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Old 07-07-2015, 02:17 PM   #1
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12v cooler

Does anyone use a 12v cooler? We only dry camp and have to bring a cooler for our supplies. That means buying bag ice that, depending on the weather, may last a day or two. I'm interested in a 12v cooler to supplement the campers refrigerator and I'm wondering how bad they tax the batteries. I have two batteries plus a 100 watt solar panel with a Honda generator as backup. Think I will be ok?
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Old 07-07-2015, 02:22 PM   #2
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A 12V cooler is a waste of energy.


There is never enough 12VDC to go around.


If you have enough cooling capacity in the gas fridge, consider using it and freezer packs swapped in a passive cooler.
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Old 07-07-2015, 02:48 PM   #3
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Really? Ok Mike. The trouble is our freezer gets full because when we go it's sometimes for two weeks and where we go it's a drive to the nearest store. That means we have to stock up and always run out of frig and freezer space.
I was just wondering how well they worked and how much power they would eat. One thing for sure bag ice is a pain.
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We have one that's semi retired, meaning it doesn't get used anywhere nearly as much as it used to. It works fine in keeping cold stuff cold, but since it uses IIRC 4 amps, it's not something that you'd be able to use for a very long time. It's okay for keeping canned drinks cold, stuff like that.
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Really? Ok Mike. The trouble is our freezer gets full because when we go it's sometimes for two weeks and where we go it's a drive to the nearest store. That means we have to stock up and always run out of frig and freezer space.
I was just wondering how well they worked and how much power they would eat. One thing for sure bag ice is a pain.
If you can squeeze 1 medium-sized freezer pack into the gas fridge and swap it with the one in the cooler every 12 hours (adjust to local conditions) you should be fine. Just don't keep critical items (meat, dairy) in the cooler.
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I was forced into doing the 120V (dorm fridge) and 1kw genset for a 3-day excursion. I don't recommend it.
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I can do that. Might have to eliminate one ice cub tray for my Gin and Tonic but hey, were roughing it.
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I can do that. Might have to eliminate one ice cub tray for my Gin and Tonic but hey, were roughing it.
SWMBO would give me too much grief if I shorted her on her gin & tonic. I bought a bigger trailer.
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No ice for Gin and Tonic I agree you are roughing it
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Old 07-07-2015, 04:33 PM   #10
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What about something like this:

PORTA GAZ 3 Way Portable Refrigerator-pplmotorhomes.com

It's 3-way, so you could use 120V when you have shore power, 12V when you have enough of that to go around, or propane when you need to use it that way. It's a bit pricey IMHO, but if you're going to be out for a couple weeks, you might could benefit from something like this...?

Edit: It would be a shame not to have ice for the drinks...
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