Is A 1000watt Inverter Big Enough?

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Amber L.'s Comment
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Okay I know this isn't the most important thing but eating healthy and out of the truck is important to me. From looking at wattages online it looks like we would be limited to a Crock-Pot, still very useful but even an electric skillet is saying 1500. Is there any out there with lower wattage? Anyone eat out of their truck with a 1000watt inverter?

Thanks everyone!!

PackRat's Comment
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Amber, my newer truck has an 1800 watt inverter the company puts in each truck. I run a 700 watt microwave, and my 4.4 cubic feet fridge off it, and both run fine together, as long as the engine is idling.

I have my own 3000 watt inverter if I ever need it, like in my 2016 truck. That one also had a company 1800 watt model, but it did not work as well.

I would not purchase one under 1800 watts. Many gadgets will draw at least 1/3 more power upon starting, so an appliance rated at 1500 watts will need 2000 watts minimum to start. Best bet is to go even higher, say 2000 to 2200 watts. The biggest drawback is that the technology in the trucks standard batteries has not changed for decades. Getting the engine started is what these are designed for, not powering "hotel loads": lights, radios, laptops, engine computers, ELD, etc. These loads are what drain the batteries over time, leading to early failure. The bigger the inverter, and the more gadgets, the less time your batteries will last.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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There are many 12 volt cooking items sold in truck stops.

PJ's Comment
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I have a 1500 watt and works fine, but I would not go any lower

Amber L.'s Comment
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I thought it sounded way to small. Covenant only allows a 1000watt unless you have a medical condition like sleep apnea then they will allow a 1500watt one. I forgot all about the possibility of 12volt appliances, I guess if we go with Covenant I will have to do some research there.

Thanks guys!!!

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

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