used that feature a few times and it works good too. If I ever end up with another rig and it doesn't have an oven I'll plan on adding one of these.
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