microwaves in motorhomes?

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  1. buzzard

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    Hi,all am new to motorhomes,have just bought autocruise stardream on 55 plate, am wondering if i could use ordinary microwave in van -or do i have to buy motorhome specific? ihope someone out there can help me! look forward to any replies,thanks..buzzard:RollEyes:
     
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    You can use one from home. Your still running on 230V when hooked up and when your genny is running.
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    microwaves in van

    didnt know there was a12volt microwave:RollEyes:
     
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    Microwave, using sites with elctric hookup, as Jim says normal household 230/240 volt job, and again the same if you run a geni. I've heard rumor of 12volt but never seen one.

    Important thing I would say, go for a low ish wattage, less chance of overloading supply:thumb:

    PS Hello:thumb::BigGrin:
     
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    As madbluemad says, you can use the one from the kitchen.

    Perhaps you need to be aware of two things:
    1. If you plan to run it off an inverter you must take into account the fact that it will use a LOT of battery
    2. Remember that a 800w micro doesn't use 800w of power, it uses much more (well over 1kw). Some others may have more experience on this, but the bigger micros are border-line on some of the 5 amp supplies in Europe, especially if your van is charging and you turn the microwave on.

    Might be a plan to get a smaller micro from somewhere like Tescos.

    Rog
     
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    I just ran my 800w micro through a tester
    Peak watts: 1380
    Peak amps: 6.4
    The average was slightly less (around 1350watts).
    That means you can't run it on a 5amp circuit breaker (assuming my tester is accurate).

    Another point: if you run it on a cheaper inverter (not a pure sine wave) it will need even more power (we found that a 1.5kw cheapo was not good eanough, so got a 1.5kw pure sine wave and it works fine).

    Rog
     
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    Get a cheap one from Tesco/Asda for around £25 quid. If its got a glass turntable take it off when travelling or you may do damage to the interior.
    There are 12v ones but they are basically mains one's with a built in inverter and cost a fortune.
     
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    The thing to take into account with a microwave is that the power it runs at be it 650/700/800 watts is different to it's start up power.. at start up a lot of these are double the power..so they can be from 1300-1600 watts and if you have a 230 volt EHU the amperage will be anything from 5.6 amps to 6.9 amps.. if my Ohms Law calculations are still correct so as said a lower wattage is preferable!!
     
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    Should also be noted, they are rated in COOKING power . not power consumption

    a 1,000 watt cooking power oven actually consumes 1,500 watt or 6.5 amps

    start up or inrush current may be several times higher..

    to check the power used look at the data plate
     
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    You can get 12 volt microwave cookers but they have to be wired in a specific manner.

    They must be connected directly to the battery and not through the vans wiring system.

    Just look at these calculations. 800watts/230volts = 3.48Amps

    800watts/12volts = 66.67Amps

    Hope that helps.
     
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    We have a Tesco one that Graham fitted into the garage of m/h. Re the glass turntable we use a tea cosy to keep glass in when travelling.
     
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    we bought the cheapest and smallest one from Argos and have never had a problem with it , been in the van 2 years now and used when the kettle is boiling and tv on and never tripped the elecy
     
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    just for you dodgey, you can get them but they are way ott on price

    http://www.the12voltshop.co.uk/Shop/microwave-oven-12v-roadmate.html
     
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    You will need to find one around 650w max.
     
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    I have a Samsung junior microwave for sale. It is 550w and will run on my 1000w inverter or 240v . They are very hard to find and are nice and small for a MH. I want £60 for it.
     

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