New to Trucking, new to the forum, have some questions

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  1. SuperTruckerPaul

    SuperTruckerPaul Bobtail Member

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    Hi all! I'm brand new to trucking, went to school and then to a flatbed company. I've been in my own truck a couple weeks and I have some basic questions I feel like most everyone else probably knows the answers to. :)

    Also I hope to make a few friends and maybe professional contacts, I don't plan to stay where I am forever but I know there is SO MUCH information out there and I know NOTHING lol.

    I've been struggling with the work, driving and the routing lol, but my questions I really need answers to pertain to cooking and power consumption. The truck has a 3000 watt power inverter and I can't seem to even run an electric skillet that says its only 1200 watts?? I'm plugging directly to the 110v outlet up by where a microwave might go, but not directly to the inverter. (also my wife is telling me I need a small instant pot?)

    Thanks in advance for any helpful information!
     
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  3. GYPSY65

    GYPSY65 Road Train Member

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    Not all inverters are the same but you should be able to run any appliance with what you have but make sure you only run the skillet on its own. Not while a bunch of other stuff is running

    In my previous truck I had a cube freezer for extra storage. A Microwave and skillet or instant pot but would make sure the microwave and freezer were off before using one of the other items
     
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    SuperTruckerPaul Bobtail Member

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    Thanks! I'll work on figuring out why it won't work. How big was your cube freezer and where did you have it? I like the idea of a freezer, but right now I only use a small cooler for a fridge.
     
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    uncleal13 Road Train Member

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    When drawing heavy loads off an inverter they can consume over 100 amps form the truck batteries. You have to leave the truck running while cooking. Lighter loads are okay, like a light and a laptop.

    Some appliances require a pure sine wave inverter to operate properly. Most inverters are using a modified sine wave. I bought an induction cook top and had to switch to a pure sine wave inverter to get it to work in the truck.
     
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  6. GYPSY65

    GYPSY65 Road Train Member

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    I had the small factory fridge that was built in to the cabinet
    Then a small freezer like the one pictured
    My upper bunk on that truck had a 1/2 folding upper bunk so I removed the mattress and put it up there with a couple bins that I kept food and ?? In
    I also had a $500 inverter and an Apu so as mentioned above by @uncleal13 i had a power source running along with good batteries

    I would make a bunch of meals at home and freeze them and was able to eat better and for less $
    I still do that but have a big bunk now so I no longer deal with all that but it worked great

    It’s hard to find specific topics using the search tool on this site but Google eating on the road or phrase’s like that and it should find threads here that have more info

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  7. PChase

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    APU running ?
    no APU then idle the truck while you’re using the inverter
     
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