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Old 07-29-2016, 01:03 PM   #1
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12 volt appliances

Do you use any 12 volt appliances? If so, which ones and how do you like it?

I'm somewhat nervous about open flames in such a small space. I can use an induction burner when I'm plugged in but have wondered about the various 12 volt appliances I've seen for sale. Lunchbox stove, crock pot, etc.

What's your opinion?

Roger Kimble - you have 12 volt burners or do you mean you cook with all those 12 volt appliances?
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Old 07-29-2016, 02:40 PM   #2
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TV, CD player, Fan, We use our cook stove all the time, No problems at all, We have a pressure cooker, we use, pots and pans coffee pot, tea kettle, all the time.
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Old 07-29-2016, 04:41 PM   #3
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Check at truck stops for 12 volt appliances.
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Old 07-29-2016, 04:56 PM   #4
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It has been my experience that most 12 volt appliances do not perform anywhere near as well as their 120 volt counterparts. For example, 12 volt drip coffee maker I tried took 18 minutes to brew 2 cups. One of my acquaintances threw away a 12 volt crockpot after 1 use. Said it was not worth bothering to wash it.


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By 'appliance' I assume you mean something that will cook your dinner. To deliver the same power that a gas burner or 120 VAC cook top delivers, you need 12 Volt wiring that has ten times the cross section of the 120 VAC wires. I would not think it feasible if the trailer has not been wired for it. And don't forget the battery requirements. All of that adds a lot of weight.
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Truckers use the 12 volt appliances and since they have hours of driving a crock pot may be just the thing to use.
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We use gas to cook with, 12v appliances do not work well, and take to much voltage to run
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Truckers use the 12 volt appliances and since they have hours of driving a crock pot may be just the thing to use.
Yup and most truckers have or leave their trucks running when using them.

As others have said 12v appliances such as toasters, crock pots etc use up a LOT more power than most of us are willing to give up.
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We have and have used the "Lunch box" look oven, makes great meat loaf. Would only use it while on shore power or while driving as all that heat uses a lot of power.
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Carol, You are absolutely correct. They cook using the crockpot while driving.
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Truckers use the 12 volt appliances and since they have hours of driving a crock pot may be just the thing to use.
You'd be better off just wrapping the food up in tin foil and sticking it on your TV's engine to cook. 12 volt appliances are a waste of time and money, period.

If you don't want 120 volt appliances, then get propane ones. At least you'll be able to eat the same day you start cooking...
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Saw a Boy Scout leader that had a contraption connected to the exhaust pipe and he would cook stuff in that oven device and other stuff on the engine manifold.
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Put the roast in the crockpot in San Diego, check it in Denver and have something to eat when you get to StLouis.
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I guess my fridge qualifies as an appliance, and it works very well on 12 volts because it's made for it.
Most of those common cooking appliances that you have at home must be left behind, unless you can count on shore power, or have a heck of a solar array with all the expensive parts that go along with it, or you use a generator .

Some alternatives:

Non-electric coffee makers such as the French Press and Melita, or cowboy coffee in a saucepan. I prefer my AeroPress: https://www.amazon.com/Aeropress-Cof.../dp/B0047BIWSK

Non-electric thermal cookers as an alternative to a crock pot. I've never tried one, but people rave about them: https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&ke...l_390vcqtlvp_b

Even a little toaster uses quite a bit of power. I've found that toast made in a frying pan is pretty good. Just butter it first.

Instead of a microwave, a lot of things can be re-heated in a pot with a cover, with some oil or butter, on a very low flame.

Most small trailers don't have ovens, including mine, but I use the Camp Chef Oven, placed just inside the tail gate of my truck, for pizza, muffins, biscuits, etc. Camp Chef Outdoor Double Burner Propane Gas Range and Stove-COVEN - The Home Depot
I highly recommend it.

Happy cooking!

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