5 Day Cooler – Is it good for 5 days?

Recently a purchased a five day cooler from Walmart. It was relatively cheap.  I chose the 50 quart size.  Because I am a diet Coke addict, I tossed a couple of 12 packs of pop into the cooler and filled it with ice.  I stored it the back of the old Cavvie (Cavalier) that I drive.  The fall Iowa temperatures reached 60-65 each of the next five days.

Day 1 – Almost all the ice was left.
Day 2 – There was a fair amount of water but the pop stayed cold.
Day 3 – There was a majority of water but the soda pop was quite cold.
Day 4 – All ice was gone but the water was still cold.  The soda was drinkable.
Day 5 – The remaining water was not cold by any stretch but the soda was cool enough to drink.

I made some conclusions about using this 5 day cooler in lieu of a fridge for vandwelling.

1)  It might be better to freeze blocks of ice (in a gallon water container).  No water and no sloshing sounds.
2)  Since I have access at work to ice and a freezer, I will try rotating two frozen gallon jugs (one at a time) every 3 days to see if I can maintain refrigeration.
3)  I can fill the gallon jugs with filtered water for a delicious drink if needed.

This cooler works reasonably well for a vandweller who has access to ice on a regular basis. I can pull this off and always have cold drinks and food available.

About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"
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