Trying to be smart with this purchase… we thought about our needs, wants, and our budget.
Love of cooking + Lack of funds = Compromise
We have been open to any style available but have been focused on buying a 2 burner model. We cook a lot and love doing it but a full-size, 4-burner cooktop felt a little overboard for a travel trailer. Countertop area is crucial as we have some appliances that we cannot live without – most important is the coffee pot, another a blender, lastly a multi-cooker (slow, pressure, rice-cooker all in one). Therefore, trying to maintain as much counter space we can, without over-cluttering the area is important in choosing fixed kitchen appliances like the cooktop.
The More Important Electrical + Safety Issues:
Another important factor was that the cooktop needed to be a gas cooktop capable of converting a natural gas connection to LP (liquid propane). Although pretty much any gas cooktop can be converted but to make things easier and less expensive but you can purchase conversion kits and some models may already include them.
While researching, one of the biggest differences we’ve found between RV and conventional gas cooktops is that RV cooktops are designed to use a 12V starter vs a 110v starter. A 12V starter was not something we could find in a cooktop we liked or could afford and therefore we simply ran an extra AC, 110v outlet to under the counter where the cooktop will be installed. This is not a huge deal if you are completely gutting out your Airstream (walls included) but this could cause you complications and frustrations if you are just replacing your cooktop and not wanting to run new electrical.
A Must Have:
It must have a flame-out feature that kills the gas if there is no fire. This feature pretty common nowadays but you should still double check to ensure the cooktop does have this feature as it is a major safety concern. The feature is specifically listed as a feature of the Ramblewood brand as “Safety device with thermal couple & flame out failure detection trigger mechanism. Auto shut off gas supply.“
I was leaning toward the better quality models as the low end ones are pretty cheap and not in the good way, Nick agreed, so we chose the: Ramblewood GC2-48P (LPG/Propane Gas) high efficiency 2 burner gas cooktop
Our budget for this appliance was not a whole lot more than the most inexpensive model but since we are buying everything in a short time period with a small chunk of cash, we were able to play with the numbers a little and skimp on costs elsewhere. This model is set up for Natural Gas but we are going to convert it to LP for the Airstream with the included LPG connections.
We will update and link to a new post on installing the gas cooktop when we get to that stage, including a YouTube video with tips and anything we’ve learned in the process.
When the gas cooktop arrived via Amazon Prime, we took it out and dropped it into our DIY Cedar Countertops as we had just cut out on the spot – it looks really classy and feels like a good quality and well-built appliance. Stay tuned for our Airstream’n Series to see our install and before + after.
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