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Postby slowcowboy » Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:03 am

I did that last year on my trip to colorado on labor day.

I wrapped mine in a sleeping bag and had like 2 half gallon milk jugs frozen in it with cubes poure on top.

it lasted all three days and I poured the still frozen milke jugs out when I got home.

that was 800 miles later and it was a lot hotter last year than it was this year on labor day.

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Postby Oldragbaggers » Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:23 am

Years ago we bought a cooler for our sailboat from a company called Fridge-Freeze. They're based out of Florida. Not cheap by any means, ($400 and this was 10+ years ago). We were living on a sailboat at the time though and due to lack of space down below we kept the thing outside in the cockpit 24/7. It was usually under a sun awning, but we didn't take any other measures to insulate it. It held ice for 5 days easy, sometimes a week if it wasn't really hot outside. This isn't a common "plastic" cooler. It is gelcoated fiberglass, built just like the hull of a boat, and the walls are a couple of inches thick and packed with insulation.

We still have it. I think it will last forever and we just move it from boat to boat. Next it will take up residence in the teardrop. I just went on their website and it doesn't look like they make the coolers like mine anymore, but if you run across one 2nd hand I would definitely grab it up.

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Postby Glenlivet » Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:34 am

One thing I found when I had my old 7 x 14 cargo was a way to make my cooler ice last longer.
I went back to the trailer one hot day and found that the coolers plastic exterior was hot to the touch. I figured this can't be good, and the insulation can only do so much. Too much heat must be getting in at my ice block, maybe I can help it out.
I had some aluminized space blankets and I wrapped the cooler loosely with one of them.
Instant difference! Next time I went to the cooler I found that the outside of the cooler box was now cool to the touch under that simple flimsy little reflective cover.

My buddy had a 7 x 14 too, parked right beside mine, making it a perfect control test platform.
He used coolers too, and as it turned out, my ice lasted twice as long as his, due to that simple trick.

So I made myself a blanket for this cooler (actually a fully encasing cover with a bottom) out of Reflectex insulating material, cut to shape and duct taped. Just like the energy saving hot water tank blankets you can buy. The cooler blanket's lid has velcro tabs to help it stay closed, that can barely be seen in this pic.
Doesn't take up much more space, doesn't look that bad, and it works like a hot damn, to use an inappropriate metaphor...

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Postby Maureenm » Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:08 pm

Freakin' genius :thumbsup: Looks simple and reasonably cheap!
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Postby slowcowboy » Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:57 pm

this summer. I built mine in to the galley cubard and made my cooler into a built in ice box

its well permantly coverd up under my galley countertop and is surrounded by a inch of foam insulation.

worked great the end of august on the over night fishing trips to the wind rivers.

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Postby pete.wilson » Sun Oct 23, 2011 9:31 am

Hey



If your like me and getting tired of the usual Coleman and Igloo coolers and how they don't keep ice; then, I suggest you look into YETI Coolers. They are very pricey (I bought an 85qt unit for $380.00) BUT it proved to hold ice. I left on April 23rd for a week long Bigfoot/Camping trip here in Virginia and returned home on May 2nd. I used a total of 4 bags of ice, including the initial fill and it lasted until Wed. May 4th with the water still being rather cool. The weather was from 60's at night to the low 90's on most days with a medium amount of humidity. I used 6 bags of ice to keep drinks cold in a small igloo picnic basket cooler that lost ice at a rate of 1 bag each day. This cooler is much better designed, built and will last me for years, not to mention Bear Resistant. I'm planning on buying a second one slightly smaller soon and giving my Coleman's and Igloo's away. Check out: www.yeticoolers.com for more info. :thumbsup:

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BTW - I got mine through Bass Pro Shops
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Postby Oldragbaggers » Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:31 pm

The Yeti is on my wish list already. I have a Frigid Rigid that will hold ice for a week to 10 days, but it is way too big for the teardrop.
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