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Old 07-23-2015, 01:02 PM   #11
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Thank you 3'senough I'll have to check them out. I thought of a 12v refrigerator but having something sucking power all day was not an option when we boondock. I was hoping to use the ice maker just enough to make ice and then shut it off and let the cooler do it's thing.
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Old 07-23-2015, 03:07 PM   #12
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What worked for us when boondocking with a cooler full of beer and soda:
- Pre-chill the beverages at home
- Fill coolers with ice made at home
- reserve room in gas fridge for 2 ice cube trays
- Gas fridge could produce 4-6 trays of ice per day to keep the coolers replenished.
- Excess water was bailed out every few days.
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Old 07-23-2015, 07:06 PM   #13
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We have an igloo ice maker and works good for drinks and is perfect for our margaritaville margarita maker, one basket = one pitcher. To refill a cooler it will melt too fast. I think they draw a lot of power as well to use with solar power. The longer it runs the faster it makes ice. I find after about an hour or so it really churns out the ice .
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Old 07-24-2015, 12:18 AM   #14
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We have the Igloo ice maker. It's great for cocktails, but I can't imagine trying to fill a cooler with the small cubes.
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Old 07-24-2015, 03:04 AM   #15
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I use one of the "extreme" series coolers. I think Coleman. I fill it with store bought bagged ice. I can keep ice for 4+ days if I keep it out of direct sun and don't open the lid constantly. Then, I just bring in smaller quantities to the rv freezer for regular use.
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Old 07-24-2015, 04:04 AM   #16
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The Colman Extreme cooler is what we have too and for us ice melts in a day. I wish someone made a sun reflector tent for the cooler. Maybe that would help
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Old 07-24-2015, 06:34 AM   #17
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The Colman Extreme cooler is what we have too and for us ice melts in a day. I wish someone made a sun reflector tent for the cooler. Maybe that would help
Tawoo, PopUPGizmos makes cooler covers out of the same material that they use to make the Gizmos. It isn't insulated, but it is supposed to help extend the time it takes for the ice to melt in your cooler.
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Old 07-24-2015, 07:10 AM   #18
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That is EXACALLY what I was looking for. Thank you for the tip.
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The Colman Extreme cooler is what we have too and for us ice melts in a day. I wish someone made a sun reflector tent for the cooler. Maybe that would help
We also have the Coleman Extreme, and found if you can get block ice, it lasts longer. Our way, it's getting harder to find, but one block, and a couple of bags of cubes lasts several days, in the shade.
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