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[*] posted on 10-25-2015 at 08:00 PM


Can one really live out of a 65 qt ice chest for more than a three day weekend? I dont think I could. It would take two.

For that reason, the Coleman Xtremes cooling capacity per dollar really comes into play. I see that the everyday price for a Coleman 70 qt marine Xtreme at Walmart is 49.95. What an incredible bargain!

I have grown to appreciate the wheeled versions of the Coleman Xtremes. Not that there is a lot of pavement or sidewalks in Mexico, of course; especially on the beach. But it is nice rolling it around the lot from the outside kitchen to the separate bodega where the freezer is, where the boat is stored, down the ramp and along the dock at the marina. A 65-70 qt ice chest is not light when filled.

And, naturally, my Xtreme is filled with fillets EVERY TIME I return from fishing!! :biggrin:


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[*] posted on 10-26-2015 at 07:21 AM


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ryangrepper/coolest-coo...

How about the guy who designed the "COOLEST" Cooler. His $50,000 Kickstarter campaign raised an astonishing $13,285,226!
He had 62, 642 backers. Now that's good business!
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[*] posted on 10-26-2015 at 09:07 AM


We have two Xtremes Hook, one is for food and one is for drinks. However, we have also had one reserved with just ice and kept sealed and used the other for food and drinks. It is opened only when the other needs ice added. We have ice for a week in the summer doing that.

The method of ice preservation is: to limit time with the box opened, to keep the box covered or in the shade, to drain melted ice daily and especially if you are going to be driving. We do leave melted ice in one chest if it is just for drinks.




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[*] posted on 10-26-2015 at 09:47 AM
Igloo Exreme


I got one when they first came out,,very happy with it,...since all they did was ad some foam insulation to it.. melted ice is aways nice for the dogs...
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[*] posted on 10-26-2015 at 02:46 PM


if this is your last trip in hot temperatures any insulated cooler is good. The differences are not worth writing about.

If you will go out into the wild again - get a real fridge freezer. I have been exploring Baja since 1986. Always stayed away from fridge freezers. I can buy ice for the rest of my life and still come ahead with a cooler. I thought. I was willing to live with the mixture of melting water, broken beers and busted eggs with a generous helping of cheese.
Then I found out that not all fridge freezers are $1,200 overland Gucci models. You can get them for around $500 (with blemishes for $300). They did not fare well in the overland champagne cooler tests. They look kinda bland. But a little research revealed that all (ALL) fridge freezers have the same German made internals. Except Engel, they have Japanese internals.

So, long story short. I went fridge-freezer (Wynther/Edgestar) about 5 years ago. It was almost like a religious experience. You know, like getting your first Mac/iPhone. Life is soooooo much better now. Perfectly cold beer. Protected cold cuts and veggies. Safe eggs. This was one of those rare "regret" moments. I regret that I did not go fridge/freezer 30 years ago.

Advice: Hard wire the fridge/freezer with a fuse directly to your battery. The cigarette lighter plug in burns up within a few days. They pull some serious amps.

I have 48 and 64 quarts. More beer is always good.




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[*] posted on 10-26-2015 at 03:26 PM


Does anyone make a fridge freeze compressor model where you can have a decent portion that is a freezer and a portion that is a fridge, so you can make, say, a standard ice cube tray of ice or two of the RV sized cube trays? The one bummer about going ALL fridge freeze is the lack of ice cubes for stronger adult beverages. Beer gets old, shots get old, after a few days. You really cant afford the space to keep your mixers in your cooling device so you end up with margaritas and martinis that start out at, at best, 40 degrees and go downhill rapidly from there.
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[*] posted on 10-26-2015 at 03:55 PM


Harald - How loud are these when they are running and how much heat do they throw out??? I was planning on putting one on the back seat of my double cab pick-up

Quote: Originally posted by 4x4abc  
if this is your last trip in hot temperatures any insulated cooler is good. The differences are not worth writing about.

If you will go out into the wild again - get a real fridge freezer. I have been exploring Baja since 1986. Always stayed away from fridge freezers. I can buy ice for the rest of my life and still come ahead with a cooler. I thought. I was willing to live with the mixture of melting water, broken beers and busted eggs with a generous helping of cheese.
Then I found out that not all fridge freezers are $1,200 overland Gucci models. You can get them for around $500 (with blemishes for $300). They did not fare well in the overland champagne cooler tests. They look kinda bland. But a little research revealed that all (ALL) fridge freezers have the same German made internals. Except Engel, they have Japanese internals.

