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Old 08-06-2013, 05:22 PM   #41
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Yeti, got 3, love all of them. My favorite is the 35, but every now and then use the bigger one. Heavy sometimes, pricey, but once you own one, it's the last one you'll ever need to purchase. I don't see how you can tear one up. We too use an ice maker to keep them topped off, especially when fishing. Hadn't bought ice in a bag since I got the ice maker.
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:49 PM   #42
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^^^ thats a lot of money to keep your beer cold. shoot, thats a lot of beer period
yep it is. You can make it up in about 100years with less ice and cheap beer. You'd have to buy alot of beer, so there's an advantage there.
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I have a 30-year old Coleman "Steel Belted", that is finally beginning to wear out. The plastic in the top is cracking, and the plastic bottom is worn out from dragging it on the ground.

I have replaced the drain and the hinges twice, and I just finished patching the lid and the bottom with polyurethane caulk. It keeps ice for four to five days if I pre-cool it. I use the refreezable ice bags that come with medical supplies to precool, but they don't surround beer well enough to suit me.

My grown kids have fond memories of this thing, and I'm reluctant to toss it, plus it fits perfectly in the rack over the spare tire on my Wrangler!

I bought one of the Anniversary models of the Coleman for $125, and it ain't worth a darn! Money down the drain for a little cooler with an Anniversary logo on it. Friends bought the same cooler at Wal*Mart with no name on it for $35, and even they feel ripped off.

I go on a "Man Trip" twice a year to Jawbone Canyon In the Southern California High Desert, and we use Coleman Extremes for Beer, Soda, Water, and seats, and they last 8-10 years of very heavy use.
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Old 08-06-2013, 06:21 PM   #44
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yep it is. You can make it up in about 100years with less ice and cheap beer. You'd have to buy alot of beer, so there's an advantage there.
Yea, I guess its like the discussion about our TVs; gas or diesel - initial cost, fuel prices, operating costs. LOL

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Old 08-09-2013, 11:48 AM   #45
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We bought an ice maker and a coleman 12V cooler... problem solved
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Old 08-27-2013, 10:27 AM   #46
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Just thought i would update my experience so far with my cooler quest......

i first purchased as i mentioned in a previous post an igloo yukon. ive only had it a month or so and have not EXTENSIVELY tested it in a long term camping situaton, but i will say its built sturdy and definantly holds ice better than my 30$igloo.....i do miss the wheels tho

i also recently recieved as a gift a Yeti 65 ... seems a little more hefty than the igloo...again i have not extensively tested it, but i had it on my patio outside with beer in it and it still had 35 degree water, with a lil ice , after about 8 days sitting out there..avg of 100 degrees outside....and the price was just right....LOL

as a side note, i have a custom wood cooler on my patio....basically made of 1x6 cedar planks to form a box with a rubbermaid tub inside to hold the drinks.....for insulation i just flipped the thing over after i built it and used 2inch foil backed foam to form an outer shell around the tub with a 2 inch gap....then i filled the 2inch gap with open cell spray foam....total cost was about 40....the only real insulation issue on this one is the lid....it just has a 2inch piece of foam cut to fit the inside of the lid when i close it.....anyway, my point is that this same cooler on my patio will hold drinks/ice for 3-4 days in texas summer heat (100 all the dang time)....just not super mobile nor would it last long banging around in my truck....


so im heading out this week camping and ill take my cheapie, the yukon, and the yeti and see how they compare....

so far i put a sea deck foam traction pad on my yeti, and its the bomb for using as a step to get in my lifted truck while im loading it..!! then when im done i just put the yeti in and lock it with a cable...pretty handy...


well see what happens....
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Old 08-27-2013, 12:11 PM   #47
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I have a 30-year old Coleman "Steel Belted", that is finally beginning to wear out. The plastic in the top is cracking, and the plastic bottom is worn out from dragging it on the ground.

I have replaced the drain and the hinges twice, and I just finished patching the lid and the bottom with polyurethane caulk. It keeps ice for four to five days if I pre-cool it. I use the refreezable ice bags that come with medical supplies to precool, but they don't surround beer well enough to suit me.

My grown kids have fond memories of this thing, and I'm reluctant to toss it, plus it fits perfectly in the rack over the spare tire on my Wrangler!

I bought one of the Anniversary models of the Coleman for $125, and it ain't worth a darn! Money down the drain for a little cooler with an Anniversary logo on it. Friends bought the same cooler at Wal*Mart with no name on it for $35, and even they feel ripped off.

