RV Microwave Overview
We use our RV Microwave more than we use our RV Range. When you are boondocking, you might not want to use your microwave as they will take lots of power. A good way to think is like this: Portable=Propane and ShoreDocked=Electric. At least that is the way I think about it.
You might wonder if the RV microwave is special – compared to the standard microwave you might buy at any home appliance store. The short answer is not really. The longer answer is hidden in the photo in this article. The RV Microwave has mounting and venting attached to it so that its heat is better managed in a small space and vented to the inside of the RV.
I feel pretty confident you could use any old microwave, and probably even find regular microwaves with mounting brackets that would work perfectly fine.
Our RV Microwave is branded as a Dometic microwave, but it is manufactured for them by Samsung. I have a feeling that the Samsung is purchased or built on spec by Dometic having Samsung add the correct mounting equipment to a standard microwave, and then in turn can be a multiple component supplier to the RV manufacturers. It is probably more about convenience for the supply chain than any specialty item for an RV.
If you hear about RV Microwaves being manufactured differently to withstand more shock, I think that is a bunch of BUNK. Why? Because I worked on electronic components in an old job where we tried to pass UL listings – a requirement for a microwave. Those tests had plenty of shock testing and there is absolutely no need to do an extra test for an RV.
That being said, if you look on Amazon (disclosure) you will find many entries for RV microwaves. I’ve place a one here for your convenience. Advent MW912BWDK Black Built-in Microwave Oven, 0.9 cu.ft. capacity, 900 watts of cooking power and 10 adjustable power levels let you boil, reheat, defrost and more, with Wide Trim Kit.