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Old 05-27-2011, 05:08 PM   #1
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Portable Ice Makers

Who has them? How do you like them? Are they worth it? We have been wondering about getting one. We went camping last weekend and went through 5 bags of ice to keep drinks cool. That was $18 and we are going camping in July for 8 days. I am thinking around $40-$50 for ice. I think I could pay for this thing in a year. How much water do they hold? and How often does it need to be filled back up. We have been trying to keep from taking too much stuff with us when we go but this is seeming to be money well spent.
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Old 05-27-2011, 05:44 PM   #2
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I dont think they will produce enough ice to keep your cooler cold...I looked at one before and it didnt look like it made much...maybe they have gotten better?

You might try looking into dry ice...you have to be careful, but it will last longer. I also have a little trick I use that works pretty well for a small cooler. I have two 2-liter bottles filled with frozen water. I put one in the cooler and keep the other in the freezer directly on the bottom where it is the coldest. I swap them out daily. As long as I start with a good cool fridge, it has not been much of a problem. Also it helps to have a really good high quality cooler (rated 5 day or more).

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Old 05-27-2011, 07:15 PM   #3
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Back in our no fridge pop-up camper days, we found that buying some block ice was more cost efficient.
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Old 05-27-2011, 11:12 PM   #4
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The actually make a good amount of ice pretty quick, but it is not very hard ice. It melts pretty quickly.
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Old 05-28-2011, 06:15 AM   #5
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I have one mounted in my front bin. It makes more ice than you can use. I got it at wallmart it is a Ice@easy brand It make 12 cubes every 15 minutes. You will still need a bag or 2 before you leave home to get you started.
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When we take a cooler, I usually collect ice from our fridge at home for a few days and store it in the deep freeze. I lasts pretty good.
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I guess I will have to look into this more. I usually drop a couple of frozen milk jugs with water into the coolers the day before we leave to get them started to cool off. I don't want to pay more thn $150 for one if I can help it.
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It is the age old problem...lol....if you can solve it, along with the mice problem....you could make a fortune
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It is the age old problem...lol....if you can solve it, along with the mice problem....you could make a fortune
What mice problem!!!!!!!! If my wife reads this she will never get in the TT again.
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Old 06-04-2011, 08:20 AM   #10
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I think most McD's still give free ice for the asking.. just flip on a ball cap and make like the coach of a little league team.
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