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Old 01-18-2015, 03:37 AM   #1
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Ice

I use LOTS of ice. With the tiny freezer, as a fulltimer....

I boondock for extended periods of time, and in the summer it's just not enough.

I've been freezing several cups of water, but I'd like something that stacks better, and freezes a good volume.

What do you use?
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Old 01-18-2015, 05:03 AM   #2
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You probably don't want to hear this, but we've learned to not use so much ice.
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Old 01-18-2015, 05:14 AM   #3
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For about $120. at Wallmart or Target an Igloo Ice maker. Works real good. Sal
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Old 01-18-2015, 06:29 AM   #4
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For about $120. at Wallmart or Target an Igloo Ice maker. Works real good. Sal

Throw in a blender to make margaritas and a boondocker now has good reason to buy a Tri-Fuel Yamaha generator.

Ice, ice, baby
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Old 01-18-2015, 09:59 AM   #5
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We fill a plastic container from home to get us started. Then have 4 small ice cube trays that we use to keep things going. Only 2 of us so it's manageable ice consumption.
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Old 01-18-2015, 10:26 AM   #6
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YETI cooler in the back of my truck. It keeps ice for a long long time. I have kept ice for up to two weeks in mine. (They are bear proof, too.)

Also, drink from a YETI stainless vacuum tumbler. If you are refilling with refridgerated drink, the YETI keeps the ice for many refills. Also, because the ice in your drink is not melting much, your drink is not diluted. (They keep hot coffee piping hot for hours, too.)

I scoffed at the claims made by YETI until I got one for free. Then my daughter gave me the 30 oz "cup" for Christmas. OK now I'm a believer.
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Old 01-18-2015, 11:36 AM   #7
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You probably don't want to hear this, but we've learned to not use so much ice.
I CAN. I've been without many times in my life. But (Your right) I don't WANT to!

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For about $120. at Wallmart or Target an Igloo Ice maker. Works real good. Sal
I bought 2 of these.
Amazon.com: NewAir AI-100S 28-Pound Portable Ice Maker, Silver: Appliances
One made one batch of ice. The second made cold water.

I'd read it was the same maker in china, but I'll give it a try.


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Throw in a blender to make margaritas and a boondocker now has good reason to buy a Tri-Fuel Yamaha generator.

Ice, ice, baby
I think my pair of Honda EU2000i's will do!

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YETI cooler in the back of my truck. It keeps ice for a long long time. I have kept ice for up to two weeks in mine. (They are bear proof, too.)

Also, drink from a YETI stainless vacuum tumbler. If you are refilling with refridgerated drink, the YETI keeps the ice for many refills. Also, because the ice in your drink is not melting much, your drink is not diluted. (They keep hot coffee piping hot for hours, too.)

I scoffed at the claims made by YETI until I got one for free. Then my daughter gave me the 30 oz "cup" for Christmas. OK now I'm a believer.

Thank you, I'll give the cup a try. A cooler doesn't help so much when your boondocking for 6+ months at a stretch.
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Old 01-18-2015, 11:59 AM   #8
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YETI cooler in the back of my truck. It keeps ice for a long long time. I have kept ice for up to two weeks in mine. (They are bear proof, too.)

Also, drink from a YETI stainless vacuum tumbler. If you are refilling with refridgerated drink, the YETI keeps the ice for many refills. Also, because the ice in your drink is not melting much, your drink is not diluted. (They keep hot coffee piping hot for hours, too.)

I scoffed at the claims made by YETI until I got one for free. Then my daughter gave me the 30 oz "cup" for Christmas. OK now I'm a believer.
2nd on the YETI. I don't have one, but a neighbor has given me a serious yearning for one. Just buy a couple of bags of ice from the local convenience store and you're good for at least 10 days.

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Old 01-18-2015, 12:10 PM   #9
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I bought 3 large cube silicone ice trays from Amazon. Fits in my tiny freezer and you could even bag some of the large frozen cubes up ahead of time. One cube of ice is all you need per drink and it melts so slow it usually lasts through refills too.
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Old 01-18-2015, 12:39 PM   #10
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Man, if you put Joy's large cubes in a Yeti!!! Ice for life! Unless you're a bear...

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Old 01-18-2015, 12:43 PM   #11
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I use an extra RV refridgerator set up on a table just outside the trailer. Keeps all my drinks cold and makes up to 6 ice cube trays of ice per day. I find that it will run over 3 weeks in 80*+ weather when hooked up to a BBQ sized propane tank . It is a model that does not require 12 volts to operate.
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Be careful about the swift feet a Yeti cooler can grow.
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Be careful about the swift feet a Yeti cooler can grow.

They're probably like a good pocket knife... I learned that lesson quite a while back. Carry a cheap knife, and you can't throw it far enough to lose it. Carry a nice knife, and you can't lay it down. I now carry a 14 dollar Byrd Cara Cara... Had it for years.

Back to the ice... I've yet to go boondocking in this thing. Might not ever, who knows, so we always buy a couple bags from the campground store and put them in a cooler. Worked for the whole four day weekend. I can see where a good cooler would make that work better during the summer. A small propane freezer would be awesome...

I do know of one igloo cooler that walked off of it's own accord, but it was at a beach, and full of beer. Coolers of beer at the beach will do that to you if you leave them outside all night... Darned bears!

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Yeti makes a bracket that you can insert into the slot on the edge and lock the cooler to something with a cable lock.


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