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Old 01-18-2013, 10:17 AM   #11
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It's probably much cheaper to buy an ice maker than a new 36BHDS.
But, is it as much fun?! Lol!
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:51 AM   #12
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I bought the one listed below after some minor research.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Igloo-Port...Maker/15162477

I honestly love the thing. Works like a champ. The only negative in my opinion is here in TX on a super hot day, when your AC is running full tilt, the ice maker pumps hot air out of the side vent (as its designed). But thats adding heat load to the inside of my trailer. Not a deal breaker. It makes is so fast though you can let it run all night and be full, put some in zip loc bags in the freezer, then never run it during the peak heat times of the day. I do use bottled water for it.

Also at our NASCAR track, I put it on a table outside and keep it full. Its a conversation piece alone...people think I brought a breadmaker.

Well worth the $119 so far.

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Old 01-19-2013, 10:25 AM   #13
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Got one from Camping World six years ago and still works fine.Has paid for itself many
times by not having to buy bags of ice.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:14 AM   #14
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I bought the one listed below after some minor research.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Igloo-Port...Maker/15162477

I honestly love the thing. Works like a champ. The only negative in my opinion is here in TX on a super hot day, when your AC is running full tilt, the ice maker pumps hot air out of the side vent (as its designed). But thats adding heat load to the inside of my trailer. Not a deal breaker. It makes is so fast though you can let it run all night and be full, put some in zip loc bags in the freezer, then never run it during the peak heat times of the day. I do use bottled water for it.

Also at our NASCAR track, I put it on a table outside and keep it full. Its a conversation piece alone...people think I brought a breadmaker.

Well worth the $119 so far.

Greg
Greg, being a fellow texan also, how much ice can it make a day in the heat of summer? We go through about 20 to 30 pounds a day while camping and fishing. 20 pounds is for the fish box the other 10 for the drinks!
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Old 01-19-2013, 02:29 PM   #15
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Rob,

It will keep up with all the drinks needed, but I don't think its ready to assist in keeping the coolers full. It has a rather small basket that shuts off production when its full. That basket holds about one sandwich ziploc bag of ice. I would say it fills that basket about every hour and a half or so.

So my opinion...in probably better measurements for this group, it would keep up with four mixed drink drinkers all day, and thats about it. :-)

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Old 01-19-2013, 03:45 PM   #16
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We don't use that much ice, so when our needs outgrow the tray in the freezer I expect we will get an ice maker as I refuse to buy ice (or bottled water).
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Old 01-19-2013, 05:21 PM   #17
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3 years ago I received my portable ice maker as a Father's Day present. I have not regretted it once. Before heading out to camp we always stock our coolers with ice. As soon as we set up we start up the ice maker. Now anytime we want ice for a drink we do not need to use the ice in the coolers. With 4 kids you realize they are always going into the cooler and digging around for what they want to drink and their hands are not always clean. With the ice maker we use bottled water because some campgrounds have a high mineral content. On a 11 day trip in Fort Wilderness in July our ice maker fought to keep up due to the heat so we also bough a bag of ice each day to replenish the coolers.
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Rob,

It will keep up with all the drinks needed, but I don't think its ready to assist in keeping the coolers full. It has a rather small basket that shuts off production when its full. That basket holds about one sandwich ziploc bag of ice. I would say it fills that basket about every hour and a half or so.

So my opinion...in probably better measurements for this group, it would keep up with four mixed drink drinkers all day, and thats about it. :-)

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Thanks Greg good info to have.
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Old 01-20-2013, 06:26 AM   #19
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I have always thought having one would be a good idea. I just stock up the 5-day ice chest with a smaller closed tray in the top for fresh kept meats etc and usually go get groceries and ice every two to three days.

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We love ours it was $100. It makes ice very fast and gets better as the inside of the ice maker cools down. We have an ice bucket that we put the excess ice into. The basket is just the right size to fill our friends margarita makerno regrets having one at all.
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