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Old 01-06-2016, 08:10 PM   #1
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Portable ice makers

OK so this might be a bit of an odd ball question, but do any of you have ice machines and if so size and per day capacity. Currently running in a 312 qbud but besides the reefer we also keep a adult beverage cooler. Buying ice can get pricey, so off the wall though buy the ice maker, attach to water line in outdoor kitchen and ice for coolers. What's everyone's thoughts?
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Old 01-06-2016, 08:15 PM   #2
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I bought one from CampingWorld. It makes a decent amount of ice and the price is right. I do not connect it to a water line, but the reservoir hold enough water to make a fair amount of ice. Keep in mind if the ice sits unused for a while, it melts and goes back into the reservoir. I usually get my first useable batch of ice in less than a hour.
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Ones I been looking at have reservoir and line. Really looking at the one and it produces 44lb a day
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I bought one from CampingWorld. It makes a decent amount of ice and the price is right. I do not connect it to a water line, but the reservoir hold enough water to make a fair amount of ice. Keep in mind if the ice sits unused for a while, it melts and goes back into the reservoir. I usually get my first useable batch of ice in less than a hour.
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Need to get back to you....I'm in the Arizona desert and ice maker is home for this trip. Believe wife got it thru Amazon.Wait'n on text....Edge star brand, IP210BL model
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We have a counter top mode that you just fill up. We'll make a gallon of ice for putting into cups and that lasts us for 2-3 days. About $100 from Walmart or some other such store. They all seem like the same machine with different skin.
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If you want anything other than the common one mentioned, you will probably need an undercounter unit for residential use. 800 bucks and up.
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We travel a lot and use multiple coolers a day, we bought a counter top version from Kohl's and are very happy with it. We also will put water bottles in the freezer and between the 2 methods we have always had enough ice to get us through, most of the times we through some ice out by the end of our day on Sunday.
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Need to get back to you....I'm in the Arizona desert and ice maker is home for this trip. Believe wife got it thru Amazon.Wait'n on text....Edge star brand, IP210BL model
I believe the one I was looking at was the edgestar if80ss
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They are around $180-200.00 Check Amazon and the will make about 20lbs a day. Many different MFG.
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Old 01-07-2016, 01:26 AM   #12
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I got a $99 one from Samsclub and has worked great for me the past 2 years. My wife has to have ice in everything she drinks. I can make a batch good enough for her large drinking cups in about 8 minutes. Sure beats having me drive into town every 3 days for ice while we camp in the boonies.
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Old 01-07-2016, 09:39 AM   #13
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We have the larger unit that makes up to 50 lbs per day. We like it much better than the smaller units. It makes enough ice to keep a large chest full and all we use for drinks.

I would like to have one that hooks to a water line and dumps into a freezer, but they're too bulky and expensive to haul around for camping.
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Old 01-07-2016, 10:01 AM   #14
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I considered buying an ice maker when I had my 5er, but decided to go with a powered cooler/freezer instead. I found an 85qt for right at $500 and is the best money spent. It will hold temps from -8 to 45 degrees. Once items (meat, etc)were frozen, we would add refrigerated items on top and set temp to 30-32, which was perfect. Kept drinks cold without freezing and kept frozen items frozen. No ice to worry about, no water from melted ice getting into food items. Works off 120v and 12v.
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Old 01-07-2016, 01:16 PM   #15
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We have this unit: Edgestar IP210TI Titanium Portable Ice Maker, Gray. It keeps our adult beverage cooler cold though out the summer. I think it makes ice every 10-12 mins.
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If you buy/have a Ice maker Don't tell Turbs! That Boy can go through some Ice! Youroo!!
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Old 01-07-2016, 01:47 PM   #17
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I bought an Igloo brand for around $100 for our Aframe camper. It works great. When I first set up I fill it with water and in about 30-45 minutes the first batch of ice is ready. I that ice in baggies and put it in the frig and then fill it again. About 3 sandwich bags full of ice does us.

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If you buy/have a Ice maker Don't tell Turbs! That Boy can go through some Ice! Youroo!!
I'm pretty sure we were going through at least 100lbs of ice a day in Nashville!
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we bought the Igloo Compact Ice Maker From Sam's club. It was on sale for $79.95

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Old 01-07-2016, 02:20 PM   #20
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I bought this one: Robot Check

It works OK from the outdoor kitchen in cooler months.

I don't bother in warmer months because it can't keep up at all if in the outdoor kitchen, and the exhaust makes way too much heat if I put it inside the trailer. Also it dumps ice pretty regularly which would wake us up all night long. So inside the TT is out. Outside the TT works OK in cooler months only.

We have made fall trips, including a 7 day trip for cycling, where I did not have to buy ice. I regularly went to retrieve ice from the ice maker and brought inside to the freezer. This provided enough ice for cycling and regular drinks with ice. This won't work in summer in Texas. The ice melts in the bin before the next set is dumped in, so it never makes any progress. I tried shading it and putting a styrofoam ice chest over the ice bucket part to try to help it out but it wasn't enough.

Basically, it works pretty well if the ambient temp is cool. If the only cool ambient temp available is inside the trailer, it will make your trailer hot with the constant hot exhaust and keep you up all night.
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