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Old 08-19-2018, 01:28 PM   #1
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Appliances and washboard roads

Howdy folks!

I'm looking to outfit my project kitchen with some high quality gear, but am deathly afraid of the damage caused by endless washboard roads.

How do standard household ranges (stovetops with ovens) hold up? Has anyone installed higher end stuff like BlueStar or Wolf? I'm not talking about the "commercial" lines, but the upscale residential stuff.

I want the centerpiece of my build to be a nearly commercial grade home kitchen, and am willing to sacrifice plenty to achieve it. Food and music make the world go round, and since the invention of MP3s I can pack all my music into a space the size of a deck of cards. This leaves gobs of room for a kitchen (I'm looking at 10 window skoolies). I've already decided on the 12v Engel fridge, for durability, and I don't want to lug around 100lbs of cold condiments anyway.

So, to recap, I need input from anyone who runs regular household stoves/ranges/ovens about how they hold up in the long run. Thanks!
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Old 08-19-2018, 01:44 PM   #2
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I first added a mini fridge to our bluebird bus but last week I ordered a Whynter 62dz Refrigerator/freezer that works off 12 volt and 110 electrical. This eliminates the need for a power inverter and cuts way back on the watts used..From 900w to only 65w. plus its made to work under bumpy conditions and even at an angle up to 30 degrees. I paid $750 for might not go with your deluxe kitchen idea but just a thought...
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Old 08-20-2018, 06:17 AM   #3
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I can't really answer your question other than to say "slow down". Nothing in a "house" appreciates being rattled like that.

I once spent 4 hours covering 12 miles of washboard road... My coach survived...
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Old 08-20-2018, 07:30 AM   #4
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I love to expose Dory to that when we come out west. Are you still in East?

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Old 08-20-2018, 12:16 PM   #5
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I put a Gagenau cooktop and a GE convection oven in my first bus. I ran many miles on back roads.

I broke some dishes and a TV but my kitchen appliances held up fine.
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Old 08-20-2018, 08:23 PM   #6
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I once dropped a gas stove down my basement stairs and it worked fine afterwards.
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Old 08-20-2018, 10:00 PM   #7
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We have an apartment size gas range in our bus.
It has worked without problems for more than ten years.
We have been on some fairly rough roads, The Dalton highway in Alaska for example.
Our stove is old however, I don't know how a modern appliance will hold up.
Give it a try and let us know how it works out.
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Old 08-21-2018, 02:52 PM   #8
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Thanks all. Good to hear that some have experience with these on the rough roads. I'm mostly concerned about the electronic components, but everything is a trade off (piezo igniter electronics vs pilot lights). Also, they just don't build stuff like the used to (and I'm not that old!).

I'm still a-ways from doing the project, need to save up the pennies.
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