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Old 11-01-2019, 05:33 AM
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Bicycle tires, screws, 1/2" rope......oh the top was held from opening all the way with cut down zip ties screwed into place!



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LOL and if you look close you can see front seat cushion is 'finished' with white gorilla grip duck tape!
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If it looks dumb and it works it ain't dumb!
I picked up my favorite cooler from the side of the road and it looked pretty close to that, except it had a single piano hinge instead of several smaller hinges. I'm guessing that wasn't the first time it fell out of a truck or off of a boat, but it was the last and it's mine now!
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I don't think the tire will last long, we usually just cut a few inches off of a life jacket strap and use that.
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Last cooler hinge ever needed. Made out of firehose.

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I actually do something similar. To replace the hinges I use an old garden hose. Cut it the width of the hinge then cut it long ways. Then thru bolt it. Lid strap gets replace with rope.
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A 20oz coke bottle cap should fit on the drain too!

My coolers look similar to yours.
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looks factory direct.
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You can get stainless piano hinge at the hardware store for cheap. One to do my 160qt igloo was maybe $10. Put gorilla glue on the screw threads as you run them in and they will be there forever.
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Originally Posted by Re-Bait View Post
Bicycle tires, screws, 1/2" rope......oh the top was held from opening all the way with cut down zip ties screwed into place!


If you run the line through and parallel to a wooden dowel it makes the handle a whole lot more comfortable on the hands when the cooler is heavy.

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Originally Posted by Craash420 View Post
If it looks dumb and it works it ain't dumb!
I picked up my favorite cooler from the side of the road and it looked pretty close to that, except it had a single piano hinge instead of several smaller hinges. I'm guessing that wasn't the first time it fell out of a truck or off of a boat, but it was the last and it's mine now!
Guy probably got a Yeti for a Christmas present and tossed that one.
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Originally Posted by Re-Bait View Post
Bicycle tires, screws, 1/2" rope......oh the top was held from opening all the way with cut down zip ties screwed into place!


It Needs a Yeti Sticker.........or a black magic marker to write "Yeti" on it!
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Maybe I just have a poor person mentality but I prefer my cooler to look like that.

In the end it does a very very similar job as the high end coolers for me and allows me to use the money for retirement, children’s college, being debt free.......

I don’t worry about a scratch or nick or having it stolen.
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Even though I'm in a exclusive members only marina, we do have theft issues. One year most every yeti were stolen.

Needless to say they passed on my coolers!!
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I used ratchet straps remnants, fusing the cut ends to prevent fraying.
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I would really like a nice roto-molded cooler but I am not hauling that thing home each weekend or storing it in the boat to keep it from being stolen. My Igloo may cost me more in ice but it is still cheaper than having to replace a stolen Yeti every year or two. Sucks that people are such scum.
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I bet it makes ice also.
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Originally Posted by Jus Teasin View Post
It Needs a Yeti Sticker.........or a black magic marker to write "Yeti" on it!
Nah, that’s screaming “Salt Life”.
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I use leather scraps as hinges....Also have two Rtic rotomolded coolers but I only use them for a couple months every winter at a gated "campground".

Crappy coolers for bait or fish. Or for cold groceries if I'm not going straight back to camp.
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where can I get one of those redbait coolers?

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