So, long story short. I went fridge-freezer (Wynther/Edgestar) about 5 years ago. It was almost like a religious experience. You know, like getting your first Mac/iPhone. Life is soooooo much better now. Perfectly cold beer. Protected cold cuts and veggies. Safe eggs. This was one of those rare "regret" moments. I regret that I did not go fridge/freezer 30 years ago.

Advice: Hard wire the fridge/freezer with a fuse directly to your battery. The cigarette lighter plug in burns up within a few days. They pull some serious amps.

I have 48 and 64 quarts. More beer is always good.


[Edited on 10-26-2015 by bajaguy]
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[*] posted on 10-26-2015 at 04:09 PM


Quote: Originally posted by bajaguy  
Harald - How loud are these when they are running and how much heat do they throw out??? I was planning on putting one on the back seat of my double cab pick-up

Quote: Originally posted by 4x4abc  
if this is your last trip in hot temperatures any insulated cooler is good. The differences are not worth writing about.

If you will go out into the wild again - get a real fridge freezer. I have been exploring Baja since 1986. Always stayed away from fridge freezers. I can buy ice for the rest of my life and still come ahead with a cooler. I thought. I was willing to live with the mixture of melting water, broken beers and busted eggs with a generous helping of cheese.
Then I found out that not all fridge freezers are $1,200 overland Gucci models. You can get them for around $500 (with blemishes for $300). They did not fare well in the overland champagne cooler tests. They look kinda bland. But a little research revealed that all (ALL) fridge freezers have the same German made internals. Except Engel, they have Japanese internals.

So, long story short. I went fridge-freezer (Wynther/Edgestar) about 5 years ago. It was almost like a religious experience. You know, like getting your first Mac/iPhone. Life is soooooo much better now. Perfectly cold beer. Protected cold cuts and veggies. Safe eggs. This was one of those rare "regret" moments. I regret that I did not go fridge/freezer 30 years ago.

Advice: Hard wire the fridge/freezer with a fuse directly to your battery. The cigarette lighter plug in burns up within a few days. They pull some serious amps.

I have 48 and 64 quarts. More beer is always good.


[Edited on 10-26-2015 by bajaguy]

And how long will it run before your battery dies?




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[*] posted on 10-26-2015 at 04:19 PM


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[*] posted on 10-26-2015 at 04:30 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Hook  
Does anyone make a fridge freeze compressor model where you can have a decent portion that is a freezer and a portion that is a fridge, so you can make, say, a standard ice cube tray of ice or two of the RV sized cube trays? The one bummer about going ALL fridge freeze is the lack of ice cubes for stronger adult beverages. Beer gets old, shots get old, after a few days. You really cant afford the space to keep your mixers in your cooling device so you end up with margaritas and martinis that start out at, at best, 40 degrees and go downhill rapidly from there.


Crikey! You want to bring an ice maker on a camping trip?
Why do you want to bring your entire kitchen on a camping trip? A goal is to get away from all the nonsense, reduce, simplify.
Take wine, and liquor that is not such rot gut it needs to be disguised with mixers:lol::lol: takes up less space than beer, does not require ice :light:




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[*] posted on 10-26-2015 at 04:32 PM
Dometic CoolFreeze CFX65 DZ (Dual Zone)


My Dometic CoolFreeze CFX65DZ has a separate Freezer compartment along with a Fridge compartment. Real convenient for storing fresh fruit along with beans, fresh soup, and keeping Gardenburger patties frozen.



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[*] posted on 10-26-2015 at 05:24 PM


noise: very low fan noise (only hear it in the quiet garage)
heat: they need good ventilation (leave some room around the vent slots) - however, they do not burden the temp in the car

ice: get the 64 quart unit, get a bag of ice, set temp to about 27. Keeps ice frozen, beer just the way it should be, veggies (on top) will not die the ice death




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[*] posted on 3-5-2016 at 11:42 PM


Harald, in your experience, how is the drawn on your battery? Do you just have a single car battery or does your rig have a separate house battery as well? If I were to have, let's say, the 64 quart model you have, could I park my car Friday, leave the unit running all weekend and still have enough juice to start my car Sunday afternoon?
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Quote: Originally posted by WestyWanderer  
Harald, in your experience, how is the drawn on your battery? Do you just have a single car battery or does your rig have a separate house battery as well? If I were to have, let's say, the 64 quart model you have, could I park my car Friday, leave the unit running all weekend and still have enough juice to start my car Sunday afternoon?


