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Old 04-04-2015   #11
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Originally Posted by caverdan View Post
So I went to wide trucker straps pop riveted into place with washers. It makes them permanent, but they are bomber and have been in use for many a year.
I like that. Have you found that they have stretched at all from wet and weight?

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Old 04-04-2015   #12
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Originally Posted by Whetstone View Post
I like that. Have you found that they have stretched at all from wet and weight?
No...never had a problem with them stretching. I made the holes with an awl. The black ones were from a friend who had them sewn for a take apart frame. I cut them and riveted them back together.

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Old 04-08-2015   #13
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Suspend a plywood or alum floor off your frame

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Old 04-08-2015   #14
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I rigged a similar system to above with a tow strap I bought at harbor freight for like 5 bucks...

But really, you can't beat a drop bag IMO.
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Old 04-09-2015   #15
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Originally Posted by PDX Duck View Post
This qualifies as a stupid question, but when you say "knotted to exact length," what exactly do you mean? I am just not picturing it in my head.
just a regular overhand knot that makes a loop at both ends of a piece of climbing web like Caverdans pics but with 1" tubular Web. I don't untie it to get it off just unbolt the bars and slip them off the ends
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Old 04-09-2015   #16
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As long as you don't use nylon webbing, you shouldn't get too much stretch. I usually use a drop bag, or my Canyon cooler has a big enough lip to hang from the frame cross bars. This season I'll go back to the drop bag. The trick with the drop bag is to make sure it's big enough so that you cooler sits flat in the bottom of it. I had a smaller drop bag that was a smidgen small for the cooler, and it rotated in the bag too much. Someone suggested a piece of yoga mat in the bottom of the drop bag, and that helps keep it from moving.
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Old 04-10-2015   #17
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Mine sits in a drop bag, and while I'm sure a couple straps would also do the trick, the nice thing about a drop bag, as someone said above, is that you get extra storage in the bag. My cooler leaves enough room in the bag to snuggly slip in a 6 gallon water jug.

Of course with all these suggestions it depends on how everything fits together in your rig. Advice is always helpful, but you'll never really know what is gonna work best for you with out just rigging her up and playing around to see what works best.

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Old 04-10-2015   #18
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I like the NRS cooler brackets. Once setup, they are easy to adjust and keep my cooler from rotating. I can pull them off of the frame for storage and transport. I used just straps before and it worked great but the cooler would rotate sometimes and I didn't like that.
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Old 04-12-2015   #19
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I've used the NRS cooler straps before as well and liked them, but obviously the drop bag and loop straps are greeting better marks... curious as to why?
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Old 04-13-2015   #20
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Cataraftgirl...why are you going back to a dropbag? I have a Canyon cooler also and like how the lip rests on my frame. However I still run a loop strap underneath for security

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