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Old 01-04-2019, 07:58 PM
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Who likes CAMPING?!!?

Okay, I don't even own a Fit yet, although I'd like to, but I would like to know the largest possible cooler that is available on the market that will FIT in the back of a FIT (hehe).

My research is telling me this would be about 40 in x 24 in max cargo area with all of the seats up, based on this:

2015 Honda Fit First Drive - Rear Cargo area measurements | CleanMPG
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2015 Honda Fit First Drive - Rear Cargo area measurements | CleanMPG

But i could be wrong about the dimensions, and that's where hopefully someone can help me here. But the largest cooler that's very close to those dimensions is the Yeti TUNDRA 210:

https://www.yeti.com/en_US/hard-cool...oolers#start=1

I also like the Engel 123:

https://www.engelcoolers.com/engel-e..._store=default

But it looks a little bit too wide. If anyone likes camping they will know that having a big cooler filled with ice allows you to store pretty much what you need to survive for a weekend like water. Combining that with relax mode would allow you to rough it anywhere as long as you don't get stuck. For example, like a walmart or a hospital.
 
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Old 01-04-2019, 09:02 PM
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I have a Coleman Xtreme which I put in the back. It's about 28" wide x 16" deep x 17.5 high (all outside dimensions). It fits comfortably in the trunk although height is a bit of a problem since I have that rigid cargo area cover and it's hard to open the cooler because of the small clearance between it and the cover. Sure, there's a fair bit of extra space beside the cooler, and a bit in front and behind the cooler (I seem to recall that the back seats sloping back limit pushing the cooler all the way back since they hit the higher up part of the seats.).

This was as large a cooler as I was willing to put back there because I needed some space for other things. The size of my cooler also means that I can lift up one of the back seats and plop the cooler on the floor there in case I need all of the trunk for other things.

I would not want a larger cooler since I don't believe that jamming in the largest possible cooler into the trunk is a good idea.
 
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Old 01-06-2019, 11:41 PM
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My wife borrows a Yeti from work when we go camping and it fit across the back of our Fit. It's a big one but I'll have to ask exactly which one, it could be the you one linked.

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II would not want a larger cooler since I don't believe that jamming in the largest possible cooler into the trunk is a good idea.
Why not?
 
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Old 01-07-2019, 08:51 AM
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Sorry, I am a little lost. You measured the cargo flat area to be 40x28, but you don't show the seats up. The seat back rest tilts slightly backward into the cargo area. That means, you can not utilize the entire 28" dimension, no? Also, take into consideration what can fit through the hatch, you can tilt the cooler a little to fit pass the opening. So, it is not just the flat dimensions you are concern, it is whether the cooler can fit through the hatch or the doors.
 
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Props for anyone who has a picture of the biggest possible cooler that can be fit the long way with the seats down. Preferably with your emotional support capybara in it. 😀
 
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Old 01-08-2019, 09:39 AM
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If you're concerned about bringing the biggest cooler you possibly can, you should just give up and get a Winnebago because you're not camping anyway.
 
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Old 01-15-2019, 09:32 PM
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I can fit the
Coleman Coastal Xtreme Series Marine Portable Cooler, 120 Quart Coleman Coastal Xtreme Series Marine Portable Cooler, 120 Quart
without having to fold the rear seats down.

If you are planning to spend $ on a Yeti, try doing some research on their coolers and compare to others. Take a look at the Cabela's Polar Cap® Equalizer Cooler
 
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Old 01-18-2019, 09:40 PM
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We had this 100 QT Coleman and took it back to get something smaller because my SO emptied the whole fridge into it and soaked me with a $100 steak bill, but it fit. It also fit behind the driver's seat with the back seat behind it down, but intrudes into the trunk.

I replaced it with the Coleman Xtreme 50QT with rear wheels, which fits nicely behind the passenger seat side of the trunk with the seat-back and bottom both up, allowing for a shallow tub behind the passenger seat full of dry goods and munchies while still allowing a full recline of the passenger side seat. The cooler will also go on the floor behind the passenger seat with partial recline. The dog gets the driver's side back seat folded flat on her princesses rug, with another Rubbermaid tub taking up the rest of the trunk stuffed full of clothes, shoes, etc.

Just a thought, 2 of the 50QT might fit in the trunk and would be more manageable. That 100QT is a beast to wrestle out to drain the water out. RX using dry ice to avoid that.

RX: getting a motorcycle tie-down with ratchet and using it as a barrier between trunk & backseat by threading it between the seat-back catches. In a crash you don't want all that weight slamming into the back of your seat @ 60-80Gs. Mine's a twin-pack from HD and has to be looped back & forth ~ 3 times to take up the length, but don't want it to pull in the sides of the car in a crash, so looking for all the elasticity I can get (same principal as unified seat-belt & shoulder strap).

WARNING: Consider how much weight you put at the very back of the vehicle as it could make it fish-tail during emergency maneuvering, resulting in loss of control.
 

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Old 01-22-2019, 04:10 PM
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I say someone should solve the differential equation for maximum volume with respect to surface area given certain linear dimensions.
 
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On a similar note, does anybody have the cargo dimensions with the rear seats down, and the front seats in.a neutral position? I'm considering a GK fit and wondering if it'll fit my mountain bike in the back with only the front wheel off.
 
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Old 02-20-2019, 05:50 AM
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Originally Posted by maxjd View Post
On a similar note, does anybody have the cargo dimensions with the rear seats down, and the front seats in.a neutral position? I'm considering a GK fit and wondering if it'll fit my mountain bike in the back with only the front wheel off.
I regularly carry my road bicycle in my Fit that way with room to spare. A mountain bike is smaller so it should “fit” just fine.
 
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Old 02-20-2019, 01:23 PM
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Consider a plug-in cooler. They're 12 or 120 volt. They can keep food frozen for days, from car to motel to car.
 
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