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Old 04-25-2016   #1
Newman Lake, Washington
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Has anyone used a Cabelas rotomolded cooler?

I am looking for a cooler for my 14' cat frame I'm building. I stopped by my local Cabelas store to see what they have and found a store brand rotomolded cooler with built in handles that could be supported by frame rails. They seem to be well built and are made in the USA and are cheaper than the Yetis they had in stock.

Has anyone tried one? I'm looking at the 60 or 80 qt model and I would have a dedicated cross bar to support the cooler.

Thoughts or suggestions?


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Old 04-25-2016   #2
Gunnison, Colorado
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I can't speak from personal experience but...

I saw this on the internets a little while ago.

Ice-Chest Throwdown: 12 Top-End Coolers Ranked and Reviewed | Field & Stream

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Old 04-25-2016   #3
Fruita, Colorado
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cheaper option

While it is by no means made in the USA, the RTIC 65 did a great job for us on Deso this spring (a cardboard box would have done a good job of insulating considering how cool it was).
-Upsides, it is only 199 with free shipping
-downsides, you need to sling it or rest it on the frame (I use the NRS adjustable cooler mounts so I can adjust it as needed on my cat)

as with all things, YMMV
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Old 04-26-2016   #4
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I looked at those for the same reason. they have grooves in the bottom of the handles for resting on a frame. It looks like a good idea but I haven't heard of anyone doing it yet.
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Old 04-26-2016   #5
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About 4 weeks ago I bought a 70 quart (tan) Igloo Sportsman at Costco for $199 -- much cheaper than I found smaller versions at our local outdoor (shoot and kill variety) store. Don't need it for a raft, but figure it's a nice size for my pick-up and possibly drift boat. It held ice great on a White Rim trip, of course it wasn't super hot out out. It wasn't stocked at every Costco in Salt Lake.
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Old 05-09-2016   #6
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The notched handles for resting on frame rails are on the sides... suggesting this could work well with two coolers back to back in one long bay... neat idea if your boat is big enough to accommodate that... but maybe not the most efficient use of volume.

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