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Old 11-26-2010   #1
north little rock, Arkansas
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What Size Cooler

Help me decide between 100 and 150 quart. Primary use will be 2-4 day rafting trips with 2-3 guys. There are several 150 quart models that wil fit my rig and my budget, so that's not a problem. I just don't want to lose the room and add the weight if I don't need it, but I don't want to run short of cooler space either. Please advise. Thanks everyone.

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Old 11-26-2010   #2
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My experience is don't go bigger than 128. The 150 is huge. Hard to keep enough ice in it on short trips. 100 fine if you drag-bag your beer, but in hot weather if you want an ice chest for beer and food together may not be big enough for longer trips. I settled on 128 sometime ago and haven't had any problems.

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Old 11-28-2010   #3
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My inclination is to go as big as will fit. I usually do trips with more than 2-3 people, but even still, you can load it up with beer, instead of having beer in hatches, as we usually do. It's worse to not have enough space on a longer trip than to have too much space to fill with beer and/or ice on a shorter trip. Ice is cheap- and you can trade it on a lot of trips. I'd say the only downside to a bigger cooler is that it's tough to handle on your own. That said, though, even an 80qt cooler that's completely full is pretty tough to move around a lot on your own. Go big or go home.
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I'd say bigger the better if you don't need cocktail ice on day four whoever is carrying most the food will. If its a short trip just through your water jug in there to save space.
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Old 12-11-2010   #5
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I agree, bigger is better. You can never have too much ice OR beer. And on day runs or short trips, you can use it as dry storage. room for a small cooler (soft sided work best) and extra gear like pump, repair kit, first aid, etc...

also, if funding allows, invest the extra money for an upper end one that has a sturdy lid and hinges.

I usuall take 2 coolers. a dry one for food and a wet one for beverages.
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