I started a topic on another site about using a crock pot while driving down the road. Got responses from people who do this and one said they use a regular crock pot (not 12 volt) and an inverter. My knowledge ends with the crock pot. I understand that an inverter changes DC to AC. Can one buy an inverter and plug it in somewhere in the B (PW Excel)and have it do this "changing" to AC? Need info that isn't too technical :-)
Thanks in advance and if my CPC (crock pot cooking) works, you all are invited for dinner.
It would take a healthy sized inverter to run a crock pot. Look at the specs for the crock pot to determine the wattage. You will need enough batteries to support the crock pot, and inverter for the time you want to use it. Batteries could run down enough to shut down your rig if alternator can't keep up.
Better choice maybe is to just run your genset if equipped withone.
I have a RT that has an inverter as standard equip. Its done the job well for years so Im saveing money by not buying a 12v model. There are inverters you can buy at any auto store if thats your wants.
I hard wired a 1200 watt inverter close to my batteries. I should have bought a 2000 watt. In my van I replaced the duplex recepticles with Quads. One side White for shore/generator power and the other side Yellow for the inverter. I ran all the wires myself and adhered to the electrical codes. All the yellows go to a 20 amp male plug that is plugged into the 1200 watt inverter. Now I can use whatever power is needed depending on requirements. I advise mounting the inverter near the batteries and use the proper gauge wire. The inverter will run everything except the A/C.
It is not a big deal. We could have done it in our 2005 Pleasure-way Plateau and did do it in our 2011 Great West Van Legend. We got the idea from a couple of people who have done it in a Leisure Travel Van Free Spirit. They all had one thing in common and that was an inverter already existing for the TV set. Our Pleasure-way had a 400w inverter and our Great West Van is a 750w inverter. The crockpot we used was a 1-1/2 quart crockpot of 120w, so the inverters were plenty big enough. Just plug in and go. While driving the alternator keeps up with the drain on the battery. This week on our way to Michigan's Upper Peninsula we had this beef pot roast going. Just put it in the sink for safety. We also used a tin can and another pot as wedges to keep it from shifting around.
2011 Great West Van Legend Sprinter B Camper Van
Visited states in an RV