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Old 07-29-2017, 01:31 PM   #21
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Do you REALLY need to spend $500 when $30 will do?

IF you have $500-1200 you don't need AND

1--you will regularly be dumping it down a cliff or letting it fall out of your truck at 60 mph, OR

2--you want to show off something you can bequeath in your will to annoy your brother-in-law,

THEN by all means spend all the money you can on a big swag factor cooler that will outlast you. You might need to buy aftermarket wheels or get help to move it.

OTHERWISE, spend less than $30 on a Coleman Xtreme 50Qt on WHEELS https://www.walmart.com/ip/Coleman-X...ooler/23374667 [or whatever size you need--100 Quart size is less than $65]

A Coleman will need replacement in 5 to 15 years, but it will keep the iced drinks effectively as well as a Yeti, it will take up less room and weigh much less, you can move it almost effortlessly with one hand, and you could replace it every year for 15 years and still save money.

Seriously, Pelican now has a $380 MSRP 45 quart on wheels that you might be able to get for about $300, but unless you expect SEVERE physical abuse, it might be hard to justify even that expense.
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Old 07-29-2017, 03:00 PM   #22
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Siberian coolers work real well. The cost of one is between a Yeti and Rtic.
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Old 07-29-2017, 03:11 PM   #24
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I have been researching a new cooler for our drinks because our fridge is on the small side I have a Rubbermaid 3 day cooler was wondering if any one had a cooler that really last as long or close to what manufactures state I was wanting real world results not the manufactures hype of fill it up with ice and drinks a never open it and you will get 9 days out of your ice that's not real world when we go camping we use our cooler in it several times throughout the day to get something to drink just don't want to buy something thst I will regret later thanks for the help


I searched and searched for coolers and ended up buying 3 of them. A yeti, a Polaris and a Ozark. They all held ice for 3 days before completely melted. On the open and closing test again all about the same.
For me the best value was the Ozark ( wal mart brand) about third the price of a yeti, just as tough.
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Old 07-29-2017, 03:45 PM   #25
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I have 2 hard sided Yetis and also.a Yeti hopper for.the beach. Take all 3 with for drinks beer whatever. 5vr fridge holds the food items.
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Old 07-29-2017, 04:31 PM   #26
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Freeze a couple of 2 liter bottles of salt water and add some frozen bottles of frozen drinking water and drink stay cold longer. The salt water bottles can be refrozen over night and replaced in the cooler come Morning. No need for an expensive cooler
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Old 07-29-2017, 04:49 PM   #27
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We've been using a Koolatron 12-volt plug-in portable fridge for many years. Keeps everything nice and cool as long as you have power. Handy to keep in the cab of our TV if we need a cool drink while underway. Runs very quietly night and day. Just make sure you plug it in with the correct polarity, or you will end up with hot beer like me!!
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Old 07-29-2017, 05:31 PM   #28
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I have a little frig for out side to keep my drinks cold No need for ice as long you have elec
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Old 07-29-2017, 06:59 PM   #29
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I have been using a CANYON cooler (Yeti like at less cost) for several years with good results. Feed the frig once a day from the cooler with the day's requirements. Precool and minimize opening for any ice chest for best results.
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Old 07-29-2017, 08:59 PM   #30
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Rtic and Yeti are pretty good, and will hold the contents' temperature for a long time. I read elsewhere that OtterBox was getting into the cooler business. Although I have yet to see one, that sounds interesting.
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Old 07-29-2017, 09:23 PM   #32
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The 12v Coleman works great for the two of us. We've used it for 4 years, no problems.
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Old 07-29-2017, 09:30 PM   #33
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This is like asking someone what the best truck, beer, phone provider ect ect ect
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Old 07-29-2017, 09:32 PM   #34
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You are soooo right.
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Old 07-29-2017, 09:40 PM   #35
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We bought a roll of aluminum foil that is used for home heating ducts. (found at Lowes) Then, using silver duck tape, we constructed a cover case around the cooler. We can keep ice for days.
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Old 07-30-2017, 08:11 AM   #36
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We use Coleman extreme 5 day cooler and it works. I fill the tray with water about 3/4 full and put it in the freezer at home. I also freeze a couple gallon jugs of water to use to pre-cool the cooler. Put the frozen block in the bottom and food and drinks -that are already cold- on top of it. Top with cube ice to keep things really cold. The block ice will last all of 5 days in 80 to 90 degree weather.
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The 12v Coleman works great for the two of us. We've used it for 4 years, no problems.


Which Coleman do you have. BIL has the same but latest reviews I can find are about half and half for being good. BIL has had theirs for like 12 years and still running.

We are looking for a powered one to keep outside the rv for drinks etc. minimize the trips in and out to get cold ones.
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Old 07-30-2017, 09:37 AM   #38
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Pelican

When I spent more on ice on a long camping trip than the price of a good cooler, my research pointed me to Pelican.

Made in the U. S. A. with a lifetime warranty. It has sturdy clips for closure and keeps ice 4 or 5 days when it is hot and right at two weeks in the fall/winter. I got the 45 quart and it fits in a bin on the motor home, purchased on Amazon and just kept checking prices daily, paid $230.00 with free shipping.

It has been a great cooler and supports our economy! Good luck.
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Old 07-30-2017, 10:04 AM   #39
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A Yeti will give you 20-30% better performance than most and they are well made to last. $$$
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Old 07-30-2017, 11:20 AM   #40
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I've got to do it!!

Been reading all the posts. Have watched/read the cooler tests. If your the average JOE like me and use your cooler as the outside source for your 5th wheel to hold pop, beer, etc. and use the fridge for food stuff then knock yourself out spending the big $$$ for the Yeti style units.

There are several youtube posts about how to make your cooler more insulated and they work. Plus it's way cheaper!!
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