Good microwave for cascadia?

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  1. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

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    This is the ticket. Turn top bunk into cooking, grocery space.
    I'm totally down with this. No hassle of moving stuff around. Bolt it all down, wire it neatly and your off.
     
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  3. Moosetek13

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    The draw on 12V wires is the same, no matter if the engine is running or not.
    The amperage required is the same, so running the engine will not reduce that.

    It may be the cycling that is causing the beeps.
    The unit has high and low power requirements. When it turns on it causes a spike in power used. Once it is on it averages out to a normal draw on power. Then it may turn off for a short time.
    Every time it turns back on and requires max power is when it requires the most power, and that condition may double the rated watts it is rated for.
    The '700W' microwave could be drawing 1400W or more when it powers up, and that could cause a sudden drain on the battery which triggers the alarm.
     
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  4. Moosetek13

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    Until you get a laptop that only accepts a true sine wave power supply?

    Other than that though, you are right.

    I have never had a laptop, or any other device, that would not work with standard square wave inverters.
    (Although, one of my daughters computers would not work with it. So, it happens.)
    And I have never had to spend big bucks for the appliances in my truck.
     
  5. Farmerbob1

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    If you have a laptop like I do, then use the cheapo inverter AND a good Battery Backup UPS device with voltage regulation.

    I wouldn't plug a microwave into a UPS, because of the peak draw, but it will dramatically improve the safety of your personal electronics.
     
  6. passport220

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    How about a fridge? I am set to get a 2015 Cascadia Evolution and I see no good place to set up a mini-fridge.
     
  7. Farmerbob1

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    Passenger seat, buckled in with seatbelt.
     
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    I had my passenger seat removed for one truck in the past to accommodate a larger fridge in the past. I was hoping to avoid that with this truck.

    I'll take a look, I may buy a smaller fridge and do just as you do, thanks.
     
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  9. WesternPlains

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    If you have an APU. It is probably generating AC.
     
  10. Moosetek13

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    It may work if the UPS sends out a sine wave and can also accept a modified wave to charge.

    My laptops have always worked with the standard modified sine wave inverters, and I'm not really worried about a spike when I an drawing off the truck battery.
    But that is something to consider if a computer power supply required a pure sine wave.
    Very good on your part for a solution.
     
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  11. Farmerbob1

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    I actually have a Koolaton 34 or 36 quart cooler sitting on my bags of chains in front of my passenger side seat. The passenger seat itself is where my load paperwork and load book sit.

    But I cannot count the number of fridges I've seen held in place by seatbelts in passenger side seats. Turned sideways, so the fridge opening faces the driver and the arm of the seat has to be lifted to open the fridge door.
     
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