in rehab

Not me!

Gary and I are in the process of building out my truck as a camping vehicle. The first step was to have a cooler sufficient for a week’s worth of food and adult beverages. I knew that I had an old Igloo 120 qt cooler in the attic, but I had not looked at it in 8 or 10 years.

I was in for a surprise when I finally got it out of the attic. Inside I found two grossly melted citronella candles, a 20 lb bag of decomposed birdseed and a decomposed bag of charcoal. The cooler had a broken lock button and was also missing one handle and a latch.


First order of business – scrub away ten years of attic grime. After that it’s time to scrub and scrape the inside. The whole process to about three hours of hard work to bring it back to a condition that I thought would be serviceable. I set the cooler aside and added a half-gallon of bleach and filled it to the top with fresh water.

While the cooler soaked, I made a trip to Academy to buy replacement parts.


The process of replacing all of the broken parts took about 30 minutes. The end result was a cooler capable of meeting our needs for a week-long trip. I’m pretty happy with the results.



The next step in the process is to build the deck to cover the new storage containers and the 120 qt cooler. The deck will give us more storage space and a place to sleep if the weather gets really crummy. I’ll post more pictures as the project progresses.

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