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Good Travel Cooler ??

Guys, our trailer has electric, but we only have a small refrigerator and the freezer is tiny. Thus we have to keep our bags of ice in our coolers for a our drinks. My cooler will only hold the ice well for 24 hours in warm wheather.I need one that will do about 48-96 hours. Sometimes I do 3-4 days at camp. What do you guys reccomend for a good locking lid cooler? You know, the kind with the latches on them. Something that will hold at least a 12 pack or larger. Thanks.

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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-02-2012, 09:00 PM
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Why not just buy a dorm size fridge will probably be cheeper than a quality ice chest. most when turned on high will freeze the contents.

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Get a Yeti! Not cheap but then you get what you pay for, and sounds like your at camp a good bit. We use ours constantly, and if you would fill it with ice day 1- you wont need to refill for the 3-4 days at camp. Plus they are strong as nails and have never fail hinges - not to sound like a commercial - but it is one of the best purchases, I have ever made - hands down.
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Yeti is the only way to go, buy once cry once.

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My buddy just bought a YETI , the cadillac of coolers about $450.......They are actually advertised as bear proof.......
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Yeti I also have a metal Coleman that holds ice for a few days and has a locking lid. But a Yeti is as good as they get.

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a hundred dollar dorm fridge or a 60 dollar cooler that you have to buy ice for .....go with the fridge

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Re: Good Travel Cooler ??

I have an Italian "dorm fridge" that dates to the early 80s. It was our first camp fridge that long ago. Once saw hard use, hasn't been used steadily for some time, but if I plug it in, let the compressor warm up before turning the thermostat up and letting it run, it'll probably last another 30 years?

Lent it to a Potter cousin who used it in their pop-up for several years, then it sat again. Used it a few years ago and it still works like a champ.

Hardest thing on refrigeration units, be they A/Cs, dehumidifiers or fridges, is plugging them in and turning them on right away, without letting the compressors warm up first. It's how I do things and always have. One A/C unit at camp, is over 30 years old, the smaller one is almost that old. Both still work fine. My Westinghouse dehumidifer is probably 30 years old and still goin' strong.

Plenty of small chi-com fridges around these days fer cheap. If ya got electric, why not just buy one and use it, instead of buying ice?

I have two small coolers that I use when hauling food to camp. One is a 48 qt. Coleman Poly-Lite that normally makes the trip. The other is a 40 qt. Igloo that I once used before someone gave me the Coleman. The Igloo actually keeps ice longer, but it doesn't have a hinged lid. It once kept my chow cold at camp on one bag of ice, when the power was off for four days. The walls are twice as thick as the Coleman's.

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Get a small size deep freeze............let it freeze up at home, unplug it and throw it on the truck........I imagine it would stay frozen that long....

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