Fridge and microwave install

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  1. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Road Train Member

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    Your best bet is a 12 volt compressor driven refrigerator. NOT a 12 volt " cooler". Spend the money upfront, grocery shop regularly..... Walmart is your best bet.....easy access almost EVERYWHERE! You will pay for the upfront cost in 60 days.
     
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  3. krupa530

    krupa530 Light Load Member

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    Engel fridges are what you want.
     
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  4. ThomasTrucker21

    ThomasTrucker21 Light Load Member

    Thanks for all the input. I’m going to look into some different brands of fridges. May also see if they can take one out of a unused truck at the yard or something
     
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  5. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Road Train Member

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    I should clarify........Walmart for GROCERIES......not the 12 volt refrigerator.
     
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  6. Frank Speak

    Frank Speak Road Train Member

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    I ended up going with a 2500 watt inverter and a dorm size fridge (like you find in a hotel room). I picked up the fridge at Wally World for about $250 and I *think* the inverter cost around $300, can’t remember for sure. But, no more issues when I went to that setup.
     
  7. ThomasTrucker21

    ThomasTrucker21 Light Load Member

    I would do that but the only place for a fridge is the standard little area that the original came in, if It even had one.
     
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  8. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Road Train Member

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    Rainey Truck Parts online. +- $600.00
     
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  9. Espressolane

    Espressolane Road Train Member

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    Have a mini fridge. $100.00 at best buy. Works good.
     
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  10. Arctic_fox

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    Honestly if your inverter wont handle a microwave or fridge this little gadget https://www.amazon.com/Koolatron-Co...1618193981&sprefix=koolertron+12+volt+&sr=8-4 is one me and my dad used for over 5 years while teaming and at a company that had banned inverters. Hell it was so good i still keep it in my pickup. We only had to replace one and that was our fault. Worked fine summer or winter.

    That said i would not keep anything that would go rancid if it gets a little warm in it. Its great for drinks, some snack foods and veggys that arent ultra sensitive to temprature. If it gets too cold an 8 hour hand warmer under it or taped ABOVE (not over) the fan keeps stuff from freezeing.

    For heating food up you have a few options as well. You can get the 12 volt ovens https://www.amazon.com/Koolatron-LB...1&keywords=12+volt+oven&qid=1618194284&sr=8-3 like this that can heat and even cook food in little dispisable tin bread pans. And to keep veggys around you can buy #5 cans of freeze dried and mix as needed into a pan with fresh if you can get it to make great meals, looks expensive up front but is usually FAR cheaper then truckstop chow and lighter then fresh food. Same with freeze dried meals. Just put them in a pan with water, cover with foil and heat 30 mins or so. You can also get achohol stoves and a nice flat rock to cook on with a camping skillet or pot and make all kinds of goodies that way too.

    Avoid 12 volt pots though, they tend to melt 12 volt sockets due to raw heat not just pop fuses. Additionally you can get a battery generator like this https://www.amazon.com/Generark-Hom...9Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=

    Which can power a SMALL microwave easily and is fairly portable and only costs as much as a good pure sinewave inverter. I keep a smaller 500W version in my truck for emergancys. Handy little things and are great getting power to my tools for repairs without needing an inverter or extension cords. And its lasted over 4 years now.
     
  11. ThomasTrucker21

    ThomasTrucker21 Light Load Member

    Thank you I really appreciate this. I will look into some of these
     
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