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Old 10-28-2018, 04:12 PM   #1
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Aftermarket Microwave for 2018 19" Escape

Can you recommend a removable microwave to place in the microwave space above the refrigerator in our new Escape 19?

We chose not to have ETI install a microwave, as we did not want to carry the weight when we are dry-camping. We would be using it only when we use the trailer as our ski cabin up at Whistler.

If you have used a removable microwave in your 19' Escape, I hope you will share your information. Thanks!
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Old 10-28-2018, 04:38 PM   #2
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The ETI microwave was not our style as well.
Here is an inexpensive lightweight microwave that fits the hole. Keep in mind that the door will not close over it due to the handle...but I wanted the door to use elsewhere.

Details are here in post #30.
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Old 10-28-2018, 05:05 PM   #3
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Thank you! We will be removing the door, too.

Could you tell us how you secured it so that it doesn't move when you're travelling?
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Old 10-28-2018, 05:22 PM   #4
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I used some perforated metal strip that can be purchased at any hardware store to secure it to the cabinet. The strips are attached on the underside of the microwave where the two front feet were. I had to remove the microwave cover to property secure the straps to where the feet were. Please make sure that the microwave is unplugged if you remove the cover and that you donít touch any internal parts as they could still be holding a deadly charge. If you are uncomfortable with removing the top I am sure you can attach the metal strap to the underside with very long strips of double sided foam tape. Just make sure you wipe any oil film off the microwave and strip. I also added some pool noodle blocks on the top at the rear to keep it from bouncing should it decide to do so.
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Old 10-28-2018, 07:29 PM   #6
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We replaced our microwave with a .7 cu in RCA with dimensions of 18 x 10 x 12.75. Not sure the dimensions of the 19 are the same. We installed with the same aluminum "L" stock used by Escape (see their website), Epoxied to the outside of the microwave and screwed into the face of cabinet. Be advised that there is torque on this setup if you are driving over rough roads. When you go over a bump, the rear of the microwave, where most of the mass is, is forced upwards placing torque force on the fasteners. We have compensated for this by glueing supports ON THE BACK of the microwave extending up to the ceiling of the cabinet and preventing any upward movement of the microwave while going over bumps.
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Old 10-28-2018, 07:48 PM   #7
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For our 2017 19', after much searching, we settled on a 0.7 cu. inch Mainstays microwave from Walmart (19.53 x 13.94 x 11.50). The build quality appears questionable but the size was right. It fits the space easily top-to-bottom and sides. Depthwise it just makes it, not quite flush with the cabinet front. The biggest fit problem is from the microwave's rear plug. It prevents the microwave from being pushed all the way back into the cabinet. We solved that by using a 12" extension cord with flat rotating plug from Amazon. Like you we won't bring the microwave on boondocking trips. We wanted easy in easy out capability. To achieve that we plan to hold it in place for transit using a strapping system. One strap end will terminate inside the wardrobe on the right side of the fridge. The other end will terminate on the wall on the bed side of the fridge. The strap, naturally, will go in front of the microwave while in transit. I found a YYST 54" battery tie hold down strap kit on Amazon that should work. We'll see.
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We replaced our microwave with a .7 cu in RCA with dimensions of 18 x 10 x 12.75. Not sure the dimensions of the 19 are the same. We installed with the same aluminum "L" stock used by Escape (see their website), Epoxied to the outside of the microwave and screwed into the face of cabinet. Be advised that there is torque on this setup if you are driving over rough roads. When you go over a bump, the rear of the microwave, where most of the mass is, is forced upwards placing torque force on the fasteners. We have compensated for this by glueing supports ON THE BACK of the microwave extending up to the ceiling of the cabinet and preventing any upward movement of the microwave while going over bumps.

I took 4 pieces of pool noodle that were cut to size and placed them to the back of the microwave. Two on the very top and two for the bottom. May never have loosened anyway but it for sure will not now.
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Old 10-28-2018, 09:26 PM   #9
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I took 4 pieces of pool noodle that were cut to size and placed them to the back of the microwave. Two on the very top and two for the bottom. May never have loosened anyway but it for sure will not now.
I worry this strategy will diminish already minimal air circulation available in the cabinet.
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Old 10-28-2018, 10:40 PM   #10
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I wish a convection oven would work in that space, but my understanding is they require more dead air space at the perimeter than is available.
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Old 10-28-2018, 11:04 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the help!

As we don't want a permanent installation (we will be using it only in the winter, when we need to cook with the least possible addition of moisture), I will keep it simple: take it up to Whistler in the truck, put it into the cavity over the fridge and keep it there over the ski season (we are staying at Riverside , in their Winter Traveller program). We'll bring it back in the truck at the end of the ski season.

This is such a grand group. I hope we meet some of you next year, here in the PNW.
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I worry this strategy will diminish already minimal air circulation available in the cabinet.

They are small diameter pool noodle pieces so most of the opening is still available for airflow.. I'd be more worried if I was one of those who opted to fill in the area around the microwave as I have seen done on here a few times. That would definitely lower airflow.
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Old 10-29-2018, 09:27 AM   #13
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Thanks for all the help!

As we don't want a permanent installation (we will be using it only in the winter, when we need to cook with the least possible addition of moisture), I will keep it simple: take it up to Whistler in the truck, put it into the cavity over the fridge and keep it there over the ski season (we are staying at Riverside , in their Winter Traveller program). We'll bring it back in the truck at the end of the ski season.

This is such a grand group. I hope we meet some of you next year, here in the PNW.
Other skiers! Whoo Hoo. We have spent the last three winters skiing Teton Pass on the Idaho/Wyoming border. We may be up in the PNW next summer to visit friends in Port Townsend, WA.
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I wish a convection oven would work in that space, but my understanding is they require more dead air space at the perimeter than is available.
Where they will put them may depend due to restrictions on cabinet modifications, but if you haven't heard, ETI will accommodate for a convection microwave oven if planned during the build. The stock microwave locations are too small to properly fit even the smallest convection models based on what I can tell.

Convection Microwave Fits!
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The only place I have seen the convection install from factory is where the oven in the kitchen street side would be located, a larger space than the street side microwave location. Maybe better off to get the oven....
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Old 10-29-2018, 01:02 PM   #16
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Our microwave is installed using two pieces of aluminum angle attached to each side of the microwave and then attached to the bottom of the cabinet with industrial velcro.

The microwave is easy to get out using paint stirrers to hold the microwave above the velcro and sliding it out but is held rigidly in place while traveling.
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Other skiers! Whoo Hoo. We have spent the last three winters skiing Teton Pass on the Idaho/Wyoming border. We may be up in the PNW next summer to visit friends in Port Townsend, WA.
If you're in the neighbourhood, do get in touch. We hiked Teton Pass back in 2004 and have hoped since then to ski there.
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If you're in the neighbourhood, do get in touch. We hiked Teton Pass back in 2004 and have hoped since then to ski there.
You bet. Teton Pass is human scale. lots of 900-1200 vert lines, not the monster lines you are used to! Some of the most consistently excellent snow you can find in North America.
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Old 10-29-2018, 08:42 PM   #19
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Would it be possible to mount a microwave / convection hood combination over the range in lieu of the range hood?
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Old 10-29-2018, 08:47 PM   #20
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I suppose if you can get separate power circuit to it.
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