lafayette or Grand Lake, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1961
Join Date: May 2010
Wedging in a cooler
I’m planning to put together a new raft this winter. It will be a 12’ Rocky Mountain Raft with a drop stitch floor. The inside width is about 36” between the tubes. I want to use a Canyon cooler.
· Prospector 103
Outside: 18.56" H x 37.5" L x 21.25" W (at the widest point)
Footprint at base: 36.98" L x 17.98" W
Set your raft frame opening to 20" on center
37.5" long below lip
18.75" wide below lip
13" high from lip to center of cooler
13.75" high from lip to bottom of cooler end
Since it is 1 ½“too wide it would require me to under inflate the tubes till I wedge it in, than inflate to final pressure. Am I nuts to try and pull this off? Anyone raft with wedged gear?
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The 37.5 measurment looks like it is at the top. The foot print width of 36.98 should be about what is at the narrowest point between your tubes.
that means that you will have .5" of deflection on either side. It would be just fine. The cooler will drop in just fine with the tube fully inflated as well. Perhaps there might be some wear considerations many years down the road, but I doubt it.
I have a 12' RMR and 13' RMR with drop stich floor at the shop now and am waiting for two Prospector's to show up on 8/9. Contact me directly email@example.com and I can send you pics or let you know how it fits.
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