DIY Cooler slide

gps4

Member
I picked up 2 90qt rotomolded coolers for less than one yeti tundra 75 to use on long road trips. problem is the distance between my tent rails and the floor of the trailer is too short to open the cooler. and a fully loaded cooler is too heavy to take out of the trailer every time we need something out of it. The measurements of the coolers are 33" x 20" x 17.5" and I'm too cheap to but a factory made fridge slide. my research on this site and several others convinced me i could make my own.

i ordered a pair of 36" locking slides off amazon, bought an 8ft length 2.5x2.5x1/8 angle aluminum, 2 4ft length 1.5x1.5x1/8 angle aluminum, a 4'x2' piece of 1/2 pressure treated plywood cut down to 36"x 18", stainless nuts and bolts, and used leftover boat carpet to wrap the plywood. got it knocked out in about 2 hours.

its been raining for two days, so i had to do all the fabrication and installation in my garage, hence the poor photo quality.

i'm sure i will modify the design if something doesn't work quite right in the field.













 

Mfitz

Member
Nice job!
It’s crazy how much a new fridge slide sells for when you can do it yourself!
I picked up 2 90qt rotomolded coolers for less than one yeti tundra 75 to use on long road trips. problem is the distance between my tent rails and the floor of the trailer is too short to open the cooler. and a fully loaded cooler is too heavy to take out of the trailer every time we need something out of it. The measurements of the coolers are 33" x 20" x 17.5" and I'm too cheap to but a factory made fridge slide. my research on this site and several others convinced me i could make my own.

i ordered a pair of 36" locking slides off amazon, bought an 8ft length 2.5x2.5x1/8 angle aluminum, 2 4ft length 1.5x1.5x1/8 angle aluminum, a 4'x2' piece of 1/2 pressure treated plywood cut down to 36"x 18", stainless nuts and bolts, and used leftover boat carpet to wrap the plywood. got it knocked out in about 2 hours.

its been raining for two days, so i had to do all the fabrication and installation in my garage, hence the poor photo quality.

i'm sure i will modify the design if something doesn't work quite right in the field.













I really like this. Did you attach the cooler to the slide, or will you strap it down while driving?
 

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gps4

Member
I really like this. Did you attach the cooler to the slide, or will you strap it down while driving?
I plan to strap it down to the board when loaded down and on the road. I think I need to move the tent forward a little bit and fine tune positioning on the board.
 

Jnich77

Director of Adventure Management Operations
I plan to strap it down to the board when loaded down and on the road. I think I need to move the tent forward a little bit and fine tune positioning on the board.
While strapping it will work, I'd build small wooden cleats at each corner. That way thr strap can hold it down and the cleats can keep it from sliding.
 

mep1811

Gentleman Adventurer
Great work.

I did a similar slide. If you drive in very dusty areas flush out the slides when you are home and spray with silicone or WD40.
 

mep1811

Gentleman Adventurer
That’s a great idea! I’ll be sure to stow a can on board just to be in the safe side !
If they feel gritty while on the trail flush with a water bottle while moving the slide back and forth . You don't want grit building up and getting solid.
Those coolers are perfect for using with dry ice to extend the ice.

Happy Trails
 
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