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Old 02-02-2015, 03:21 PM   #1
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Hi folks, We just bought a slow cooker/risotto maker for use at home. We're now wondering if it is possible to use it in our '13 FC28, while we're driving. It is 120v only, so we'd have to plug it into an "inverter" outlet. Can we do that safely? Most slow cooked meals take several hours - can the inverter run that long? Is there a risk of over-heating the inverter?
Can this be done while we're traveling between campgrounds, for example? We picture putting the cooker in the sink so it wouldn't fall or tip.
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Hi folks, We just bought a slow cooker/risotto maker for use at home. We're now wondering if it is possible to use it in our '13 FC28, while we're driving. It is 120v only, so we'd have to plug it into an "inverter" outlet. Can we do that safely? Most slow cooked meals take several hours - can the inverter run that long? Is there a risk of over-heating the inverter?
Can this be done while we're traveling between campgrounds, for example? We picture putting the cooker in the sink so it wouldn't fall or tip.
Thanks, Dave
Sounds like an old fashioned crock pot to me, Dave.

I would say you're safe as long as you're around and can check on things from time to time. Actually, there's not much you can't do in your kitchen that you don't do at home.

And it's not really necessary to put the device in your sink, unlessÖ
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Old 02-02-2015, 04:18 PM   #3
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When I was cruising down island and living on my boat I would flash heat food in my pressure cooker. I made a snug fitting box out of styrofoam. Place the cooker in the box, cover and set the box in the sink. Food would continue to cook and be hot for 12 hours plus. Hard to beat nice hot stew on a long passage. Little trick I picked up from South African cruisers.
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See if it will fit down into the sink. You may be able to prepare your meal in the cooker when you hookup in the morning and have it ready to eat when you stop for the night.
The cooker should have the number of watts needed marked on it somewhere.
The other issue would be the lid. You don't want it coming off going down the road.


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Old 02-02-2015, 05:33 PM   #5
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I don't think it would work very well for the reason that there is a very slow rate of charge when the trailer is driving down the road plugged into the tow vehicle.
Most Airstreams have two group 24 batteries which would be depleted in a New York Minute hooked up to a heavy draw crockpot.
I think you could start the meal in the morning and perhaps keep warming it on the stove during rest breaks.
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Find out what the cooker draws. It may draw less than you might think.


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might not be worth the trouble and risk

I premake and freeze jambalaya, spaghetti sauce, casseroles and such in different size containers. Frozen foods can be used to keep beverages cold in a cooler , or to help jump start your fridge. I also freeze containers of water. But I read that it's not good to use old milk containers to store water.

You can put the frozen goods in your freezer, fridge, or cooler depending on your space and needs.
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Also, understand and that when you drive, it's a mini earthquake going on inside your trailer - unless the slow cooker has clamps built in (don't use a non-intended clamp solution lest you add pressure the cooker isn't expecting!) I would avoid it's use when driving. I think the better solution is mentioned above - pre-cook components and freeze them. I would call out components, so I would pre-package sauces separate from vegetables, separate from noodles, as everything frozen together oft comes out with less than spectacular results.


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I just looked at a medium/small crock pot that I have and it takes 180 watts. At 12 volts that is 15 amps plus about 2 more for the inverter losses. So, would take about 17 amps.

The charge line from the tow vehicle probably would not deliver that much so there would be a net battery discharge but if you start with charged batteries, and have hookups when you stop to recharge, it probably would work out OK. If you are without hookups at the end of the day to recharge the batteries, it may not be such a good idea.

I would put a piece of duct tape over the lid though, to keep it in place, and the yummies in the pot too.
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Folks, For a variety of reasons I was unable 'til now to reply to those who responded to my query.
I just want to say thank you.
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