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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Cumberland County 5A
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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