Originally Posted by whitepine
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.