2PSNAPOD Replace Their Landmark's Microwave

By:  Kelly Barnett

29th Sep, 17

Our 2011 Landmark Key Largo came with a Frigidaire microwave/convection oven installed. It's worked great for the six years we've been living in our fifth wheel.

Unfortunately, a year ago the door swung open while traveling and the front of the door was cracked and being held together with tape. Also, the front top cover had somehow been broken off and it, too, was being held on by tape.

Michael had done some research and found that he could order a replacement door for about $150. We weren't sure we wanted to put that much into a six-year-old unit, so we put it off.

Recently, while in Elkhart, Indiana (the RV capitol of the country), we stopped at Factory RV Surplus to browse and discovered a previous room we never knew existed. It held couches, chairs, mattresses, refrigerators and a bunch of other stuff.

Amongst all that other stuff I discovered the very exact microwave/convection oven that is in our 5th wheel. What luck! There were four units and all were brand new - although they were a bit dusty. I found the best looking one and a young man tested it out for us…making sure that the microwave heated up a cup of water and the oven preheated.

We ended up walking out of the store with a brand spanking new unit that was built two years more recently than our original for $150! You just can't beat that!

Installation was a snap.

Tools Needed: Cross Tip or Phillips Head Screwdriver

Time Needed: 20-30 minutes

Remove innards so they're not knocking around as you remove the old unit.

Unplug unit (ours is plugged in in a cabinet next to the oven).

Our unit was held in place with three bolts that can be accessed from the cabinet above.

Once the bolts are removed a second set of hands can be useful to ensure that the oven doesn't fall.

At this point the oven is just being held up by four brackets on the very bottom/back of the oven.

Lift out the unit and set aside.

Your new unit should come with a new wall bracket and side wall vent. You can choose to replace the existing with the new or do like we did and just leave the existing ones in place.

You might want to do a little cleaning when the oven is removed as it can be dusty and greasy.

Once the space is prepped and ready to go you're ready to install your new unit...just reversing the steps you took to remove the old one.

With a second person to help, lift the new unit in place (make sure you thread the power cord into the hole provided so that it's out of the way). 

You'll need to tip the unit forward so that the slots on the bottom back of the microwave fit over the 4 small brackets on the wall.You should feel the microwave slip into those slots.

Once the unit is firmly on the brackets and one person is holding it in place the second person can now screw the bolts into place making sure to tighten fully.

Plug the unit in, insert any filters, place any trays or racks inside and get ready to cook!

You might notice the 'lock' on the lower right side of the microwave. That is a child safety lock that we installed to prevent the door from swinging open (and getting cracked) during travel. Works great!

*Kelly Barnett (2PSNAPOD) is a paid contributor to HeartlandRV's blog. All opinions expressed are her own.*

Kelly Barnett

Kelly Barnett

RV There Yet Chronicles

My husband, Michael, and I have been living fulltime in our 2011 Landmark Key Largo since April of 2011 and LOVE every minute of it. 

When Michael retired from the US Army in October of 2012 (after 29 years of service) we hit the road and haven’t looked back. 

We usually work in the south Texas oilfields in the winter and spend time with our two sons and their families in the summer. We travel and sight-see as much and often as possible.