Koolatron P85 cooler - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 02-11-2014, 04:59 PM   #1
Member
 
Lorelei L's Avatar
 
Name: Lorelei
Trailer: uhaul
Florida
Posts: 52
Koolatron P85 cooler

Anyone have a Koolatron P85 12 volt cooler? How do you like it?
__________________

__________________
Lorelei L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2014, 09:15 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Trailer: Casita 17 ft Spirit Deluxe 2007
Posts: 489
Lorelei, since no one seems to have responded, I will tell you how we like our Coleman cooler. It is the same type cooler as the Koolatron. I do not know if it is the brand you are interested in knowing about or type.

We have used our Coleman for years, not only for camping, but at home when we have a lot of company and need addition space for keeping things cool. When we have been forced to stay in hotels, we have taken it for keeping things like milk, sandwich fixin's, and fresh fruit, as we travel.

If it is extremely hot, it won't stay cool enough to keep food safe without a little extra care. Keep it in the coolest, shadiest spot you can find. I have a large white towel, I keep wet at all time on the top, when the heat is too much. The evaporation helps cool the cooler. I am also careful to monitor what things I keep in it. In a pinch a throw in some blue ice as it does fill the cooler with water as it melts.

The other side of the coin is, if it is too cool, it can start to frost up, and positioning of the food can be important if you don't want it to freeze.

Would I buy another? Yes.

Hope that helps. terry r.
__________________

__________________
Terry R. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2014, 09:30 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Carol H's Avatar
 
Name: Carol
Trailer: 22' Airstream Formerly 16' Scamp
British Columbia
Posts: 11,731
Registry
The topic of 12v coolers comes up fairly often. Here are a few of the older threads that may help you:

Koolatron 12v Coolers

ac/dc Koolatron Fridge uses 6 amps on DC

Fridge 12 Volt
Carol H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2014, 11:22 AM   #4
Moderator
 
Frederick L. Simson's Avatar
 
Name: Frederick
Trailer: Fiber Stream
California
Posts: 8,151
Registry
Send a message via AIM to Frederick L. Simson
Unhappy

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lorelei L View Post
How do you like it?
I have an older Koolatron P75 that I used in my Compact Jr. I discovered that I could not "permanently" use it in the trailer because it would not cool adequately. I had to carry it in the car plugged in to a 12 volt port with the car's air conditioner running for it to cool sufficiently while on the road, then use the ac adapter brick plugged it to a campground pedestal for it to maintain cool while parked. It is totally useless for boondocking as it can take a group 27 battery from 13 volts down to 8 volts within 6 hours.
__________________
Frederick - The Scaleman
1978 Fiber Stream 16 named "Eggstasy" & 1971 Compact Jr. named "Boomerang"
Frederick L. Simson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2014, 02:44 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Trailer: Casita 17 ft Spirit Deluxe 2007
Posts: 489
Frederick made a good point. Leave it in a car for 2 hrs. and you will have a dead battery. It is fine to run in for a quick stop but don't leave it. terry r.
__________________
Terry R. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2014, 02:56 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Carol H's Avatar
 
Name: Carol
Trailer: 22' Airstream Formerly 16' Scamp
British Columbia
Posts: 11,731
Registry
As most of the 12v style coolers are only capable of keeping the cooler at anywhere from 35 to 40 degrees below the outside temp and use up a lot of power doing so I would seriously consider spending my money on a really GOOD basic ice cooler such as a Yeti. A block of ice in a really good cooler can last a week or more in the warmest of weather.
Carol H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2014, 09:32 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Name: B
Trailer: 1973 13 ft Compact II
Oregon
Posts: 406
My recent TIGHT QUEEZE into the best of...

....both worlds.
I am usually a fair weather camper, docking up to electric in the state parks. Years ago, I took out a worthless 35 year old Compact II icebox and installed an IGLOO, that converts from 12/v to 110v with an adapter. You can also take this cooler/heater out of your trailer for use at outdoor concerts, or any other events. I have never had a problem with it not keeping my food cold. However if a fragile food like lettuce leaves, is kept on the rack right underneath the fan, it can freeze the lettuce.

