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Old 01-12-2016, 01:55 PM   #1
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Cooler Talk-Coleman, Yeti and Rtic

While its in the 20's here I wanted to try to get why it would be worth buying a Yeti Cooler at a huge, ridiculous cost. Reason I ask is that i have been seeing what appears to be a copy or improvement of the yeti design by a new company called Rtic. They claim they are better and at 1/2 the cost. I like my (What I thought was expensive) Coleman xtreme cooler. I can see why they would be popular with fisherman and hunters due to the construction but I dont see any reason it would be a must have for a RVer. Any comments?

BTW Yeti 65Qt is roughly 400.00 and the Rtic is 199. My Coleman was I think 50 bucks...and i have two of them

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Old 01-12-2016, 02:25 PM   #2
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I have a Yeti 45 that I use for food while tent camping and beer/soda for RV camping. It's great if camping in the heat but for RVs it's overkill IMO.
They also keep things warm very well, like breakfast tacos when the scout troop has taco sales fund raisers at the church.

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Old 01-12-2016, 02:39 PM   #3
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I can go almost 1 1/2 - 2 weeks with ice in the Yeti. Thats in 70-80 deg temps, This is providing its not opened to many times a day, I would say we open it maybe 2 time per day. Same with the Yeti tumblers. i can keep it in a closed car with ice water in it and still have ice the next day. And it does not sweat.

Keep the cooler shaded and covered with a reflective cover.
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Old 01-12-2016, 04:01 PM   #4
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I have a Yeti 65 and we generally load it with just ice if we are planning to mountain bike or race. This provides enough ice to fill everyone's camel backs for several days in the hot Texas sun.

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Old 01-12-2016, 04:12 PM   #5
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Three seems to be a revolution in coolers right now. Yeti, Pelican, etc. demonstrated that we will pay more for a better cooler. Not arguing that Yeti type coolers are presently the best, but a bit expensive for many. Hey, I'm a teacher and only use a cooler about one month's worth a year. In the current "middle ground" of coolers I offer this;
We just "tested" one of Coleman's new line of coolers, the Xtreme Marine 6 day series. These have thicker walls (more insulation) than typical coolers. The difference in thickness is obvious, however, the walls are not as thick as a Pelican or Yeti. On the plus side, it does not weigh 50 lbs empty. We used it for a month from FL to Utah. Carried it in the back of our FJ when traveling (read 80F environment), it spent 4 days on the Green river in a canoe, and the rest of the time in camp with temps often 90+. Bottom line, these things work! We only bought ice 5 times during the trip.
Coleman only recently debuted this line (9/2014). What you will (mostly) find in stores is their Xtreme Series 5 coolers. Series 6 can be ordered directly from Coleman. To get special pricing, go to Coleman - Outdoor Gear for Camping, Hiking and Tailgating / US and navigate to the Sitemap link. Under the heading Buy Coleman Products click on Coleman Family Store. Enter "Family" in the promo code box and you will see special pricing on any item you select from that point on. They have various sizes available.
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Old 01-13-2016, 12:09 PM   #6
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I priced on 500+ I decided I could buy a lot of ice. Now we.don't need one with rv but we do have an ice maker we take in certain parts of the country.
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Old 01-13-2016, 12:11 PM   #7
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Word of caution about the RTIC coolers. I "reserved" one on Aug 17, 2015. I paid for it on Sept 1, 2015 and was told delivery would be within 90 days. I then received notification that it would be delivered by Dec, 30, 2015. My most recent notification shows that it is still backordered with a delivery of Jan 29, 2016. It looks like a great cooler, just don't expect rapid delivery.
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Old 01-13-2016, 12:21 PM   #8
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I've read positive reviews of the Yeti, and obviously some supporters here. For me it would be overkill.

I use the Coleman Extreme, 58 quart cooler and have been quite happy with it's performance.

I freeze a 10 litre (2.5 Gallon) jug of spring water, cut it out of the container and drop it into the cooler, it fits perfect. it will last 8 days with bags of cubes added every two or three days. I also bought a "cooler cover" from Pop Up Gizmos to help.
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Personally no need for a high dollar cooler for an RV at a campground......... I can stand to loose a $50 cooler but a $200-$500 dollar cooler is likely to grow legs.......

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Old 01-13-2016, 01:37 PM   #10
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Igloo Keeps it Cold

Several years ago, we found a 120 qt Igloo cooler at a garage sale for $1.00. It was a great cooler until we forgot to close the tailgate. You can guess the rest.Well, this cooler worked so well that we bought a 120 qt. Igloo Polar on Amazon for $56. Both of these coolers have kept fresh frozen fish, meat, and veggies rock solid for 4 days and 1,700 miles. Absolutely no thawing. Why pay more when you can get these results for less?

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