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Old 07-05-2017, 04:17 PM   #1
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For the last 3 years Iíve gone camping with my Walmart-bought Rubbermaid cooler. Price was great, never gave it much thought. Nothing more than an overflow parking spot for bulky beverages and food I didnít want to open the trailer fridge for.

This last trip I noticed the cooler now leaked steady from the drain hole. It seemed to need more ice, sooner than before. The Rubbermaid has no lid latch - warm air can enter there. I been using a bungie cord but I donít think itís working. Been told to save my money and just get one made of Styrofoam, or buy the same thing again.

Given the performance of my not tropical trailer fridge, when we are in triple digit heat you got to have that old fashioned, manual/passive back-up. I saw those posts about the Yeti. I freaked out over the price.

Now I know there is competition. The RTIC cooler gets high marks. So many other higher end ones are being made, but what to choose? I looked them over on line. Opinions vary. They got large drain holes with chain tethers, rubber or plastic latches, wheels, bottle cap openers, cutting boards, gaskets, baskets, made in the US or not, and on.

It is a new kind of ice chest, all right, this molded, seamless, ďRoto-constructionĒ type. Built to take abuse, rugged construction, thicker walls. Tie it on the back of your 4wd trail toy. Just throw them 6 gutted 20 pound basses right in there!

So I got it narrowed down to the RTIC45, the Orca 40, the Igloo Yukon, the Grizzly, the Palm, the Engel and the Kysek, oh, and the Camp Chef. They all claim to keep your ice ice for as much as 10 days (uh-huh). All are up there in price. What to do? Note: No one seems to carry the RTIC45 right now, not even the manufacturer (they recently had a court battle with Yeti,).

Itís July. My decision must be made soon.
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Old 07-05-2017, 04:22 PM   #2
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I received the RTIC 20 quart for Christmas. It's heavy empty. I can't even image what it's going to be like filled with food and ice. Thinking about the 45... I'd have fill it in the bed of the truck, chain it down and leave it there.

I just checked the RTIC website. The 45 quart weighs 25lbs empty and mine 17.5 lbs.

If weight or picking something up full is a concern for you.
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For the last 3 years Iíve gone camping with my Walmart-bought Rubbermaid cooler. Price was great, never gave it much thought. Nothing more than an overflow parking spot for bulky beverages and food I didnít want to open the trailer fridge for.

This last trip I noticed the cooler now leaked steady from the drain hole. It seemed to need more ice, sooner than before. The Rubbermaid has no lid latch - warm air can enter there. I been using a bungie cord but I donít think itís working. Been told to save my money and just get one made of Styrofoam, or buy the same thing again.

Given the performance of my not tropical trailer fridge, when we are in triple digit heat you got to have that old fashioned, manual/passive back-up. I saw those posts about the Yeti. I freaked out over the price.

Now I know there is competition. The RTIC cooler gets high marks. So many other higher end ones are being made, but what to choose? I looked them over on line. Opinions vary. They got large drain holes with chain tethers, rubber or plastic latches, wheels, bottle cap openers, cutting boards, gaskets, baskets, made in the US or not, and on.

It is a new kind of ice chest, all right, this molded, seamless, ďRoto-constructionĒ type. Built to take abuse, rugged construction, thicker walls. Tie it on the back of your 4wd trail toy. Just throw them 6 gutted 20 pound basses right in there!

So I got it narrowed down to the RTIC45, the Orca 40, the Igloo Yukon, the Grizzly, the Palm, the Engel and the Kysek, oh, and the Camp Chef. They all claim to keep your ice ice for as much as 10 days (uh-huh). All are up there in price. What to do? Note: No one seems to carry the RTIC45 right now, not even the manufacturer (they recently had a court battle with Yeti,).

Itís July. My decision must be made soon.
Myron , Pelican is also a great cooler . Made in USA 1/3 cost of a Yeti . 10 days . Robust stainless closers etc. they make gun cases too etc. purchased ours from Amazon .
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For that size capacity cooler 23-30 pounds seems to be the norm. Loaded, my Rubbermaid was a heavy lift onto the truck bed. Guess just got to bend at the knees, Donna, and don't let the spine take all the stress.

