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how do you keep your food cold in your tear drop?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:08 pm
by Colemancooler
I already have a propane/ 120v RV fridge, but I do not see many in the galley gallery, just curious what people are using

Re: how do you keep your food cold in your tear drop?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:02 pm
by canned o minimum
I have a LOTTA "vintage" camp stuff and use a vintage, aluminum ice chest as well as a "vintage" Coke Cooler from the 50's I freeze gallon water bottles and 14 oz bottles to use in the ice chests.. then I DRINK em when they melt ! I also use cubed ice fer the first day

Re: how do you keep your food cold in your tear drop?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:16 pm
by CliffinGA
Considering your nick on here is Colemancooler, I just wanted to say " Here's your sign" but realized everyone does it differently. We use two coolers: one for the meats and stuff for cooking that we get into alot less so it stays colder and a second one usually smaller for drinks that we get into alot during the day. I also have learned to us qt milk jugs of water frozen to keep the meat and perishables colder due to the take a long time to melt versus just using loose ice.

Cliff :thumbsup:

Re: how do you keep your food cold in your tear drop?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:19 pm
by canned o minimum
Great minds think alike ...

Re: how do you keep your food cold in your tear drop?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 12:58 pm
by glenpinpat
We use a 12v cooler works fine and can run of the battery for about 48hrs without charge. We generally keep few perishables. We use ice for the drinks in a seperate cooler.

Re: how do you keep your food cold in your tear drop?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 2:26 pm
by GuitarPhotog
Separate coolers for drinks and food.

My 1948 teardrop has the original built-in cooler. It's not well enough insulated to be food safe, but it's cold enough to be beer safe.

And I have a cheap Coleman cooler that I cover with a "cooler cozie" to help preserve the ice.

<Chas>

:beer:

Re: how do you keep your food cold in your tear drop?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 6:55 pm
by Shadow Catcher
We have a Waeco refrigerator that will work on AC and 12V DC

Re: how do you keep your food cold in your tear drop?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:32 pm
by slowcowboy
ICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :thumbsup:



slowcowboy.

Re: how do you keep your food cold in your tear drop?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:37 pm
by canned o minimum
Ya gotta love that Slow.. He's a man of few words ! ( Almost never )

Re: how do you keep your food cold in your tear drop?

PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:18 am
by bobhenry
Yep ice and a couple of coolers.

But I did learn a few tricks to avoid leaking water into not quite sealed food goods.

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I build a shelf support with 1/2 gallon milk and juice bottles and leave water proof goods down in the ice
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place the lexan shelf on the bottles

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then the other less water tollerant food goods.

Re: how do you keep your food cold in your tear drop?

PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:57 am
by canned o minimum
My vintage coolers come WITH a tray on top jus fer them items ! They truely ,"Don't make em like they used to"

Re: how do you keep your food cold in your tear drop?

PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 10:58 am
by bobhenry
canned o minimum wrote:My vintage coolers come WITH a tray on top jus fer them items ! They truely ,"Don't make em like they used to"


Man you said a mouthful there !

Mom and dad had a KampKold all aluminum cooler we took picnicing often It had a lip that supported a hinged aluminum tray not quite 1/2 way down the side. You could open either side to access items below.

(Mine in the pic above I have to lift the tray all the way out to access below)

The lid had 2 over center type latches [ EQUIPED WITH BOTTLE OPENERS ]on either end that latched the gasketed lid down tight and we very ofter used it for a seat and even a step stool. Try that on todays models.

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I found a couple pics that show the supports and the folding tray........

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Re: how do you keep your food cold in your tear drop?

PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:46 pm
by canned o minimum
I found my all aluminum Thermachest made by Poloron in New York at an antique store fer $30.. The small,3 inch deep ,tray sits on the top lip of the chest and is half as wide as the chest. I jus slide it to one side or the other to access the stuff below.

My CoacCola ice chest ( Cooler) is from the 50's but has no tray in it.. sum of em come with a tray that also sits on the lip of the cooler...I wanna find one a them trays !

Re: how do you keep your food cold in your tear drop?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 7:32 pm
by doug hodder
I'm a cooler person...make my own ice. Like others, 1 cooler for drinks and other stuff that I'm into frequently, 1 more for the other foods. Food cooler is in the galley and I cover it with a towel, the drink one is usually in the back of the truck, that has a cap on it. I soak down an old blanket and lay it over that cooler.....it really helps to keep the ice in hot weather maybe 2x the life out of it. The evaporative effect really keeps it cool. For lettuce and other salad makings, I lay a folded cloth towel inside the cooler on top of the ice so that those items aren't in direct contact with the ice. It's hard to find a modern cooler with the lift out trays in them anymore. I'm nursing a 25 yr. old Igloo that had one. Latch doesn't work all that well anymore, and the drain cap is a rubber plug. Doug

Re: how do you keep your food cold in your tear drop?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:02 am
by Ron Dickey
one cooler for regular stuff we use one block of ice that we keep in a upright freezer when we are not camping if any is left, and one small with dry ice that stays closed for special stuff like meats.
We freeze bottles of water keeping them in one or both and drink them as they get soft, nice for desert runs.