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Old 10-16-2018, 10:29 AM   #1
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The... Perfect Cooler

By price, the Yeti 65. $300 Costco mail order to $400 at outdoor retail outlets ($265 on... Sale, where?)

Feedback by Tent Campers and Trailer Owners:

Coleman Extreme
Iglo Polar
Ozark Trail

I have an Igloo Wheelie Cool that works for grocery shopping and to home for keeping frozen and perishables... temporarily safe. For Off the Grid... block ice works for short periods if removed to a shady spot under a tree.

The best feedback is from those who learned... the hard way. By using various coolers and finding a Price to Value of maintaining perishables and items to maintain temperatures, below outside air temperature for a longer period of time.

Then the question of Dry Ice, cubed, Crystal Clear Block Ice, etc...

Some recommend a smaller cooler within a larger cooler, as well.

Please... I am old. Time is short. I haven't years to test various coolers by trial and error.

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Old 10-16-2018, 10:40 AM   #2
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Hereís someone who did the research.

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Old 10-16-2018, 11:28 AM   #3
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I have a couple of Techni Ice coolers (47 quart and 74 quart) that I really like.

They tested very well when compared to other coolers.

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Old 10-16-2018, 11:48 AM   #4
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Yeti's IMO are grossly overrated. Most should do the job if you are not constantly opening and closing them. I use an Igloo Maxcold and I always freeze a 1 gallon jug of water and put it in the main cooler (and also one in the fridge initially to speed the cooling process)and use a smaller satellite cooler if it's going to be a beer drinking kind of night.
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Old 10-16-2018, 04:26 PM   #5
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I bought a Yeti 45 a couple years ago. I chose the 45 because it fits behind the front seats in the Crew Cab the long way, leaving more space for the dog bed.
The cooler performs well. I like it. Best cooler I’ve ever had.
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Old 10-16-2018, 04:36 PM   #6
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I just can’t get past the Coleman/Igloo brands. Still made in the USA, still do the job for my needs, and I never worry about them being stolen.

That’s coming from a guy where money is no object if it means the best, long term solution.

I know for sure if I buy a roto-moulded cooler ... it’s mostly (not all) due to the cool factor.

One thing is for sure, if you want to be cool, buy a Yeti. That can’t be argued.
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Old 10-17-2018, 02:13 AM   #7
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For many years of road tripping I did the daily ice stop to fill various brands of small coolers.

That said, for our roadtrip last summer (the first since having kids) I purchased a Yeti 35. I forgot to change the ice out before parking the car in a hot, open sun lot while the kids and I spent three days carless on Mackinac Island. When I returned to the car there was a little bit of water at the bottom of the cooler and the rest was ice. I was fully prepared to toss all of our food (not muchóthatís why I like smaller coolers) but was pleasantly surprised and totally amazed.

My previous experience with anything more than an insulated bag was about 15 years ago. I assume all brands have come a long way since. But I couldnít believe how well the Yeti worked for us this past summer. I have an aftermarket padded cushion for it too so it did double duty as a camp stool.
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Old 10-17-2018, 02:27 AM   #8
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Are Yeti coolers still made overseas?

Pelican coolers are made in the USA, and also get good reviews:

Users report that the Pelican positive latching system is easier to use than the Yeti rubber "shock cord" style latching system.

Stay cool!

PS -- Plenty of helpful comments in these earlier cooler threads:
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Old 10-17-2018, 08:01 AM   #9
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I was on the hunt for a quality cooler earlier this year, and ended up buying a Cordova 50 qt. They are made right here in Idaho, and are comparable to a Yeti, etc. Sportsman's Warehouse now carries them, as does Amazon. It has worked well in the short time I've had it. I may get a 100 qt next year.
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Old 10-17-2018, 05:24 PM   #10
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SteveSueMac Post #2... worth visiting the site.



These and the Pelican coolers were rated highly in their test. With the information watching the comparison of a number of Coolers on the market, and no doubt others to follow, I will be comparing prices.

For TENT Camper use... there is a need for a more efficient cooler when Off the Grid and staying in one location for three or more days. I will be interested in using BLOCK ICE and add solid cubes when needed to top a cooler off.

For Airstream owners... not as much with the larger capacity refrigerators in the 25 foot and longer models.
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Old 10-17-2018, 07:01 PM   #11
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I have had good luck with the Cabela's Polar Cap 80qt.

My son was moving and unloaded a freezer into the cooler that had been setting in a hot shop in Iowa in June. I was afraid the warm cooler would thaw the food. When we got back to the motel in Omaha, I put some ice in several quart bags and set it in the cooler. The cooler stayed in the back of the Suburban that afternoon, overnight, and all day on the trip home. When I unloaded the cooler into our freezer, the motel ice had not even melted.

I have since purchased one for me.
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20# block lasted longer than cubes. When in the Airstream ice lasted a week. We happened to “utilize “ some cubes for cooling of other beverages.

P. S. Had about 12 bottles standing ... maybe a few less

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Old 10-27-2018, 09:31 PM   #13
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So what did you get?
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Old 10-28-2018, 08:15 AM   #14
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Tent to Airstream... to Tent 2019

Originally Posted by Ted S. View Post
So what did you get?
It will take more effort to find a Cooler, than finding an Airstream!

We have until April 2019 to put our Tent Camping together. Our tent, sleeping bags, air mattress... we already have from years past.

An exterior 'Fly' over the tent, supports, ropes and poles to shield the tent from sun and weather is needed, as the previous canvas is long gone. Lighter materials are available today.

Checking out the size and variety of cooler options for our typical Off the Grid camping preferences, needing four to six days of provisions.

It will be very unlikely to see many of the over 12 or more coolers that will work for us. If we can compare three to five coolers in the Las Vegas metro area, and look over these available on the Internet... it will be an easy decision.

Since Tent Camping to us is second nature, it will be easy to select what will fit our needs. When it is done, I will be happy to pass on what we learned in the process. It need not be 'perfect', but one that is durable and well built.

Where something is made is not a factor in our decision. Much like your Airstream. USA made on the exterior, with Foreign parts filling it.

Price and function is important. Much like a a hat. It must fit, be practical and durable.

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