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Old March 19th, 2014, 10:36 AM   #21
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I have an igloo brand cooler that holds 145 cans, can't recall how many quarts. I routinely use it for 4 day trips, it sits in the bed of my black truck underneath a black tonneau cover. I typically have to refill it with ice from the party store once during a trip. I have no complaints, I bought it at the walmarts or kmarts and it says "Made in USA" on the bottom of it. Houston TX to bexact.
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Old March 19th, 2014, 10:50 AM   #22
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I like this suggestion. One of the problems I have with milk jugs is that they tend to split when you freeze them. To avoid it I fill it part way, freeze, add more, freeze, etc... A stronger soda bottle might help.

Nice thing with jugs is that if you get them real clean, as the ice melts, you get a nice supply of ice cold water.
the 2 liter bottles have only broken once or twice, but he usually grabs new ones once or twice a summer.

when we are done fishing, we put the crappie/walleye in a heavy gauge trash bag and place the 2 liters on top of them to chill them down. make for easier cleaning, and they don't rot in the back of the truck.
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Old March 19th, 2014, 11:04 AM   #23
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Ive been trying to find an old metal one myself.
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Old March 19th, 2014, 11:05 AM   #24
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The ice melting and the cold water surrounding your food keeps it colder than frozen milk jugs and 2 liters will do.

I do a combination of both we buy gatorade in powder form and make up milk jugs of it, freeze it, and put all of our food in tupperwear containers and then add ice over top of the whole shebang.

We also freeze all of our meats that we take with us, so it stays colder that way as well.
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Old March 19th, 2014, 11:15 AM   #25
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Ive been trying to find an old metal one myself.
Why would you want an old metal one? Just curious I have one I was debating on scrapping because I thought they weren't as efficient.
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Old March 19th, 2014, 01:57 PM   #26
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The ice melting and the cold water surrounding your food keeps it colder than frozen milk jugs and 2 liters will do.

I do a combination of both we buy gatorade in powder form and make up milk jugs of it, freeze it, and put all of our food in tupperwear containers and then add ice over top of the whole shebang.

We also freeze all of our meats that we take with us, so it stays colder that way as well.

That was my plan....do a combo of big blocks and regular cubes
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Why would you want an old metal one? Just curious I have one I was debating on scrapping because I thought they weren't as efficient.
Only use it for a day usually, and I think they look cool
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Old March 19th, 2014, 05:58 PM   #28
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My experience with 12V coolers is that they kill a battery fairly quick, like within 24 hours. The OP wants to rustic camp for 3-4 days.
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Most of the 12v coolers that i know of will only maintain a temperature of something like 45 degrees below the air temperature, so on a 100 degree day your ice cream would be a nice 55 degree soup. Unless you get the ARB version that works a little differently I think, but they start at like $900...
I use a marine cooler with the milk jug or block ice method for camping.
I didnt say 12v cooler. I said 12v fridge/freezer. They can easily keep things well below freezing in any temp. They are insulated well to and are very energy efficient.

Mine is a 43 quart size. I have set the temp at 25 degrees running off my vehicle for 4 days in the middle of the summer. It kicks on and off just long enough to maintain temps and has a low voltage shutoff to prevent your battery from being completely drained. It also is capable of both 12v and 110.

The well known brand is ARB but they are almost $1000. Mine is an Edgestar. They can be picked up for under $500. If you keep an eye on them they have sales all the time for much less. Expo forums has a lengthy thread about these with great reviews. I love mine.

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the 2 liter bottles have only broken once or twice, but he usually grabs new ones once or twice a summer.
I switched to the square cranberry juice jugs, more efficient space use in freezer and cooler, have not had a single one break.

I use them over and over, usually have 5-10 in the freezer until deer season when I need more freezer space.
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I switched to the square cranberry juice jugs, more efficient space use in freezer and cooler, have not had a single one break.



I use them over and over, usually have 5-10 in the freezer until deer season when I need more freezer space.

That's what we use
2 in a big boat cooler go a long way
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