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Old 02-10-2014, 08:36 AM   #1
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Use a Yeti cooler?

I see all the testimonials from the guys that are paid guides-the coolers are good. I get it. I would like to know if any you typically use them and for what purpose. (Ie to store just ice, drinks, meat or all the above).

I have had good luck with igloo 5 day coolers (ie, buy ice on friday and it will keep food for weekend) here in Texas where summer temps are typically near 100.

The problem I am trying to solve is to keep ice for the boat coolers throughout the weekend. This past summer I would buy 2x20# bags and would loose about 60% to melt.

Any of you have experience w/the yeti's?
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They are good, and expensive. I went a different route and bought a Waeco refrigerator with the same form factor, no more melt water. However done reasonably correctly Ice Chest Shootout | Camping Life Magazine I did however make a Reflectix (foil bubble wrap) insulation jacket for one of the five day coolers and have heard of lining using the insulation.
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Old 02-10-2014, 08:18 PM   #3
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I have a Yeti and also an Engel cooler. They are the best! I use the Engel in my boat and the Yeti in the RV for extra food. I cool the coolers the night before with bottled frozen ice, put in the food next day and ice. Its days before I look at replacing ice. Had an Igloo gave it away to the friends.

Yeti and Engel are worth every penny.
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They are worth it. Just don't leave the lid up or you will have mad neighbors!!! Lol

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I've seen to many reports on coolers . The Extreme coolers work well for the price
1) pre cool the cooler
2) keep out of direct sunlight , try not open to much
buy a ice maker and bag your ice up before
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I've had lots of coolers over the years, never had any that perform as well as my Yeti's do. Pre-cool the cooler, chill the food, pack it properly, don't open any longer than you need to and you'll see why they are worth every penny.
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We've been using Yeti for 7 months. We use for drinks and it has been great. 2 20 pd bags of ice about every 5 days. Expensive cooler but worth it to us.
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Good data point, how big of a yeti are you using?
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:04 PM   #9
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I use a 45 and a 35 and think they are a good balance of size and weight loaded. Don't buy too small, the 35 is on the small side for a camping cooler.
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I love my YETI. It's the best cooler I've ever had. I have the white Tundra 75 which I think is the best size for me and my family -- not too big and not too small. I will usually pack 50 pounds of ice into it and fill the rest of the space as much as possible with whatever. The more space you use in the cooler, the longer the ice lasts. I can leave mine out in the sun in the middle of the summer and not have to replenish the ice for several days.

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Oh the Yeti is a cooler! We used ours as a safe.
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Regardless the cooler you use, chunk Ice lasts longer than bag ice. Few ice houses around, but buy 1 gallon bottled water and freeze hard in home freezer. You will be surprised how long it lasts. Also keeps items cold but dry if you need to do that.
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Noticed yesterday at SAMS that Igloo now has a cooler that looks similar to the Yeti and is being advertised as better, keeps cold longer guess Yeti was cutting into their profits!
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