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Old 02-13-2016, 11:31 AM   #1
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Need To Take Extra Frozen Food

Need to take some frozen foods (for up to ten days), which exceeds our trailer's freezer capacity so I'am thinking a standard Igloo cooler with dry ice, a fancy Yeti type cooler (which realy get mixed reviews) or an even more expensive over the road 12v freezer/frig like Engle, Luna, Edgestar or ARB.

My experience in Horse Packing is that the standard igloo type only last two or three days no matter what because they mostly have little or no insulation in the lid. So we long ago stopped trying tom pack anything needing to stay cold longer than three days.

But this is a new day, so we'd love to hear any suggestions you have!


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Old 02-13-2016, 11:49 AM   #2
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I own 4 Yeti's from the Roadie to the big 110. Their is a reason I own 4, they are the best cooler out there. The only one that can hold dry ice, the others will split and crack and also not stay cold. If you get the cooler cold for 24 hours than add cold items it will last with dry ice at bottom and than a few bags of ice for up to 7 days. Once that melts just drain and add and you should be just fine. Only reason people knock a Yeti is the cost. At about $450 each people think the $80 is just as good, not possible

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Old 02-13-2016, 11:57 AM   #3
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In your situation, I would suggest buying the freezer. That also gives you options in the future and you do not have to worry about the ice melting.

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Old 02-13-2016, 01:05 PM   #4
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My vote is for the Yeti.
Thanks to a thread about 2 years ago, we bought a smaller model trailer, and a Yeti.

Check out this thread for more info on this.

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Old 02-13-2016, 01:34 PM   #5
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The Pelican line of super coolers is made in the USA, and the user reviews are favorable, highlighting in part the more secure latches/handles.

For example:

Our tow vehicle is a full-sized van, and we intend to get a couple of Pelican coolers as back-up for both cold and dry-ice frozen storage this summer.
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Old 02-13-2016, 02:52 PM   #6
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What ever you end up with make sure you Precool it the day before.

Have you considered a peltier cooler. I have used mine with ice cubes in it and near frozen the sodas. if you had dry ice on the bottom I would think it would keep things frozen till the dry ice evaporated. No water to mess with.
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We use a small Engel along with a cooler (yeti) on the boat at Lake Powell. Both are excellent. Either should work for you. If you go with a cooler, make sure you fill it completely, even if that means taking up airspace with crumpled paper. The Yeti will handle dry ice fine.
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Old 02-14-2016, 08:14 AM   #8
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We bought a 50 qt ARB last summer, and love it. We use it mostly in combination with a truck mounted camper where it sits on the back seat, but we will also use it with the Airstream if needed. The only downside is that you need to power it with either AC or DC. Our truck has a factory AC outlet on the dash that we plug into while driving. When we camp, I plug into the DC on the camper since it charges with solar. It will definitely keep food frozen, if you can power it.

If you don't have the means to power it, then the Yeti (type) and dry ice may work best. I have used dry ice with a standard cooler while hauling game meat across several states in warm weather. The meat was not frozen when I started, but some of it was frozen when I got home. I was impressed how well it worked. I have never owned a Yeti, but have heard great things about them from a friend who uses them on rafting trips.
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Old 02-14-2016, 09:06 AM   #9
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Do you want to eat the frozen food during the trip? If so pack it with dry ice. It will last 2 or 3 days but if you have one of the super insulated coolers, food will stay frozen for a long time and stay cold and fresh for a week or more.
If you want the food to be frozen at the end of your trip, you will have to add dry ice periodically. It is available at most large grocery stores for about a dollar a pound. Ten or more pounds are necessary for a large cooler.
We have a Yeti and have mixed feelings about it. It is by far the best built cooler and will outlast lesser coolers by years. It is virtually bear proof. It is also the best insulated.
Cons are it is heavy and expensive.
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Old 02-14-2016, 09:23 AM   #10
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What size fridge do you have?

If you take the products out of the package and reseal in freezer bags you could save some space.

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Old 02-14-2016, 10:18 AM   #11
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Old 02-14-2016, 10:30 AM   #12
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Ditto ... Yeti. Pre-cool before using makes a big difference. And pack smart - put the items you won't need immediately in the Yeti cooler and don't open for as long as you can. Opening regularly will reduce the time it keeps cold. Haven't tried the Yeti Ice bricks yet. Has anyone had any experience with them?
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Old 02-14-2016, 10:52 AM   #13
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That's a lot of frozen food.. I'd look into adjusting the menu as an easier solution.
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Another thought for your cooler, regardless of brand. Line the inside with Reflectix, and make a Reflectix cover for the outside.

As mentioned above, pre cooling is a plus!

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