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Old 05-09-2010   #1
 
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Attach a drybox to an NRS frame without straps?

Hey all,

I'm looking to ease the whole rigging process and setup for the drybox in the frame.

I have a Recretex aluminum drybox and NRS frame.

My thoughts are to have some kind of tabs welded on the side of the drybox tha would allow it to sit in the frame. Then wasy I could open it without removing straps.

Are there any convenient ways to use D-rings, pins or similar setup to do this? I know it's been done a million times by people on this forum, but I'd really love seeing a picture of the detail - or maybe you could point me to one on the forums already.

Thanks a million.

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dry box tabs

i have an nrs frame and my drybox has tabs to sit on the frame, but it still needs some loop straps to keep it down in the event of a flip. i just have to loosen the loop straps to get into it.
you can use those little tri glides that look like a small figure eight to suspend your dry box even when the straps are undone. nrs sells them but i'm sure you could find some locally too. that would save you the money of having tabs welded on.
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if the box has handles you can use HD straps from the handles to the frame, still needs some loop straps but you can open it w/o removing straps. in big water you should still have a top strap, imo.
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Thanks coloradopaddler -

Okay, I understand your setup.

Why haven't you drilled through the tabs and frame and used some kind of pin to hold the box to the frame in case of a flip? Then you'd have no straps, anywhere. This is what I'm trying to do.

An "L-shaped" tab (angle aluminum) would allow a pin through the top nicely, but it's not as strong as a "V-shaped" tab, I presume. If you are using a V-shaped tab it seems difficult to access the pins from the top since they'd be inserted on an angle.

Did you use angle aluminum on your tabs?
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sounds good to me

that idea sounds like it should work well. i guess i never minded opening the straps to get in the dry box. it is my seat as well so i try not to have to be in and out of it a lot. a semi permanent attachment would be pretty cool though.
my dry box came with the aluminum L brackets already on it. i'm sure they are strong enough to drill and bolt to the frame, as they keep my dry box suspended off of the floor of my raft.
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I cut slots in the tabs so box is held with 4 very short cam straps at the tabs and no strap is needed over the top. Makes it easy to open without removing straps
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good idea!

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that is a great idea. i think i'm going to go do that to my dry box right now! sounds like a good solution to penguins attachment question too.
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I have a Nrs frame as well. I welded aluminum angle iron to each end below the handles. Then made brackets that bolt to the frame that the angle iron rest on. To secure the box I attached simple draw hasps to the angle iron and the frame. All I have to do is drop the box into the bay and clip it in no more straps to deal with. I have been though all but a total capsize and boxes have not budged one bit. I can get a photo on here if you like.
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penquin, check out kakak4x4 setup. can't find the thread but it was over the winter. He had a semi permanent setup.
btw great time on the carson with you! have gone twice more, once yesterday post snowfall
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found it

https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/f...s-28583-2.html
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