Poll: Do you have a Microwave in the camper?

Discussion in 'I Smell Something Cooking!' started by BikeNFish, Feb 8, 2019.

Do you have a Microwave in the camper?

  1. No - NEVER! Real campers don't use a microwave!

  2. No - But I am thinking about it.

  3. Yes - It's built in but I don't use it

  4. Yes - It's built in and I do use it.

  5. Yes - I bring one with me and use it.

  6. Other

  7. No

  1. BikeNFish

    BikeNFish Well-Known Member

    Apr 24, 2017
    Maplewood, MN
    The other day I wrote a post (HERE) about my opinion on using microwave ovens while camping. That thread got me wondering about how many campers do have a microwave in their camper.

    Here is your chance to chime in on the subject.

    Do you have a microwave in your camper?
  2. Arlyn Aronson

    Arlyn Aronson Active Member

    Jun 11, 2014
    Houghton MI
    Gee, we don't even have power in our campers. LED battery lights are the exception. Are we living the simple life? [?:~{]
  3. CamperChrissy

    CamperChrissy Active Member

    Nov 25, 2016
    Chicago suburbs
    Our NTU PUP came with a built-in microwave. We weren't specifically looking for one and didn't think we would use it much. However I admit on our first (and so far, only) trip I did use it to warm up my pre-made cinnamon roll : )
  4. 1380ken

    1380ken Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2013
    Now it is the microwave to be judged on. I don't think that anyone who is sleeping in any kind of camper should be telling people what real camping is.
    xxxapache likes this.
  5. xvz12

    xvz12 Well-Known Member

    Apr 6, 2017
    New Plymouth, ID
    We have a small one we carry with us, but use it so rarely, I'm of half a mind to leave it home in the future....BUT, when we do need it, it's sure nice to have....lol
    kcsa75 likes this.
  6. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

    Oct 15, 2006
    Graceville, Florida
    I have one in the TT, it is built in. I do use it it makes things easier and faster
  7. PopUpSteve

    PopUpSteve Administrator

    Dec 22, 2002
    Malvern, PA
    I have one but only take it with me on a case by case basis. I did use it on my X-Country trip but the main reason was to save time in the morning. Looking back, I don't think I used it at all last year. I'm trying to become a better cook. But I still rely on the smoke detector as a timer. [:D]
  8. Dingit

    Dingit Active Member

    Mar 8, 2017
    The only differences between the popup I got and the more popular Niagara of that vintage stem from the fact that the Niagara has a microwave built in. I was happy to find one without the microwave because we don't camp with hookups so we would only use it for storing stuff like bread or toiletries.

    If we camped with power, we would enjoy having a microwave. If I wanted to rough it, I wouldn't be in an oversized popup!

    (Heck, I have so many plugin appliances that would be great for camping, I'd probably blow the circuit...)
  9. kcsa75

    kcsa75 Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2013
    Kansas City
    We have a built-in microwave in the TT. If we would have bought a new TT, we probably wouldn't have added a microwave. But since it's there it gets used from time to time to warm things up etc. But mostly DW uses it as extra storage. Counter space is a premium so she'll store things like fruits and vegetables that don't need to be refrigerated in the microwave. [:)C]
    PointyCamper likes this.
  10. J E A

    J E A New Member

    Nov 19, 2017
    Ours is built in but we don't use it for anything except storage. Same with the built in oven. It is great bread storage! We also don't use the indoor stove. We do all cooking outside just because that is what we prefer.
  11. DJS12354

    DJS12354 Well-Known Member

    We purchased a small microwave that resides in the camper. Great to have handy for warming things up and for veggie cooking.
    friartuck likes this.
  12. roybraddy

    roybraddy Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2016
    King George, Virginia
    I bring one along with for our trips. I got one of those WHITE FACED 600W size from WALMART that has the manual operation etc...

    Runs just fine off my 2KW Generator when camping off the power grid...

    I also bring along the microwave I have in my Radio/Computer room sometimes as well when we are going to be camping at an Electric site. My 2Kw generator doesn't like running this larger model microwave...
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  13. Sjm9911

    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member

    May 31, 2018
    No microwave, at home i use it for popcorn only. In the camper i have a popcorn thing that goes over the fire pit. Works really well and the kid likes it.
  14. nhlakes

    nhlakes Well-Known Member

    Oct 15, 2011
    DE and NH
    We use the microwave frequently for cooking frozen vegetables and reheating left-overs.

