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Old 12-16-2010, 04:01 PM   #11
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in five years I bet we've only used the oven 3 times, twice in the old one and once in the new one to make sure it worked. we always get electric sites and do most of our cooking outside or in the micro. Even though we don't use the oven I would not get one without, for resale and should the power go out its a great back up.
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Old 12-16-2010, 05:15 PM   #12
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Last winter when we lost electricity during 1 of our snow storms, the camper oven was stove and oven was used for our supper.
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Old 12-16-2010, 05:40 PM   #13
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We've cooked pizza and my signature escargot in mushroom caps with cheese! We have friends that are seasonal campers, when we go to their campground people identify us by asking "are they the ones that cook the food that smells so good?"

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I'd love to have that escargot recipt, if you don't mind sharing it. Also, the oven was the main option we wanted on our newest trailer, having not had one before. We use it a lot.
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Old 12-16-2010, 06:35 PM   #14
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I did not know it was an option. Any trailer we have looked at they are list as std equipment and I would not have one without just in case you had a no power situation
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:02 PM   #15
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I remember one Christmas dinner that was saved by the RV's oven. Lost power in the house, so we simply went outside, turned the gas on and fired up the trailers oven to cook the turkey. Sure can't do that with those new fangled convection doo dads
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Old 12-17-2010, 07:50 AM   #16
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Nothing like a Jalapeno pie in the morning. Can't do it in the micro.
Sounds YUMMY. Please post the recipe and I may be tempted to use our oven for the first time.
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In our old TT, we used the oven exactly once...mainly to see if it actually worked. It did. We almost always BBQ and nuke things in the microwave. However, in the new digs, we have used the oven a number of times. Primarily when our oven in the house tanked. Having the one in the 5er as a backup was great. It sure cooked a great Peach Cobbler! Had the whole driveway and back porch smelling like Grandma's kitchen!

Anyway, as little as we use it while actually camping, I don't think we'd go without it either. Better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it!
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Old 12-17-2010, 08:10 AM   #18
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It also works as a heat source, if you're desperate! Randy
I see this "temp fix" lot and as a former military safety officer should mention the problem with this "emergency" solution. Newer RVs are pretty "tight" and more heavily insulated than older ones and they come with their own set of problems in this situation.

Every few years you will read about tragedies where a family is killed while camping by carbon monoxide poisoning. Usually caused by using propane fired heaters in enclosed spaces or cabins, it can be just as deadly when using propane fired stove and oven for emergency heat in an RV.

You MUST provide ventilation when doing this. I know it sounds counter intuitive to open a window when you are trying to heat the camper, but no matter how blue the flame is; not all of the propane is being completely consumed into CO2 and Water Vapor.

To help keep water vapor from soaking the walls and freezing the windows; as well as CO from poisoning you and your family:

1) MAKE SURE YOUR CO DETECTOR is working! (ours is in the bedroom). Install one if you have an older rig that did not come with one.
2) crack an upper vent about an inch.
3) Open a lower window about an inch

This will allow the water vapor and CO to leave the camper, yet not add so much cold air that the propane flames can't keep up. It will still be cold in there (bundle up), but you should wake up in the morning.
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I KNOW THIS. I figured after posting that somebody would spot that.... That's why I did say "If your'e desparate". Normally, not a good idea; but it IS a temporary heat source, in a pinch, WITH some outside ventilation, to stand corrected. We sometimes light our gas burners to take the immediate chill off- probably 5 minutes max- in a 30 foot camper, that's not gonna kill anybody. Do you open a vent or window every time you cook in the camper's oven or stove? I don't for that specific purpose, or haven't in 3 years yet at least, unless it's hot inside and I run the AC, or have the door open. Also, I have a properly working CO detector. Never heard it go off, except to test it. Thanks for the insight, however. Randy
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:11 AM   #20
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I know that I am more prone to leave the pilot lite lit during cold weather and keep it off during hot weather. Using the stove for my morning coffee, and the oven for breakfast biscuits does help heat up the camper some. Nice little added bonus.
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