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Old 01-13-2016, 07:21 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Marry View Post
To get hot water heater and furnace running on 12V, what needs to be installed? (are going with solar and 2 6V's)
Nothing, the water heater operates off propane as does the furnace. The factory wires an igniter that operates to light the appliance and that is all. The furnace blower, operates off 12v and draws 2-3 amps while running, your dual batteries can handle all this because the next day the solar recharges them.

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Old 01-13-2016, 08:07 AM   #12
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Don't forget that there are lots of other methods of baking other than an oven. We use our BBQ for that, and have successfully baked a bunch of things. I have used various things for a heat absorber under the baking pan, but this year will be fitting in some unglazed quarry tile. We will be able to do up pizza directly on the stone, can't beat that. Lots of great info out there on ways of using your BBQ to bake.

Another simple oven we are considering, is the Omnia Oven that is lightweight, and works on the stovetop. It gets great reviews, and people have baked lots of good stuff on them, the only thing it is missing is a large flat surface, you have to bake round cookies.

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Old 01-13-2016, 09:50 AM   #13
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For which model?

Originally Posted by whitepine View Post
We are working on our build sheet and originally were just going with the stovetop. We didn't see a need for the oven and wanted the extra storage space. However, after thinking we (someday) might want to camp for extended times, we're thinking maybe the oven would be a good addition. Do any of you have the oven? If so, do you find it useful and what size pan can you put into it? Also, when using it during the summer does the heat from it make it hard to air condition the camper?
Another question on our build sheet is the inverter? Do you find it useful and if so, what do you use it for? How much does it drain the batteries?
Whether or not to recommend the oven depends on which trailer you are getting. Ours is a 21' so, yes, we got the oven, and it is great for inclement weather cooking. If we'd gotten a 19 or 17, I don't know if I'd've made the same choice.

To answer your question about summer cooking: I don't use the oven in my house during the summer (much) and I'm sure I would not in the trailer, either. As Jim Bennett said, there are other ways to cook (and I add "when the weather's nice"). I have a Cobb cooker that lets me do more food prep at the picnic table, if there's no burn ban on charcoal use; and I have a 6 qt electric roaster that I'll use outdoors (under the awning) if we have electric hookup.

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