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Securing expensive coolers

Post By: Mike V.      Posted: 2/16/2017 9:00:36 AM     Points: 487    
I know this is not 100 percent fishing related, but I figured that some people on this forum may be able to help me out with this...

I just recently spent a ridiculous amount of money on a Yeti Tundra. I have not had a chance to use it yet, but since the weather is warming up Its going to get some use and I'm excited for that.

Anyways, I know they get stolen quite a bit and I am extremely paranoid of people breaking into my vehicle for anything at anytime and I know that if someone tried to break in, that is something they would notice.

I bought the lock cable that yeti sells for the coolers, and I drive an SUV so it's not like it's just sitting in a truck bed or anything and I am able to cover it with a lot of the random jackets and such that I have in my car so you wouldn't even know it's there which helps people not see that I have it. But that still doesn't stop me from feeling nervous just keeping it in my car while im fishing or in a store...

Is there a more secure way that you guys lock your Roto-molded coolers? I know that everything I try is not going to be 100 thug proof, but that cable makes me nervous. As always I am open to all ideas and opinions from you guys.

And in a side note, I don't want this post turning into "Oh, you should've bought a grizzly, RTIC, Pelican, etc." I did my research and I decided with the Yeti.

Thanks in advance
 Reply by: bottom_pounder      Posted: Feb. 16, 9:29:39 AM     Points: 149    
Check with your insurance company. My policy covers anything stolen out of my vehicle. (Always save receipts when purchasing expensive items)
 Reply by: elkinthebag      Posted: Feb. 16, 8:32:23 PM     Points: 1420    
What kinda SUV I attach mine in my truck and blazer to the factory installed hooks with the cable or gun locks to the bottom haven't had it stolen yet. Lol about the only thing they didn't take when they broke the not my truck. Theives are mostly a thing of convenience for them. Make it to much work you are usually safe.
 Reply by: MDS1      Posted: Feb. 16, 9:37:19 PM     Points: 78    
This isn't 100 percent fishing related.....but...who cares? Brutal question
 Reply by: Mike V.      Posted: Feb. 17, 1:20:25 AM     Points: 487    
@elkinthebag I drive a Nissan Xterra. I usually lock the cable around the metal loop where the backseat lock into so the story up when they're folded up. And you have a very good point about making it hard to steal. I'm amazed that they didn't try to steal something like that if they broke into your vehicle.
 Reply by: D-Zilla      Posted: Feb. 17, 6:40:17 AM     Points: 1605    
The saddest part is that we need to discuss things like this.

Make it hard to see, hard to get to, and hard to move. In my experience (and I've been hit more than a few times) if they can see it, it's a target. If it is convenient for them, it's a target. If it's easy to get out, it's a target.

They want quick, easy, and marketable. I always worry when I have my kayak along, because I've yet to figure out how to lock it to my truck. I try to make sure I don't need to stop anywhere that I can not see my truck when I have it along. There have been days where I carry my kayak and have it with me on the bank, because it's too windy to put in the water....because I don't trust ANYONE any more.
 Reply by: IceFishingFool      Posted: Feb. 17, 8:04:39 AM     Points: 5759    
Cable it to a Rottweiler, one that you feed gun powder to just before leaving the vehicle.
 Reply by: esoxrocks      Posted: Feb. 17, 9:10:50 AM     Points: 2371    
...if I ever spend that much on a cooler I would definitely secure it some way. I don't ever see myself doing that...but it if did, I would.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: Feb. 17, 9:13:17 AM     Points: 21854    
in the end.... it's a cooler..

If you are that concerned use a $30 igloo when in a high theft area and take your nice one in the woods.

 Reply by: skiman      Posted: Feb. 17, 10:49:30 AM     Points: 1230    
I agree with Ajax...get a cheapo cooler if you're that worried about it. A lock iwill keep the honest people honest! You can get a styrofoam cooler for next to nothing. (All good suggestions though!)
 Reply by: Killerfihser      Posted: Feb. 17, 10:59:46 AM     Points: 1700    
So should we also tell the fellow fishermen that got his ice fishing gear stolen that he should buy cheaper ice gear too. The OP is merely asking for suggestions not to be criticized.
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: Feb. 17, 11:35:15 AM     Points: 1230    
Killer,
That's not even a comparison! Thieves are thieves , and if they want something bad enough, they'll find a way to get it. No amount of locks, chains or cables will prevent it. I was only agreeing with a prior post, and with many of the ideas for securing and hiding an expensive piece of equipment. No need for the sarcasm.
Ski
 Reply by: Kokanee Bro      Posted: Feb. 17, 12:02:30 PM     Points: 230    
Unfortunately I am not sure a cable or lock will do the trick. Bolt cutters will make short work of either. A cable only keeps honest people honest. If you want to keep it safe from people prowling the parking lot looking for stuff to steal, keep it on your boat with you. Fortunately I don't hear to much about things getting stolen at the lakes I fish. If you are fishing in the metro area then sadly it is a bigger issue.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: Feb. 17, 12:17:02 PM     Points: 21854    
My response wasn't meant to be a criticism, I own a variety of coolers the most recent addition being a RTIC45. You can bet your a$$ if it's left unattended in my truck bed it'll have a cable and lock on it.

