How to add a small microwave oven to a vehicle

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  1. Trucker3573

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    Something like he pictured is exactly what I used and it worked great after I upgraded the power wire I ran too it. Now granted it could have helped that this was in a class 8 truck which I’m sure has a much beefier alternator.


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    On trips I carry 2-3 days worth of long-storage dehydrated food... breakfast and regular entree types for the the two of us, as well as my snack bars, nuts, and candy. I can heat water quickly to 192 degrees to re-hydrate the meals using the K-Cup coffeemaker. Some of those sound good... Mountain House... 26 year storage life, or something like that.
    Our long trip to SW CO and now using I-40 through OK... more casinos... is more likely to run us into blizzards and stuck in traffic on the highway. We go by Albuquerque then north toward Durango... more casinos. We nap/sleep in rest areas or casino parking lots, but can get comped rooms at some, especially the Gulf Coast. The van fits in MOST park garages... about 82", but a few are like 6'11'' and I'm looking for 84" clearance! DSCF0052.JPG
    We have sleeping bags for our bed and plenty of warm bedding and clothes. Food and water for several days and our hassock potty are always carried, too. We only use distilled water to drink and make coffee, but carry a case of bottled water along with several gallons of distilled. It's only $1 a gallon for the distilled baby water at Walmart. We have a large DC-powered cooler, too. It's just not a tall van that we can stand up in.
     
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  4. DJ Niner

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    I almost bought a very similar Chevy van (a 2019 with 14k), as I loved the space, loved the power, loved the ground clearance -- but the mileage was just a killer. Even in warm weather, it only got half the mileage of the smaller vans, but from what little info I could find online, in the extreme cold, it would probably drop into the 6 to 9 MPG range. That's just too thirsty. Gas is pretty cheap right now, but I don't expect it to stay that way forever.
     
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    Just plug in wherever you can. No one's gonna arrest you for heating up a hot pocket in front of the library.

    Ifyou do get chased you might end up making a new meme, running down the street hot pocket hanging from your mouth carrying a microwave, it would be epic.

    You could be famous!
     
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    Check out the Hotlogic. It's not a microwave, but it's what went with when I was looking for the same thing you are.
     
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    Actually, looking at them that's probably a really good product for this specific application. They even have a 12V version so it would be extremely simple to use, and about the right size for a single person.

    About the only thing I see is it can take a while to actually heat the food up (up to a couple hours if cooking meat from raw), but MUCH less complication than a microwave and inverters and such.

    I'd say just add a deep cycle battery to charge up whenever the van is running, then use it to power the hotlogic. The low draw means you should get multiple hot meals before needing to recharge the battery.

    (you never want to use your vehicle battery for other things than starting the vehicle, last thing you need is a low/dead battery and be unable to start the vehicle in the middle of nowhere)

    If nothing else, at $40 it's probably at least worth trying out for what you are doing.



    https://hotlogicmini.com/collections/buy-now/products/hot-logic-mini-12v

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    Well, after reading the description and specs, I think I may get one for occasional use, but it really doesn't fill the bill to replace the microwave, because
    - it never gets hot enough to boil water, so I can't use it to prepare dehydrated foods, and
    - it takes a while to heat/cook anything, so for an early-morning meal, I'd have to run it all night. Also, inside condensation is already a problem on cool/cold nights when you are sleeping in a metal box, and any moisture released by this during use would only make that situation worse.

    I can see where a Hotlogic mini would be useful for making/heating-up a midday or evening meal, especially if I was driving to a new location just prior to eating, so I may get one just for that. But it can't replace the microwave for what I need it to do.