How to add a small microwave oven to a vehicle

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  1. DJ Niner

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    So I recently bought a vehicle to do shorter 3-5 day car-camping type trips, and knowing the variable weather and that certain parks don't allow fires on occasion, I'm looking to add a small microwave for heating up single-portion meals, canned foods, hot water, etc.

    I haven't found any 12 volt DC microwaves, so I assume I'll need to use a standard indoor microwave and something like a large hard-wired inverter to power it. Has anyone else hooked-up anything like this, or is there another option I am missing?

    Thanks for any/all help on this!
     
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    This sounds like a Von Hayes question.

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    Lots of newer cars now have AC power outlets, are you sure there isn't one somewhere?

    You can buy an adapter for $20-30 that plugs into your cigarette lighter and has a 3 prong on the other end.

    Don't use it while the car is not running though and check the power rating. Many of them are around 300w, probably not enough for a microwave.
     
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    In theory, you would need a pretty large inverter due to the power consumption.
    Way cheaper to get a camp stove. Or several camp stoves.

    A quick search says 2500 watt inverter for a 1200 watt microwave.
     
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    This is a rabbit hole.

    For occasional use I would go propane.

    For more than occasional I would go propane or plan a weekend to be in that rabbit hole on RV, Trucking, Van Life sites.
     
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    Not in this one. My last car had one, but it wasn't rated nearly high enough to run even a small microwave.

    Yeah, I figured even if I found a way to make this work I'd have to run the vehicle during use. It would be relatively short periods anyway, so not a big deal by my way of looking at it.
     
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    Wrap in foil, place on top of motor near exhaust manifold and run engine for five minutes. DING! Dinners ready.
     
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    Yikes. I didn't know it would have to be that much larger. Is it the momentary surge on startup thing, like electric motors? Even at home, we only run a 1000 watt microwave, and I think they make even smaller ones for dorm rooms and such.

    EDIT: Here's a 700 watt model for $41 at Walmart dot com:
    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Proctor-Silex-0-7-Cu-ft-Black-Digital-Microwave-Oven/464841392

    Something like this is probably all I need. Not doing any turkeys or 7 course meals.

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    Microwaves use way to much power. If you had a generator you could do it!




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    Small Honda or equivalent generator?

    Adjuster beat me to it!
     
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    With enough battery storage it can be done.
     
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    Somewhere I have an old cookbook with a section on cooking on your engine block (might have been in an older Boy Scout handbook...?).
     
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    Then he is carrying gasoline.

    Fine if in a truck bed.
     
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    You're going to need an inverter in the 2500- 3000 watt range to run a microwave oven; how simply or how elaborately you choose to wire it is up to you; I would spend the extra for a pure sign wave unit
     
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    There are systems to bolt to the block that become a water heater.
     
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    Well I can't help with that idea of yours, I hope someone else can. I would suggest if it's just three to five days to get a super cooler on steroids, also some sort of an insolation blanket to retain coolness to line your trunk.

    Then make a lot of cold cut sandwichs, potato salad, block cheese, Cheetos, apples, bananas, grapes, maybe some sort of desert like hostess cupcakes or a few candy bars. Maybe an extra bag of ice or two. If you aren't gonna be in one spot for like five days, plan ahead for one of those am/pm joints to get a few items and maybe more ice. I assume you would be bringing some type of alcohol after the driving is done. No campfire, no problem just bring a bottle of DRAMBUIE along.

    Have a great time, just remember image.jpeg
     
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    Heating up hot water?
     
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    Small toaster oven instead?
     
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    True, it would help to know what type of vehicle.
     
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    Even for a smaller 700 watt unit? Is there a "rule" for sizing stuff like this?
    Any additional info is appreciated!