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  1. Shell181

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    Hi, we are thinking of getting a microwave for in the mh, we’d prefer one which is a microwave/oven/grill, I just wandered if anyone could recommend one, not sure on what wattage to get?
     
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    You need to keep the wattage of a microwave to a minimum as it puts such a big load on your inverter and leisure batteries - if you do get one go for a max of 600 watt and if size is also an issue then the Daewoo Qt1, 2or 3 is about the smallest available :)
     
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    Had a Panasonic. Don't remember the model n umber, they change them so regularly anyway. Used microwave off the inverter but oven/grill from EHU or genny. Don't bother now, due to weight.
     
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    Unlikely to get one with a grill & oven that will be suitable in a Motorhome. Bear in mind 16 amp outlets may be the norm in the UK but other countries 5-6 amps are more common. If you want to run off batteries using an inverter bear in mind start up power is often twice the rated power.

    Personally I think they are a waste of time in a Motorhome, as far as possible we try to avoid mains power equipment in the van.
     
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  5. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

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    As above you need to keep the wattage down

    http://www.johnscross.co.uk/products/low-wattage-microwave.html

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    A 700w microwave, great for usage in a caravan or motorhome at the campsite.

    The low wattage means you won't have to worry about overloading the power hook-up unit on the site!

    Features:

    • Simple dial operation with 5 power levels
    • 35 minute maximum timer with thaw function
    • 24.5cm turntable
    • 20 litre capacity
    The microwave runs on pure sine waves.

    The microwave dimensions are -

    17 and a quarter inches wide.

    13 inches deep.

    9 and a half inches high.
     
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  6. Shell181

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    We did think that a combination one would need too much power, I guess we’ll just go for the microwave. Basically we have a small halogen oven and wanted something in addition as we don’t have a proper oven, we just wanted something extra for the winter/autumn when the weather is rubbish and we can’t use the cadac outside.

    We go all over Europe so we know that there can be lower amps. Btw we would be using it on EHU.

    Thanks for the link on the microwave, will consider it
     
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    As light as possible, and as cheap as possible. Many old German motorhomes were never fitted with an oven, or a grill for that matter, so unless you wish to eat 'a la wok', then a microwave is really essential.
    We keep ours in an upper locker in the galley, secured on a slide out that fetches the whole thing into the corridor whilst using, (to allow air circulation and venting), then tucks away afterwards. Only ever use it with EHU. If you cant find a chippy whilst traveling, you need a new nose!! :)
     
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    Ours is a small one from Tesco. Only used occassionly on ehu or inverter. Usually used for fish as only I eat it. Swmbo is allergic so keep it separate
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    Others have touched on the power side of things. One thing which has not been mentioned is turntable. When we changed van we had to find a microwave due to previous van having a built in one and new one not having one, we gave away the model we had in the van before the van with built in microwave ( you still with me?)

    One of my friends showed me the new one they had purchased, as she remembered me complaining about the turntable rattling around and having to line it up again when we wanted to use it, which never seemed easy for some reason.
    We bought a turntable free one and its great. Lots of models with differing power settings available, but the fact it has no turntable makes it absolutely perfect. They are more expensive as they uses some new technology to replace the need to rotate the food.
     
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    Good point about getting one without a turn-table. Besides less rattle, it will save a bit more weight and allow you to put larger items in because they don't need to rotate within the width.
    Our first microwave had no turntable (1980). It used a metal 'fan' to scatter the waves instead.
     
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    Wouldn't be without microwave in MH. I always take turntable out to travel, no rattle. I also have a very silly sized gas oven in our van which is useless, so now awaiting delivery of a Remoska which everyone recommends as a great addition, time will tell on that! But do go for a microwave.:)
     
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    We used to have half a tonne of spare payload but now we have none.
    We used to be "home from home", just about able to replicate everything on the move.
    But, having downsized, we now realise how unnecessary many of the "home comforts" were.
    It can be quite satisfying, managing on less.
     
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    Thanks for your help everyone, we are now looking at a couple of the suggestions.
     
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    A 750w micro wave will probably have a real electrical loading of over 1000w. See the plate on the back.
     
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    When using microwave I always turn off any other electric appliances such as kettle, etc just to be safe. Always had microwave in caravan before having motorhome and I have been known to blow a fuse, hence make sure nothing else is on for the short time the microwave is on.my microwave is 750.
     
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    Same here, Philips by any chance?
     
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    Don't forget the initial 'surge' to get the microwave going can be significantly more than the 'running' wattage/ampage.....do consider whether you really need a MW....the combi ones are usually much higher wattage/ampage.
     
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