Taking coolers to higher elevations

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  1. Ramjet38

    Ramjet38 Mentally Frozen

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    I have heard that when you take an ice chest (cooler) to a much higher elevation, you are supposed to take out that plug inside the cooler. Is that so?
     
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    If you don't take the plug out the cooler will explode.
     

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    Well Ijust got back, left plug in and nothing happened. Will the cooler realy explode? What is it a pressure releif valve??
     
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    You mean the drain plug? Leave it in or you'll make a mess.

    If you can gain enough elevation to matter without getting thirsty and opening the cooler lid, you're moving too fast. Slow down and have a cold one.
     
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    Nope, not the drain plug. There is a plug on lid of the cooler. It's a Coleman and I have seen these on other coolers.

    I have already chalked up to nothing to worry about, but just curious as to what this plug is for. I went to the Coleman website for answers, but found none. I guess I could email them, huh?:supergrin:
     
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    Ol Timer ↓ hog hunter ↓ Millennium Member

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    That may be where they fill the insulation as the lids are typically one piece.

    I change elevation by several thousand feet on a daily basis carrying an insulated cooler and have never had my lunch explode. :shocked:
     
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    Thanks,

    I'll just wrap that exploding coolers as BS and move on. :supergrin:
     
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    A leak could happen IF the cooler was perfectly sealed.

    "Potato Chip" companies routinly put less "air fill" in bags that will be shipped over high elevations (ie: Rockies) to reduce the number of bags that pop (from decreased external pressures on the bags).

    I think it would be far fetched for a regular cooler to do this.

    Good thing since last week I toted 6-7 coolers from 685ft to 8,600+ ft and back very full without an incident.