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Old 05-16-2012, 11:17 AM   #1
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how many ice chests to bring

good morning all, we are going beach camping for 5 days over memorial weekend. There are no hookups and it should be cool and windy. our last trip out we took 3 ice chests and that was over kill. Just wondering how many ice chests, if any, you all take along with you. We have a good size freezer and refrigerator in the rv, just not a lot of storage outside or inside for sodas,beers,waters and such. we are a family of five.

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Old 05-16-2012, 11:37 AM   #2
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I used to bring some.. but then the campground where I camped started charging for electricity Even if you only used 20 amps and not all of that.. So I traded in the ice chests (Well I used 'em for other tings) and spent about a hundred bucks on a small "Dorm/Office" size fridge, Traditional compressor job, 100 watts running, at Sears (This was a few years ago) NOTE: If you have an ALDI store near you I saw a somewhat nicer one for about the same price there a few weeks ago.

Since then I've not used the ice chests for ice.

Electricity at that CD 4/00/night.. Ice, I'd usually melt 8-12 dollars worth depending on how hot the day was..

Food, Much nicer properly refrigerated.

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Old 05-16-2012, 05:19 PM   #3
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When I have the "gang" with me (3 adults, 4 teens) I carry a large Coleman ice chest for the outside. That way I don't have wet and/or dirty people running in and out of my coach - nothing worse than beach sand in my book! I usually carry it in the towed car.
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When we take a bunch of folks to the lake we take 2 very large igloo coolers we put gallon water jugs in our freezer the week before and then in the cooler 3 days before. This cools the cooler very nice and then remove water jugs and replace with the others in freezer. Add 2 bags ice ( bread bags from home ice maker) and drinks. Keeps the drinks cold four days minimum.
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Old 05-17-2012, 04:37 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies, that got me thinking that I could use one of those hitch thingys and tie down a big cooler on that. I am going to have to go look that up. I also freeze a bunch of water bottles at home and throw them on top of my food and drinks that are in the coolers. That way we have ice cold water and it keeps everything else cold. I just didnt want the ice chests in the rv as our only trip we have taken so far the DH slid three heavy ice chests across the brand new linoleum and scratch it to H**l.
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I take one larger cooler(not extra large). I also freeze milk jugs of water to cool it down before loading it and then break some up when loading it for the trip. I also have a 5 qt ice cream jug in the RVs freezer that I fill with water and use to keep replenishing the melting ice in the cooler, then refill, refreeze and reuse. I keep on top of making ice. Even if we dont need more in the freezer I put it in the cooler and make more anyway.
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One. Drinks cool faster on ice.
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Old 05-18-2012, 04:45 PM   #8
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well the hitch thingy is out as we are bringing our four bike carrier which will be going on the hitch, good idea on the ice cream quart, i'm just not sure how much room that will take away from my freezer stuff, and how do you get the ice out? does it just slide out and then you hammer it up?
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I went to walmart last weekend and bought a 60 q ice chest that will keep the ice there for 4 days at 90 degrees. They have them bigger than that and rated to last upto 5 days. Spend $40 and get a new one. Even though we have a good size fridge I like my beer ice cold.
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Doesn't it depend on the size? 3 x 100 qt chests is a lot, but 3 x six-pack coolers is not. If I didn't have a working fridge, I would probably need a couple decent-sized coolers just for beverages, i.e. beer and soda, and at least one more large one for food. Different strokes for different folks...

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