I just returned from a month-long boondocking trip from Oregon to Arizona and back. As Frederick points out, my brand new battery was worthless.
Lucky me, that I had also taken along a traditional Igloo cooler, that sits outside my trailer. With a block of ice, in the Arizona sun, my block lasted for 4 to 5 days.
What I learned from my boondocking trip:

In BOONDOCKING, SOLAR is where it's at. I will be buying solar panels for my future trips. I would have no trouble running my small Igloo fridge, inside my 13' trailer, off of solar. I could even shut it off for the night, turn it on during the day and still have my milk unspoiled when making my morning coffee.

Everybody has very distinctive needs and not all fixes will work for all people. Hopefully, you will find your own FIX.
__________________
bbuehler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2014, 10:32 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Carol H's Avatar
 
Name: Carol
Trailer: 22' Airstream Formerly 16' Scamp
British Columbia
Posts: 11,731
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by bbuehler View Post

In BOONDOCKING, SOLAR is where it's at. I will be buying solar panels for my future trips.

Glad to hear Barb that you have seen the light!
Carol H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2014, 10:33 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
David Tilston's Avatar
 
Name: Dave W
Trailer: Trillium 4500 - 1977, 1978 (2), 1300 - 1977, 1973, and a 1972
Alberta
Posts: 5,317
Registry
B, Is your IGLOO cooler a compressor type of fridge or a solid state, (peltier) cooler? I have never heard of a sold state cooler freezing anything.
__________________
David Tilston is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2014, 12:00 PM   #10
Member
 
Lorelei L's Avatar
 
Name: Lorelei
Trailer: uhaul
Florida
Posts: 52
We have an Igloo super cooler that will go along for drinks & salad stuff. I just don't want to be on a quest for block ice everyday. I don't mind having the 12v cooler in the car while we are driving. We definitely are going to upgrade our solar, and put in a Danvoss compressor 12v fridge, but no fridge this year. I just can't put another $800-1000 into the camper this year.
__________________
Lorelei L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2014, 12:27 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Name: B
Trailer: 1973 13 ft Compact II
Oregon
Posts: 406
...into the SCIENTIFIC realm!

David,
I had no idea what-so-ever, whether my Igloo was a compressor or a Peltier type cooler. It made me feel ever so much better when my friend Steve, also had no idea!!
I then read a bit about the two systems on a Google search and now know mine is a Peltier.
I have the same little rectangle (built into a special cabinet in my 13' trailer), that would match the size of a normally used dometic fridge. My Igloo is stood up on it's side, pushed into it's cabinet hole, where you have the fan venting on the top of the cooler and the former top of the cooler, becomes the door which swings out (more like a fridge than a cooler!
Right under the fan vent, on the inside of the cooler, you have a shallow fridge shelf, where I used to put leaves of lettuce. They froze only once or twice, before I decided not to use the shelf for anything but hardier stock such as hot dogs, cheese, mustard/ketchup or butter.
Thanks for putting a new set of facts in front of me! It always feels so empowering to learn something new.
Barbara
PS Is I true that all the way up in the frigid zone of Canada, you have ABSOLUTELY no NEED for any FRIDGES (Peltier or Compressor)...!!!
__________________
bbuehler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2014, 02:24 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
David Tilston's Avatar
 
Name: Dave W
Trailer: Trillium 4500 - 1977, 1978 (2), 1300 - 1977, 1973, and a 1972
Alberta
Posts: 5,317
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by bbuehler View Post
PS Is I true that all the way up in the frigid zone of Canada, you have ABSOLUTELY no NEED for any FRIDGES (Peltier or Compressor)...!!!
I wish! It is ironic to me that a large chunk of my electrical bill is to power an appliance that cools food when it is well below freezing outside. I have said before that I wish I had a fridge that had vents to the outside. Just have a thermostatically controlled fan to bring the cold in from the outside. Makes sense to me, but apparently not to the manufactures of fridges.
__________________

__________________
David Tilston is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
AC/DC Koolatron fridge uses 6 amps on DC Radar1 Modifications, Alterations and Updates 5 10-13-2013 07:29 AM
U-Haul Swampbox Cooler, $100 Steven Tonnesen Classified Archives 0 07-05-2009 11:20 AM
Swamp Cooler Successes? Laurie Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 4 06-27-2009 02:02 PM
Transmission Oil Cooler Parker Buckley Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 3 05-17-2009 07:26 AM
Koolatron 12v coolers jack maloney General Chat 9 02-08-2006 07:53 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:47 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.