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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!

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