Friday, December 2, 2022


How important is having a microwave oven in your RV?


Some people, perhaps you included, say they cannot live without a microwave. Others hardly ever or never use theirs. Some people even refuse to have one in their home or RV.

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Of course having a microwave does make things easier (and quicker) for many meals, snacks or recipes. But, of course, there are other methods of heating or defrosting food. Heck, you can even pop your popcorn on the stove (what a thought, right?)!

What do you think? Is having a microwave oven in your RV important to you? Please tell us in the poll below. As always, thanks for voting.

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Rosalie Magistro
2 years ago

Now that being said..I’d be lost without my 2 instant pots and my instant pot vortex oven.
I would never cook in my microwave, its mainly used for heating up coffee or leftovers.
We also have a Blackstone tailgater along.

Last edited 2 years ago by Rosalie Magistro
Dick Burgman
2 years ago

When we cook we usually make a large batch so we bag up and freeze the rest. So we have a freezer with lots of frozen meals. After a day of exploring, which we do most days, it is nice to come home and just microwave dinner. We add a salad or veggie and fruit and in minutes we have dinner. My wife has gotten so good at this I can’t tell the microwaved meal from the original cooked one.

Deb H
2 years ago

I took it out to have storage space for my instantpot and other necessary items.
I heat food on the stove top, defrost meat sealed in a zip lock bag, in a bowl of water.
Totally don’t need the microwave!

2 years ago

My microwave is also a convection oven. I don’t have a gas oven.

Timothy Johnson
2 years ago

Our microwave is the bread box in our camper..

Rory R
2 years ago

We use the convection feature of our Microwave/convection oven. My SO didn’t trust it @ first until I used it to do a small roast when we were stuck inside because of a rainy day. When she saw how beautifully it browned the roast she was smiling from ear to ear. She hated the fact that our current rig had no LP oven. Add to that we had no LP, and she hated cooking with electric cooktops, or so she thought. She now makes amazing meals using the Induction cooktop and the Microwave/convection oven. I have to stand in line to heat my cup of coffee… Replacing the aluminum pots was a small price to pay…

Gene Bjerke
2 years ago

When I was traveling with my previous wife, I used the microwave for most of the cooking. My present wife (who does the majority of the cooking) never uses it. It currently serves as the place to store our big cooking pan. That’s interesting, because she uses the microwave at home often.

2 years ago

I consider having a microwave a convenience but not really necessary. What’s more important to me is having a convection oven. My propane oven gets used for storage. Would rather do away with it and have the added cupboard or drawer space!

2 years ago

I am somewhere between can’t live without and very nice to have. Being single, I tend to make several large meals during the week and freeze leftovers. I then reheat the leftovers. Yes, you can do it on the stove or in the oven. But the microwave is quicker. And for heating a frozen leftover while at a rest stop it is great.

Tommy Molnar
2 years ago
Reply to  Paul

The other issue as I see it when it comes to reheating leftovers in the oven is, if you’re in a hot, HOT place (like Houston where we are currently), the a/c can barely keep up with the sweltering heat as it is. If you turn on the oven, your RV temperature immediately goes up by many degrees.

Diane Mc
2 years ago

We use microwave & convection oven. We love leftovers. Usually make extra when we are cooking so we have another meal or 2. When we eat out, rarely can finish whole meal, so we have an extra meal for the week (cuts cost of eating out!). Even times when we order extra to take “home” with us if it’s a place where we love their food (anything in Louisiana….love Cajun food). When we dry camp at Daytona fo 10 days I fill empty water bottles with water while we are hooked up at a campground. When I need to wash my hair, heat the bottles and use them to wash & rinse, with a quick final rinse with the shower head. Also to rinse off after I soap up, then while doing final rinse of hair do same for body.

2 years ago

Ours is the storage unit for our DVD’s
Never used it wish it wasn’t there

2 years ago

We boondock a lot so it doesn’t get used a lot. Makes a good breadbox.

Marilyn Grinnell
2 years ago

Very important. I brew pour-over coffee which requires hot water.

Linda B
2 years ago

We don’t have an oven, just a 4 burner propane stove which I have never used, so having a microwave/convection oven is very important. I’m still learning to use my Instapot Duo Crisp & Air Fryer that has all the functions of steaming, pressure cooking, slow cooking, etc. If we are not grilling outside we are using one of these other appliances to prepare all our meals. We have been full time RVers for the past 8 years.

2 years ago

Use ours all the time. We cook and freeze portion sized meals at home and reheat while traveling. Less mess and it doesn’t heat up the trailer. Also, less odor from the food than cooking on stove top.

2 years ago

Other than heating some water to see if it still works, we have never used ours. It still looks brand new. The one in our house gets used several times every day. Go figure.

Thelma Thomas
2 years ago

We mainly use the microwave for popcorn. And we really like popcorn so would miss it if we didn’t have a microwave.

2 years ago

We only use ours for heating up water for the shower when we’re boondocking. Other wise I wish we could use the space for storage.

Tommy Molnar
2 years ago
Reply to  Michelle

How do you do that? Solar shower?

Deb H
2 years ago
Reply to  Michelle

Don’t you have a gas water heater?

2 years ago

I don’t have one, don’t miss one and rarely use mine at home except for the occasional time I need to have melted butter for a recipe.

2 years ago

For me it’s dead weight, just like the roof A/C

2 years ago

If you were in Pahrump last week , month or year you would be dead without an ac!

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