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Old 08-10-2014, 09:06 PM   #15
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Square one or one-half gallon milk jugs for me. And, a quality cooler beats the heck out of the fridge for keeping things cooler longer.
I agree about the fact that a quality cooler beats the cooling ability of a fridge...in very hot weather. the key words are QUALITY COOLER!

And today, there are some mighty fine QUALITY COOLERS on the market, not like in the past when anything with a bit of foam was called a Cooler.

But, like the majority of items, you have to pay for quality.

I have found that installing one of the tiny RV fridge exaust fans in the upper part of the cabinet greatly improves the cooling ability of a RV in very hot weather. Also opening the outside compartment door, and propting it open, will also help.
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Old 08-10-2014, 09:13 PM   #16
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Wondering how many that use a cooler have actually read the instruction manual.
Yes, there was an instruction manual with my new cooler.
It says NOT to drain the water from melting ice. That drain is only for when you are done using the cooler.
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Wondering how many that use a cooler have actually read the instruction manual.
Yes, there was an instruction manual with my new cooler.
It says NOT to drain the water from melting ice. That drain is only for when you are done using the cooler.
Well, to be honest...I doubt very much I would have read any instructions if they had been available the last time I bought a cooler. After all, it's just a box to put ice and stuff in...right?

That's interesting about not draining off the water. I had always thought draining off the water keeps the drinks colder. Learn something new everyday!
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Norm,
I hope that you are having whole wheat toast? Whole wheat has more fiber and as we age , we need more fiber in our diet! Norm and Ginny, please live long and healthy!
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And Spam every day for breakfast???? At 1200+ml of sodium (50%+ rda) per serving, it's not a great way to assure lots of future camping reservations are used.
Bob, as I wrote elsewhere, it's Turkey Spam. However, it's far from being the idea food as it has 520 mg of sodium (22% rda). But, only 4.5 g of fat...which is high, but so very much lower than the bacon,etc, I dearly love!

Ha! Perhaps my love of fat-filled food is the reason I now have five Stents in my
coronary system.

Yet, I never seem to learn, as those BarQ Pork Ribs I ate yesterday were sooooo good!
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I gave up fried and greasy foods, salty or sugar sweetened foods and I will say that was the worst meal I can recall. Glad it's over with!

We used those blue ice packs, would stuff the freezer compartment with them. Worked easily to get through the day of traveling, might make it two without power. Found the larger packs lasted longer.

Cooler with dry ice wrapped in layers of newspaper was good for a few days for a cooler that started out with just frozen meat. We only opened it to get the dinner meat out.

We started hauling our water in one of those 5 gallon orange water coolers, starts out packed with ice and a little water. We can scoop some ice for beverages out of that for at least a 3 day weekend. Cold drink of water is nice too. We also keep beverages in own cooler, with a preference for block ice, or frozen cat litter jugs (which fit purrrfect in our cooler). Keeps the food storage from being opened every time someone wants a cold drink.

Cooler with top lid does not "dump" its cold air when opened the way an upright fridge does. Seem to recall a member hung clear plastic curtains from each of their fridge shelves to prevent some of the cold air spilling out when the door was opened.
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Yes, there was an instruction manual with my new cooler. It says NOT to drain the water from melting ice. That drain is only for when you are done using the cooler.
A little experiment we did long ago in my VoTec refrigeration class was very enlightening to me. We had a cooler with a block of ice and the melted water off of it. When we put a very accurate temperture probe on the block of ice and in the surrounding water BOTH were exactly 32 degrees! Don't dump that 32 degree water, unless your stuff is getting soggy. But then it sure feels good to reach in that cold water for an ice cold can of "Coke"* on a hot day!

*Where I am from here in the South, every soda is a "Coke".
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Well !! Amaze me, Buddy..... I have always pulled the plug on my cooler to dump the water from the ice. My thinking was that the water was warmer than the ice, thereby allowing the innards of the cooler to get warmer faster... But I have never checked into the physics of it as you have. You make sense in the fact that cold water can be just 1 degree away from the freezing point (which then it becomes ice), but who cares about 1 degree difference when you are just trying to keep some weenies and yogurt cold ??
P.S. I think I understand it, but I am going to Google right now and see if I can find a second opinion that matches yours.
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The ice and water can be at the same temp but be in different states because it takes a certain amount of energy for the H2O to change state from one to another. Ice to water, water to steam.
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You will find instructions for Coleman Extreme here:

Coleman - How to use and clean Xtremeâ„¢ Coolers
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Y'all are correct !! Just chkd the Coleman and the Igloo sites and they agree witchu. Who says y'all can't teach an old dog new trix !! Thanx, folks...
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I have a Coleman 150 qt marine cooler. It was $180 I think, but it works unbelievably well.


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