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Old 10-24-2014, 04:13 PM   #1
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We've recently relocated to Pahrump, NV from Kauai and are looking forward to picking up our 5.0 TA in late June and hitting the open road!!! All kinds of questions, but for now, THE ELUSIVE OVEN. Does anybody have or use the optional oven in the camper? Also we are in the market for a tow vehicle and are leaning towards Dodge 1500 Ram Diesel. Any thoughts?
We are very excited about this new adventure and picking up our camper in June and joining the Escape Trailer Owners Community.
Aloha Steve & Eileen

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Old 10-24-2014, 04:20 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. I get my 5.0TA in early June, to replace a Scamp 19 I sold. As to ovens, most people will tell you they never use them except as a breadbox. We ordered ours without. But if you like to bake.......
It depends on your likes and needs and the camping/travel style you envision.

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Old 10-24-2014, 04:42 PM   #3
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Wifey likes to bake fresh rolls, bread, etc. I do Pizza. We didn't mind the loss of storage since she keeps stuff to bake with inside when it's not in use and there is so much more storage in our 21. Glad we got it.
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Old 10-24-2014, 04:44 PM   #4
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That's a really subjective question, many love their ovens and wouldn't be without, then some don't want one. We are of the later group, had one previously and never used it.
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Old 10-24-2014, 04:47 PM   #5
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Mahalo for your quick response....I'm not a baker but I love to cook. Maybe all I need is a toaster or toaster oven...thanks again.
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Old 10-24-2014, 04:48 PM   #6
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new Dodge diesel looks like a winner if you got lotsa $$$ to spend. but I guess that's true with ANY new pick-up. It's getting good reviews.

We use a Coleman stove oven and a cast iron dutch oven when the need arises for baking. The toasters takeup a lot of room and don't work very well on 12V! ;-)

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Old 10-24-2014, 05:05 PM   #7
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Welcome. Kauai to Nevada that is quite a change!
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Old 10-24-2014, 05:33 PM   #8
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I pulled the following excerpt and photo from a post by Steve and Cynthia who have the oven in their 19:

We have the oven in our 19 and have used it numerous times with good results. But there are some limitations that you should be aware of...

- Vents back into the trailer at the back of the stove. No open windows but the ceiling fan and/or stove fan will help dissipate heat/fumes.

- MAIN ISSUE: The actual usable size is very small (see photo). You will not be able to store much in it nor will you be able to cook dishes in tall pans. The actual useable cooking height is just under 5". The burner is just under the metal piece with the holes (at the top of the 4.25") and why this is not closer to the bottom I have no idea. We have made meat loaf and pizzas w/o any problem. It is also a pain to light.

That said it is nice to have but not quite what I was expecting, at least size wise. If you get it just don't plan on storing much in it or cooking that Thanksgiving turkey!
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Old 10-24-2014, 06:27 PM   #9
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I don't have an oven in an Escape but I have a similar unit in another RV. I agree with the assessment by Steve and Cynthia which is quoted above, and I'll note that almost any RV gas oven will likely be similar.

Originally Posted by rbryan4 View Post
The burner is just under the metal piece with the holes (at the top of the 4.25") and why this is not closer to the bottom I have no idea.
The bottom space must be of a significant size to allow airflow for heat conduction from the burner to the rest of the oven cavity. Also, in the past gas ovens have been configured this way and food to be broiled (direct heat from above) was placed under the burner; however, I don't know if that is encouraged or even allowed with the oven used in the Escape.

If storing flat stuff (baking sheets? cutting board?) under the burner, be aware that anything there could damage the burner or (more likely) the pilot light assembly.

Ours has a taller working cavity, and we do store pots in it, but it is still small by the standards of a modern home oven.
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Old 10-24-2014, 06:53 PM   #10
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Aloha Steve & Eileen, welcome to the site, and congrats on your new purchase.

The Dodge diesel as a tow will do a fantastic job.

I had an oven in a previous trailer for 11 years, and used it twice, so obviously chose not to have one in our current trailer. There are lots of other great methods to bake that don't take up (for me) valuable cabinet space, and as pointed out, the storage potential of the oven itself is extremely small. But, it definitely works great for some people.

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