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Electric ice chest
« on: August 31, 2021, 07:26:20 am »
To provide more refrigerator space for an upcoming trip, we're considering purchasing an electric ice chest/cooler for water bottles, etc., that would plug into the dash outlet while travelling & would have a power adapter for 110 use while camping & hooked up to shore power.

Does anyone have a recommendation for one you've used? 

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Re: Electric ice chest
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2021, 12:09:39 pm »
I would not suggest anything "free standing" behind you or the passenger.  If, for whatever reason, you get in an accident, you will have a heavy metal box that can fly forwards into you or your passenger. Much better to have it securely strapped in place and plugged into an Inverter outlet. 

And I mean SECURELY strapped down!

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Re: Electric ice chest
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2021, 04:40:50 pm »
Not sure how something against the back of the seat could fly forward. Was curious Bruce if youíve found one that could fit between the seats?  I could see a safety benefit not having my better half unbuckling and walking back to get a cold bottle if water while weíre driving .

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Re: Electric ice chest
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2021, 07:22:52 am »
Joe:

That's our plan.  To find a cooler that fits between the front two seats &, while on the road, would plug into the dash outlet and, while camping, could be plugged into any one of the electrical outlets in the coach. Have looked at the reviews of several, but thought I'd ask around the Forum to see if anyone has used one they would recommend.  Will post what we find.

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Re: Electric ice chest
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2021, 07:32:29 am »
Not sure how something against the back of the seat could fly forward. Was curious Bruce if youíve found one that could fit between the seats?  I could see a safety benefit not having my better half unbuckling and walking back to get a cold bottle if water while weíre driving .

Trust me, after 12 years investigating over 200 fatal accidents, freestanding, behind the seats or between the seats is not safe.  Think about a front tire blowout and/or a rollover.
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Re: Electric ice chest
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2021, 08:22:21 am »
This simple improvement I made has worked very well for us, weighs next to nothing and cost about that much:

https://forum.phoenixusarv.com/index.php?topic=3558.msg30269#msg30269

I have attached the lid to the underside of the bed, since I have no intention of ever removing the icebox. And I use 2 half-gallon milk jugs frozen instead of 1 litter bottles, lasts longer.

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Re: Electric ice chest
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2021, 09:57:51 am »
Don, I get it but neither is the passenger getting up and walking around in a 6 ton vehicle pulling another 2 tons at 65 mph.  And letís be honest No one pulls over and stops every time someone wants a bottle of water etc.. 
 Itís much the same on how we worked in the sand box, Russia and so on. Every plan has flaws, itís a simple matter of risk management. Heck think of the list of risks we all take every day! All Iím saying is a cooler between the front seats with a couple of string cheese and some bottles of water is not even close to the greatest risk we take just heading out on American highways.

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Re: Electric ice chest
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2021, 10:01:18 am »
Bangorbob.  Thatís interesting. Size wise does it fit ok between the seats? Keep things cold enough( assuming pre chilled) ? And just 12 volt or 110 as well? For that price I wouldnít expect everything.  I m pretty surprised one can be had for under 100.

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Re: Electric ice chest
« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2021, 10:21:12 am »
Don, I get it but neither is the passenger getting up and walking around in a 6 ton vehicle pulling another 2 tons at 65 mph.  And letís be honest No one pulls over and stops every time someone wants a bottle of water etc.. 
 Itís much the same on how we worked in the sand box, Russia and so on. Every plan has flaws, itís a simple matter of risk management. Heck think of the list of risks we all take every day! All Iím saying is a cooler between the front seats with a couple of string cheese and some bottles of water is not even close to the greatest risk we take just heading out on American highways.

And putting a strap over it or around it isn't difficult either.

Kind of like seat belts, you don't need them until you do.

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Re: Electric ice chest
« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2021, 11:47:12 am »
In an accident the cabinet doors are going to all be flying open. There is plenty to fly at you from the rear.  Their adults, Iím not the safety police. To each their own.
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Re: Electric ice chest
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2021, 03:12:34 pm »
In an accident the cabinet doors are going to all be flying open. There is plenty to fly at you from the rear.  Their adults, Iím not the safety police. To each their own.
One of the first things I jettisoned was those 10# stove and sink covers...imagine them flying into the back of your head. I cut some plastic cutting-board material to replace them all
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Re: Electric ice chest
« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2021, 04:58:17 pm »
Lucky, that aside, they're kind of a pain to deal with as heavy as they are. Look great  though.

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Re: Electric ice chest
« Reply #13 on: September 03, 2021, 06:54:44 pm »
Bangorbob.  Thatís interesting. Size wise does it fit ok between the seats? Keep things cold enough( assuming pre chilled) ? And just 12 volt or 110 as well? For that price I wouldnít expect everything.  I m pretty surprised one can be had for under 100.

It is 12 volt.   Here's what I bought to convert 110v to 12v.  I use this converter for other things also.  I will check to make sure it fits between the seats.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0012BL8LG/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Re: Electric ice chest
« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2021, 09:25:35 am »
Bob, interesting, thank you for the info.  Please post how it works out once youíve used it for a while.  Iím assuming youíll fill it with pre chilled drinks. Iíll be curious how well it keeps things cold.