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Old 12 July 2006, 14:16   #21
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Unless you are going out for a very long time why not just an old fashioned cool box with those freezer packs? As long as everything is nicely chilled first it will keep stuff cool for a long time. It was what we had in the Gulf and seemed to work ok for people there!!!

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Old 14 July 2006, 00:36   #22
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i agree with the codder and jon brooks; a regular cooler with freezer packs
that were chilled at home.

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Old 14 July 2006, 07:50   #23
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Rather than ice blocks, freeze 1 or 2 2lt bottles of water and stick them in the cool box.

Then you have cold food/drinks and ice cold water to drink as it melts.
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Old 14 July 2006, 12:37   #24
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Originally Posted by Mark Halliday
Rather than ice blocks, freeze 1 or 2 2lt bottles of water and stick them in the cool box.

Then you have cold food/drinks and ice cold water to drink as it melts.
I use Mark's procedure all the time. Works very, very good. However only fill the bottles 3/4 full before freezing to allow for expansion. The best thing is that it is FREE. I actually use 1 lt Sweppes(sp) Tonic bottle as they have a very good seal on the cap. Guess what my favorite tipple is? If you want longer cooling time then place a layer of dry ice on bottom of chest and cover with a towel. Warning: make sure the chest can vent,the CO2 from the dry ice otherwise you have a small bomb. I have lived on a boat for a week ( 2 people) with refrigerated food and drinks at temperatures approx. 90 F. using this method. No need to mess around with chests that whack your battery. Also, plan ahead, do not put un-refridgerated items in chest. Cool or freeze items the night before in Fridge.
Tips from a guy who boats and camps out in a VERY warm climate. Today the forecast is 115 F.
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Old 15 July 2006, 19:21   #25
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Originally Posted by Nasher
How much current do these things draw?Nasher.
Checked the details of mine and it averages 35 watts, so 3 amps at 12 volts. Does make ice though.


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