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Old 07-08-2018, 08:41 AM   #1
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Cooler/Ice chest options ?

So I have been struggling with the volume of ice we are purchasing to keep food and drinks cold. The small camper fridge only holds so much and our current coolers melt 4 bags of ice a day in the shade.

Does anyone have experience with the different options available?

We only camp at full hook up sites so electric coolers are an option if they work.
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Old 07-08-2018, 08:57 AM   #2
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What is your average stay at a campground and do you usually stay more than 5 days? The reason I ask is because I see a fair number of " Yeti" coolers out there being used for extended cold.
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Old 07-08-2018, 09:12 AM   #3
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We have a Coleman 5 day rated cooler for the car. Tired of finding our drinks and snacks warm before the end of the day. The new 5 day model holds cold much longer. For $49 at Menards it is rated 50 quart. A little larger than we need while camping but nice for car road trips and taking groceries home on hot days.

5 days is theoretical. Everything must be pre chilled, only get into it very few times. But based on our old standard cooler it should last twice as long or longer per ice load.

PS Yetis are way overpriced and the owner is anti second amendment.

I agree with EvlDoer below, one way to take water or coolaid type drinks is to fill a gallon bottle a quarter full, let if freeze and repeat till full. When thawed, you have nice cold drinks. Have done it before like he does it.
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Old 07-08-2018, 09:17 AM   #4
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Try "bigger" coolers and "bigger" ice. Get more cooler than you need, and start with a couple blocks of ice rather cubes. After the cooler is loaded, top it off with cubes.
Whether using the cheap Coleman cooler, or the expensive Yeti cooler, it can't be packed full of food and beverage and a few ice cubes and stay cold.
I keep a couple gallon jugs and a couple half gallon jugs in my freezer. Those go in the cooler first, followed by refrigerated or frozen food and beverage (nothing warm goes in the cooler), then I dump on whatever ice cubes are left in the ice maker from the kitchen fridge. Easily keeps ice through a long weekend in my cheap Coleman cooler.
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Old 07-08-2018, 10:31 AM   #5
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I've had this one https://www.walmart.com/ip/Igloo-Ice...ooler/24413781 for about 5 years now and it's been good. I did have to replace the power cord a couple of years ago. These things must have skyrocketed in price because I only paid $89 for mine.
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Old 07-08-2018, 10:41 AM   #6
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It makes a huge difference is you pre-chill the cooler itself 24-48 hours before you even put anything in it. We have frozen gallon jugs in the freezer and a day or two before we are going to use the cooler, put the jugs in to cool the cooler down. We have no problem camping on out Pontoon boat in 100° weather for 3-4 days if the cooler is kept in the shade by doing this with just a plain old Coleman cooler. We also freeze bottles of water and as they thaw just drink them.
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Old 07-08-2018, 11:22 AM   #7
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I use RTIC brand coolers. Half price of yeti with equal performance
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Old 07-08-2018, 11:25 AM   #8
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Very good advice here.

Yeah it baffles me why folks will overspend - by a country mile - for a cooler so they can be politically aligned!
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Old 07-08-2018, 11:29 AM   #9
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So far we've only camped 2 and 3 day weekends. We do have a 5 day trip planned and need to prepare.
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Old 07-08-2018, 11:52 AM   #10
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There is a really good showdown of high end coolers on YouTube, I'll see if I can find the link.

We have one of the old Coleman X-Treme cooler which has walls about 2" thick. (Got it a garage/tag sale for $20) Using ice blocks, it will last about 4-5 days in summer heat. We tended to use this cooler for meat though, and only opened it once a day. New TT has a much larger fridge, so we don't use coolers much at all anymore. Maybe one for beer and pop if we have a lot of people on the site.

ETA: Here is the link to the one I watched. While looking this up I came across several others that do the same thing.
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