Fridge, 12V Cooler, Or Ice Cooler?

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Patrick C.'s Comment
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I have to disagree with you Diver. The Coleman I had lasted over a year with only a fuse issue. Simple fix. The igloo brand took a dive within 4 months. The heat piping stopped working. I am going back to a Coleman brand.

Diver Driver's Comment
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I have to disagree with you Diver. The Coleman I had lasted over a year with only a fuse issue. Simple fix. The igloo brand took a dive within 4 months. The heat piping stopped working. I am going back to a Coleman brand.

Happy you had good luck with it. Mine has been pretty crappy. Tax return will get me a proper fridge

Rainy D.'s Comment
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My coleman died too. so i used an ice chest i got for free with rewards points and bought the ice with points. i didnt get a fridge until i got my first student.

i did learn to shop around for ice though! not all ice melts the same. who knew. the ice with holes melts faster so you need more. get a block or solid pieces and you are set for days.

now im happy with my fridge.

Don's Comment
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Susan D:

I noticed those Dometic fridges. The CF and CFX 35, 40, and 50 all look promising. Which Dometic do you have?

After going through several chep Walmart mini fridges, I bought a Dometic portable freezer and positively love it. It can be used as either a fridge or a freezer and is made to withstand the vibration of the truck, unlike be all those fridges that the compressor went out at the most inopportune times due to vibration. Mine is a 12volt, uses very little power and doesn't come close to draining batteries and is extremely quiet.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dave Reid's Comment
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What if a company truck doesn't have an APU/EPU?

I do not have an APU....the setup I previously described works fine for me, but if the truck isn't going to be used for a few days, all has to be shut off and anything perishable removed.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

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