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Old 09-15-2014, 05:21 PM   #1
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Like Magic! More Space!

After months of debate in which I never used it once, since it required upgraded wiring and a bigger inverter, I sacrificed my microwave to the god of "More Space". I moved my pots and pans in there today. I'd already popped out a blank in the cabinet to reveal a smaller area. Now I just need to fabricate two temporary doors while I beg my cabinet maker friend to make matching doors.

It did more! It made more space in other cabinets under the sink and over the dinette. I am a happy camper.


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Old 09-15-2014, 05:27 PM   #2
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I don't have my microwave permanently mounted but I always carry it with me in one of the dinette storage compartments. I don't know why though, I've yet to use it after many long trips. I probably wouldn't miss it if it was gone. You probably made the right move.
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Old 09-15-2014, 05:41 PM   #3
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In six years, I've used the microwave only a few times, mostly to make sure it still worked. Wish I had the cabinet space. Good idea.
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Old 09-15-2014, 06:09 PM   #4
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I took mine out, too, not quite sure yet how I'm going to use the space but right now it has a container in it and my two-burner Coleman stove, too.
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Old 09-15-2014, 09:17 PM   #5
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The other interesting thing I did was to buy eBag organizers. I use these to sort clothes. I need to find more containers to separate my overhead cabinets better. I plan to head to Florida for a few months in January, so I'd like to get the finishing touches on my camper soon before it gets cold.

In any event I am feeling remorse about pulling the microwave although I can't understand why. I use my oven often, and I have a teapot for warming water. I get more use out of a pressure cooker/steamer. The one I have is a bit big but I now have room for it.


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Old 09-16-2014, 12:51 AM   #6
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Well Conrad if you're not using it then removing it makes great sence. I could use the extra space also but if I pulled the micro I'd be in trouble as I only BBQ and nuke things. Don't think in 30 years I've used the stove more than a dozen times and an oven once in all the RV's I've had total. Talk about being on different ends of the fence .
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Old 09-16-2014, 06:25 AM   #7
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Small trailers provide a truly limited volume.

In our view a microwave is a redundant item that takes up valuable space. There is nothing that a microwave does that can not be done in another way. It's primary addition is convenience.

Our goal is organized storage space. Boiling water for tea, heating leftovers, even cooking meals does not justify it's existence as well it has no value in an un-powered environment.

We have two small microwaves in our cellar from former trailers.
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Old 09-16-2014, 06:52 AM   #8
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I like the small microwave that I built into mostly formerly dead space in the lower cabinet. With a young child (11) the micro is nice for her to pop something in to fix her own meal or snack and not bother me. I am on vacation too you know. If you are not using it than just use it for storage, maybe your tea pot will fit? Yes, if all you do is boondock the microwave (and your A/C, are you removing that too?) will not be much help. But I suspect that most of us plug in now and again.
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Old 09-16-2014, 08:17 PM   #9
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No microwave in our Snoozy. The only thing I use the one home for is popcorn anyway so no big loss. I can still make popcorn in a sauce pan on the induction burner or butane hot plate I I absolutely must have it.


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No current bush, no need for 120 volt devices. I just can seem to feel the need to pay an extra $20.00+ per night for electricity.
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When I had a camper with a microwave I never used it for anything but heating a mug of coffee back up.

Now I just put the coffee in my thermos or insulated travel mug which I use while on the road. From my perspective storage for cooking gear you use is an improvement.
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The microwave is great to have but I don't think I was using it enough to justify the weight or the space and I like having the storage space. If I camped more in winter I might want it, though, so I haven't gotten rid of it, just storing it for now.
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I switched my microwave for a lighter/smaller Toaster oven. Way more versatile and it makes great kid snacks like pizza, chicken nuggets, cookies etc. All the things they seem to suddenly want at 10:00 at night lol. Of course I use it for morning biscuits, cinnamon rolls etc too
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I would not mind a toaster, although I've seen wire frames that work on a stove top. In any event, I need to give up bread completely.
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Conrad,

We have not given up wheat totally but have dramatically reduced it, neither of us is allergic to it. Not eating wheat can quickly result in weight loss.

We still have a piece of whole wheat toast with breakfast. The one exception is Newfoundland where the bread is so go we cave in.
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We love our microwave, It is built-in, but a mod to the bathroom gave us more useful space behind it, plus a usable cabinet for toiletries, linens etc.
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We still have a piece of whole wheat toast with breakfast. The one exception is Newfoundland where the bread is so go we cave in.
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I don't understand microwaves. It's a fad that never left. Besides nuking a cup of cold coffee or melting some butter I find them useless.
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I don't understand microwaves. It's a fad that never left. Besides nuking a cup of cold coffee or melting some butter I find them useless.
Well, all I can tell you is that they can be used to cook every kind of thing. You can steam food, no grease. All kinds of vegetables, pasta, and you-name-it can be cooked in a microwave. I have seen where bread can even be baked in them but have not done that.

With silicone steamers, clean-up is next to nothing. I could say this depends on what you eat but if you want grease, you can still make a greasy mess with a greasy meal in a microwave.

By the way, we were some of the last people to get a microwave. Thought it was good for nothing, I guess. Found out otherwise. We would get rid of the stove before the microwave. We may cook on a stove outside. Just goes to show that one person's camping and eating is not another's.
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We wouldn't be without our microwave, but we never boondock. We use it all the time. It fits into the closet, so no, we can't put clothes there, but we carry them in the van.

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