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Old 06-07-2015, 03:30 PM   #1
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We're debating the oven on our build sheet. Does it come with the stainless stove top and hood? Julie makes yummy muffins in the morning. Is the stove a good addition?
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Old 06-07-2015, 03:49 PM   #2
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We have the oven in our 19. It is black with a black metal cover over the burners. We have the stainless range hood. We purchased it because we have recipes we enjoy with an oven and is a cozy way to cook when bad weather outside. Downside is you loose some drawer space and counter space if you went with a 2 burner cook top.
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We're debating the oven on our build sheet. Does it come with the stainless stove top and hood? Julie makes yummy muffins in the morning. Is the stove a good addition?

We like the kitchen drawers and we'd lose them with the oven. We only need 2 burners and we'd also miss the counter space. We have a tiny Breville Toaster Oven we could always take with us if we planned to bake.

I guess it just depends on how you cook when camping. Although we use our home oven quite a bit, we've never found the need when camping.
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We're debating the oven on our build sheet. Does it come with the stainless stove top and hood? Julie makes yummy muffins in the morning. Is the stove a good addition?
Always love the oven # 4 for us truck camper , class c, truck camper again and now Escape . When you boondock you use propane to cook . Many also use to store bread etc in when not using . No worry of forgetting what you store in there because you light bottom so you will see and remove . Doesn't matter the weather . Never a thought to not have . Pat
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When you boondock you use propane to cook.

Well, the stovetop is propane too. The difference is BAKING. We don't bake when we camp, but many do. For them, the oven might make sense. If you mean that your cooking options are limited when you boondock, they aren't for us, because of the solar.
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Old 06-07-2015, 05:42 PM   #6
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Deciding on what the kitchen of a new ETI build should look like is tough! If you're a baker your choices are either to get the oven (always available no matter the weather) or something else you'd need to pack and find storage for (but can cook outside?). I can tell you I like camping next to Dave&Kathie, they have the oven . A hot, fresh baked scone on a cold and drizzly day... nirvana!
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Deciding on what the kitchen of a new ETI build should look like is tough! If you're a baker your choices are either to get the oven (always available no matter the weather) or something else you'd need to pack and find storage for (but can cook outside?). I can tell you I like camping next to Dave&Kathie, they have the oven . A hot, fresh baked scone on a cold and drizzly day... nirvana!
We agree Donna ! If the weather was bad do not relish having to go outside and cook . There was no ? ' s oven for us was the first item on the build . It also warms up the trailer nice too . The only item never cooking inside is bacon or frying things . That has to be outside . Actually at home cook our bacon in oven on broil but not in trailer . It depends on what you like and want . Whatever decision you make should be the right one for you .
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I was impressed by how much cooking volume there was in the/a oven. Not toaster oven effecient but better than some have inferred.

Personally, a toaster oven and turned 2 topper would be in my next Escape.
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Like others have said, it's completely up to you. If you think you'll use while camping, go for it. While my wife is a big time baker at home, she does none while traveling. Had one for 8 years in our last trailer and never used it, skipped it on the 5.0TA. The only con I can think of to having an oven is that you don't get the extra storage.
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Old 06-07-2015, 06:33 PM   #10
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I love my oven, wouldn't be without it. I always thank Donna D for talking me into it (and yes I've shared warm scones with her)! We were camping with friends recently at a beautiful spot on McKenzie River. There were with no hookups. I baked a coffeecake for breakfast. Doesn't get much better! Here is a pic of mine with the stainless hood. I deleted the metal cover and the cutting board topper is from Camping World. It has feet on the bottom that keep it stable while traveling. Have fun with your decisions, it's all good!
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I think this is a very personal choice that only you can answer. Some of us really like to bake and others do not. Since we don't do a lot of baking or roasting, this was one option we chose not to get. Loren
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The other thing to consider, which I forgot, is that we're talking about a 21. Kathie's photo reminded me. There would still be lots of kitchen storage as well as counter space. In this case I'd say if you bake, go for it.
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We bake bread only and would rarely have time since we are usually out seeing the sights. Decided it was not worth the expense and weight and that we would hardly use it.
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With the oven in the 21' model you lose very little space and do not forget, you can store pots and pans inside the oven, so in reality very little space is lost. that said, the stove is a 3 burner model with 2 regular and one supersize burner with a nice cover. By getting the oven and dropping the microwave, you also gain a very large pantry area with a 120v plug which can carry a small microwave if you find it really necessary.
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Old 06-07-2015, 09:19 PM   #15
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Originally we were trying to keep weight to a minimum so the oven was not on our list. Since we traded the Highlander for a Yukon we now think we should have included it for the cold and/or rainy days when we wanted make some kinda carbocomfort item, or cook the stuffed chop you can get at some grocery stores.
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As others have said, it is purely a personal choice. We had one for 12 years in our previous trailer, and it got used twice in that time.

I do lots of baking in our BBQ. It works great for that. I have done up fresh bisquits to each with our meals, cinnamon buns, chickens, pies, mac 'n cheese (served at the rally), and more.

An oven can certainly hold things, but the space it takes up would hold 4-5 times the volume (just a guess).

But, like any options for our trailers, or many of those in other aspects of our life, if you buy it, and make good use of it, it is a worthwhile purchase.

There is no right answer that works for everyone. As long as you are getting out camping and having fun, these decisions are somewhat moot, as you will still have fun regardless of how you outfit your trailer.
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Old 06-07-2015, 10:38 PM   #17
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Seems to be a no brainer. Get the oven. We have no regrets with ours. You can add drawers below the wardrobe in your 19' to compensate for those lost in the oven space.
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Old 06-10-2015, 09:50 AM   #18
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We don't bake with our oven, but love to heat up frozen lasagna, garlic bread and such in cold weather as we boon dock. The three burners on top are much better than the unit in our Nash trailer (hotter and they light instantly)

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so if we get the oven, we lose the microwave option?

reading through the comments. got confused.
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Old 01-07-2016, 05:37 PM   #20
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You would have the microwave over the closet.
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