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Bob Cammarata
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...Not Really a Question, But a Revelation!


Here's a tip I learned recently while on a photographic road trip across the country. If you've ever wondered how to keep your film cool and fresh while on the road during the heat of summer, try one of those battery-operated coolers. They plug into the cigarette lighter outlet in your car, and in normal summer conditions, will maintain a temperature of 37 to 40 degrees. As an added bonus, you can keep beverages cold and store perishable foods for snacking during multi-day road trips ... without the mess and expense of ice. You can also get an AC adaptor and bring the cooler into your hotel room at night. I just thought I'd pass that along.


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6/17/2006 3:23:51 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Great idea! I got some of those enclosed things you freeze and put in the cooler... well, that worked just fine until I hit the motels without a way to refreeze them, so then I was stuck buying ice or drinking warm soda.


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6/18/2006 4:05:11 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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  You do need to get the AC adaptor because if you leave them plugged into a car battery too long they will drain the battery. They are very nice for traveling. We used to keep one in our truck when we drove over-the-road.


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6/18/2006 5:30:27 AM

 
Girish Vaghela
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  Good idea!
Where would I get battery operated coolers?
Thank you.


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6/19/2006 5:55:05 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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  If someplace like Walmart doesn't have them you can get them in truck stops. They are always more expensive in a truck stop though.


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6/19/2006 6:02:00 AM

 
Girish Vaghela
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  Roughly how much is the cost?

Saw your "Evening Zephyr".
Creative!
Always love your gallery.
Thank you.

Girish


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6/19/2006 6:05:27 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Thank you, Girish! It's been a while since I've been in a truck stop but they used to run about $100 for a decent size one.


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6/19/2006 6:10:50 AM

 
Bob Cammarata
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  I got mine at Walmart.
It's a Coleman with a 40 qt. capacity (I think) and came with the AC adaptor...(definately a necessary accessory if you don't want to worry about possibly getting a hot-shot to start your vehicle in the morning).
We also carried along an auxillary, re-chargeable 12 volt power source for those times when we were away from the car during long hikes or mid-day meal stops.
This kept our cooler running without draining the vehicle battery.
At night we would bring the cooler into our hotel room and use the adaptor to plug it in and re-charge the aux. power source if it needed it.

This system worked great for 9 days on the road.
My film stayed cold and we had instant access to cold drinks and such while driving.

Bob


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6/19/2006 6:44:34 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  They'll last a long time if you take care of them properly. Ours was getting pretty old when I accidentally got water on the lid part. I think it shorted it out.


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6/19/2006 7:16:29 PM

 
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