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Old 02-13-2016, 11:28 AM   #1
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Need to Take Extra Frozen Foods

Need to take some frozen foods (for up to ten days), which exceeds our trailer's freezer capacity so I'am thinking a standard Igloo cooler with dry ice, a fancy Yeti type cooler (which realy get mixed reviews) or an even more expensive over the road 12v freezer/frig like Engle, Luna, Edgestar or ARB.

My experience in Horse Packing is that the standard igloo type only last two or three days no matter what because they mostly have little or no insulation in the lid. So we long ago stopped trying tom pack anything needing to stay cold longer than three days.

But this is a new day, so we'd love to hear any suggestions you have!


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Old 02-13-2016, 11:38 AM   #2
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Pack in dry ice in an insulated box or one of the coolers you already own and ship overnight to destination? Fed Ex does this, I'm sure others will, to.

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Old 02-13-2016, 02:45 PM   #3
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We have an Engel MT45 Fridge Freezer, several Yeti and several Engel Deep Blue coolers. You will be happy with any of top line coolers as they have about 2 inches of solid insulation in the lid. walls and bottom. Plus they have a good quality door seal.

The Engel fridge freezers are the very best of all. Ours have 5 settings.
1-2 it is very cold fridge. Over 2 /12 we use it for a freezer. Freezes solid
better than our side by side fridge freezer in the RV.

Out of all the units we like the MT45 the best because we use it all year.
Summer in the RV and winter I have it my office. Nice not having to walk to fridge and having me old beer at a perfect temperature.
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Old 02-13-2016, 02:58 PM   #4
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Just be aware of the potential danger with using dry ice in small, confined areas. See Ventilation section here: http://dryiceinfo.com/safe.htm
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Old 02-13-2016, 03:08 PM   #5
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Last year we bought a twelve volt cooler from Wally world.
It seems that it freezes the beer so we decided to put prefrozen food in it. It kept it frozen for more than two weeks,you know stuff like steaks and burgers.
As long as it stays plugged in it stays frozen.
I manage the beer more carefully now. It can be used as a chest (laying down)
or as a fridge (upright)
This will do what you are asking for.
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Old 02-14-2016, 10:00 AM   #6
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Wouldn't a small electric freezer that you could power as needed with a generator work? They don't cost much.
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Old 02-14-2016, 01:51 PM   #7
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We have a Waeco refrigerator freezer and yes it works well in freezing mode.
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Old 05-02-2016, 05:06 PM   #8
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I have two of the coleman 12 volt frig freez from wally,s about $90. and work great they really do freeze things if you are not careful. I am sure aat the right setting and being careful not to block the fan they would keep your items frozen. I always suggest you pack using setting up usage as to use those items in the least reliable cooling source first.
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Old 05-03-2016, 05:27 AM   #9
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If packing a cooler and do not want to use dry ice we have froze gallon jugs of water, they seem to last longer plus does not get everything wet and then when they thaw you also have some drinking water, this is how we did it back in the pop up days
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If you have a inverter: I have 2, 110 volt Haier 1.3 (?) CF freezers. They are approx. 20" X 20" X 20". Bought at Wall Mart for under $200 each 10 years ago. Will hold temperature for approx. 12 hours.
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Old 05-04-2016, 10:02 AM   #11
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We have a dual power Engel installed on a sliding tray in our basement. Runs on electric when on shore power and switches to dc power (must be plugged into dc outlet) when not on shore power. It can be used as either a fridge or freezer. We have a thermometer to monitor temps and the freezer us normally at -4 degrees or lower. It is pricey but only has one moving part.
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Old 05-04-2016, 02:37 PM   #12
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We have two, an ARB 80L from our previous RV and the Dometic 110# that came OEM in our current RV. They both have performed beautifully both as a freezer or a fridge. I have a 12V power port in back of both pickups. We recently deadheaded back and forth from Tex to AZ, in the F150 and used the ARB as a freezer to take meat and prepared meals back to AZ. When we camp, we use it to store ice and the Dometic for a beverage fridge. We love having both of them. One is mounted and one is portable.
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Don't forget that food thaws slower at colder temperatures.

Put the frozen food you will be eating first into the fridge not freezer. Depending on how cold the fridge is and how large the frozen block of food is it may take 2 or 3 days for it to thaw.

It also helps keep the fridge colder if you're in warm weather.

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