Over the years we have been in a lot of RVs. Everything from small Class C motorhomes to huge fifth wheel trailers and mega coaches with four slides. A lot of them are sold on the “Wow” factor. You know what that is, right? A customer walks in, sees the pretty carpeting and all of the mirrors and fancy gee gaws and says “Wow!” And the salesman rubs his hands together in glee, because he knows the sale is already halfway there.
But every one of them have had one thing in common that I have never understood. Why the heck do they put the microwave/convection oven up so high?
I mean, seriously. A woman is making dinner for her family, the oven dings that it’s done, she stretches up and opens the door, and lifts this hot container full of steaming hot food out over her face and sets it down. What could possibly go wrong?
When I’ve talked to reps from different manufacturers over the years, I’ve always asked them about the position of the microwave and they all say that’s what the customer wants. Really? I don’t believe that for one minute. The position of the microwave is probably the single biggest complaint I hear from RVers, men and women both. Nobody wants to get their face scalded when all they set out to do is have something to eat.
Come on, RV manufacturers, you can do better than that! Instead of relying on focus groups and what some interior designer thinks is efficient, why you don’t get out and actually talk to real RVers who have actually spent some time in one of these things. You might come away with a different point of view.
It’s not an issue for us because Terry doesn’t like to use microwave ovens anyway, and for a lot of her cooking she uses a Breville toaster/convection oven that sits on the counter of our Winnebago. She has used it to bake cakes, cookies, bread and pies, to roast beef and chicken and turkey, and to bake lasagna. You name it and it does the job. And she doesn’t have to climb up on a ladder to get to it and worry about blistering her face in the process.
We had visitors yesterday. Bill and Pam Johnson from RV Notepad stopped by to chat for a while. I met them briefly at the Escapade in Tucson last year but I was busy giving seminars and helping Terry out in our vendor booth and they were in their booth, so we didn’t get to do much more than say hello. If you’re not familiar with RV Notepad, it’s a great tool that will help you with trip planning, keeping track of your vehicles’ maintenance needs and schedules, expenses, as a journal to record your travels, and a handy place to include pictures and notes on the people you have met and the places you’ve been. Check it out at www.RVnotepad.com. You can even try it for 30 days before purchasing, so what do you have to lose?
Yesterday was another decent writing day for me, close to 4,000 words. That brings me to a total word count of a little over 11,000 words in my new book so far, in three days.
Meanwhile, Terry was throwing the shuttle on her new weaving project. It’s a complicated pattern, and judging what I’ve seen of it so far, the finished product is going to be absolutely beautiful.
We have over 100 entries in our latest Free Drawing. Have you entered yet? This week’s prize is an audiobook of Big Lake Lynching, the second book in my Big Lake mystery series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – Defeat never comes to any man until he admits it.