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Old 03-15-2015   #11
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It would be trick if Roto Molded coolers came with attached hanger brackets like dry boxes do. Seems like something worth looking into.

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Old 03-15-2015   #12
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Mine sits in a drop bag to catch the empties and keep them out of the bottom of the boat.

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Old 03-16-2015   #13
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I cut slots in some left over 1/8in decorative veneer ply and spar urethaned the crap out of it. Ran some crappy (extra) straps through it and it's as solid as a rock.
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Old 03-16-2015   #14
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One set of 8' straps for the bottom of the cooler and one set of 6' straps for the top - it will not move until you loosen the straps. Same for the drybox. Keep it simple is my philosophy. Those NRS cooler/drybox support thingies are totally worthless IMO.
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Old 03-16-2015   #15
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Originally Posted by chiapet74 View Post
I run straps through a piece of plywood cut to the size of the cooler bay. Cooler sits on wood, rock solid.

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I normally just hang my cooler from straps as it does not get used as a seat. But when I did use it as a seat this ^^^^^^^ is how I did it and it was always very solid. My original frame came with those NRS pos thingy's and I despised them. They are on long term loan to somebody; I don't recall, nor care whom.

On my current set up I use a cross bar on the back side of my cooler and an NRS foot bar on the front using loops straps to suspend it. I also have a hard floor strapped into my rowers bay; the drop floor wedges between my cooler in the front and dry box underneath me. In the process it stabilizes both.. That setup also lends to a rock solid cooler platform that does not rock either.
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Old 03-16-2015   #16
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It might be the slots that are the key and not the bends in the aluminum. On the NRS ones the strap is put through the aluminum several times to lock them in place and keep the cooler from shifting. I also like how one side is fixed and the other is adjustable, that way if you are sitting on it and want the angle to be a bit down forward you can do it.

I never really thought about it when I bought mine, they were probably way less expensive 10 years ago, but I use the NRS ones for both my cooler and dry box. They do work great.

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Old 03-16-2015   #17
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I had a setup that used a single piece of plywood as the rear beaver board and came forward under the cooler bay. It was cheep but effective if your going to use a beaver board anyway.
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Old 03-16-2015   #18
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The pelican has vertical channels up the front and back, I made the hanger straps the same width so they cant move around.
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