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Thread: Super-Duper Coolers, Especially Ozark Trail

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    Super-Duper Coolers, Especially Ozark Trail

    I recently almost bought one of their smaller coolers for a cooler emergency here at Camp Swampy, but it was 78 bucks, and that's a lot of somalians (H/T to CE ) when what I really want is a bigger $400 + cooler from another company when my ship comes in and I simultaneously have a fit of insanity. (Another one.)

    Anyhoo .... I kept my money in my pocket and scraped by with one of my old coolers which has been collecting rainwater for the last several years, but what I'd like to no is everyone's thoughts on the OTs if they've used them.

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    Maybe I'm just a cheap old bastard, but I still can't bring myself to spend that kind of money on a single über cooler when I can get 3 Colemans/Igloos of the same size for the price. Yes, I'm sure there are some applications (mostly work-related) where the extra durability of a more well-constructed hunk of plastic makes sense in the long run. But after 15 years I'm only on my 2nd 150 qt Coleman "Xtreme" model, and except for the first one wearing out after a decade...mostly due to being left exposed to the sun too much...the only things I've had fail on them are the plastic hinges, and one drain plug that cracked on me. Both were quickly and easily replaceable with cheap parts, with the hinge replacements on my current cooler being galvanized steel that will likely outlive me.

    So the short answer is that I'm not much help on this one, and am just here to boost my post count.
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    Oh, and...what are you doing posting while the sun is still out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DParker View Post
    Maybe I'm just a cheap old bastard, but I still can't bring myself to spend that kind of money on a single über cooler when I can get 3 Colemans/Igloos of the same size for the price. Yes, I'm sure there are some applications (mostly work-related) where the extra durability of a more well-constructed hunk of plastic makes sense in the long run. But after 15 years I'm only on my 2nd 150 qt Coleman "Xtreme" model, and except for the first one wearing out after a decade...mostly due to being left exposed to the sun too much...the only things I've had fail on them are the plastic hinges, and one drain plug that cracked on me. Both were quickly and easily replaceable with cheap parts, with the hinge replacements on my current cooler being galvanized steel that will likely outlive me.

    So the short answer is that I'm not much help on this one, and am just here to boost my post count.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DParker View Post
    Oh, and...what are you doing posting while the sun is still out?
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    Bwwhahahahahahaw....


    Did I ever tell y'all the story of a possible family connection to Transylvania?

    (And not the Transylvanias of NC, Ky. and La., etc.)


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    I'm more than a touch prejudiced against the premium coolers, being a big fan from real-life experience of the Extreme and MaxCold coolers (Coleman and Igloo, respectively) but there are a few situations where I could use one of the oober coolers. (-5?)

    [Won't bore everyone with the details right now.]

    The thing I might dislike most about the small Ozark Trail is the bar handle. Otherwise, I think the performance of the OT seems to me to be on par with most if not all of the other premium boxes.

    (BTW, they make a BUCKET cooler --ala Igloo-- which might make an awesome baitwell.)

    Features and hardware are where these coolers seem to distinguish themselves from one another, rather than ice retention.

    Change my mind.

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    Ouch. You can get all those for about 30% less from Amazon...and that's with Jeff Bezos getting his piece of the action.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swamp Fox View Post
    Swampy is demanding refrigeration justice. [:MakesFistIcon]
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