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Old 04-17-2015   #21
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I made some solid aluminum hanger straps. Not adjustable but they are built for the cooler so they dont need to be. Rock solid, no rolling or movement at all.
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Old 04-17-2015   #22
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How do those attach?????

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Old 04-17-2015   #23
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and how did you get the precise bends?
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Old 04-18-2015   #24
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Looks nice
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Old 04-18-2015   #25
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I use Loop straps, top and bottom, with the cooler snug against the cross bars. No rotation of the cooler.

My 1st raft had a drop bag for the cooler and while it worked fine for holding the cooler, it was hard to get to the drain plug. I don't mean to start a whole different discussion, but when I didn't know any better, difficulty in draining didn't matter because I didn't do it. Now I know better and drain daily and like to be able to get to the drain from the side.

I also rig my cooler in front of the rowing bay because I'm getting old and want to be able to sit down when I'm getting into the cooler. I always strap a Paco pad over the top for total sun protection.
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Old 04-18-2015   #26
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I use the same hangers as mopdog and they are great. I used 1/8" strap 4" wide. Be sure the aluminum it is for bending. I bent them around an oak board with a dead blow hammer. My frame is 1 1/4" emt and I used a piece of 1 1/4" oak with a rounded profile. Just mount in a vise and go at it!
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Old 04-18-2015   #27
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If you look close the "tabs" are 90 degree bends with a piece of tube just larger than my frame tube cut in half and welded in so the curve really isnt bent. They are much stronger this way. They just hang over my cross bars and I run loop straps over the top of the cooler.
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Old 04-20-2015   #28
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Mopdog - are there four straps or just two? In other words, does one strap span from crossbar to crossbar or are they similar to the NRS approach where you have one individual hanger on front right, back right, front left and back left?

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Old 04-20-2015   #29
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I will see if I can post a picture later. The aluminum is a big "U" shape that goes all the way under the cooler and up both sides to where the hooks or tabs are. There is no cam strap under the cooler, only loop straps over it.
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Old 04-21-2015   #30
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I go with the drop bag for versatility. Cooler goes under my flip seat and I swap between a 25, 65, or a 90 qt depending on the situation. ( day fishing, overnighter, long trip). On day trips it's great to have a place to dump stuff. With the 65 I can fit a scepter water jug next to it, and the 90 takes the whole bay. The long trip setup requires sharing group gear while I can carry all with the 65 in there.

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