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Old 11-19-2012, 09:05 PM   #1
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Portable Ice Machine

Looking at getting one of these for Christmas to use when we are RVing in the summer.. seems we are ALWAYS leaving the campsite for ice... anyway... does anyone use a portable ice machine... do you love it. why did you choose the one you have?

there are so many out there.. but none of them seem to stand out of the crowd!

suggestions are welcome!

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Old 11-19-2012, 09:23 PM   #2
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We boiught one at Target on sale for $109 and have been very happy with it. We make ice and put it in zip lock bags in the freezer, usually get by with making ice about every other day.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:28 PM   #3
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We got one of these last year, and it works as advertised. We never run out of ice. We keep it in one of the cargo bays, plugged in so we don't have to go in and out of the RV when we patio for the afternoon.

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Old 11-19-2012, 10:28 PM   #4
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We got one of these last year, and it works as advertised. We never run out of ice. We keep it in one of the cargo bays, plugged in so we don't have to go in and out of the RV when we patio for the afternoon.

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How do you add water under there? How often?
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:17 AM   #5
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How do you add water under there? How often?
thats the question i was about to ask,now we can bothe find out
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:54 AM   #6
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We got one of these last year, and it works as advertised. We never run out of ice. We keep it in one of the cargo bays, plugged in so we don't have to go in and out of the RV when we patio for the afternoon.

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Old 11-20-2012, 07:10 AM   #7
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We use an Emerson brand from Target.

Usually, we will keep it on a small folding table under the awning, unless it is extremely hot, then it goes into the storage basement to stay out of the sun.

It works well, and we are on the 5th year using it.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:16 AM   #8
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Been using one for two years and love it, dont need to buy ice and will put out a basket a ice every half hour.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:53 AM   #9
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Please list the manufacture of your ice maker, when responding to this post…..
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:25 AM   #10
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We also have the Emerson from Target. Excellent machine!
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:40 AM   #11
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My mistake in our brand of ice maker. We too have the Emerson model identified by others. It looks amazingly similar to the one sold at CW, and I know we looked at their ice machines at one time. Actually..when you really look at both of them, it wouldn't surprise me if they were made by the same manufacturer.

As far as filling it up between making ice........you can top it up in the baggage compartment using a hose, or just lift it out from time to time and top it up there. Keeping it out of the direct sun is key to having it perform well. As far as how often..........how thirsty are you?
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:11 PM   #12
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Been using a Sunpentown portable ice maker for three years. We keep ours in doors due to the Texas heat. There are cheaper units, they are all about the same. Portable ice maker is a must for the RV.
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:38 AM   #13
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thats the question i was about to ask,now we can bothe find out
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i am still looking looking for how you add water
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i am still looking looking for how you add water
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Don't have one, but from a video on youtube, you lift a basket and pour the water into the bottom, reinsert the basket, close the cover and punch the button for whatever type of ice you want, small, medium or large.
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Don't have one, but from a video on youtube, you lift a basket and pour the water into the bottom, reinsert the basket, close the cover and punch the button for whatever type of ice you want, small, medium or large.
What dunnc said, pretty easy. I have dometic, works good.
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:42 PM   #16
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We are considering this one:
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Old 11-22-2012, 05:03 PM   #17
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Go for it. Looks as good as any. Price not that bad.
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Bought ours at target several years ago and really like it.
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:42 PM   #19
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Just saw one on the CW Black Friday sale. Dometic (small) for $149.
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:42 AM   #20
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I am camping right now and am using my ice machine for the first time and I cant believe how wonderful it is. No more buying ice, you are going to love owning it.
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