200A and 202 reproduction
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in stock.

cjr
I can't remember if my 2005 Coleman stainless-steel beauty came with a tray that I tossed -- figuring I'd never use it -- or simply didn't come with one at all, but I've wanted one for many years. After buying/using two Coleman plastic-cooler versions beforehand, which did include trays, it's probable that I tossed the tray once I upgraded to this retro-model, which I'd lusted after and could finally afford.

Anyway, lacking a tray in my current model, I've used zip-top bags to keep various food items cold-but-dry while camping, but it just hasn't worked out. Inevitably, something either gets wet/soggy/soaked that shouldn't and/or trying to dig down through numerous zip-bags to the lower (beer!) layer is annoying.

Unable to locate an OEM version that fit the 13-inch distance between my cooler's walls, I finally found a great substitute at a local Walmart: a Rubbermaid Egg Keeper, Model 3910. For just this purpose, I spent roughly 20 minutes in Wally World with a tape measure trying to find a plastic storage "thing" that was exactly 13-inches long and fairly shallow.

This Rubbermaid egg-keeper is ideal. It sits perfectly on the built-in tray-lip of my cooler along three sides, and it's only about 2.25 inches deep. The cost was $3.97.

The egg-keeper includes a lid, but I don't plan to use it because I'm sure I'll want to place things in this tray that would prove taller than 2.25 inches. After using it once, I might also drill drain holes in the bottom of the egg-spots, as well, if drainage proves a problem.

Hope you find this helpful.

cjr



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Camper Dan
Very clever solution!  I like it, and it looks like you could easily fit another one in there for the other side if you wanted extra shelf space.  Thanks for sharing!
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Great idea and very creative.  I think that 2 would be twice as marvy as one.  
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Great addition there.
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BSAGuy wrote:
Great idea and very creative.  I think that 2 would be twice as marvy as one.  


You're both mind readers, Camper Dan and BSAGuy; That same thought occurred to me this morning. Fortunately, there must've been roughly three dozen of these things on the Walmart shelves when I picked this up, so I can easily score another one.

My only concern is that despite how shallow this egg tray is (2.24"), the "lip" in my cooler on which this tray's handles rest is already fairly low (about 4-5 inches below the top edge). So, adding the two-inch depth of this tray still sucks up roughly 6-7 inches of height -- which might mean I can only place cans beneath it vs. bottles. Adding a second egg-tray might further limit my space?

My ideal Coleman cooler tray would be built upside down; i.e., the bottom of the tray would extend rest on the cooler's built-in lip and leave all of the space below available.

Anyway, I know I need to just stick a can and a bottle underneath this new tray and verify the space availability, but the cooler's in the garage and it's only 20° here right now. Maybe when the weather finally warms up [waitingNEW]

cjr

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outlawmws
Use the lid and flip it over?  Rubermaid lids generally lock on pretty well...

Looks like that could still leave you with a semi open tray?  

Hmmm get an extra for the lid, and cut the "egg cups" out and replace with a section of the lid so both compartments are flat...
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I was thinking about side by side and not one on top of the other.
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cjr
outlawmws wrote:
Use the lid and flip it over?  Rubermaid lids generally lock on pretty well...

Looks like that could still leave you with a semi open tray?  

Hmmm get an extra for the lid, and cut the "egg cups" out and replace with a section of the lid so both compartments are flat...


Flipping the lidded-tray upside down is definitely an option. Thanks for the out-o-the-cooler thinking, outlawmws!

cjr

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cjr
BSAGuy wrote:
I was thinking about side by side and not one on top of the other.


I figured your suggestion was side-by-side, too, BSAGuy, but two of these trays next to each other might just reduce the maximum height of the lower level-stuff along a wider area, to the point that only cans could stand beneath versus bottles. (I really need to just try it out physically so I know what actually works!)

Anyway, I added the after-market Coleman bottle opener on the front (visible in one of the photos above) because my wife often buys the camping-beer she wants in bottles, so that's my concern.

On a side note, it still irritates me that Coleman removed/eliminated the old built-in bottle opener from the handles of its older, non-plastic coolers! Seriously: how much added cost did that small bend-of-metal in the handles add to the overall manufacturing cost??

cjr

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New to this forum...found it while searching for a substitute tray insert for my Coleman 54-quart steel-belted cooler...the subject of this old 2017 thread.  Much like cjr wrote in Post #5 above, the ideal tray would be one where the bottom of the tray sits on top of the the cooler's built-in lip leaving all of the space below available.  Well, a bit of searching around resulted in just the right tray.  Search for "Clear Stackable Organizer Tray" at The Container Store website to find a rectangular 9-1/2" x 13" x 2-3/4" high plastic tray that drops right into the steel-belted cooler.  

Apologies for resurrecting a three-year old thread...just trying to share a good find.  Look forward to exploring this forum.

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Gunhippie wrote:
Now to find a working replacement for the big tub that came with the cooler. I keep the ice inside the tub and it keeps my food dry--until it doesn't.



I use a 2.5 gallon collapsible coleman water jug filled and frozen solid for just that purpose. It keeps things dry, gives the ice a small layer of insulation for a bit longer life, and fits both the older coleman classic style coolers as well as the newer wheeled tall 5 day plastic jobs. 

For what its worth...

In that red classic cooler I posted that we made the cover for, I'm getting 5 days of cold plus out of that block, in the heat, with that cover on.

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Just out of curiosity, I used the Walmart shopping app I just put on my phone and scanned the barcode on the picture of the egg keeper. There is a limited supply at my local Walmart for $3.97.
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