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Old 09-13-2010   #1
 
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Question about NRS footbar

So, I have my cooler sitting in front of me and then I've had the footbar directly behind the cooler. My question is do I need to have the footbar there or can I use the cooler in place of the footbar.

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Old 09-13-2010   #2
 
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Take the foot -bar out

So I had the same question when we first got our rig...took it on two trips, a daily and an overnight before i ditched the footbar. Use the cooler bar as my foot rest and wouldn't look back. Gave me more room in the rower's cockpit as well as less of a tripping hazard for myself, girlfriend and dogs on trips. We still have plenty of leverage for rowing hard in big water and we were able to find a happy medium location that fit for both rowers. good luck!

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Naw.. You dont NEED it. It only takes another 2 inches in the rowing bay, so I use mine. Only bummer is having to turn it around to get it on top of my roof rack.
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you don't need it but it depends on how you like it. I tried a couple trips without mine and decided I like it better with it there. my cooler was just too slippery, even though the footbar isn't exactly grippy the curves are good for purchase. without it a few times through more challenging rapids my foot or feet would either end up under the cooler or wedged in the bailing channel or something. I found I just prefer a more solid surface for when I really want or need to crank on it. it's only a couple inches so it was worth it to me. plus, the lo-pro for my homemade umbrella holder is mounted in the middle of my foot bar. maybe someday I'll spring for the deluxe footbar.

Teletoes, I did the same thing when I roof racked mine before getting a trailer. I replaced the bolts with a couple spring clips so it made it super easy to flip.

the other thing I found is if you have the room and move the footbar a few inches back from the cooler, is that space in between the footbar and back of the cooler is a perfect place to stash a couple 3 gallon water jugs.
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it's nice to have a footbar, especially in big water. Nrs makes a combo footbar/cooler bar--saves space.
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Teletoes, I did the same thing when I roof racked mine before getting a trailer. I replaced the bolts with a couple spring clips so it made it super easy to flip.
And where do you find these so called spring clips???
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Any hardware store has them. Spring clip may not be the right name, spring pin or something. It's just a pin that would fit through the hole with a wire catch that hoops over the top of the bar to keep it from sliding out. They come in all kinds of sizes.
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So, I have my cooler sitting in front of me and then I've had the footbar directly behind the cooler. My question is do I need to have the footbar there or can I use the cooler in place of the footbar.
another option is to bring your existing foot bar to a welder and have him weld a piece straight accross. last spring i had this done to my fishing seat (see attatched) and i will have the foot bar done this winter. this allows me to remove the 2 straight crossbars and still use my table and drop bag set up.

i supplied 3' of pipe i had laying around ($12 from nrs?) and the welding was $50.
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I think the footbar is awkward and slippery. We don't use them on our commercial rigs, and I prefer the space. I will kick my leg up on my front hatch (same-ish height as your cooler I'd bet) to brace during big moves. I use hose clamps to secure a pvc cross piece for my umbrella onto the bar just in front of me, and I will kick off of that.
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I think the footbar is awkward and slippery. We don't use them on our commercial rigs, and I prefer the space. I will kick my leg up on my front hatch (same-ish height as your cooler I'd bet) to brace during big moves. I use hose clamps to secure a pvc cross piece for my umbrella onto the bar just in front of me, and I will kick off of that.
Grip tape works great on the kick bar.
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