    We’re in state parks most of the time. Usually, but not always, with power. We just returned from a 3+week, 3300 mile trip to FL and we ate out far less than we did on our previous FL trips simply because my wife likes to cook and she can cook in the TT easier than she could the last few years.

    I avoid the ‘that’s not real camping’ debates. We have ‘camped’ all over the country in popups, A-frames, tents, hybrids, and travel trailers, with many years of backpacking and wilderness canoe camping in the early years. Call it camping, glamping, or whatever the heck you want. We still enjoy exploring this awesome country of ours (and Canada) and right now a TT works best for us. ;)
    PointyCamper likes this.
  15. Toedtoes

    Toedtoes Well-Known Member

    May 28, 2018
    I don't have a microwave in either the clipper or the FnR. I know many folks who added one to their clippers, but I never saw the reason. My camping is dry camping - no hookups 92% of the time.

    I prefer heating water for my hot cocoa on the stovetop because I always put the cocoa in the mug first and then add hot water. Using a microwave, I would have to add the cocoa after and then it doesn't mix as well. For other heating, the stove top works fine.

    I am considering a toaster oven for the FnR when I start traveling versus camping. It doesn't have an oven and I would like to be able to cook small pizzas, cookies, rolls, etc., while on the road.

    When I bought the FnR, the PO gave me a small microwave with it. As soon as I got it home, I took the microwave out. Haven't ever considered putting it back in.

    I think for me, the microwave makes sense at home because I am in a rush, etc. But when I'm camping, my meals are part of my relaxation time, so I am happy to stand at the stove heating my soup for 10 minutes rather than nuke it for 2 minutes.

    With traveling, I will still make my meals part of my down time, so I don't need the microwave. If I'm in a hurry in the morning, I can stop and get something or skip it and wait for lunch.
    Arlyn Aronson likes this.
  16. neighbormike

    neighbormike Well-Known Member

    Oct 6, 2012
    Mine is built in to the tt. I turned it on when I bought it to make sure it works but haven't used it (nor do I really plan to). I would prefer another cupboard there actually, but I guess I have a microwave if ever needed... I am usually dry camping and prefer my traditional camp cooking methods - It's a big part of what I love about camping.
  17. PointyCamper

    PointyCamper Active Member

    Nov 25, 2015
    My Aliner came with one and we took it out because we often camp with no utilities, rarely used it and welcomed the extra storage place.
    Seems like I can do most things with the built in stove, or the Coleman stove (major use) or the pie irons.
    Does not matter anyway what I think if someone has a microwave use it, fine, if not, fine. It is not my business as long as you’re not noisy at night or otherwise camping rude -enjoy
  18. kitphantom

    kitphantom Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2009
    Albuquerque, NM
    Our TT arrived with a microwave, as part of the standard options package the dealer ordered. We thought we'd never use it, since so much of our camping is without power. We were surprised to find how much we use it, when we do have power. Since the freezer works very well, we take a lot more meals we've frozen at home, so can just zap those on nights when we have hookups. Very handy for overnight stops, and nice for some of my solo trips, when I have power.
    When it's not being used, it is a handy place to store some light/bulky items p large paper plates, door curtain, dish drying mats, etc.
  19. Sneezer

    Sneezer Well-Known Member

    Aug 8, 2015
    DFW, TX
    When I bought mine the PO included a small dorm style microwave. I have kept it in there since I got it. I camp exclusively with electric and water. For me the microwave serves a couple purposes - it sits next to the rear bunk and makes an elevated night stand that is the perfect height for the bunk. We use it to reheat leftovers mostly, but some meals call for it to help out - heating tortillas when I make fajitas or breakfast tacos, refried beans, nachos, etc. I'll admit there are trips where it doesn't get used at all, but it is handy to have more often than not for my style of camping.
  20. Balthisar

    Balthisar Active Member

    Jun 26, 2018
    Plymouth, MI USA
    I voted "other," because none of the "no" choices were suitable. I don't begrudge people their conveniences. I've never thought about it in my pup, but I can see where it might be handy.

    To me, a toaster is more important. All of the current methods of toasting aren't satisfactory to me — in a pup. I have a four slice in the kitchen that only works on one side, so it's going into the camper this spring (I've ordered a replacement for the kitchen already).

    I figure, I have the pup so I can have some convenience. I save roughing it for bicycle camping and canoe camping, where I need relatively light loads (especially on the bicycle, unless it's a supported tour).

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