Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by Scaniaman, Jul 11, 2016.
Hi can i put a normal household microwave in my camper or does if have to be for motorhome only?
We've a normal combination microwave/grill/oven in ours as the original one broke and to get the replacement from USA was ridiculous. Took some finding to get the right size as ours is built in but I got ours from argos and had no issues with power.
We fitted a combi microwave from Tescos. Lasted 5 years and sold it still working in the van. Try and get one 800 watt or under. This means it has a start up inrush current of about 1200 watt. This means it should just be ok on a low wattage site. 6amp or above.
We have a 700watt one from tesco. I would have liked the combi but was afraid it would be to hot within a cupboard plus the wattage too high for sites abroad.
If your going on UK campsites then a cheap supermarket household one is fine..
Most over here give you a 16 amp supply.
Problems come when you go to continental sites who only offer a low amp hook up..
I have modified very many microwave ovens in the pursuit of My Business as An Approved Microwave Service Agent for most of the Worldwide Manufacturers . It is fairly simple to modify a dedicated "microwave only "oven , but it is a far different matter when You take into account "Combi Types " which in the main use resistive Oven elements .Most modified Low Power Microwave ovens can usually be operated on a minimal Supply , eg 6A. But You must take into account the much longer heating times .
But mine resides in the bottom of the wardrobe when not in use, it's not 'fitted' in a cupboard as such
(but no issues re power!)
Not really, our 800W microwave requires an input of 1250W less than 6Amps, never had a problem anywhere.
Where did I mention 6 amps ????
What if you only got 5..... or 4 ????
Just teasing and I love your low current microwave..
Ours is something like a 700w and never had trouble running it on site hook up even abroad but if there was I would just run it off the inverter and then go back to site power, but to be honest if it won't run a microwave it's not worth paying for if you have solar.