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12v cooler recommendation?
Anybody use a 12v cooler for extended truck camping? Sometimes ice runs back to town aren’t convenient. I see 80-100qt options and they run the gamut on pricing. Anybody have one they like?
I think Engel are kinda the standard for quality. The guy I hunted with in Australia had 2-3 in camp. There is no option to “run and get ice” there. They seemed to work good. Not sure the sizes he had, but they were pretty big. And I think they were fairly expensive….not sure if that helps much.
Have you considered a '3-way' RV fridge? Run on AC, DC or propane. Not cheap, but...
Yes I’ve considered the RV fridge route but propane isn’t always convenient either. Thanks, JT. I have a standard Engle ice chest on my boat and I think it outperforms the other roto coolers (yeti, et al) I own. I’ll check them out.
According to Engel’s tech pages, you can only expect about 3 hrs of refrigerator/freezer run time on a fully charged 12v battery.
So, you’ll need a system to charge the battery fairly frequently. You could use your vehicles alternator to charge the battery, but that would require running the vehicle every 3 hours. A set of solar panels would probably be my choice, but that has obvious limitations, too.
In my mind, a standard compact 110v freezer and a portable generator might be a better way to go.
Going to need something bigger than that Nate to bring your elk home in!! Can't help from experience but would lean towards the propane powered fridge and take a 20lb can. GG reply about the 3 hr limit changed my mind. Last time I drove to elk hunt, I bought a chest freezer off craigslist and took my portable generator. My topper doesn't have a back glass so ran the generator on the 12 hour drive out and got freezer to zero. Ran it a few hours every day when hunting and it was ready for the elk quarters! Good luck.
A buddy did something similar, chest freezer on a trailer, but he ran an inverter off his truck while driving, kept his stuff cold.
I use a freezer every trip. I just use a generator mostly with some solar/battery power. I've looked at a gas one and may go that route in the future as a 20lb bottle will run you about 20 days for a 7 cubic foot freezer. Can't beat that.
Yes I’ve got a 100w solo at panel and a controller. I’ve got a Gen and a freezer and have gone that route too. Was just looking for something a bit more manageable.
Grey Ghost, I’m curious where you saw that one could only run about three hours. From what I can see they run at about a 2 amp draw. With a 80+ amphour battery, I see plenty of juice.
I mentioned propane refrigerator above. Do you use a gas grill or stove? Gas lamps/lanterns? Could run everything off a tank, with a back-up handy. They even make propane generators and inverters. (I'm looking at one for home backup.)
Good topic, lots of options available, depending on your kit and cargo space.
Sorry if I sidetracked your initial question - didn't know you'd tried every other suggestion already.
Sometimes I use propane and sometimes I don’t. My angle here is a more mobile camp set up so trying to minimize necessary components and make packing/unpacking more efficient.