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Old 05-27-2009, 05:20 PM   #26
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Saw these a few nights ago on a random trip to walmart at midnight.. We were bored... Pretty cool setup for $89.99. Beats the heck out of the Arb cooler for $700 that we had at work. Could either be plugged in 110v ac or 12v dc. Could be used as a cooler or stood up on its side and the extra shelves stuck in to have a mini fridge. I'll probably pick one up for the trip to the lake this weekend.
I had one of those, but it didn't work as good as I hoped. you can't put any liquids in it, and there is a spec sheet that says it will only cool a differential temp relative to the outside temp.
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Yep, those coolers use a special semiconductor that can move heat from one place to another. On some of them you can reverse the polarity and make it heat the inside instead of cooling it. The bad news is that they can only provide about a 40-degree delta from ambient. So if it's 75 outside, the inside can get down to around 35. But when it's 100 outside, you're gonna have warm ...
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About the only thing you can do to keep ice lasting is to do like one said and keep it full. Pack all of your soda in the ice chest, preferably a well insulated ice chest like a 5 or 7 days chest. Put lots of ice in it, preferably hard ice if possible such as frozen water bottles placed properly throughout the sodas and House Ice, not soft ice from sonic.
Then dump a bottle of rock salt in it, and then fill it up with water to fill all of the cavity. Then place a heavy blanket over the Ice chest and in a shade at all time. Min. the time the Ice chest is opened. For food, Dry Ice is the ideal thing but pack well, layer of ice on bottom, then some meat, more Dry Ice on there and then some meat, then some more Dry Ice. Place a plastic tub on top of the last layer of Dry ice to place sandwich stuff and condiments. Preferable do not put frozen water bottle in there due to condensation that can and will build up on the bottle and get on the Dry Ice. Keep the Ice chest covered in a heavy blanket and store in the shade.

It's a lot of work but it has to be done if you plan on camping for a week and not go into town.

I've shipped meat through the mail and done the whole camping for a week without going into town. This is about the only thing you can do beside setting up a generator and plugging in a refrigerator.
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Oh and those little refrigerators that you plug in the lighter socket, SUCKS!

Had one and it took almost 2 days to get it cool enough to put stuff in and it had to be cold when you place it in there or it will heat the thing up.

Don't waste your money on the POS.
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In my case I wanted all the to last 5 days, and this thread is how I made that happen. The only thing I didn't say is I kept the ice chest under the trailer, but over people made the point of kepping it out of the sun light.
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I just get more Ice out of the motor home and add it to the ice chest.
Evey tip sounds good and makes sence. We can all retire, lets make a cooler that has a built in tray to keep your food outa da water????
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If you search restaurants supply store they usually carry all sorts of sizes of plastic tubs, you can usually find one that will sit on the little shelf lips inside most coolers. Just pack the ice just under a inch of the tub's lip and it will keep it dry unless you swing the cooler around.
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Dry ice has always worked for me, the "water bottle barrier" on top of the dry ice is a good idea I haven't thought of.

I don't drink , or cokes. And water dosen't have to be super cold to be drinkable.

As far as food, I try to pack non-perishable stuff. Canned food, like BeenieWenies, Ravioli, Crackers, and Canned fruit for desert.
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I froze my waterbottles this time, and it 'bit me in the keister' (sorta). I threw my fanbelt going up mighty mouse Labor Day weekend and ended up blowing an old radiator hose when it got hot (before I noticed it, guess I need an idiot light ). I went to try and pour the water from the bottles in there and only had just a bit under half that wasn't frozen still. We were able to drain enough coolers of ice water though to get enough in to make it back to camp though.

(I will still be doing this each time though if I can remember ahead of time. It worked great and helped keep everything frosty)
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Man every time I cruise to the coast my cooler (5day cooler) gobbles ice I'm going again in the next month definitely freezing the water bottles, and try the dry ice, as well as the second cooler for the soda. From what I'm reading I'll save ice $$$. Thanks for the write up.
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I freeze h2o in gallon milk jugs. The freezer in my garage is full of them. Put some in your ice chest. Bust up some with a hammer, then cut the jug off and cover the frozen ones with crushed Ice. Lasted all Labor day weekend at Trees. leave the melted ice in your chest. The cold water and frozen jugs keeps your drinks colder. Filled up what splashed out and refroze after I got back home. I don't buy Ice anymore.
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The larger the ice the longer it last is very true.
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I freeze h2o in gallon milk jugs. The freezer in my garage is full of them. Put some in your ice chest. Bust up some with a hammer, then cut the jug off and cover the frozen ones with crushed Ice. Lasted all Labor day weekend at Trees. leave the melted ice in your chest. The cold water and frozen jugs keeps your drinks colder. Filled up what splashed out and refroze after I got back home. I don't buy Ice anymore.
Don;t forget the Salt and your ice will last longer also.
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Cody I have to disagree with you on adding salt. Salt causes ice to melt. That is why they put it on roads when they ice over in the winter time. That wouldn't help your ice last a long weekend.
I think you are talking about add salt to ice and water to drive down and lower the temp. That is why you add rock salt to an ice cream maker, or to a chest. lower temp = colder faster.
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Cody I have to disagree with you on adding salt. Salt causes ice to melt. That is why they put it on roads when they ice over in the winter time. That wouldn't help your ice last a long weekend.
I think you are talking about add salt to ice and water to drive down and lower the temp. That is why you add rock salt to an ice cream maker, or to a chest. lower temp = colder faster.
During Chemistry Lab we did a basic study on ice, water, and salt.

Study showed it took longer for the ice to melt in the beaker with salt water.

Staight salt on ice will melt faster, but salt water around ice will keep it around longer.

If Salt water caused ice to melt, then why ain't the glacier melting faster?

here is a little reading to go with my conclusion I found back then,

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Another interesting read,

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Another "cool" reading!

http://antoine.frostburg.edu/chem/se...icewater.shtml

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When at the beach, dig a hole in the sand large enough to set the cooler down into. The surrounding sand will act like an insulator and keep the cooler, cooler, longer.

Next, get a piece of cardboard or plywood and cover the hole with tin foil. The tin foil will reflect the heat of the sun away from the cooler.

If you are camping in the great outdoors, make yourself an easy pop tent from sticks and branches with leaves. Place it so that the back faces the NE. This will shield the cooler from the heat and keep it in the shade for most of the day.

If that doesn't work, then buy a generator and keep a small chest freezer with you in the bed of the truck or trailer.
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