Dear Dr. R.V. Shrink:
I found last week's column on preferences in choosing an RV very interesting. We are going through the same decision process ourselves. I think the biggest difference between my partner and I has been our respective chores. I do most of the cooking and my partner does most of the repair and maintenance.
I don't like the cooking options offered to me in many units. My partner says we can get used to it, but I don't want to get used to it. I want what I'm already used to. I am talking about going from a conventional oven to a convection oven. I refuse to switch.
As my partner has found out the hard way, I would rather fight than switch.
Am I being unreasonable? Should I learn new tricks?
--Burning in Bakersfield
I hear this complaint a lot. A regular oven has been replaced with a convection oven in many brands and units. If you are going to move into a home on wheels I think you should trick it out the way you want it, or find a used one that already is the way you want it.
One drawback that many first-time buyers never consider is the fact that a convection oven only runs on electric. That means having to be hooked up or running a generator every time you need to use the oven.
On the plus side, most people that have switched to a convection oven seem to be very happy with it.
If you are buying new I would ask about an option to have the best of both worlds. You might have to give up some drawer space, but it will most likely be a worthwhile trade-off.
Having both a convection oven and a propane oven will also give you more options when making a big meal and wanting everything done at the same time.
When dry camping you will not limit your meal options and when paying for utilities you will save on propane costs.
It will also allow you to limit your generator usage when dry camping and still continue to eat meals that require an oven.
Don't you wish the whole world had such easy problems to solve? Half the world is trying to figure out where to get enough potable water to make it through the day, and our biggest dilemma is convection vs. propane oven options?
--Keep Smilin', Dr. R.V. Shrink