It doesn’t matter if you’re riding recreationally on a day trip at the dunes, or riding for work purposes around your farm, ranch, or homestead, chances are you’re going to want some cold storage in your Can-Am Maverick X3. You might be asking yourself: What is the best cooler setup out there to go with my Maverick X3? Most riders want cooler setups that leave room for other pieces of gear and equipment. But if you’re the kind of rider who overpacks regardless of where you’re going or what you’re doing, you still might manage to run out of space even with things like cooler racks, storage bags, and roof racks. Whether you’re after hunting-specific coolers for deer, elk, or pronghorn season, a dual-cooler setup for dry food storage and drinks to use on multi-day rides, or soft-sided coolers to help you enjoy a few cold ones during pit stops, here are our picks for the best cooler setups for the Can-Am Maverick X3!
Maverick X3 Cooler Racks
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of specific UTV coolers, an integral aspect of any side-by-side cooler setup is the cooler rack one chooses to use. Companies like UTV Mountain, UTV Inc, and TMW Offroad all make great cooler racks, tool racks, and swiveling utility racks for the Can-Am Maverick X3, and Geiser rear racks, as well as Tusk cargo racks, are great for coolers as well. Additionally, there are several firms out there like DMX Performance that make custom X3 cooler racks in all colors to fit the dimensions of any off-road cooler.
On a similar note, some riders opt to fabricate their own Maverick X3 cooler racks out of 1 1/4” tubing with 1” square tubing to use as bottom supports. Depending on your specific needs, there are various locations on the X3 where one can mount a cooler rack. Placing a cooler on the roof of your vehicle might work if you’re tall, but it’s pretty inconvenient for the shorter folk among us. And if you ride with family members, placing a cooler down low can help your wife, girlfriend, or children access it easier.
The rear cargo bed is a popular location to place cooler racks and mounts, and you can also move the stock muffler and stick a cooler rack in its place. But even without a designated cooler rack, it is still possible to safely and conveniently secure your Maverick X3 coolers with the right tie-downs, straps, and buckles.
Securing Your Can-Am Maverick X3 Cooler
Standard turnbuckles can be bolted to coolers and tool boxes to ensure that they don’t bounce out or move around when riding, and an aluminum plate with 4Q link mounts can also work to hold X3 coolers. Systems like the ones by Axia Alloys are perfect for holding coolers tightly and securely, and ratchet straps can function in a similar manner. Some riders choose to weld ratchets to hooked pieces of flat steel, while others use simple tie-down systems that consist of two ratchet straps, two 1/4” diameter clevis pins, and two cotter pins.
Holding your cooler firmly is one thing, but being able to access the contents is another. So getting a cooler setup that allows you to easily open and close your cooler is crucial. And for those with soft-sided coolers, something as simple as a rope with a few smartly-tied knots can prevent them from sliding around.
Can-Am X3 Coolers
Although there is no one-size-fits-all cooler solution for the Can-Am Maverick X3, there are several cooler options that work well for particular uses. For day trips, a simple soft-sided cooler like the ones by Greene Mountain Outdoors, Assault Industries, or ATV TEK, can work wonders. You can stuff them to the brim with food, drinks, and accoutrements, then fold them up for easy storage after you’ve consumed everything inside.
The insulated cooler / cargo box by SuperATV is a good choice for those looking for hard-sided coolers, and larger ice chests by RTIC, Yeti, and others are more than sufficient for multi-day rides and hunting trips. Smaller options like the Can-Am LinQ 8-gallon cooler box are ok, but they lack drainage plugs. Units such as the Yeti Hopper fit perfectly between the rear seats in the Maverick X3 Max, and bow cases are often retrofitted to hold food, drinks, and other goodies.
The dry storage and cargo box options for the Can-Am Maverick X3 are myriad, with several options to hold everything from spare tires and tool boxes to coolers and ice chests. Finding a quality cooler for the Can-Am Maverick X3 isn’t difficult, but the hard part is making it work safely and securely with all your other gear. Whatever your situation entails, however, proper cooler solutions exist, many of which can be found right here at Everything Can-Am Offroad!