Quality Cooler vs Refer?

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  1. lynnmarie0123

    lynnmarie0123 Member

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    Hi! Im new here!

    so ive got a Bazillion questions to ask and this is one of them!

    I just brought my new used pup home today. it has a nice Dometic refrigerator however my main interest is having ice and frozen goods. This one hasnt a freezer. Im vegan. I dont eat meat or dairy so no need to cool that stuff. Mostly i make protein smoothies and need ice for those.

    My camping trips are only going to be 2 dayers. I think I want to remove my Dometic refrigerator (and get more storage space) then buy a very good cooler, maybe a YETI; make a reflectix cover for it for extra insulation and just go that route. I could keep cooler on a bunk since its only me. Or in colder weather in my tow vehicle. From all I have read on here, refrigerators are just a huge pain. Plus my tow vehicle is only an SUV so not rated for lots of weight.

    i understand these high end high performance coolers can keep ice for several days at least. Thats all i want. If anyone has experience with these coolers id love to hear‼️ Thank you kind people!
     
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  2. Sneezer

    Sneezer Well-Known Member

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    There are cheaper options than Yeti. Look at Ozark Trail copies, or Aldi when they sell theirs. Many of the competitors get high marks, and I don’t see the need to spend the coin on a Yeti. Besides - start talking yeti prices and you are already pretty close to a clone of an ARB or Engel 12V compressor frdige/freezer, which would be way better than any cooler.

    I personally would keep the fridge if it is working. They do quite fine for basic needs, and with some simple mods (do a search) they do even better. Then get a decent cooler to handle your frozen stuff. Plan your meals to take advantage of thaw rates. I use my fridge on every trip, take a 2nd hybrid 12V/110V fridge for longer trips, and a 12V cooler for drinks when I need it.
     
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    xxxapache Well-Known Member

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    Ain't no way I'd remove a good working RV fridge.
     
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    Old_Geezer Well-Known Member

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    RTIC is what you want......great stuff. Check the site every week and you'll hit a sale. They have sold the 65 in the past for $149.
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    I still use my fridge, but also still use a cooler. A fridge is a great way to keep drinks. That way someone isn’t constantly opening a cooler Causing it to lose its cool air. I also don’t want some of my food frozen, so put that in a fridge. I couldn’t lift a yeti cooler with ice/food not to mention cost. I found a good 5 Day Coleman cooler that with the combination of reflectix etc I can squeeze 5 days Out of if not more assuming I don’t constantly open it a lot. The key is to stay out of a cooler as much as possible the more you open it the more Warm air gets in and more ice melts.
     
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    When I had the popup, I didn't use the fridge on weekends. It took too long to.cool down and I couldn't preload it before we left without popping up the camper. I did use it on longer trips and it worked fine. They are pretty reliable in my opinion with a little maintenance. The biggest problem you have is spiders building a nest in the burner. That is usually a pretty quick fix.
     
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    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    I have always used the reefer even without a freezer and a decent cooler but as stated there are cheaper options than a yeti, for trips of a couple of days a standard Coleman cooler would work fine, I made a cover from reflectix and use it, I also put a hasp and padlock on it due to the racoons helping themselves. I carried a dorm reefer for a long time and used it which worked fine, cooled quickly I am sure you can use the extra money saved for other needed camping items. Good luck and keep on camping
     
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    Keep the fridge, it's good for things you don't want to get soggy, such as greens and other veggies, +condiments, lunch meets, cheese. If you don't use it as a fridge you can store dry foods etc. in it to make them less attractive and accessible to vermin.

    If you don't prechill and preload the fridge you'll need a cooler for travel. We like having ice also but you don't need an expensive cooler for 2 days. Many coolers have little or no insulation in the lid. Before you buy the cooler tap on the lid and make sure you get a solid thunk, same sound as on the sides. Try to open it with the lid latched, if the lid moves it won't seal well.
     
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    Yes - keep the fridge. You can still use it for storage even if you don't power it on. I keep cold drinks in my fridge and a few other food items.

    You will like a good cooler too. I bought a RTIC 65 a few years ago and it very useful. In Yellowstone, I didn't need to add ice for the entire week. In Utah last summer, I did need to add some ice but the temp's were well into the 100's. I bring 2 coolers with me - one for frozen foods and one for refrigerated things. I have added a layer of reflectix to the inside of both and that works wonders.
     
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    Colman extream cooler. Like 40 $ . Works well. Its not a yeti, but islts also way cheaper. Look up cooler reviews on you tube , lots have hands on stuff to help you decide.
     
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    Removing it would be an undertaking, and would hurt the resale value of the trailer. I would leave it as others have said. For us before leaving on a trip I but 2 frozen 2-liter bottles in the refrigerator to precool it. Without turning it on it makes an ok cooler (not great but ok).
     
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    I took out my fridge because it was too small to hold much. A Coleman Marine extreme will hold ice for 5 days and hold a lot more stuff. Yeti's are overpriced and way too heavy. Unless you are worried that a bear is going to break into your cooler, I don't find the extra price and weight worth it. Just my 2 cents after 20 U.S. national parks and 15 Canadian national parks in my camper.
     
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    if its a fabric sided PUP, in bear country your cooler , or at least its contents, will likely be required to be stored in on-site steel bear boxes.

    which gets interesting when you/we swap out a Dometic Frig for a portable cooler.
     
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    GREAT TIP THANKS!!!‼️
     
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    This sounds a perfect plan to me. Im not camping in high altitudes so i do need ice and insulation.
     
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    Nope not worried about Bears !! Lol and your advice is sooooo appteciated ✊‼️⛺️Not to mention the weight of it. My tow vehicle is not rated for alot of weight.
     
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    WOW ‼️ Something else to think about. Lots to ponder here...
     
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    Thank you for this link⛺️⛺️⛺️⛺️⛺️
     
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