Coleman 54-Quart Steel-Belted Cooler - Red
My parents bought one of these steel coolers (in green) about 35 years ago, and we took it on camping trips and family vacations every year until my brother and I were grown and out on our own. My brother and I would then borrow the cooler from mom for our own family vacations.
After all these years, my mom (grandma) still brings the cooler with her when we have our annual family camping trip with our wives and all the kids. The original cooler is now dented, scratched and a little rusted in places, but it still holds ice like a champ. The latch has long been broken, and we have to stack firewood on top of it to keep critters out.
We got mom a brand new (green) one for Christmas, and she was a bit puzzled. She didn't know why she needed a new one since she still had the old one that still worked perfectly fine. We told her it was because of the broken latch on hers. She was reluctant at first, but seemed to warm up to the new one. We'll just have to wait till July to see if the old cooler or the new cooler shows up at the next camping trip!
All in all, my brother and I both love mom’s new cooler. We agree that it's just as solid as the original one was, and the latch does seem to be just as good as the original, (but honestly, we're working from memory on that one). My only wish is that Coleman would have kept the bottle opener in the side handle. It may not be a required item today, but it still would have been cool.
Great cooler, love it!!
February 12, 2009