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Old 01-17-2015, 05:56 PM   #1
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Ice cooler in addition to the fridge?

Just curious, do most of you feel the need to carry along an extra ice cooler, i.e. Yeti etc in addition to the fridge that comes with your travel trailer? We certainly needed it when we had our T@b with 12 Volt fridge which was rather useless but thats another topic.

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Old 01-17-2015, 06:01 PM   #2
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We carry a small cooler to keep in the car with drinks and snacks and cool all the drinks we can when parked overnight on LP. Never needed the extra storage for food except between store and rv when disconnected.
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Old 01-17-2015, 06:01 PM   #3
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We keep a small cooler ( no ice ) in the tow, but it is only used to transport foods from store to trailer. I'm allowed enough space for 12 cans of beer in the 5 cu. ft. fridge. Rest is reserved for food.
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Old 01-17-2015, 06:21 PM   #4
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We do especially when camping in bear country.
It's typical use is for day trips so we can have our lunch along with us.
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Old 01-17-2015, 06:43 PM   #5
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If we're camping somewhere for 4-5 days, we'll take an ice cooler to keep all the drinks in.
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Old 01-17-2015, 07:15 PM   #6
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We always carried a large ice cooler when we use the Boler . Now that we are Casita owners, the Fridge seems huge in comparison so I look forward to not dragging around that thing. Too many times we would get all set up and relax just to find out that the ice was forgotten.
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Old 01-17-2015, 07:21 PM   #7
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I have carried a cooler just in case my fridge isn't cooling adequately, but I haven't actually used the cooler. Sid, I think it's interesting that you use one "especially in bear country," because I do the exact opposite; they say that a cooler in sight is an enticement for bears to break in (they recognize the cooler as a food source) and I didn't want to take chances. I trust that you keep your cooler covered or out of sight?
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Yes it is always out of sight. That said over the years I have seen quite a few locked cars or trailers destroyed by bears. In parking lots at access points into the boundary waters in Minnesota if food is left they break in. Windows mean access and smell not sight directs them. Given the choice I would rather have them go after the one I am not sleeping in. Btw for the same reason most of our cooking is done outside.
Just an easy ounce of prevention. YMMV
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Old 01-17-2015, 07:44 PM   #9
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The extra cooler

I usually take the Koolatron along on long trips and on this trip it has proved invaluable. I will be four months in State Parks on this trip and the adapter has allowed me to use it for extra storage in the trailer. I am really glad that I brought it along. I also have a 'fail safe' adapter for my TV. It is supposed to cut off if the battery gets low...... don't know if it does... I usually unplug for overnight stops. Scouter Dave....
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Old 01-17-2015, 07:51 PM   #10
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We take a cooler because I can't fit it all in the "dorm" fridge I currently have in the Scamp. Later this Spring I intend to install the largest Truckfridge and hope to no longer need a cooler too. Except maybe a small one for the tow or the take down to the beach of course.
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Old 01-17-2015, 08:33 PM   #11
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I take my cooler but use it for carrying my dog food and keeping the bear temptation small. But I have been known to remove the dog food bags and fill with libation and ice if it gets hot enough. Otherwise my 6.7 refer in the Escape is big enough for at least 2 weeks worth of food and water.
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Old 01-17-2015, 09:16 PM   #12
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We travel with a small cooler in the tug for drinks or sandwiches while on the road. Everything in the fridge was chilled down before we leave home, and it stays cold all day if we don't have to open the door. At camp, the cooler is handy if we want to do some exploring during the day. It pretty much stays in the car.

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I travel with a cooler that is primarily used for drinks. The fridge in my Scamp is fairly small and if I am going to be camping for more than a couple of days it tends to fill up fast. Having the drinks in a separate cooler helps prevent the fridge from being opened a lot on hot days.
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Certainly, for drinks and possibly some unopened food items that swimming in cold water won't hurt.
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