HOWEVER, my point was... If I am going somewhere that I really feel has a high level of threat of theft... You will find an Igloo cooler in my bed that I got at Sams Club for $29.99... It keeps drinks cold for a few days, and if they steal it... I'll be more pissed about my beer being gone than my cooler.

Any level of security just keeps the honest or lazy out... Nothing more.. Bolt cutters cut locks, chains and cables.. Glass is quite easy to break, locks can be picked, etc.

Best way to protect your valuables is to be smart with where you leave them. Make it a pain in the a$$ to be stolen...
 Reply by: illpilgrim      Posted: Feb. 17, 12:31:23 PM     Points: 1555    
Brand it with a unique identifier on all sides. if it is stolen it will be identifiable and it may keep thieves away due to blemishes.
 Reply by: Killerfihser      Posted: Feb. 17, 12:34:17 PM     Points: 1700    
No pun taken and to each their own but in his post he did mentioned "And in a side note, I don't want this post turning into "Oh, you should've bought a grizzly, RTIC, Pelican, etc." I did my research and I decided with the Yeti."
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: Feb. 17, 12:47:48 PM     Points: 21854    
^^^ Yea... and getting a cheap piece of $hit cooler is a good way to keep from getting your nice one stolen...

I read that statement in his comment as trying to prevent the "why did you get a Yeti, not a Pelican" debate... Not Yeti vs disposable... I could care less what brand of premium cooler he bought.

Thus far your only contribution to the topic is criticizing others responses.. No value brought by any of it.... I am actually telling the guy how I prevent my nice cooler from getting stolen... Which is EXACTLY what he asked...
 Reply by: esoxrocks      Posted: Feb. 17, 1:30:26 PM     Points: 2371    
...years ago when we would kayak off of remote logging and mining roads in W VA, we would leave the truck doors unlocked while we were on the river. Never left much worth stealing in the vehicle, but better to loose a jacket or pair of shoes...or a cheap cooler...than have to replace a window AND loose a jacket, etc.
 Reply by: ALLYAKEDUP      Posted: Feb. 17, 1:58:34 PM     Points: 0    
BUY A CHEAP COOLER A Colman will hold ICE almost as long as that YETI and only cost 30 bucks!!!!! Colman didnt build coolers for 100 years not to know what they are doing!!!! I did break down and get a Pelican for my KAYAK but my 152 is still going.
 Reply by: MDS1      Posted: Feb. 17, 8:35:59 PM     Points: 78    
If we don't have better things to discuss than how a grown man should secure his cooler....we are in trouble here.
 Reply by: Kokanee Bro      Posted: Feb. 17, 10:47:01 PM     Points: 230    
IMO the expensive coolers keep ice way longer... especially dry ice. That is why people are willing to pay big bucks.
 Reply by: Luke the Dog      Posted: Feb. 18, 12:57:01 PM     Points: 25    
"Co(e)lman didnt build coolers for 100 years not to know what they are doing!!!!"

Yep, they knew exactly what they were doing, building cheap-o coolers for the masses. They have been left playing catch-up now though, the new Yeti-style coolers do in fact work better, it's science...
 Reply by: Mike V.      Posted: Feb. 18, 8:06:13 PM     Points: 487    
I appreciate all of the input.
 Reply by: Mike V.      Posted: Feb. 18, 8:13:58 PM     Points: 487    
I also really liked the idea of using one of my cheapo coolers in high theft areas. I mean I would much rather have that thing stolen than a 350 dollar cooler any day. I don't fish in super high theft areas most of the time and its more just me being paranoid about every nice piece of outdoor gear I have being stolen from me and like some of you have said, you can't trust people anymore.
 Reply by: JohnnyW      Posted: Feb. 18, 8:32:30 PM     Points: 627    
Maybe I am just a cheap bastard, just can't see myself spending $300 plus on a cooler. You know what works really well are those Coleman freezable bricks, a couple of those in a small cooler will keep things cold for days.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: Feb. 19, 5:01:57 AM     Points: 34233    
My nice cooler has never seen PLO and likely never will. Reality is if you have a high end cooler it is likely not your very first cooler so you do have a Coleman or Igloo somewhere. One of the things that prevented me from buying one of the newer coolers for so long is exactly this topic. I've never owned a cooler I worried about leaving in camp. My Yeti goes in my truck and is chained inside there.

This is a great topic and anytime anyone has a question of this nature it should be asked. Especially with some of the folks we have on this forum, they're very gifted and creative in resolving things like this.
 Reply by: kicker      Posted: Feb. 19, 6:43:13 AM     Points: 112    
I would tint the rear windows, keep it covered with things that look natural, like a cheap sleeping bag, cheap coats. Fasten it down on one of the sides so it looks like there was room left to lay down.
This would look like someone was sleeping in the back of their SUV and piled up the bag and coats.
May also insulate the cooler.
 Reply by: smalliefan      Posted: Feb. 19, 3:36:54 PM     Points: 26    
One approach would be to "spill" some paint on it. If it doesn't look nice and shiny, it may not be so attractive. In addition, it makes it easy to identify. Oh, and take pictures after you do it and save them just in case. Unless the thief has a way to hide it, he/she might think twice about driving around with something that can easily be spotted.

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