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A few weeks ago I bought a new camping cooler, but I am not so satisfied with it.
During the 3 days I used it, I had to add a lot of ice and drain tons of water. Most of the time I was in the shade.
Does anyone know of a same-sized cooler for camping that works well for about 3 days?
Thanks for your help. Any thoughts or information would be great.
 

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Would help us to know what you bought, and what its dimensions were. Thanks.
 

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I gave up on iced down cooler a few years back. I have a Dometic Cool Box. They ain't cheap but no ice. They run on 12 volt or 110. We keep ours in the backseat of the pickup truck plugged into the cigarette lighter when camping. Nice thing is they won't wipe your battery out either, the shut off before they flatten your starting battery. My wife takes it shopping in her car to put frozen stuff in for the trip home (we are 20 miles from the grocery)

best 'cooler' I ever bought and if you bought a Yeti, the price of a Yeti and the Cool Box are pretty close.

No ice, no water no BS. Just cold (and frozen food). Mine has 2 compartments, one for cold and one for freeze and yes it keeps ice cream rock hard.

Amazon has them btw. So does West Marine online and Panther Products online.
 

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I tried the Yeti clone route and it didn't keep ice much longer than my old trusty Coleman Xtreme coolers - depends on how much its opened. The Yeti clone was tooooo heavy to move when loaded. So, I continue to use the Coleman Xtreme, but use a heavy moving blanket to keep it covered - helps a bunch. My clone is used only for storing a few bags of ice, and if it stays closed, it will keep it for a few days.
 

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I won’t buy a Yeti due to their stance on 2A. The Coleman Extreme is rated not quiet as good as Yeti but very good. Living in Georgia and originally from Florida is a necessity. The Coleman Extreme meets my needs at about 1/5th the cost of the Yeti.
 

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Except for my time in the Navy, I've lived my whole life in the desert of Arizona and we did a lot of camping in the state and in Mexico. Back then there was nothing except Igloo and Coleman boxes, but we almost always used Dry Ice on these trips, which kept temps down where we wanted them to be. I don't do that sort of camping anymore, but if I did and was serious about it, I'd lean more toward Sidecarflips' way of doing it, especially with how effective and available solar charging/inverters are, and the charging equipment is affordable now. Good luck and remember that Dry Ice isn't expensive!
 

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One July some years ago I had to haul a bobcat carcass from Nrn Mississippi to Wichita, KS (via Dallas and Amarillo) in the cab of an non air- conditioned pickup. My wife and I bought two styrofoam coolers that would nest, 10 # of dry ice, and some duct tape. 4 days later we still had a tiny bit of dry ice left and bob was still frozen solid. Get the cooler with tight press-on lid and 2 inch walls.
 

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As a side note, I agree about Yeti's stance on 2A. I noticed the other day a new billboard near my home. It is a picture of a white Yeti cooler with Coors Silver Bullets with ice in it. No words on the billboard, just the picture of the Yeti cooler with the Coors beer cans. Well, I used to like a Silver Bullet ever once in a while but not any more.
 

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Except for my time in the Navy, I've lived my whole life in the desert of Arizona and we did a lot of camping in the state and in Mexico. Back then there was nothing except Igloo and Coleman boxes, but we almost always used Dry Ice on these trips, which kept temps down where we wanted them to be. I don't do that sort of camping anymore, but if I did and was serious about it, I'd lean more toward Sidecarflips' way of doing it, especially with how effective and available solar charging/inverters are, and the charging equipment is affordable now. Good luck and remember that Dry Ice isn't expensive!
When we hunt out west we take cheap styrofoam coolers to put the butchered meat in for the trip back and put in dry ice to keep the meat cold. Even a cheap styrofoam cooler and dry ice will keep stuff frigid for days and no mess.
 

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Except for my time in the Navy, I've lived my whole life in the desert of Arizona and we did a lot of camping in the state and in Mexico. Back then there was nothing except Igloo and Coleman boxes, but we almost always used Dry Ice on these trips, which kept temps down where we wanted them to be. I don't do that sort of camping anymore, but if I did and was serious about it, I'd lean more toward Sidecarflips' way of doing it, especially with how effective and available solar charging/inverters are, and the charging equipment is affordable now. Good luck and remember that Dry Ice isn't expensive!
The Dometic Cool box has a Danfoss compressor. Unlike a conventional fridge, the Danfoss runs on what is called a duty cycle and they are extremely efficient too. My Cool Box pulls 45 watts cooling down do whatever I set it is (all digital) and then drops off 20 20 watts and only runs when it need to maintain the interior temperature 200 watts of solar and 2 flooded cell batteries and you are good do go.
 

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I won’t buy a Yeti due to their stance on 2A. The Coleman Extreme is rated not quiet as good as Yeti but very good. Living in Georgia and originally from Florida is a necessity. The Coleman Extreme meets my needs at about 1/5th the cost of the Yeti.
.... and Yeti's are made in China as well. Made there imported here and branded Yeti. I wouldn't have one either. If I didn't have the Cool Box, I'd have a Coleman.

Maybe the OP don't have a Yeti????
 
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