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Old 07-09-2018, 07:31 PM   #1
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We are currently ordering a 19’ Escape and are not happy with either option for the placement of the microwave. One seems too high and the other is too low. We plan to eliminate the cooktop/stove and hood and would like to have the microwave installed where the ventilation hood is located. Has anyone else done that? (In 6 years with the Scamp, we never cooked in the camper)
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Old 07-09-2018, 07:52 PM   #2
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We are currently ordering a 19’ Escape and are not happy with either option for the placement of the microwave. One seems too high and the other is too low. We plan to eliminate the cooktop/stove and hood and would like to have the microwave installed where the ventilation hood is located. Has anyone else done that? (In 6 years with the Scamp, we never cooked in the camper)

One thing you might keep in mind is resale. I imagine a trailer with no stove or a difficult to retrofit option to install one would be very hard to sell. The new stove is recessed so it would not be in the way. You could opt to not have the hood installed and see if they would run a 120 volt outlet up there. Then you could install a microwave yourself.
But I would talk to Reace first and find out how much weight can be up there.
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Old 07-09-2018, 08:01 PM   #3
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ETI might do a custom cabinet between the countertop and the upper cabinets like they do for a 2nd wardrobe on top of the 21 nightstand. Always worth asking! However, I agree that resale could be an issue.


Think you'd be better off with having them supply the material to build a cabinet that would bridge the stove top, have the wall to the rear reinforced, and anchor the new cabinet there.



If a future owner wants the stove instead, they could remove the cabinet. I would still have ETI install the micro outlet in their default location and you can have the door on it for storage. Future owner could put their own microwave there if they choose.
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Old 07-10-2018, 07:38 AM   #4
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One thing you might keep in mind is resale. I imagine a trailer with no stove or a difficult to retrofit option to install one would be very hard to sell. The new stove is recessed so it would not be in the way. You could opt to not have the hood installed and see if they would run a 120 volt outlet up there. Then you could install a microwave yourself.
But I would talk to Reace first and find out how much weight can be up there.
Thank you for the info. The recessed stovetop would make a difference. In the Scamp, I found the raised stovetop to be very annoying. I also find open flames in small enclosed spaces to be terrifying. We are never boondockers - we always stay in campgrounds so we use electricity for everything. We plan to use an induction plate for pan cooking so there is less heat generated within the camper.

Is the recessed cooktop flush with the surface?
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That microwave in the oh would be too heavy as well as you want the heavy stuff below for better towing. Sometimes aesthetics and common sense do not always mix.
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Thank you for the info. The recessed stovetop would make a difference. In the Scamp, I found the raised stovetop to be very annoying. I also find open flames in small enclosed spaces to be terrifying. We are never boondockers - we always stay in campgrounds so we use electricity for everything. We plan to use an induction plate for pan cooking so there is less heat generated within the camper.

Is the recessed cooktop flush with the surface?

Here is a link to a discussion on the new stove.
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Old 07-10-2018, 10:04 AM   #7
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That microwave in the oh would be too heavy as well as you want the heavy stuff below for better towing. Sometimes aesthetics and common sense do not always mix.

If they mount it at the same location as the hood it will be just a little lower than the stock location. Just moved across the aisle. But I still would check with Reace to see if the upper storage area needs reinforcement if something heavier than a hood is placed there.
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Here are some current pictures of recessed stove, ss hood is standard
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File Type: jpg New cooktop installed with custom formica.jpg (120.4 KB, 16 views)
File Type: jpg New cooktop with lid open with custom formica.jpg (138.8 KB, 15 views)
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Here are some current pictures of recessed stove, ss hood is standard

If the new 19's had that much counter and storage space I'd join you waiting for a new one.
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It is just a picture of the stove install, Escape model is irrelevant...one is in a 21 and other 2 in a 19
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