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I have an older 199? NRS sprite III and there is 36" between the outer tubes. How close to spec. are the frontierplay boxes? Ideally I'd like to have at least a 1/2" on each side for each side. Frontierplay's 36" wide box is an appealing price, but the next size down they offer is 26" which is just too narrow for my needs (capacity and height).

DRE quoted me 400+ for a custom box which seemed steep for melting some aluminum together and attaching hinges and rounding up foam and latches. Am I just experiencing rafting sticker shock?

Anyone got any thoughts on the FP dimensional accuracy? Anyone else in the industry offer a 34-35" drybox for a fair price?

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Remember DRE guys are all pretty solid guys in their shop building stuff with their own hands to support their business and families. I think it is fair they get paid for what they do and the service they offer the boating community. I assume you require a paycheck when you go to work as well. And there boxes are USA made.
 

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Remember DRE guys are all pretty solid guys in their shop building stuff with their own hands to support their business and families. I think it is fair they get paid for what they do and the service they offer the boating community. I assume you require a paycheck when you go to work as well. And there boxes are USA made.
Sure....but when their blems cost twice as much as the ones Frontier sells its hard to justify. Its a lot easier to go with the local guys when they actually have reasonable prices. That goes for a lot of the stuff they sell.
 

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Remember DRE guys are all pretty solid guys in their shop building stuff with their own hands to support their business and families. I think it is fair they get paid for what they do and the service they offer the boating community. I assume you require a paycheck when you go to work as well. And there boxes are USA made.

Hasn't anyone heard the term "comparative advantage"
 

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UH OH. Here we go... It's winter, were bored and the one thread was closed so I knew it was going to switch to this one. FP see all of the problems your causing. :D

What happened to Avatard?
 

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Where in the world is Avatard? Haven't seen him on here for a long time.

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Dry Boxes

Cambridge , DRE , Recrertec , Mad Cow VS Frontier Play = Apples VS Sand

IMHO

I would like to point out that I am impressed with the rather large man standing on the box on Frontier Plays website. The box appears to be solid. I also did notice the screws vs rivets for the handles and hinges as well as regular hinges vs piano hinges. I also wonder about the quality of the aluminum. All of these differences and the origin of the boxes is the main factor in the price. Lets call it what it is and that is a bridge between the walmart plastic action packer and a quality made in the USA rafting dry box. Cheers


Disclaimer I own products from China too
 

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+1 FrontierPlay products and customer service.

I agree hinges, aluminium, and latches appear to be of higher quality on my "USA box".

However, the FrontierPlay actually keeps my stuff dry and has not cracked.
 

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+1 for Frontier Play dry boxes

I bought 7 frontier play boxes about 8-9 years ago. They have done well. One bent hinge, some rust on the stainless hinges and a broken seal from the backside of a bolt that should have been located in a different position, but all the rest of the seals are still in good shape and are still glued in place from the factory. At least one large box did not seal too good when a friend flipped his boat in house rock and a few gallons of water managed to get in when the boat was upside down for an hour. I am not sure if I have ever seen a boat flip and not have water in a "dry box". I might test the rest of them in my hot tub, kinda curious and getting ready for a grand trip. A couple of the boxes have taken some "hits" that probably would have cracked the american made boxes I have used before. The FP boxes have a slightly more malleable aluminum, so rather than crack, they bend. They are a bit lighter than american made boxes, but seem to hold up well. Mine are true to size, just about a 1/8" less than advertised, so they fit in the bays well. I bought the matching black ethafoam for both top and bottom and recommend the foam as well.
 

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Mcmarcia- very well said!! I watched a friend run his cat backwards down the MFS and miscalculated a rock. The FP drybox took the hit, didn't crack, and was easily reshaped. We all love American made, but what we all love even more is time on the river!! Some can afford that custom box/frame setup. For the rest, IMO, I'm pretty grateful that FrontierPlay offers a very budget friendly option to play safe on the river!!
 
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