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What cooler do you have/recommend

Post by chads920 » Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:24 am



Cross Canada road trip this summer and I feel that a mini fridge would be useful. When I traveled with my Kamloops Chap G group to Kennewick WA on the Memorial wk end I observed that many at the gathering, who pulled a trailer, had a 12V "cooler" mounted on their trailer reach. Doing a 'search' on the internet resulted in a great variety of units, as expected, but no clear direction. So I'm turning once again to you fellow travellers for some insight. Size and durability are important but my MO when traveling is to Stop, Shop and Consume so big isn't necessarily what I'm looking for. Workmanship and value likely are of greater importance... Your comments would be appreciated


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Re: What cooler do you have/recommend

Post by AZgl1800 » Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:40 pm

the only "fridge" I ever used while camping was in a big RV trailer and it uses propane.

on my bike, I just use a good camping ice chest and ice....
the good ones will hold ice for 3 to 4 days, but they won't be cheap.

hint: if you can pinch in the lid and make it sink, it is too cheap.
the insulation is mostly air, not a good foam.
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Post by WingAdmin » Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:30 am

You might want to have a look at the review of the Mini Fridge cooler/heater that I just posted: viewtopic.php?f=18&t=42791

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Re: What cooler do you have/recommend

Post by AZgl1800 » Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:08 pm

just to spice it up a bit, here is my experience with 3 of these things.

I used to work on pipelines in the desert southwest, all by myself 99% of the time.

I have 3 of those things, a 24 quart used for long trips, it is only good if you set it on the truck's console with the A/C duct blowing straight at the fan.

They will drop 40* below ambient usually, mine did. so that a/c duct was blowing at 50*F and the cooler dropped into the freezing zone. made my cokes in cans very nice to drink.


I have a couple that will hold a six pack of coke or sandwiches. they are the same, if they have cold air blowing on them, they work great. so, when I was a pipeliner driving a pickup or big 4x4 those coolers set in the front passenger seat and worked great for me. 6 cans of soda pop, or water... as mentioned, plastic bottles don't fair so well.

for a bike? scratch the idea, it won't work good enough to make you happy.
e.g., the temps outside are 91* and the cooler will at best make it down to about 60* because the insulation is not good enough to survive a hot air blast.

if you have a real Refridgerator, it will work a bit better, but not much.
My RV toy hauler has a dual mode, propane and a/c. the a/c function is broken, so it runs on Propane all the time. once it gets cold, it stays cold. but we are very frugal about opening it, and closing the door fast. none of that open it and then start wondering what you want.... that kills a whole day's effort at cooling the fridge.
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Re: What cooler do you have/recommend

Post by Big Blue UK » Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:17 am

I used to use an electric cooler box on the trailer drawbar cooler rack when 0% chance of rain. Cannot be bothered with the hastle these days, a good ice packed cooler bag lasts a few days. I have a small and medium size Titan zipperless, so whatever fresh stuff I take fills it. Great quality bags.


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