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Review: AirSkirts Inflatable Cooler Saves You RV Storage Space


Can The AirSkirts Cooler Help You Save On RV Storage Space?

RVers are always looking for ways to increase their RV storage capacity or save space in the limited storage they have. Full-time RVers are especially tuned in to every square inch of available space in their motorhome, fifth wheel, or travel trailer.

While most folks will immediately associate coolers with camping, the fact is, RVers don’t always need a cooler. With RV refrigerators getting larger and larger, a cooler isn’t always required, but you’d sure like to have one around just in case it is.

We recently had the opportunity to review the AirSkirts inflatable cooler. Made out of the same durable material as the AirSkirts inflatable RV skirts and the AirSkirts pet fence, the AirSkirts inflatable cooler uses air as an insulator, just as in their RV skirting products.

side by side RV coolers closed

Why use an inflatable cooler?

The AirSkirts inflatable cooler will appeal to RVers that are constantly playing Tetris with their belongings to fit everything into their RV and tow vehicle. A cooler is a nice thing to have, but if you don’t use one very often, the 4-5 cubic feet you save can be put to valuable use as RV storage for something else. If you aren’t willing to head out without a cooler, but you are interested in saving space, the AirSkirts inflatable cooler might be for you.

Similar to what you might see with an inflatable kayak, the folks at AirSkirts have found a niche for those that have stretched their RV storage to the limit by offering their inflatable cooler, RV skirting, and pet fencing. There is only so much weight your RV can take and only so much RV storage available. Inflatables fill that gap quite well.

The inflatable cooler saves RV storage space

As you’ll see from the images, the uninflated cooler takes up about half the space of the 54-quart Coleman I’ve had for years. That space is also what I like to call “squishy space”, in that it can be wiggled or squished into random storage areas, whereas a hard shell fixed cooler is going to take up the rectangular space it takes up, period.

Inflating the cooler

Inflating the AirSkirts cooler is simple and fast. The included pump produces a fantastic volume of air, so it only takes a few pumps for each segment (sides, floor, lid).

When you remove the pump from the valve, just give it a quick twist and pull it directly away from the cooler, allowing the spring loaded valve to snap in place and retain the air you just put in. If you try to twist it out slowly or at an odd angle, the air will come out too quickly. After a couple of attempts, I had it figured out and working perfectly. 

How to deflate the cooler

By flipping the hose to the other side of the pump, you can deflate the cooler just as easily. You can also press on it while folding it down, but be sure to press that spring loaded valve to let the air out as you do. As mentioned, the deflated cooler takes up about half the RV storage space as a regular cooler.

What’s included?

The AirSkirts cooler comes with the unit itself, a robust foot pump, a fill hose, and a clear Velcroed liner to line the cooler with for easy cleanup. 

Cooler performance

Since I had the two coolers side-by-side already, I decided to throw a couple of ice blocks in each one and test the cooling ability of the AirSkirts cooler against my old Coleman 54.

For the most part, the AirSkirts held its own. I noticed slightly more softening to the ice packs in the AirSkirts cooler at the end of the day, which I mostly attributed to a lid that closed snugly but not airtight. For a day at the beach or keeping things cool at the campsite, this is more than adequate. 

Here again, understanding your own intended use case is important. This isn’t a giant, heavy Yeti cooler designed to keep things cool for days on end during a long boondocking excursion. For all intents and purposes, this is a day cooler or even an overnight cooler if you must. Inflate it, use it, deflate it, go home.

open airskirts cooler with ice packs inside.

Conclusion

If you want the luxury of having a decent cooler around but don’t have the luxury of unlimited RV storage, the AirSkirts inflatable cooler might be just your thing. The materials are immensely durable, the construction quality seems high, and the savings in space could be the difference for many in having a cooler or not having one.

RVers that are already using other AirSkirts products and already have the pump will benefit even more on that space savings. Pre-order your AirSkirts inflatable cooler today.

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Patrick Buchanan

All around RV industry enthusiast who has been RVing for 8 years and enjoys trips with his wife and dogs in their big diesel pusher. 

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