Join Date: Jun 2004
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Get some 100# capacity ball bearing full extension drawer glides, make a small platform for the cooler to set on, a couple of blocks at the corners will transfer weight directly to the sole when cooler is used as a step. (set up so when closed the platform sits on the blocks) A drop pin, or latch to keep it from sliding out when you don't want it to.
It's the way I have the icebox set up in my Ariel, under the counter at the companionway, Ice box is 18" deep, so when it's closed I have a 6" step at one end, and a shallow drawer/cabinet at the other.
The 24" glides were $12.00/pair at the local Menards store (big box store like home depot)
Edit: I agree, the topload design is the way to go, just look at the energy consumption stats for freezers in the local appliance shops, toploaders always have much lower figures.