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Old 05-17-2013, 01:43 PM   #15
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Also forgot to say we get medicine every month with frozen gel bags in them.
Very thick styrofoam box in a cardboard box. We use the gel bags over and over.
And sometimes we buy ice to throw over them. The gel bags we refreeze in
the fridge if needed when hooked up.

We can use the styrofoam to carry enough medicine up front in the tow.
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Old 05-17-2013, 04:19 PM   #16
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Shirley A, thanks for mentioning reflectix. I have a cooler problem and that might help. Duct tape here I come.

We down sized our car and it is creating lots of changes.

see you in Minden. Nancy
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Old 05-17-2013, 04:46 PM   #17
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I have a coleman thermoelectric cooler. It plugs into AC or DC power. No need to use up space for ice. Walmart has one for $88.
Coleman PowerChill 40-Quart Thermoelectric Cooler with Power Supply ? Walmart.com
I also have recently bought a cooler that also serves as a freezer or fridge. AC/DC. It's a 40 quart size. I got it on Ebay. They are rather pricey It will be nice to be able to take an adequate amount of frozen food along and some ice cream. It's a Dometic.
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:11 PM   #18
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Also forgot to say we get medicine every month with frozen gel bags in them.
Very thick styrofoam box in a cardboard box. We use the gel bags over and over.
And sometimes we buy ice to throw over them. The gel bags we refreeze in
the fridge if needed when hooked up.

We can use the styrofoam to carry enough medicine up front in the tow.
Another place to get gel bags is at your local florist. They use them to ship some types of flowers; ours often gives away 10 - 15 per week...
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:40 PM   #19
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I measured my trailer's clearance and bought a 5-day cooler that would fit underneath. That helps it hold ice. I bought one so I could carry extra ice blocks since I rarely can buy block ice while out camping, so I only open it when the ice in the icebox has melted away.
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:47 PM   #20
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I use a 5 day cooler from Walmart going on 15 years now. It has extra insulation. Then I freeze salt water in Ocean Spray juice bottles. When I pack milk, it actually freezes in the cooler. It's because of the salt water. Keeps things colder. Works well.
Cheap way to go.
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I use a 5 day cooler from Walmart going on 15 years now. It has extra insulation. Then I freeze salt water in Ocean Spray juice bottles. When I pack milk, it actually freezes in the cooler. It's because of the salt water. Keeps things colder. Works well.
Cheap way to go.
Great idea. How much salt do you use per quart / gallon?
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Is that iodized salt? or, sea salt? ...................lol

I have a grand-daughter we would have to watch,
she would drink it.
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:35 PM   #23
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I second the Walmart cooler. I bought one in Anchorage about 20 years ago and it's still the best cooler i have.
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In 2007 after researching coolers my wife and i bought a 70qt YETI, and then in 2012 we needed more cooler room so purchased an ENGEL Deep Blue 70qt.

Now i realize you have pretty much talked yourself out of that size because of the weight when loaded...BUT the quality of YETI and ENGEL Deep Blue coolers are great. My wife and i do camp in bear country so we will pay for the Bear-resistant design of these coolers...they do a really good job of keeping the racoons out too!

We typically put a 20lb bag of ice in each and the temp ~6 days later is still below 40 degrees and in the safe zone.

I see that you are in MN...if you are a Costco member, there are some locations in Minneapolis. Our location here on the Oregon Coast (where my wife and i work) just got in some YETI/ENGEL like coolers for about 1/2 the price!

ALSO...definitely put the bubble foil on the cooler...it gave us about 36 to 48 extra hours in the safe zone.
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"Great idea. How much salt do you use per quart / gallon? "
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Tom, I don't measure, just dump iodized salt from around the house to get rid of it because I eat sea salt only now. Guess would be about a half a cup per bottle.

"I have a grand-daughter we would have to watch,
she would drink it. "

Carl, I now use the Kroger brown Apple Juice Bottles, to tell the difference in the ones that have salt in them.
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I have two coolers I use a lot. A larger Engle that holds ice for 3-4 days and a small Yeti that will hold ice 2-3 days. The engle is lighter than the yeti of the same size and had better specs on consumer reports. The smaller yeti is what I throw into the van or truck for short trips and use it for day trips from the camp site or hotel stays. We do a lot of driving and day tripping from a camp site and the small yeti is perfect for that. I also have used it for a camera case on day trips. I use the engle cooler when I'm out by myself for a long weekend camping in the van. Engle is perfect for parties when I want to ice down beverages early or the night before. Both are virtually indestructible.

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Tom, I don't measure, just dump iodized salt from around the house to get rid of it because I eat sea salt only now. Guess would be about a half a cup per bottle.

"I have a grand-daughter we would have to watch,
she would drink it. "

Carl, I now use the Kroger brown Apple Juice Bottles, to tell the difference in the ones that have salt in them.
Good ideas.................except my grand-daughter eats salt on purpose.
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Saw the Yeti coolers last night while shopping. They seem well-built, and are HEAVY. Their claim of "grizzly-proof" is really smoke and mirrors- it requires having locked padlocks on the cooler. The normal elastic snubbers wouldn't last 5 minutes even with a small black bear. I don't eat meat, and very rarely take perishable food out with me, so a cooler is relegated to keeping drinks cold. I have an Igloo with the wheels and handle, works pretty well, and I got it at a yard sale for a dollar.

Also saw the official Yeti accessories. They're priced like the coolers, despite being common-quality hardware.
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