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Old 09-07-2015, 09:07 AM   #1
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Crock Pot on the Road

Not sure if this has been addressed before, my apologies if it has.

We were wondering if anyone has used a crock pot to cook dinner while travelling through the day. I looked at the crock pot that we have and it draws 240 Watts. We have a 1500 Watt inverter in our trailer. So here is the plan. Put the crock pot in the sink with a towel wrapped around it for stability. Turn the inverter on, plug the crock pot in and off we go down the road.

We are presuming (rightly or wrongly?) that with the trailer connected to the tow vehicle and with solar panels connected, we shouldn't drain the batteries.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Old 09-07-2015, 09:21 AM   #2
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The 240 watts is about a 20 amp draw at 12 volts which is a fairly substantial load. However, I bet your crock pot has two speeds, low and high, and only the high requires the full 240 watts, with low being maybe half of that. I usually run mine on low at home. I guess I would just go ahead and try it once when you know you are going to have grid power at the end of the towing day in case it does pull your batteries down too much. Then you could recharge using the converter/charger and be good for the evening and overnight.

BTW the charge line from the tow vehicle will usually only deliver 6 to 8 amps maximum on most setups. The best my Argosy will deliver is about 6 amps, the Airstream (newer) can run 10 to 11 amps in some cases.

If you have access to a Kill A Watt meter, you can measure the actual crock pot wattage on low and high. Divide that number by about 10 to find the approximate amps needed at 12 volts.
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Old 09-07-2015, 09:47 AM   #4
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So here is the plan. Put the crock pot in the sink with a towel wrapped around it for stability. Turn the inverter on, plug the crock pot in and off we go down the road.
No towel. Fire hazard. Plus it won't make the crock pot any more stable. If you want to keep it from tipping over in the sink, use a bungee cord. Attach one end to the sink faucet, attach the other end to a drawer pull or cabinet door handle under the sink, and adjust so the cord is tight over the crock pot lid. The bungee cord running over the lid should keep the lid in place as well as keeping the pot from tipping over, with a lot less danger of putting a piece of flammable cloth next to a heating element.

An even better option may be to get a 12vDC crock pot (I have a RoadPro 1˝-quart model that features a strap-down lid to keep it from spilling) and plug it directly into your tow vehicle's 12v power outlet. That way the crock pot is in the tow vehicle where you can keep an eye on it, and you're not depleting the house batteries.
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Old 09-07-2015, 09:53 AM   #5
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Old 09-07-2015, 09:53 AM   #6
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It's adequate, but to me a crock pot is a crock pot is a crock pot. I don't really use the RoadPro for cooking, just for keeping things warm. I'll cook the meal in a larger 120vAC crock pot the night before, and just transfer one meal's worth to the RoadPro in the morning before heading out.

The RoadPro only has one control, on/off, and only one temperature. But one nice feature is that the on/off switch is on the power cord, not on the pot itself, so when I set the crock pot on the passenger-side footwell (it can't fall off the floor) and bungee-cord it to the front of the passenger seat to keep it in place while driving, I can still reach the control which is conveniently close to the dashboard.

Now that I have my Interstate I don't use the RoadPro as often as I used to when all of my traveling was done in a Dodge Durango SUV, but I still use it on occasion in my toad for day trips. Beats stopping for artery-hardening fast food…
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Old 09-07-2015, 10:30 AM   #8
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NPR Car Talk had that topic of discussion a number of years ago. It's kind of what I was thinking when I first started reading this thread. I think I tried some canned food many years ago; not a good experience. But the reviews say it's a good read.

I'm sure any food in aluminum foil would have a distinct hot engine grease aroma. I'll stick with the microwave to reheat food I cooked before we left the last CG.
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What about a pressure cooker on the stove top. Is that a good substitute for a crock pot?

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What about a pressure cooker on the stove top. Is that a good substitute for a crock pot?
Not while the Airstream is in motion! You should never cook anything on the stove unless there is a person in attendance. The consequences of a burner's flame going out while the trailer is in motion and no one is around to notice are too dire to even consider the idea.
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I've forgotten which forums member should get the credit, but you might check this link I copied from a recent post. It looks like it might be your solution. Cooks the food with residual heat retained by good insulation. Just get the food boiling well on the stove top, put it in the insulated bag, turn everything off, and go. No additional energy needed to cause a potential problem.

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I didn't read about the crock pot running while in motion. Yes, of course you shouldn't travel with anything on the stove.

I just wondered if a pressure cooker is a good substitute for a electric crock pot. You could cook meals a lot faster than with a crock pot.

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I just wondered if a pressure cooker is a good substitute for a electric crock pot.
Of course! Crock pots were originally invented as a substitute for Dutch ovens and pressure cookers.
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Old 09-07-2015, 12:02 PM   #14
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I've forgotten which forums member should get the credit, but you might check this link I copied from a recent post. It looks like it might be your solution. Cooks the food with residual heat retained by good insulation. Just get the food boiling well on the stove top, put it in the insulated bag, turn everything off, and go. No additional energy needed to cause a potential problem.

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Interesting! Anybody have experience using this? ‘Tho, I sure love winter camping smelling dinner being prepared in the crockpot throughout the day...
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