Originally Posted by meck51
I tow around a condo on wheels. There is really not much in terms of roughing it. The whole point of going camping for me and the family is to get out and enjoy whatever comes along. I see no need to long for something that is going to make the trip easier for us. Just last night I was looking at an ice maker on CW, would make frozen cocktails and N/A smoothies for the kids feasible on long trips. Don't know if we will get it just yet, but its on the radar. For me I guess the answer to the actual question is, I buy what we need ASAP as I don't plan on working on vacation, we buy what we want when the price is right which usually means at least 25% off. In general though that applies to all of our purchases, my mother worked as a VP t a very large American company and always taught me, never pay retail.
We bought the Igloo counter top ice maker,, and got one heck of a deal!
Bought it on eBay for $99.00, free shipping. First one arrived damaged. Contacted the seller and she cut me a deal;
She paid for return shipping of the damaged one...
refunded me $40.00 for my troubles, and shipped me a new one.
So, our little Igloo ice maker only cost me $59.00 plus $12.00 for a 3 year extended warranty.
We're using it for the first time on a trip (used it for days at home) and LOVE IT! I bagged up several zip lock bags of ice and put them in the freezer at home. We put one in the freezer in the RV when we head out. That gives the little Igloo time to catch up to our usage.
I've made a frozen berry and Captain Morgan smoothie already, and I've got plans for a frozen margarita tonight!
I tested the little smoothie blender with some of the ice and it does a great job. Those ice cubes are "soft" type ice with a hole in the center. GREAT for smoothies, etc.
And yes, it does dump a tray of cubes every six minutes. We're had ours going since we got here and set up Friday evening.
One of the best "want" purchases we've made for the RV.