I go on a "Man Trip" twice a year to Jawbone Canyon In the Southern California High Desert, and we use Coleman Extremes for Beer, Soda, Water, and seats, and they last 8-10 years of very heavy use.
My 35 year old Coleman is still going strong. Best ice chest ever made.
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i remember my dad having one of those as a kid going camping n fishing.....seems like it lasted forever...??...unfortunantly i didnt inherit it, so i get to waste my own money on coolers i WILL give to my kid! LOL

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Old 08-31-2013, 04:45 PM   #49
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Yeti...Will keep ice 5 times longer that igloo..But like vehicles you get what you pay for...
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Old 08-31-2013, 05:41 PM   #50
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Here's a picture of our latest cooler that we have been using. A friend of ours worked for a pharmaceutical company and they packed drugs in these I believe. Keeps ice for days.
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Old 09-02-2013, 03:28 PM   #51
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We just put our Yeti to the extreme test;

Nine days, sitting in a black truck with a black tonneu cover out in bald open sun, or running down the road in open sun, temps in the 90s. We put ice in it three times, the last time being Saturday.

It's sitting in the kitchen now (Monday) with LOTS of ice still in it.

Yeah, I think we'll keep it.

P.S. yeah, we kept it locked up.
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:44 PM   #52
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We just put our Yeti to the extreme test;

Nine days, sitting in a black truck with a black tonneu cover out in bald open sun, or running down the road in open sun, temps in the 90s. We put ice in it three times, the last time being Saturday.

It's sitting in the kitchen now (Monday) with LOTS of ice still in it.

Yeah, I think we'll keep it.

P.S. yeah, we kept it locked up.
same here....locked and loaded my yeti 65 with about 45 various beverages and 25lbs of ice.....this was on thurs aug 29th....cooler rode in truck bed or sat by my camper the whole time....temps were in upper 90s day and mid 40s night...as of this morning (sept 4th) there was still a layer of ice 2 inches thick and very cold water under that...its still in the back of the truck....im gonna leave it a few more days and see how long it goes..

the same 25lbs in my igloo roller cheapie was half melted by friday (the 30th) afternoon and only a few cubes left by the end of the day on the 1st

the igloo yukon, actually was on par with the yeti....but by today only had cold water in it....

an interesting but non scientific comparison.....at the end of the day, cost aside, i got what i wanted....CONVENIENCE .....filled the yeti/yukon with ice and didnt need to add more or mess with it the rest of the trip.....we can sit and argue over cheaper ways to solve the ice problem , but given my wants and desires, im perfectly happy with what i have and do not regret their purchase.
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Old 09-06-2013, 10:33 AM   #53
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Best ice chest

We have a Dometic Ice Maker and love it. Works very well and keeps the coolers full of ice. If you are on power or have a generator I recommend this option. With the price and inconvenience of bagged ice it doesn`t take long to pay for this appliance.
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I have looked at the yeti but they are just expensive. I have had the same coleman extreme for years and it keeps ice great. filled it up with cooled water and soda on friday squeezed 40lbs of ice and it still had some on monday. The real key is to open the drain as long as the water can run out the ice will last longer think ice box not cold river for drink cooling.

It was in direct sun all day everyday and about 100 during the day and cooled to about 80 at night.
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We have a Dometic Ice Maker and love it. Works very well and keeps the coolers full of ice. If you are on power or have a generator I recommend this option. With the price and inconvenience of bagged ice it doesn`t take long to pay for this appliance.

if there were a small ice maker that could make AND STORE ice automatically I would be interested......but truth is I tried an ice maker and I just wasn't around enough to harvest the crop so to speak...LOL.....

on another note, I finally unstrapped and unlocked my yeti from the truck today....the ice was all melted, but the water was still reading 39 degrees...so after 8 days the original 24lbs of ice I put in has run its course....but the drinks are still nice and cold....given my personal needs and desires I feel the yeti (and the igloo Yukon) were both worth the money.....not so much because of a perceived value, but because of the actual CONVIENENCE and less stress the extra cooling retention provided....it was one less thing to worry about while spending my week in sippapu with my wife and child....cheapest way to have ice? maybe not, .but that time has NO price in my opinion on these always too short camping outings.......and always having ice for my adult end of day wind down cocktails was sure nice..

as I always say, to each their own.....these coolers have a place for some, and not so much for others....but it all depends on your needs, and desires......ice is ice at the end of the day.......I just want it for the least amount of effort and time as possible....but that's just me...
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My 35 year old Coleman is still going strong. Best ice chest ever made.
Not sure that mine is that old, but I remember having it in the 80's when I was a kid. It is by far the best cooler I have ever personally had dealings with. I hope it never falls apart as they don't make them like this anymore.
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