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Last week I was getting my hunting stuff cleaned for the upcoming Dove season and like several times in the past, the plastic hinges on my Coleman Xtreme broke. Those little pieces of junk measured .028. I call that designing failure into a product. Replaced with stainless, but am fed up with Coleman. I've got five retired Colemans - all with broken hinges or leaking drains. (I keep primers and powder in them). Rant over.
 

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That and they are too CHEAP to put a tray in them any more . None of them do.
Really ???? a cheap plastic tray to keep a sandwich out of the water would put the price out of reach.
 

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Again I say, save up your allowances (of your wives give you any) and get a Dometic Cool Box or a Whytmer compressor fridge and be happy with no more water mess, soggy buns and nasty coolers ever again,
 

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I've got an old Coleman cooler that's about 30 years old. We used to use in a lot for when we went camping. Hinges still work. We don't camp anymore.....but the Coleman is ready to keep frozen food cold, when the electricity goes out. They are rather cheaply made....but what do you want for $40 for a big one? If you want better, you can buy them for over $150! We kept it, and the stoves, and battery powered lights for emergencies,........which seem to occur rather frequently all year 'round! :rolleyes: Bob
 

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Will it kill your truck battery if its not running?
No, it won't. Both the of them haave an auto cut off feature that won't drain the battery. We keep ours plugged into the cigar lighter and sitting on the backseat. My wife swears by it. Goes to the grocery store with her all the time to keep frozen food frozen on the way home.
 

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No, it won't. Both the of them haave an auto cut off feature that won't drain the battery. We keep ours plugged into the cigar lighter and sitting on the backseat. My wife swears by it. Goes to the grocery store with her all the time to keep frozen food frozen on the way home.
Don’t tell my wife, she’ll insist on one. She loves those “insulated” grocery bags, which probably have an R-value of about 0.5. Funny, growing up here in Florida, we just put the paper bags full of frozen stuff on the black vinyl seats of the Ford wagon in July, and everything got home just fine. Now, she’s scared food will rot unless it’s in those fancy bags.

One time I drove home with milk in the back of the car, and forgot it was there till an hour later. It was fine.
 

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I still have a 50 year old Coleman with metal hinges and a latch that has never failed, but it simply couldn't compete insulation-wise with more modern coolers. I use it outside to hold my swimming pool chemicals, with holes in the bottom that I drilled to drain rain water it couldn't keep out. For passive coolers today, there are so many good options, but as has been suggested by SidecarFlip, electronic types for serious users should look into such options, especially with affordable solar gear to eliminate vehicle batteries in remote places.
 

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A cooler on the boat will last me about 4 years. They don’t get treated very nicely. They cost $30-$40. I won’t spend $400 on a Yeti. I toyed with an Ozark, but they are so big and heavy. I’ll just keep spending my $10 a year for the marine grade Igloo.
 

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There's always some type of issue with coolers...

Wife and I take a lot of day trips. The wife spotted Yeti soft coolers on sale during Amazon's Prime Day sale. She clicked the buy button on a Yeti 18 for $100 off (still way too expensive). The zipper is too stiff for her. So... I guess I'll still be good for something.
 

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Only thing a conventional cooler is good for here is packing game and it's in dry ice. Once you get a compressor stand alone, you'll never go back to a wet cooler.

I would never buy a 'Yeti' anything. Overpriced, made in China and Yeti is anti-2A.

Now I might use one for target practice if someone gave me it for free.
 

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That and they are too CHEAP to put a tray in them any more . None of them do.
Really ???? a cheap plastic tray to keep a sandwich out of the water would put the price out of reach.
I got around that by freezing water in half gallon milk jugs. A solid block last longer and doesn't drown your food.
 

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I remember in the 1950s and 60s my Mom and Dad had a steel Coca-Cola cooler. I'm sure it would break a bone of you dropped it on your foot.
We had the steel Coleman ones; took 2-3 people to haul it form the car to the beach..............and our inflatable rafts were US made and of canvas surrounding a rubber bladder; hard to break those!
 

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I have a Coleman Cooler from about 35 years ago. It has the plastic 'hinge'. We used to use it a lot for keeping food cool when camping. (We used to go camping a lot!) It's still sitting in the cellar......the 'hinges are fine.' And it keeps a lot of food cold for days. I also have old Coleman stoves, lantern,and gas grill. TYhey all still work fine. We keep them around for emergency situations, like when a Ice Storm that knocked out the power for a week about 9 years ago. kfjdrfirii Bob
 
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