If'n you are going to leave cooler running for a long time on battery, best to have a separate battery storage system for cooler so you don't drain your car battery.
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Quote: Originally posted by 4x4abc  
if this is your last trip in hot temperatures any insulated cooler is good. The differences are not worth writing about.

If you will go out into the wild again - get a real fridge freezer. I have been exploring Baja since 1986. Always stayed away from fridge freezers. I can buy ice for the rest of my life and still come ahead with a cooler. I thought. I was willing to live with the mixture of melting water, broken beers and busted eggs with a generous helping of cheese.
Then I found out that not all fridge freezers are $1,200 overland Gucci models. You can get them for around $500 (with blemishes for $300). They did not fare well in the overland champagne cooler tests. They look kinda bland. But a little research revealed that all (ALL) fridge freezers have the same German made internals. Except Engel, they have Japanese internals.

So, long story short. I went fridge-freezer (Wynther/Edgestar) about 5 years ago. It was almost like a religious experience. You know, like getting your first Mac/iPhone. Life is soooooo much better now. Perfectly cold beer. Protected cold cuts and veggies. Safe eggs. This was one of those rare "regret" moments. I regret that I did not go fridge/freezer 30 years ago.

Advice: Hard wire the fridge/freezer with a fuse directly to your battery. The cigarette lighter plug in burns up within a few days. They pull some serious amps.

I have 48 and 64 quarts. More beer is always good.


45 qt Whynter is $486 at Home Depot: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Whynter-45-qt-Portable-Fridge-Freezer-FM-45G/202555696

65 qt Whynter is $513: www.homedepot.com/p/Whynter...Portable-Fridge-Freezer.../20255569...

and 85 qt is $589: www.homedepot.com/p/Whynter...Portable-Fridge-Freezer.../20255570...




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[*] posted on 3-6-2016 at 10:38 AM


The Wyntner links don't work, but I would check out the Dometic line of fridge/freezers. I bought their flagship model - the Dual Zone 65 Qt. model. It also includes USB connectivity to charge my electronics.

Price = $700

Dometic 65 Qt -- Amazon.com




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Quote: Originally posted by Hook  
Can one really live out of a 65 qt ice chest for more than a three day weekend? I dont think I could. It would take two.

For that reason, the Coleman Xtremes cooling capacity per dollar really comes into play. I see that the everyday price for a Coleman 70 qt marine Xtreme at Walmart is 49.95. What an incredible bargain!

I have grown to appreciate the wheeled versions of the Coleman Xtremes. Not that there is a lot of pavement or sidewalks in Mexico, of course; especially on the beach. But it is nice rolling it around the lot from the outside kitchen to the separate bodega where the freezer is, where the boat is stored, down the ramp and along the dock at the marina. A 65-70 qt ice chest is not light when filled.

And, naturally, my Xtreme is filled with fillets EVERY TIME I return from fishing!! :biggrin:


"Come on, wheels! Take this chest a-way!!!"


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[*] posted on 8-29-2016 at 06:52 PM


If you have the room, bring a small generator ( Honda 2KW) and a small freezer. A few gallons of gas will get you through the trip with all the ice you need. I use 16 oz water bottles. You can re-freeze or drink!
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Screw coolers. I put two big batteries in the bed of my truck, 1/0 cable to my main batteries with a battery isolator in between and fuses (charges off my alternator while I drive), an 800 watt inverter, and a small 3 cubic foot chest freezer. Awesome. Awesome. All my frozen stuff goes in for my drive. When I arrive in LA Bay, or wherever, the freezer comes out to become a kegarator. Also wired in a thermostat so I can run it at 30 degrees for the cerveza. And on the return trip it is full of frozen vacuum packed filets that never defrost till I'm ready for some fresh sashimi or grilled fish dinner.

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[*] posted on 1-31-2017 at 11:33 AM


Quote: Originally posted by mtgoat666  
Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Here is the deal... you want ice to last the longest, use BLOCK ice. You can use some crushed to fill the gaps and have for c-cktails, but it will melt faster. The bags of cube ice will be gone in hours, and are a waste if you have the block option. As we know, the Oxxo stores and other markets usually only have the ice cubes in bags, so better than nothing if you are almost out.


Re block vs cube ice... It takes 80 calories to melt 1 gram block ice. It takes 80 calories to melt 1 gram cubed ice.


The same amount of heat melts the same amount of ice in an ice cube or a block. However, the amount of heat applied is related to the surface area. The ice cubes inside of blocks of ice don't receive the heat until all the ice surrounding ice has melted. So a block lasts much longer.
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