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Convection Microwaves: Baking On the Road

I still have to try baking, but I have high hopes of finally making my exotic meat loafs again.  I have been without an oven for over eight-years, so I’m still trying to remember what I used to cook in one.

Like any oven, preheating is important.  The convection oven/grill can emit much heat and needs space around it for cooling.  I run an extra fan in the cubicle where the microwave is mounted.” – James Landers, 1997 Dodge Ram 2500, 1985 Lance 300 8.6 foot and 2006 Layton fifth wheel

“Yes, we have used our convection microwave for more than a year and are completely satisfied with it.  To put this into perspective, we also have a regular Dometic propane oven in our motorhome and an electric convection oven in our bricks and mortar home.

There are some limitations.  For one, the convection microwave is not big enough for a Thanksgiving turkey.  For two, I need to run the generator or use shore power to run it.  For short a duration, the microwave works great on the inverter.

The convection oven is far more useful versus the Dometic propane oven because it’s a royal pain to have to light the propane oven every time.  Just my $.02.  Any oven recipe works fine in the convection microwave.” – Lee Vormelker, 2014 Winnebago Sightseer 30A

“The convection microwave in our Cirrus 920 can cook with the microwave, an electric heating element, or both.  We have reheated pizza with the combination mode.  It worked better than the microwave alone because the pizza was crisper.

We have cooked biscuits and corn bread with the heating element and convection fan with good results.  We are still trying to dial-in the time and temperature.

Convection microwave suggestions from the internet say to use a lower temperature and less time, but that hasn’t been the case for us.

Overall, we are happier with a convection microwave compared to a propane oven.  Without a propane oven, we have a big drawer under the cooktop.  The propane ovens we had in previous campers were too small to heat evenly and often burned the bottom of our food.” – Paul Neumann, 2013 Ram 3500, 2019 Cirrus 920

“Yes, but it was a disaster the first time.  I invested a whopping $5 on an oven thermometer since the cheapo High Pointe oven did not seem to be working.  The preset temperatures were off by 50 to 75-degrees.  Once I figured that out, it does a serviceable job.  It’s still way better than the regular LP RV ovens with their Burn-O-Matic system.” – Michael Butts, Truckless, Truck Camper-less

“There was a convection microwave in our Lance 1172 when we bought it.  The first thing I did was pull it out and replace it with a propane oven.  I had to raise the surface of the propane cook top about three-inches to make it fit, but I love it.  Now I can cook without cranking up the noisy generator.” – Mark Daigle, 2016 GMC 3500, 2013 Lance 1172

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