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Old 03-28-2016, 11:17 AM   #11
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We ordered our 19 thinking towards full/PT in a few years. We've always found the less you have to resupply when you are out for extended trips make it more enjoyable for us. We ordered the big fridge and had the micro built in under the stove. Love it. We micro, BBQ, and stove top at home and we replicated the build on the trailer to match our home lifestyle.
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Old 03-28-2016, 11:25 AM   #12
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The thing about having a microwave is you cannot use it if not hooked up to shore electric. We have one and it's rarely used. The other thing is, permanently installed or not it takes away valuable storage space. Once we forgot to remove the glass plate inside and while on the road it flew out and smashed. Still have not found a replacement. We have the 4.3 fridge. Space wise, find it adequate.
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Old 03-28-2016, 11:39 AM   #13
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I know that this is a very reserved group that isn't very opinionated, but I'd like to hear your thoughts ... I'm about to order a 19 - and I know I have some time - but I will eventually have to choose between the big fridge with a counter top microwave or the smaller fridge with a microwave built in above.

Yep - I understand that "it depends" is the correct answer. We are a couple of baby boomers about to retire and see North America six to eight weeks at a time. We enjoy our even cocktails and don't microwave much at home. We won't cook much inside the 19 opting for a two burner stove mounted sideways.
We only have the 4.3 and find it is plenty big . We have the microwave above frig , perfect because would hate to bend down for microwave lower in cabinet . One thought if you get microwave and find you don't really use it . They put a 110 plug in cabinet which would maybe come in handy and you always can remove microwave and now you have cabinet back . Get spare door from Escape maybe . Concerning the frig use we always carry a ice chest for drinks and just in case . We always felt the larger frig looks huge in small trailers as Escapes . They just look our of place .just our thoughts . Pat
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Old 03-28-2016, 11:55 AM   #14
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We have a 4.3 cu ft refrigerator and a microwave in our 17 ft Casita
When traveling the refrigerator is usually full plus we also carry a cooler . The microwave is seldom used and is more of an expensive storage cabinet. When we were considering buying an Escape trailer
the ability to have a bigger refrigerator was a huge selling point.
My wife would have bought the trailer just for the bigger refrigerator. I hate going to the store and avoid shopping as much as possible so the bigger frig was a big plus for me.
We use a cooler with ice for our beverages , constantly going in an out of the refrigerator during hot weather makes it hard to maintain
proper temperature levels.

I would opt for the bigger refrigerator over the microwave
Plus you can always easily add a microwave at a later date
Adding the bigger refrigerator at a later date is a totally different story.
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Old 03-28-2016, 12:13 PM   #15
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I would opt for the bigger refrigerator over the microwave.
Plus you can always easily add a microwave at a later date
Adding the bigger refrigerator at a later date is a totally different story.
This was our criteria for a lot of the things we ordered for The Trailer. Did we want to do it ourselves at a later date? Probably not. Was it easier/less expensive to get it done at the build? Most likely.

Even though we use a microwave at home for mostly heating stuff up, I figured I could do without it in The Trailer as I'd much rather have the cabinet storage space. And if need be, I can purchase a small one for less than ETI charges and shove it in a cabinet.
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Old 03-28-2016, 12:27 PM   #16
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Let 's see microwave or not . Cost to install extra 120 in cabinet 50 + more . Cabinet is there microwave or not ? Do it later ? Pat
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Old 03-28-2016, 12:44 PM   #17
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The thing about having a microwave is you cannot use it if not hooked up to shore electric.
I have to disagree with you on that one Myron. I'd say our trailer microwave use is about 50/50. My wife used to be afraid of killing the battery but after I convinced her that the worse case would be one run down battery with another one still fresh she started using it more. She's never come close to even running down one battery.

We use our microwave at home on a daily basis.

I think the suggestion that, if you're not sure sure if you'd use it, get the space and the outlet for it. Small micro's are dirt cheap, you can always add it later. Unless you're now thinking that a big fridge is the way to go.

As for carrying one stored somewhere and getting it out to use, I think that would pretty much guarantee that it wouldn't get used much.

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Old 03-28-2016, 12:56 PM   #18
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Putting the micro under the stove didn't really cost us much of a hit on storage. We lost two drawers, but I found three and five drawer storage drawers that fit perfectly under the sink and provide way more organized storage than the two drawers would have. Overall, there is so much storage space in the 19 that we haven't even begun to utilize yet. I'm not anticipating storage to ever be a problem. If it is then probably means we're carrying too much stuff.
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Old 03-28-2016, 01:10 PM   #19
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We have the oven and big fridge. If we had a cooktop we would have went with a big fridge and microwave under the cooktop. We are often are gone several weeks at a time and don't like to have to grocery shop too often. In the summer we also like to fill up the fridge with produce from farmer's markets on the way home.
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Old 03-28-2016, 01:30 PM   #20
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We don't have a 19 thought I'd toss out Another option... We got a MW, we also got a door and hardware for the MW's opening should we decide we would rather have the storage space then the MW.

FWIW, we like the bigger fridge. Like Greg, the less trips to town for groceries the better.

But then there may not be a heck of a lot of difference between a 5.0 and a 6.0 cf fridge.
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