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RTIC Cooler Zipper Replacement Help?
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Contributors to this thread:
Chris S 06-May-21
t-roy 06-May-21
JohnMC 06-May-21
JohnMC 06-May-21
t-roy 06-May-21
Chris S 06-May-21
Joey Ward 06-May-21
JohnMC 06-May-21
greg simon 06-May-21
t-roy 06-May-21
Shug 06-May-21
Rock 06-May-21
The last savage 06-May-21
Chris S 07-May-21
Stringcheesehead 07-May-21
Chris S 02-Jan-23
Chris S 02-Jan-23
Quinn @work 02-Jan-23
Buffalo1 02-Jan-23
Huntcell 03-Jan-23
cnelk 03-Jan-23
Chris S 03-Jan-23
Huntcell 03-Jan-23
smarba 03-Jan-23
From: Chris S
06-May-21

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Chris S's embedded Photo
The zipper on my 30 cooler split into 2 pieces. Looks like it just came apart at the weld. RTIC was useless and repeatedly told me they changed their warranty from 30 days to 1 year and mine is 5 years old so I’m out of luck. Anybody have any clue of someone or somewhere to fix or put new zipper pull on it? It’s held up well and is in great shape with the exception of the broken zipper. Frustrating for sure not my fault the metal split.

From: t-roy
06-May-21
Would a short looped length of paracord work?

From: JohnMC
06-May-21
Call/stop by a tent and awning place see if that can help you.

Or maybe check out https://www.coolers-rtic.com/ ;)

From: JohnMC
06-May-21
t-roy I think the problem he is having is the whole zipper broke off so nothing to attach paracord to there is no way to zip it at all it just stuck in the open position.

From: t-roy
06-May-21
Gotcha.

From: Chris S
06-May-21
The actual zipper pull split in two.

From: Joey Ward
06-May-21
Google "zipper repair kit"..........choose the size you need......easy fix.

From: JohnMC
06-May-21
Is that octWill?

From: greg simon
06-May-21
I do believe that is Will, and it looks like he is just about to answer your question!

From: t-roy
06-May-21
Looks to me like he’s the one that broke the zipper!

From: Shug
06-May-21
I don’t respond to Artic cooler posts anymore ... sorry Good luck

From: Rock
06-May-21
replacing the slider (the part that broke) is pretty easy. Just need to figure out what size zipper you have then bet a new slider and feed it onto the end that has the 2 loose ends of zipper with the rounded end of the slider first. This may require you to remove some stiching or zipper stops. Check U-Tube for videos.

06-May-21
He may have had a bong hit as well........

From: Chris S
07-May-21
Not sure why OtcWill showed up but.. I changed the pic to the busted zipper pull.

07-May-21
Theres a product called FixNZip. It's a zipper pull that clamps on and eliminates the need to remove zipper stops. Each size covers 3 zipper sizes. Quite useful to carry in the field in case of zipper failures as well

From: Chris S
02-Jan-23

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Looked good but won’t work due to seam.
Chris S's embedded Photo
Looked good but won’t work due to seam.
Just following up with my original post. The fixNzip does not work because of how the zipper has a seal over it to keep waterproof. I took it to cleaners and they couldn’t sew one to it. Took to a shoe repair guy that said he couldn’t repair it either so I’m still outta luck. Anyone have any other ideas? I’m all ears. RTIC was useless and said zipper is out of warranty. Frustrating to say the least.

From: Chris S
02-Jan-23

Chris S's embedded Photo
Looked good but won’t work due to seam.
Chris S's embedded Photo
Looked good but won’t work due to seam.
Just following up with my original post. The fixNzip does not work because of how the zipper has a seal over it to keep waterproof. I took it to cleaners and they couldn’t sew one to it. Took to a shoe repair guy that said he couldn’t repair it either so I’m still outta luck. Anyone have any other ideas? I’m all ears. RTIC was useless and said zipper is out of warranty. Frustrating to say the least.

From: Quinn @work
02-Jan-23
Sucks that RTIC won't replace it.

Basically the same thing happened on my 5 year old Yeti Hopper 30. Didn't expect them to do anything as the warranty is clearly 1 year. Yeti replaced it with a new Yeti Hopper 30. Although more expensive, the price paid was well worth it.

From: Buffalo1
02-Jan-23
Do you have a luggage repair or shoe repair shop near by that might work on zippers?

From: Huntcell
03-Jan-23

From: cnelk
03-Jan-23
Why do you a waterproof cooler at the zipper? Just take an Exacto knife and trim that seal back.

Seems so simple to have a working cooler

From: Chris S
03-Jan-23
Cnelk ghat is so flipping simple it didn’t even cross my mind. I think that’s going to be my next plan of attack. Thanks for a simple great idea.

From: Huntcell
03-Jan-23

From: smarba
03-Jan-23
good idea cnelk! I've often wondered about "waterproof" zippers, as there is no flippin' way they are actually waterproof, but they make the zipper so much more difficult to pull.

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