How to add a small microwave oven to a vehicle

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  1. -JCN-

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    Can you get by with a couple different 12v things?

    They have 12v sauce pans, 12v coffee cup warmers and 12v slow cookers. Could those plus a small propane camping stove get you by?
     
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    Enclosed vehicle, no external truck bed.

    I'm trying to stay away from flammables, but right now I have a small Sterno stove that I can use for similar uses. It's just all the indoor-flame-related options are a bigger pain that firing-up a microwave, plus no waste heat or hot-spots to worry about, and less humidity that cooking normally.

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    I've heard of the coffee cup warmers, but have NOT heard of the slow cooker or saucepan.
    Hmmm.

    If the saucepan heated-up quickly enough, that might handle most of my needs, but then you're washing a pan after every use, too. When using the microwave, I try to cook in/on the serving vessel (bowl, paper plate, etc.) to minimize dishwashing, saucepan would always add an item to clean.

    Yeah, lazy/wasteful American, that's me. Guilty.
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    Ah, the old George Carlin "hot water heater" joke...
     
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    My last car had a plug. I don’t know why more cars don’t have them. It was handy.
     
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    Yeah I’m corny.
     
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    Shop the trucker supply websites. I bot two small microwaves off these sites many years ago. Best one ran directly off the battery (ok - had to go outside to hookup but someone with more e-knowledge than me could tell how to wire it.) Both worked great for just slow heating food with engine running. Enjoy the outings.
     
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    Look into what over the road truckers have. I see microwaves in their sleeper units. My guess is a massive invertor of some sort
     
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    For a small microwave you could get by with something in the 2000 watt range; it has been my experience with inverters that the manufacturers always overate the usable wattage, so you want a good safety margin; the pure sign wave is much gentler on electronics ( like the board in a microwave) than the cheaper modifed sign wave units; as far as wiring, bigger is always better, but for what you are doing, 6 or 8 gauge cable will work, lugged directly to the battery.
     
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    I'd been looking at camping gear websites, but never thought about trucker gear sites.
    Thanks!

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    MUCH appreciated. Thanks again!
     
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    Stop off at McDonalds.
     
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    Truckers have all the answers.
     
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    That was one of the most helpful posts I’ve ever seeen here. Kudos.
     
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    Speaking of Kudos, do they still make them? I liked them a lot.
     
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    My Tacoma has an outlet for stuff like that. If your car doesn't have one you could just get a converter that would run off of your cigarette plug or you can take a look at most overlanding groups and someone will be able to point you in the right direction because as far as I know they make refrigerators and microwaves for overlanding rigs.

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    "Overlanding"? That's a term I've never heard before.

    I will definitely look into it. Thanks for the suggestion and the education!