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« on: May 04, 2009, 12:44:49 PM »

Just curious how well the ice box works.  It is one of those that you put ice in the box and it is suppose to keep items cool.
What experiences has anyone had with this?  Does it work well?
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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2009, 01:40:00 PM »

If it's similar to the one we had in our old '83 Coleman, it didn't work well at all. This was set up to put a block of ice in the bottom of the cooler ... but because the door opened up just like a regular refrigerator, all the cold air dumped out as soon as you opened it up. We removed it and just used standard coolers. We did keep that old cooler since it was "original equipment" and the guy we sold that pup to was excited it was still there and in good condition. 
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2009, 02:42:30 PM »

Take out the ice box and store a 5-day cooler in its spot.  Our Jayco camper's ice box was worthless.  The drain didn't even work right and more than once we had a cold puddle of water on the floor. 
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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2009, 02:51:07 PM »

The ice box in my old Starmaster was used as a pantry ...if that's any indication.  Smile
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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2009, 08:09:49 PM »

Actually we liked ours pretty well.  We had the Coleman stand up ice box that held block ice in our 1986 Williamsburg.  If this is the type you have, make sure to fill the tray completely with block ice and put it at the top of the box.  That way, all of the cold will settle in the bottom.  Make sure to keep the water drained off and it should last you for 3-4 days in moderate weather.

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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2009, 03:36:35 AM »

An ice box like these dumps all its cold air on the floor when  you open the door.  A large block of ice will keep food safely cold but also uses up most of the available space inside.  A top opening ice chest or cooler works better because the cold air doesn't all run out when you lift the lid. 

The icebox on our last sailboat was top opening and worked quite well.

The little camper refrigerators have the same liability of dumping all their cold air on the floor.  I'm a refrigerator Nazi in the camper as it takes hours to get them cold again after your kids go into a trance in front of the open door like they do at home! 

Use the LOCK on the door.  Slamming it closed will bounce open 1/4" and you probably won't see it.  Only the puddle on the floor alerted me.

If possible chill every thing before it goes in the ice box, cooler, or refrigerator.  Buy cold pop and beer.

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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2009, 03:58:32 AM »

We used our built-in cooler to store tacky lights.
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« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2009, 05:08:12 AM »



Instead of that worthless PUP fridge, I'd rather have a top-opening icebox that was accessible through a hatch door on the outside and on the inside - works like a drawer, you pull it out from the outside, open the top and load it, you pull it out from the inside, open the top to get stuff. 

Since I've never seen one like this, I assume I'm dreaming.

Until then I'll carry on like I always have - keep a few things in the stupid fridge and keep nearly everything else in the cooler in the back of the TV.  what the heck.

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« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2009, 10:45:45 AM »

Our pup's icebox is a top opening design with a partition down the middle and a drain through the floor.  When we purchased the pup (used), I took the icebox out and added extra insulation.  It works fine.  We use it for beverages and condiments, mostly.  It gets opened frequently throughout the day.  We also use an Igloo MaxCold for our main food (meat, etc.) cooler.  It gets opened only at meal prep time. 

The Igloo definitely does a better job than the pup icebox, but the pup icebox is convenient and does well enough for drinks and mustard.   Cool
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« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2009, 11:27:38 AM »

Mine 'works' very well! It WAS a great ice melter, no longer! I have roof down access to my 'ice box' and therefore it is used to store things I might need from the PU with the roof down like 12v compressor, 12v battery charger, tire pressure gauge (10-120 psig), 'sham wow', MAC propane coupler/filler, propane fittings, electrical, cig lighter to battery adapter, multi meter ...
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« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2009, 01:47:01 PM »

Mine 'works' very well! It WAS a great ice melter, no longer! I have roof down access to my 'ice box' and therefore it is used to store things I might need from the PU with the roof down like 12v compressor, 12v battery charger, tire pressure gauge (10-120 psig), 'sham wow', MAC propane coupler/filler, propane fittings, electrical, cig lighter to battery adapter, multi meter ...

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« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2009, 04:29:50 AM »

we have an '01 coleman bayside.  ours works fairly good.  it takes a while to cool, but we use it.....and it works.  my only complaint is that i wish it was bigger.  but overall, it definatly serves its purpose.
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« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2009, 12:33:23 PM »

The fridge in my 06 Niagara will freeze things in the refrigerator if you have it turned up to high.  Usually bring along another 4.5 cu/ft GE that I bought at wal-mart for $130.00.  It's their dime, might as well use it.  Saves from buying ice daily too.  I set it all up in the add-a-room.
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