Installing a New Microwave

Our last trip out, before winterizing the Airstream, my Dear Wife and I decided to go out for a nice seafood dinner, and leave the children at the camper with a bag of popcorn and an 8oz Desani’s to share among the five of them.

Apparently, they used the microwave timer for a board game they were playing… only, it wasn’t the timer they were using. It was the actual microwave on full power…. and it appears repeatedly running the micro on full power for fifteen minutes at a time with nothing in it will burn it out.  “Accident” or “Take us with you next time” threat. We don’t know.

Whatevs, never liked that Sharp microwave.  It was a high-end unit with plenty of options- and that was the problem.  Too many options; couldn’t work the damn thing.

Funny thing, they don’t make it anymore.

Found a model that matched width and height dimensions. What’s more, I happened upon it at Costco for $99. Bonus!  Only, the specified dimensions aren’t entirely accurate, and it didn’t fit the existing fascia trim.

Original painted metal trim fascia for microwave

Originally they had the micro secured by screwing the backside to straps that were bolted into the metal fascia. But, I can’t reuse the existing stamped metal fascia and straps because the face is about 1/2″ off in both length and width.

So, I secured the new unit by drilling out cavities in the footing for the microwave feet to sit into.  Then I shimmed the top with blocking to keep it in place.  Works like a charm.  Microwave was right where I put it all the way to Florida and back.

Drilled reliefs to capture feet pads of new microwave
“T” shaped blocking to keep microwave in place

Now I need to fabricate a new fascia panel.  Thinking brushed aluminum.

I like the brushed aluminum look better than the brown color of the old micro. Matches the other appliances, too.

See You Down the Road!

Some People Should Stay Out of National Parks

East Idaho family facing backlash for reportedly defacing Corona Arch

and another link here:

Nothing like a couple idiot parents teaching their little sh*ts how to vandalize, then switch license plates to avoid consequences.  Geezus.

Best $20 Upgrade for Your RV

Absorption refrigerators are the best invention for recreational vehicles since sliced bread. Refrigeration using ultra-low power consumption. Thanks Ferdinand Carré!

But, they’re very finicky.  Exposure to solar gain, or being off-level will degrade performance.  One easy way to increase cooling performance is an interior fan.  Moving air over the absorption fins inside the cooling area helps.  It’s especially effective if you’ve got it packed with food.  I’ve found blocking the absorption fins at the top shelf negatively impact cooling, and this fan alleviates that problem.

Something you have to be aware of is the cooling power on these fridges aren’t at all like your regular kitchen fridge.  You can’t stand with the door open debating on cheese sticks or guac.  The other big difference is you can not put food that is hot or even warm inside; it will bring the fridge to room temp for hours.  If we’ve got some left over clam chowder in a tupperware that’s still warm, we either chill it in a bowl of ice, or leave it on the counter to cool to room temperature before putting in the fridge.

Camco Fridge Airator with On/Off Switch

Here’s the one I picked up:

Doesn’t move a whole lot of air, but enough to make cooling process more effective.  Takes up about as much space as a pint of half-n-half.  Reviews say the pair of “D” sized batteries it takes will keep it running for about a month. The little charcoal packet tucked up inside the air intake seems pretty useless.  I just use an open box of baking soda for odors.

See You Down the Road!