Thanks, Pat. I'm looking.....
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I got the Yeti but now there are lots that seem to be just as good for less money- i have a small one and its very heavy!
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Old 07-05-2017, 04:53 PM   #6
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Why not put a new styrofoam one inside the older one. No leaks, and double the insulation. You always seem to like using stuff you already have on hand in the past.
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Old 07-05-2017, 05:06 PM   #7
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I checked out the prices, wow and double wow!
If it were me, I'd take that money and put it toward one of those 12v refrigerator chests.
Amazon has a high rated 45 qt model for $500. Whynter FM-45G 45-Quart Portable Refrigerator/Freezer, Platinum https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002W8BLUG..._0fwxzbYAMYPS4
Yes, that's a bit more $$ (and more lbs), but they can be used as a fridge or a freezer. As long as you have 12v, you're golden. When on the road, you can run it in the TW. When camping, you'd have to manage your battery. You might need another solar panel, but it seems to be a versatile solution.
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Old 07-05-2017, 05:21 PM   #8
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we have a coleman xtreme 7 days cooler and it seems to hold up to the abuse... , it's more like 3-4 days in 90F weather.. we use it as a backup cooler for our compressor based 12V fridge in the truck, so most of the time it sits in the back of our offroad trailer and slide whichever way it feels like to..

I've looked at the molded cooler and price aside they are very heavy and don't hold as much for the volume it took up, reminds me too much of the 12V fridge...
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Another vote for the Coleman XTreme! Agree with everything caddoster said. Picked mine up at Canadian Tire in Vancouver for about C$80 in the spring of 2016...on sale!
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The Coleman Extreme is good enough for me, I've gotten 4 days out of it in Sept. If I was going to do a 10 day canoe trip or lived in the south west maybe I'd go for yet another cooler.
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Coleman Xtreme

Ditto the Coleman Xtreme when it comes to cost and keeping things cool over time. 2 blocks of ice in my 52 qt. cooler will last a few days and still leave room for those extras that don't fit in the box, etc. Currently $37.25 US on Amazon.
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All great choices, guys. Got to watch this cooler report on U-tube:

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I recently purchased an Ozark Trail roto molded cooler for a Canadian fishing trip . It held ice for 6 days using block ice.
At less than half the cost of a Yeti it works good enough for our needs.
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All great choices, guys. Got to watch this cooler report on U-tube:


Neat. Here are the tabulated test results.
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I've seen photos were cooler owners created a "cozie" out of Reflectix to put over the cooler. Doesn't seem to matter WHICH kind of cooler, it helps them all. I've got a hot glue gun.... hummmm.
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All great choices, guys. Got to watch this cooler report on U-tube:

I've seen their site before Myron. Interestingly, their ratings for coolers don't seem to match up all that much with their test results for ice retention. For example, they rate the Yeti near the top, even though it routinely gets whipped by less expensive coolers in the ice retention tests. I guess the other factors are heavily weighted when calculating the overall rating.

One glaring omission in all their tests is the RTIC coolers.

EDIT: Another winner that has retained ice for up to 12 days in independent testing is the Cabelas Polar Cap.
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I have not been able to find a single RTIC seller, and that includes the manufacturer site. Think they are re-tooling after a lawsuit by Yeti over proprietary design rights that was settled out of court.
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I have not been able to find a single RTIC seller, and that includes the manufacturer site. Think they are re-tooling after a lawsuit by Yeti over proprietary design rights that was settled out of court.
Well that would explain the omission.
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Myron we use the Pelican cooler when the temps are going to be up there and it sits in the truck bed . We also have a igloo and a small Coleman we take in the winter cooler temps . The Pelican besides the stainless latches has area's to cable or chain it , to keep it from walking away . Pat
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Itís July. My decision must be made soon.
Shouldn't be any rush. New Mexico stays too hot until October...

Here is another brand of root-moulded super cooler to add to the confusion.
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