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Old 07-07-2015, 07:13 PM   #11
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On my 12V cooler they warn you not to leave the cooler running when the car is shut off. We inadvertently left it on when pheasant hunting in North Dakota and nearly had to call a tow truck because it ran the battery down so the truck didn't want to start. I think it draws over 5 amps.

The other down side is it only drops the temp about 30 degrees from ambient. So if it is 75, the coldest it will get is 45 and it takes forever to cool down room temperature items.

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Old 07-11-2015, 08:33 AM   #12
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Or something like this, not sure what size you're looking for or if you need to refrigerate or freeze....uses less power than the thermoelectric coolers... they're not cheap either DCR50 & DCF50 | SunDanzer or http://www.engelcoolers.com/fridge-freezers

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Old 07-11-2015, 08:55 AM   #13
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Before we had our tt we used one and I would plug it in few days before at home and on the way in truck. Worked great we would get site with power and would stay cold. Did leave it in truck while parked and forgot about it , need boost. Lol if you have power site I would say they are good. Still have ours don't know if we need it yet, still waiting for first trip in tt !!
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Old 07-11-2015, 10:35 AM   #14
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Just throwing this out there. Check local RV dealers, Craigslist, what ever. Perhaps you can find an old RV frig set (around the 5cuft range) which runs on 120 or propane.
Years ago, I had acquired an old RV fridge from a dealer who sold it to me for $50.00. The AC heating element was faulty so it would not run on AC current. The propane side of it worked just fine. I purchased a propane line adapter which I would hook to the fridge and to a 20lb bottle with an inline regulator. I had to light the pilot manually, but once lit with the cover back in place, I was able to set it outside by the wheels. It worked great and because it had a small freezer inside, I was able to keep up with the ice demand for my scotch drinks.
Of course, I would pre run it at the house to chill it down and load it up, but it kept cold enough during transit to the camp site. We would boondock on our hunts for up to a month.
We also kept a couple of 50QT coolers and wrapped them in old sleeping bags. Using a chest freezer at home we would freeze 4 five gallon buckets of water. Two each of which would fit laying down in the cooler. At the hunt site, kept covered in a tarp and wrapped in the old sleeping bag, we had ready ice to get out deer meat off the bone and immediately on ice. With this method it was not uncommon for the coolers and ice to last for up to a month in 80 - 90 degree heat during September hunts in eastern Nevada.
All of that is past and null and void since I live in Alaska now.
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Old 09-18-2015, 04:58 AM   #15
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For week long boondocks I use a 50qt cooler with 6 bags of ice. Everything is kept cold. Somethings are tool cold, e.g. have had salads almost freeze. Lasts the week, meet, dairy, etc. (everything). Great for backyard parties and power outages too.
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Old 09-18-2015, 01:52 PM   #16
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Buy a couple blocks of dry ice. We camped for 4 days in 100 degree heat his summer and packed a a cooler with bags of crushed ice on one end and 3 blocks of dry ice on the other end. we kept the cooler closed except for withdrawing new ice and out of the direct sun. The bags of crushed ice were still solid on day 3 and starting to melt on day 4.
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Old 09-18-2015, 02:40 PM   #17
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We only have a very small freezer compartment in our OFF-ROAD POPUP trailer fridge... We bring everything in with us in our large 5-day Extreme Cooler. We are usually good for maybe three days at most... They lie about the 5-day part...

I fill it up with several bags of ice and have a top plastic box with lid to keep things in with out sitting in the cold water below...

This works out pretty good but we end up heading to town somewhere for more ice...

I have the front deck on my off-road popup which might be a good spot for a second cabinet size fridge or perhaps just a freezer type unit... Some folks just has an ice maker to supplement things with...

I got alot of battery power so I can survive pretty long off of that along with running my 2KW generator a few hours each day keeping all starting out each day/night with 90% charge state before running off the batteries all night long...

Never tried the large blocks of ice idea... Used to do at home years back and the large ice blocks certainly last longer than crushed ice...

Of course going back to town every few days means you need to stock up on meats and things so much... Just head for a WALMART and get more of what you need...

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