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Old 03-19-2011, 12:37 PM   #1
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Oven or No Oven

We are about to place an order for a new 233S. We have seen several photos of the oven option, but have struggled to find any pics with the cooktop only. Does anyone out there have any?

The reasons that we are thinking no oven include: "who uses an oven while camping?", getting the cooktop only adds some additional kitchen storage space, and finally the cooktop-oven option has that stupid triangle burner configuration - you know, the one where you can only fit 3 doll house size dishes on it at once. Whereas the cooktop only option has a L-shaped cooktop that could fit three pans (or so we think).

Lastly, I've only seen the FR cooktop only option in stainless steel. Do we have to get the stainless steel appliance package to ensure matching appliances, or is there a black cooktop only that matches the mic/vent?

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Old 03-19-2011, 12:46 PM   #2
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I ordered my 2306 with the oven - as a just in case I wanted to make pizza's or something I didnt want to cook on the grill or microwave - another cooking option -
The stove I got with my unit is a Magic Chef
it is black to match the microwave and I did not order the stainless steel package

the picture attached is from Tropical rv's inventory from a Roo 21SS - without the oven option and cherry wood

the bottom two are the Roo 23S with the oven option

It appears the top only comes in stainless and not black from all the pictures I have loked thru
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Old 03-19-2011, 01:01 PM   #3
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We have a 2011 Grey Wolf and it didn't come with an oven - which we're OK with. First is they bit that's been mentioned about cooking in an oven while camping (we rarely use our house oven in the summer).
This being our first 'big camper' the size of the oven makes us laugh - you'd be hardpressed to do more than a pizza, a pie or a tray of rolls in there.

Our cooktop is black.
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Old 03-19-2011, 01:22 PM   #4
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I am single guy who camps with his two adult children. Our first TT had no oven, and I really liked the extra space. But, now that our current TT has an oven, I would NEVER go without it !

We do use it at every outing short or long !

Short story long, if a single guy thinks having an oven is good, it has got to be a must right ?

We use it to make Pizza, heat appetizers which require an oven, make our fries really crisp, again in the oven. At the end of the day, it is a personal choice on how you camp. Some use their trailers only to sleep in, and stay inside when it is rainy/cold. Some use it as a house ...
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Old 03-19-2011, 01:29 PM   #5
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I am single guy who camps with his two adult children. Our first TT had no oven, and I really liked the extra space. But, now that our current TT has an oven, I would NEVER go without it !

We do use it at every outing short or long !

Short story long, if a single guy things having an oven is good, it has got to be a must right ?

We use it to make Pizza, heat appetizers which require an oven, make our fries really crisp, again in the oven. At the end of the day, it is a personal choice on how you camp. Some use their trailers only to sleep in, and stay inside when it is rainy/cold. Some use it as a house ...
I am with you on the personal choice - I am a single Dad with a 4 year old so pizza and chicken nuggets taste better in the oven then the microwave - I could always get one of those toaster oven's but it would take up to much space on the counter and storing it so I opted for the oven instead
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Old 03-19-2011, 01:30 PM   #6
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We generally use the oven as much as we would if we were at home. That is, not every day, but it sure is nice to make biscuits, cook a meat loaf, or bake a turkey dinner when the want arises. Would I have an RV without one? NO! But then again we spend way more days dry camping than we do with full hookups. So IMHO I would much rather do without the microwave than an oven.
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Old 03-19-2011, 01:51 PM   #7
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i have an apartment sized oven in mine lol. only thing i cant cook in there is something wider then 15". GF uses it all the time.
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Old 03-19-2011, 02:54 PM   #8
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Order with an oven! Love ours... use it more than the microwave! But do add some unglazed Mexican tiles to the bottom to make it heat better and NOT burn your biscuits! Not very deep but a great "must have" item.
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A few people laughed at me when they heard i got an oven in my camper, but they sure enjoyed using it when the weather was so bad, I love it, i have used it alot, i am glad i got it
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I dislike cooking or baking for the most part so my impression of the oven in my TT that it would not get used much but I was mistaken. The oven is great for toasting garlic bread and baking cinnamon rolls which smells so good. Love those cinnamon rolls from Walmart that comes in a tin ready to bake - yummy! Last trip I cooked BBQ chicken which even surprised me. It's on the menu again for next week's trip.

For me I'm glad I have the oven, especially in the future when dry camping.


If I were still undecided about the oven I would make a list of items that I would cook in the oven to help determine how important or not the oven would be. If you do decide upon the oven you might use it more than expected.

Is it possible to remove the oven setting knob and then use the oven for storage? (Selected storage of course).

Just decide what would be better for you.
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