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Old 08-03-2020, 08:53 PM   #1
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Our new to us 2017 5.0 TA did not come with a microwave. There is a receptacle in the cabinet. (Maybe all units come with this way) We wonder about brand and source for a microwave. Also I expect door would come off cabinet?
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Old 08-03-2020, 11:01 PM   #2
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Here is the microwave we put in...in this link.
https://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f...tml#post266564
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Our new to us 2017 5.0 TA did not come with a microwave. There is a receptacle in the cabinet. (Maybe all units come with this way) We wonder about brand and source for a microwave. Also I expect door would come off cabinet?
If you plan to boondock, an inverter microwave is handy.

https://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f...tml#post260142

Here's an explaination of why to use an inverter microwave.

https://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f...1-a-12511.html
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I second Tom's (tif-texas) microwave suggestion. I did the same, and it is a big improvement over the stock microwave.
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Old 08-04-2020, 08:16 PM   #5
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Eggscape, What a roadmap! Thanks much for the link to a well written explanation of your installation.

And thanks for the other comments as well. They will help.
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Our new to us 2017 5.0 TA did not come with a microwave. There is a receptacle in the cabinet. (Maybe all units come with this way) We wonder about brand and source for a microwave. Also I expect door would come off cabinet?
Much depends upon how often you plan to actually use a microwave and whether or not you'll be boondocking for long periods at a time. Also, most microwaves won't fit inside the cabinet space, so you'll likely need to carve out the additional space needed. I'm not handy, so I use an inexpensive (non-inverter) microwave in for boiling a cup of water, baking a potato, and reheating food. My inverter and rooftop solar panels easily handle these short tasks in sunny weather; I switch to the propane stovetop when days aren't sunny enough to restore the battery. The microwave sits atop the short wardrobe for use and is stowed on the floor inside it for travel, thus leaving the usual microwave space free for storing other items.
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A note for those using any brand microwave with a glass turntable - add a piece of 1/2" foam padding that you can wrap around the turntable for travel. While it hasn't happened to me, I've met a few that discovered a broken turntable after a rough road...
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A note for those using any brand microwave with a glass turntable - add a piece of 1/2" foam padding that you can wrap around the turntable for travel. While it hasn't happened to me, I've met a few that discovered a broken turntable after a rough road...
We take the plate out and store it in my sock drawer. well padded and only clean socks there...


I put in a small LG inverter microwave and have been very happy with it.
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LG microwave

Hi LeonW,

Two questions;
Do you know the model number of the microwave, and, did you need to trim the opening to fit it in??

I like the installation of Jon's Panasonic, but I am not confident that I would not mess up the cabinet while trying to make the opening larger.
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A note for those using any brand microwave with a glass turntable - add a piece of 1/2" foam padding that you can wrap around the turntable for travel. While it hasn't happened to me, I've met a few that discovered a broken turntable after a rough road...
I've got a block of firm resilient foam stolen from some packing I received that mashes between the top of the 'wave and the turntable in my Casita .... just another approach that works to keep the turntable securely where it belongs when on the road, no handling of the plate required.

(heck, I'm always afraid that when I remove the glass turntable I'll drop the darned thing and break it! )
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Do you think using a home microwave or rv is better? I used to eating hot food all time so I also want to install a microwave.
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Do you think using a home microwave or rv is better? I used to eating hot food all time so I also want to install a microwave.
Don't waste your money on a "RV" microwave - it's no better than the home one and costs more money.
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$50 @ Home Depot. Works great. Cut a piece of wood the same dimensions as cabinet base and secured microwave to it. The glass plate is held in place with a cut pool noodle.
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