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Old 07-27-2017, 03:32 PM   #2761
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Back when I was growing up One wheel trailers were common. Two connections to the steel rear bumper and a wheel with a coil spring. People would stack their surplus wall tent, cooler, and "Camp Box" on them and head for the woods in their 54 Chevy.
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Old 07-27-2017, 04:02 PM   #2762
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Back when I was growing up One wheel trailers were common. Two connections to the steel rear bumper and a wheel with a coil spring. People would stack their surplus wall tent, cooler, and "Camp Box" on them and head for the woods in their 54 Chevy.
That huge tent slept about 12 and leaked like crazy!
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Old 07-27-2017, 04:07 PM   #2763
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I heard a rumor that Yeti's make ICE!

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I spent $210 dollar on ice on my last 11 night trip . If I could save $100 on each trip it would pay for the Yeti pretty quickly . I think I'm going to try out the RTIC brand coolers and compare to my friends Yeti's and see if they are just as good .
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Old 07-27-2017, 04:13 PM   #2764
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That huge tent slept about 12 and leaked like crazy!
I remember being told to never touch the inside of a tent when it rained. That's where leaks started.


I also remember that they all smelled like some government issue preservative. Smelled it again when I went overseas with the Army.
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Old 07-27-2017, 04:44 PM   #2765
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I remember being told to never touch the inside of a tent when it rained. That's where leaks started.


I also remember that they all smelled like some government issue preservative. Smelled it again when I went overseas with the Army.
Correct on all counts! Our Boy scout Troop had All WWII government surplus Tents and "That Smell" of the canvas on a Hot Day never leaves your Brain! Youroo!!
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Old 07-27-2017, 05:28 PM   #2766
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No ~~ unhitched and the RAM bed is full of air causing an overload condition...
Ouch ... you guys are harsh !!! That last one made our Trans Temp Warning Light flash a couple times even ....
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Old 07-27-2017, 06:40 PM   #2767
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Old 07-27-2017, 09:42 PM   #2769
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Who says you can't build your own.
That almost looks like an ice fishing shanty.
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Old 07-27-2017, 11:59 PM   #2770
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No ~~ unhitched and the RAM bed is full of air causing an overload condition...
A truck bed at 4' x 6' is 3456 sq in. Add air to the bed at atmospheric pressure of 14# per sq in gives you a weight of 48384#.

Yea, that truck is overloaded.
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Old 07-28-2017, 02:22 PM   #2771
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surely we aren't the only ones who know to fill old milk jugs w/ water and freeze 'em.... then if you add some crush ice, it all stays cold for 2-3 days. no more buying ice every day over the weekend, AND no spending hundos on a stupid cooler.
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Old 07-28-2017, 02:28 PM   #2772
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We know how to, but our bottom freezer will not hold jugs and food. Not everyone has multiple freezers.

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Old 07-28-2017, 02:32 PM   #2773
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surely we aren't the only ones who know to fill old milk jugs w/ water and freeze 'em.... then if you add some crush ice, it all stays cold for 2-3 days. no more buying ice every day over the weekend, AND no spending hundos on a stupid cooler.
Yes, blocks of ice keep things cold longer, while crushed ice is better for cooling things down quickly.
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Old 07-28-2017, 02:47 PM   #2774
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7.1 cubic foot freezer from lowes - $178
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Old 07-28-2017, 02:49 PM   #2775
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Yes, blocks of ice keep things cold longer, while crushed ice is better for cooling things down quickly.
that's why we do a ittle of both. 2 frozen milk jugs + 1 bag ice in a cheap walmart cooler... drinks went in warm and were cool from noon Friday through noon sunday...

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Old 07-28-2017, 03:05 PM   #2776
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Milk jugs are fine........but flimsy. I've found these things work better......but you need to have a few industrial type razor blades to cut the tops off. Plus that makes getting the ice out of the container easier, and reuse these containers.

2 liter coke bottles

best one ever is gallon (or more) canola/peanut oil jug. Even has a built in raised 'line' to cut top off evenly. Clean in dishwasher, top rack.

I also use the 1 liter (I think?) bottles that Walmart flavored water comes in. Cut off the label, cut off the top. These make GREAT smaller block ice to fit in tight places in the cooler.

OH.......and I have a rotomolded cooler not just because it keeps ice longer......I rarely need that. I have them because they last 10X longer.
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Old 07-28-2017, 03:10 PM   #2777
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Milk jugs are fine........but flimsy. I've found these things work better......but you need to have a few industrial type razor blades to cut the tops off. Plus that makes getting the ice out of the container easier, and reuse these containers.

2 liter coke bottles

best one ever is gallon (or more) canola/peanut oil jug. Even has a built in raised 'line' to cut top off evenly. Clean in dishwasher, top rack.

I also use the 1 liter (I think?) bottles that Walmart flavored water comes in. Cut off the label, cut off the top. These make GREAT smaller block ice to fit in tight places in the cooler.

OH.......and I have a rotomolded cooler not just because it keeps ice longer......I rarely need that. I have them because they last 10X longer.
cut the tops off?
I just put the jug in the cooler. when we get home, it goes back in the freezer to re-freeze...


Sometimes I freeze a dozen water bottles, knowing in a couple days they'll still be really cold to drink, if not still have ice in them, but they help keep everything else cold in the mean time.....

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We opted for the Walmart version by Ozark Trails. You are supposed to precool the day before using. Our mistake was not taking it out of storage sooner and putting it in house. The cooler was warm to the touch when we put three 10 pound bags of ice over 36 warm soda cans, resulting in 1 opened bag melting in mere minutes. The other 2 bags were about 1/2 melted by the next morning. We emptied the water and loaded it into the back of our toad. After a long afternoon of thunderstorms and rain we headed out of Arizona towards San Diego. The back of the Jeep had to be in the 100s, but the ice was intact 24 hours later. In San Diego we put one 20 lb bag of ice in and while the ice was melted, the cans were still ice cold upon arriving home from the LA area and 15 hours of hot desert driving. Total time in use was about 10 hours shy of a week. In total used 50 pounds of ice along with a few big freezer ice packs
We intend to plan ahead and pull from storage sooner as well as get a few milk jugs frozen before our next trip. We also hope we don't need to leave the cooler sitting on a hot asphalt pad on future trips.
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cut the tops off?
I just put the jug in the cooler. when we get home, it goes back in the freezer to re-freeze...


Sometimes I freeze a dozen water bottles, knowing in a couple days they'll still be really cold to drink, if not still have ice in them, but they help keep everything else cold in the mean time.....

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That works, fine.

But I like to dump the ice out of the container when it melts just a little bit, and have JUST ice in the ice chest.....and refill the container right then. Plus, it works better without the insulation of the container. That's picky, yes, and your way works fine. Just explaining why I do it.

If you want cold water to drink, your way is best of course.
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Maybe this'll bring the thread back... I saw this at a RV park:



At my site, in fact... this was mid-process while I was investigating my awning motor issues. (Since resolved.)
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