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Wendy Parker

Trucking with toaster ovens

| January 15, 2014
Find more pictures of George and Wendy Parker's 2004 Freightliner Coronado via this gallery at their website.

Find more pictures of George and Wendy Parker’s 2004 Freightliner Coronado via this gallery at their website.

More new tricks for this old dog to learn.

The Precious is equipped with an inverter large enough to run three Sputnik satellites around the moon twelve times. This may be a filthy lie, but I swear to you if we do 88 miles an hour while it’s on, we’ll end up back in 1984. I believe the previous owner did some serious “modifications” to the capacity of juice being cranked out. There are things tucked underneath the bunk that glow like the holy grail when you lift it. If it wasn’t so awesome to be able to run a refrigerator, toaster oven and coffee maker at the same time, I’d be afraid of the questionable amounts of power we’ve generated.

Microwave in George and Wendy Parker's FreightlinerWe also have a microwave, and I’m bringing the crock pot along, so I’ve got pretty much every appliance I use in my kitchen at home on the road with me. I’m hindered only by no running water, and even if we had running water in the truck, I doubt I’d tempt fate enough to use it in close proximity to the nuclear power plant we have under the bunk.


Truck interior design 101

Wendy and George buy a new -- used -- truck after a prior lease-purchase arrangement -- overall, Wedny says, it's a "proud and terrifying" experience...

I’m so excited to be able to cook for us while we’re out. How awesome will it be to ride down the road with the delicious aroma of crock-pot roast wafting around? I do worry about the slosh factor and the possibility of burning holes in things. (George just had a stroke reading that.) I’d appreciate any suggestions on using a crock pot in the truck without making a mess. Be detailed — remember who you’re dealing with here.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to lie on the magic bunk and have an out-of-body experience. If my hair and teeth start falling out, you’ll know why.

  • g

    We are seeing alot of TRUCK FIRES these days…when someone “modifies” the electrical system….it could become a problem.

  • Bill

    I had a small crock pot and never had a problem with it tipping on the road, but a heavier, short ceramic dish fitted to the outside of the pot would help keep it stable.


    We’ve done it all. microwaves, toasters, grills (propane and Forman), convection ovens, crockpots, refrigerators and coolers.

    My only recommendations:

    1) Secure them and secure them well (my husband got hit with our microwave in an accident – so we bolt ours down, especially the fridge).

    2) Make sure your inverter can handle it, you might need to special order a sine wave inverter from overseas.

    3)Make sure your alternator can handle it. You may need to replace it.

    4) Crockpots and Flatbedder truckers don’t mix well.

    5) Cover the microwave plate with a towel or something similar (or remove it) so it doesn’t rattle while moving. After about 3-4 months of rattling it can start to wear of the paint in the interior creating electric flares while cooking.

  • Gloria

    Buy crock pot liners . When you’re done toss away. Easy clean up

  • gregbo

    I pull a flatbed and my crockpot fits right in. I keep it on the floor while driving. I’ve also got a 2 burner stove, microwave and coffee maker. I pack a weeks worth of fish filets, chicken, pork chops, eggs, butter chopped onions and peppers etc. every weekend. I eat as well on the road as I do at home and I don’t have to park at truck stops to get a meal. If only I had indoor plumbing I’d be completely self contained.

  • David Jesse

    Use a crockpot with the locking lid and put it in a foil broaster pan to keep spills at bay, use the liners. If cooking a roast put it on slow with carrots and onions and some water, roast for about 4 hrs and then put potatoes in , if you do them to early they will cook completely and they will disappear . On water , use gallons and when done , take lid off so algae and funk won’t grow . Walmart will refill for 38 cents. You can also cook a whole chicken in your crock pot! Again spices, onions etc and 6 hrs after you got a whole chicken, meijer in michgan and surronding area is a gret grocery store , you can precut items etc, schnucks in the st Louis area are good stores to.

  • David Jesse

    Also if you haul the big paper rolls and they put down those anti slip mats use them in the truck below your rugs, it’s a little bit more cushion and helps with spills and winter crap. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.