I have a 45L coolerbox and the hinge broke actually both I am now looking to purchase the hinges but cannot find it anywhere. Do you perhaps know where i can purchase these. Its the plastic white hinge.
Response from Vicki:
Thank you for contacting us through our website,
While we have written about ice chests
and replacing hinges on plastic ice chests
Coleman Cooler Hinges
Coleman Cooler Hinges 2
Coleman Cooler Hinges 3
in the past, I was unfamiliar with the 45L coolerbox until you wrote.
I was able to find this item online here
but neither of these listings shows the back of the product where the hinges are.
I am going to speculate based on your email address that you may be located in Zambia, in southern Africa. If that is true, then you may not be able to repair your cooler as easily as a trucker in the USA (who most likely would have access to home improvement stores).
I do not recommend replacing a plastic hinge with another plastic hinge. See if you can find metal hinges that are the same size as the plastic ones. Then simply replace the broken plastic hinge with the metal one.
You may want to take the old hinge with you to the store (if one is available in your area).
If you plan to order a hinge online, make sure that the measurements are what you want. Note that it can be a bit tricky to find a hinge that is exactly the same size. Measure from the center of the each hole to the center of another hole -- on each "side" of the hinge and "across" the hinge -- to get precise measurements.
Interestingly, cooler manufacturers have begun to sell metal versions of their plastic hinges:
Coleman Cooler Stainless Steel Hinges & Screws
Igloo Stainless Steel Hinges
Perhaps one of these may fit your coolerbox?
If you cannot find a store or metal hinge that fits, one trucker suggested using two metal binder clips, such as you might find in this product:
Staples® Binder Clips, Assorted Sizes, Black, 60 per Pack.
I hope that one of these ideas helps you. Would you please write back to let me know how this works out for you? Thanks in advance.
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My husband Mike and I wish you safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road.
* This question was originally sent to us by email and has been adapted here without any personally identifiable info for the benefit of our other readers. We cover the topic of coolers and ice chests in the meal preparation section of our site.
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