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    Confused

    I was at wal-mart and seen the coolers that plug into the cigrett lighter socket....seems like something I could use in the service van....any one try one of these????
    do they realy cool to 40F below outside conditions???

    Im thinking I run ac in van between calls...so van gets around 80F so 40F would be nice for my sodas and water.

    thanks all.
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    If they're the Koolatron electronic version they're really only good for about a 35-45F differential.

    90F in your truck the cooler won't get down much below 50F.

    They suck power as well. Hope you have a good battery, or don't mind leaving yer truck running all day.

    Great if you wanna really slow cook a roast though Most have a polarity switch which will heat the box as well.
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    I bought one of those coolers and ice melted before 3:00pm and I threw it in the garage haven't used it since.

    Igloo and one of these works good.

    try one of these it works pretty good.
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    I go the prehistoric route.....ICE.
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    I keep one of the rubbermaid coolers in my service van.It doesn't do a great job cooling something down but if its already cool....it keeps it nice.As for power loss,it will drain your battery if left on all night.As a tech who is in andf out of his van all day....I have no problems.
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    Just get a minifridge and a power inverter. It'll work better.

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    We bought one of those a few years ago & it never got cold enough for us. We bought a ice machine for our shop this past year & everybody fills their coolers before leaving every morning. I dont know how we ever made it without it.
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    Hey Dog..

    All the ones I have seen really Suck...

    I'm with smokin..

    ICE is the ticket...

    I freeze, milk jugs and such in the freezer of my BEER refrig.......

    In the morning I scribe one with my knife...bust it with a BFH..have ice all day..........

    A shop as big as yours doesn't have an ice machine?

    Geeze...........

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    ice machine in shop is only way to go.

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    I had one too... used it for a week or 2. But I did forget to shut it off a couple times... not real fun when you're in a hurry trying to jump the f'n vehicle! lol

    Great idea... just needs some refinement.

    That I know of, not many shops around here have ice machines (but one supplier does). Dad has an old crushed ice machine in his shop (must make at least the equiv of 40 gallons of ice)... very handy to have around.
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    Originally posted by t527ed
    ice machine in shop is only way to go.
    I second that. We depend on our Service Department to keep us in the latest "condemned" models.

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    Originally posted by benncool
    Originally posted by t527ed
    ice machine in shop is only way to go.
    I second that. We depend on our Service Department to keep us in the latest "condemned" models.

    to crappy to sell, to good to throw out.

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    I bought a coleman, holds 9 beers, I mean cokes. Mine cools well with a six pack, but that is the max. I left it running in the truck for 4 hours. No problem. Ya know the little thing must have a mini compressor, condensor, evaporator and some 134.

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