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Old 08-13-2013, 11:33 AM   #1
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Shopping..,so a few questions

Hi,

I have been lurking here for some time and looks like we may be ready to make the move this week or next on a new 233s.

Our questions is this. The model we are looking at does not have an oven. We have spoken to a few ppl who swear by them and others who swear them off. We like the option with additional storage (however do not like how they have moved everything around on the 2014s and you loose some under the sink). But we also like to be able to bake and reheat some items for the kids.

So we are wondering if a good toaster oven would be equivalent to the stove in there. We know if we are not on power we cannot run it without a genny. But wondering what peoples experience is with them. It's only about 300-400 as an option and I don't want to try and install one after the fact so trying to see if we wait.

The other option is the aluminum wheels. After searching google seems its back and forth as to what is the better option. Current model has steel. We prefer the look of aluminum but is there really a need instead of just "look".

Thanks in advance
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Old 08-13-2013, 11:58 AM   #2
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Shado,

My two cents - which may be more than it's worth, but... we camped for years without an oven and always got along fine. But now that we have one, we seem to use it to a lot and wouldn't want to be without out one. Not sure on the toaster oven, but the only thing that may be at more of a premium in the tt kitchen than storage is counter space. It becomes one more thing to lug around and find a place to setup.

I am big fan of the aluminum wheels. They look nice, but I like'em because the won't chip or rust. They just a lot more durable. Again, we had steel wheels on our 13 year old pop-up and they worked fine, but started showing their age eventually. TT's don't get the mileage a vehicle does, and they don't see the road salt like my snowmobile trailer with steel rims does. So, I don't think the aluminum rims are must have, but for me they were a big plus.

And in our case, we plan to keep this trailer at least 10 years, so for us it was worth it to spend a litttle more up front to get something we will be happy with for a long time. For somebody who plans to trade up in a couple years, it might be a different story.
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Old 08-13-2013, 12:37 PM   #3
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We have used our oven a grand total of once in the year and 80 nights of camping so far, I think. We made brownies. When we did- it sure warmed up the camper.

Otherwise, our meals are either cooked on a stove, microwaved or cooked on the fire.

To be honest, I'm a little surprised at how little we have used it.
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Old 08-13-2013, 12:51 PM   #4
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I have used the oven a couple times. It is convenient but does warm up the interior. Also even on a low heat, the bottom of my piggies in a blanket burned and the tops were not quite done yet and I had to flip them. With muffins or brownies this would not have worked. This was on the highest rack and a fairly high heat. . Others have used a pizza stone to help disperse the heat.

I think there are pros and cons. It depends on what you will want to bake. Good luck!
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we use our oven all the time, in our 23SS. wouldn't be without it, since we dry camp nearly all the time.

IMHO, aluminum wheels are more bling than actual benefit, over regular steel wheels.
if you have the money, go for it.
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Old 08-13-2013, 03:45 PM   #6
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We use our oven regularly. I like to bake biscuits in the morning to go with my sausage gravy. I think the key to using an RV oven is to have an accurate oven thermometer. When not in use we use the oven for storage, bread, baked goods, etc.
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We use our oven almost everytime we camp.
Its especially useful if its raining or inclement weather where we can't have a fire.
When oven isn't in use we store chips and bread in it.

Aluminum wheels imo!
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We use our oven regularly. I like to bake biscuits in the morning to go with my sausage gravy. I think the key to using an RV oven is to have an accurate oven thermometer. When not in use we use the oven for storage, bread, baked goods, etc.
yum....sausage gravy. Now I'm hungry

OP- we also use our oven both for cooking and for storage. If you decide to get one, a pizza stone will help it heat more evenly.

The toaster oven wouldn't be nearly as useful as we dry camp often.
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One secret I have learned here and have used successfully ever since.....line the outside of your pans with aluminum foil! I baked a white cake with white icing in my oven while in Goshen last week, and it was so moist!, the underside was the perfect color! Bake just a few degrees lower, and begin checking for done ness on the minimum baking time of your directions! I also made key lime cupcakes and they were perfect! You can save the foil to reuse as well! I love my oven and am so happy I understand how to bake in it!

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One secret I have learned here and have used successfully ever since.....line the outside of your pans with aluminum foil! I baked a white cake with white icing in my oven while in Goshen last week, and it was so moist!, the underside was the perfect color! Bake just a few degrees lower, and begin checking for done ness on the minimum baking time of your directions! I also made key lime cupcakes and they were perfect! You can save the foil to reuse as well! I love my oven and am so happy I understand how to bake in it!

Congrats on your new camper!!
How do sugar cookies turn out ?
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