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Sorry for the double post, I’m not used to using the GT app but my host has no WiFi.

Need some assistance here.

BLUF: We’re moving and we have a metric butt-ton of meat. I’m trying to figure out how to get it to our new home 10hrs away without it spoiling.

Wife’s dead set on putting the 7 Cu. Ft. chest freezer in the back of the Nissan Titan and driving it 10 hours to our new home so we don’t have to give the meat away.

The house gets packed out on 22 July, we won’t be leaving until 27 July. The freezer will stay plugged in in the garage until we roll out.

That is currently the ONLY option. She won’t consider coolers and dry ice or anything else, which make me sense since we’ve got 5 days to get through. We’re down here now checking out the new area, so I can’t check the power specs on the freezer until next week.

So how do I do it? Generator or power inverter? How big do I need to go? I’m thinking 2000w, pure sine wave? That’s based on 10 minutes of research on Amazon and almost no electrical knowledge...

Bonus points if you can link me to a product on Amazon.


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Get a generator, so many more uses down the road. The inverter gens from HF are perfect. Get the bigger one if you are moving to a storm area.



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You could go to Home Depot and get some 2"insulation board and encase the freezer. Tape down the freezer lid. I would think it would be fine for 10 hours
 

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I don’t see why throwing some dry ice in the freezer would be something your wife would “not allow”.

Freezer on its on may be enough for 10 hours - if inside a 75 degree house - but full sun for 10 hours - I don’t think it would prevent some major thawing.

Make the drive at night so no sun throw 15 pounds or dry ice on top.

It will last for 20 hours JIC you have some extra delay.
 

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Inverter, they only run up to the rpms required for the load. generators run 3600 rpm all the time. volts x amps = watts
 

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Seriously, a metric ton of meat is NOT 7-CU ft. of meat, either give it away or pack it in ice. Seriously? 10 hours? Either eat it with friends and family or pack it in ice. Your wife is stupid, real stupid, and cheap.
 

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Seriously, a metric ton of meat is NOT 7-CU ft. of meat, either give it away or pack it in ice. Seriously? 10 hours? Either eat it with friends and family or pack it in ice. Your wife is stupid, real stupid, and cheap.
You are out of line calling a member’s wife “stupid, real stupid..”
 

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I don't understand your wife's objection to dry ice. This is by far the best option. Any generator is going to cost much more and should only be run with a grounding rod. I don't know what would happen if you ran it in the back of the truck while driving but it might completely screw up the electrical system of the truck costing you thousands of dollars to fix. BTW a freezer may not take a lot of power to run but it could take a lot of power to start, 2,000 watts might not be enough.
 

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Dry Ice costs a whole lot Less than a $500 generator...unless, like was posted, you are moving to an area where you will have a need for emergency power
 

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Well, it is win-win. ANYTIME you can go buy a tool or piece of equipment that your wife is demanding you have to solve a problem is excellent! If you can swing the money get a generator that is large enough to use down the road. I would opt for a 5K minimum. Good luck to you.
 

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A full freezer should go 10 hrs safely. I have been told running freezers after they are moved can cause issues....
Personally defrost the thing NOW.
Every time I defrost I chuck a lot as inedible, few things I cook, feed to fog, cats... But @15
% gets tossed ( at least). Plus ice. Then don't buy anything for freezer, eat it up for next weeks. Save 2 ltr soda bottles. Fill 7-8 full, squeeze air out, freeze on their side. (You can adjust water levels on next bottle if too much). A full freezer stays colder longer.
Finally load, plug into cord. Cover with cardboard, tarp...(leave motor area open) and secure well.
Last thing before you leave. Unplug, cover open areas and drive.
I might be tempted to call a eating place on way. "We are moving, have freezer full... Could we plug in while we eat"??? All they can say is "$&@$ no" or "ok"
5 hrs wouldn't concern me at all
 

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Seriously, a metric ton of meat is NOT 7-CU ft. of meat, either give it away or pack it in ice. Seriously? 10 hours? Either eat it with friends and family or pack it in ice. Your wife is stupid, real stupid, and cheap.
GFY. It’s REAL easy to give an opinion without being a complete [email protected], but I guess you haven’t reached that level of maturity.


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Thx all. I didn’t even think about just putting dry ice in the freezer!

A good generator would boring be beat, but that’s a little more than I’d like to spend.

I’ll figure it out, thanks again GT Brain Trust!

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A lot of new deep freezers have a guarantee to keep food frozen for many hours without power in case of an outage. I'd cover it with a blanket and just drive the 10 hours with it off.
 

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