Today I replaced my 42 year old RV stove with a New RV stove. I went with an RV stove for several reasons. First and most importantly cost. The new stove (a scratch and dent model, really just a few scuffs on the door) was less then $290 including shipping
from a seller on ebay. Marine
stoves start at about $1200 and go up from there. Second, being an RV stove parts
when needed will be far less expensive then the equivalent marine
The old Trav'ler RV stove had gimbals and a latch installed. I was able to reuse both the gimbals and the latch ( simple sliding door latch) on the new stove).
Of course it helped that the boats galley
was designed around an RV stove in the first place. My boat being the yachtcraft kit version of the Islander 34. But the dimensions for the RV stoves are pretty close to a marine stove, so others can do this too. It was surprisingly ease to do.
I pop riveted the old gimbals plates to the new stove using steel
rivets. The balance point sits a little more toward the front of the stove, but its not bad at all.
Below are photo's of the old stove and new stove. I used the boom vang
to hoist the old stove up and to lower the new stove down, using the boom and main halyard
, much like how an engine
The whole remove and replace only took a few hours too. I still have to rework the fiddles on the new stove. But that will be for another day (real soon)
I am a very happy camper. First for saving a ton of money
and second for having a shiny new stove. Happy Happy.