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Where to put your poles

Postby mr_grumble » Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:32 pm

Recently had to decide how I was going to transport the campers poles. Wanted the stick em under the trailer but due to water tank and stabilisers, I simply ran out of room :shock:

Ended up designing and building a bracket system that holds 3 x 90mm PVC pipes in the unused gap between the rear of the storage box on the drawbar and the box section of the trailer.

Seems to work well, is very secure and stores the awkward poles somewhere that was going to be wasted space anyway.

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Postby garbage » Sat Jun 16, 2007 12:19 am

That looks fantastic. Where did you get the brackets from? I'm thinking of doing something similar, but attaching the PVC pipes to a roof top wire basket.
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Postby Scolers » Sat Jun 16, 2007 9:19 am

Top Job!

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Postby Troyk » Sat Jun 16, 2007 9:46 am

Nice Job.The same spot as mine.

I have thought about painting the PVC tube as PVC is susceptible to UV light and will degrade over time. Has anyone had this problem?
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Postby mr_grumble » Sat Jun 16, 2007 2:45 pm

*Couple of metres of 50mm x 5mm flat bar.
*A metre of 102mm x 5mm tube (cut into sections and then each section in half)
* Few bolts here and there
*2nd degree burn from the welding :?

I thought about painting the tubes, but being flexible, don't knnow how the paint will hold. Anyway, $12/3 metres, if I have to replace them every few years, is no biggie .
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Postby Hissy » Tue Jun 26, 2007 8:42 am

Looks fantastic.

What number of poles do you fit into each 50mm tube?
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Postby mr_grumble » Tue Jun 26, 2007 8:47 am

Only fit 5 or 6.
What takes the most room is the lock mechanism on the side of each pole.
The poles for the camptop occupy the bottom two tubes and the third is spare, probably for additional poles for window awnings when I get around to getting them :lol:
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Postby Komodo » Tue Jun 26, 2007 12:02 pm

Looks good - especially painted in the hammer tone!
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Postby will_deness » Sun Jan 06, 2008 3:33 pm

nice neat job! I use the plastic caps like you do and found the poles tried to escape out of the ends every second trip. must be as the trailer goes around a corner the poles all on the count of 3 try to batter the caps off and eventually break the caps. I think I have out smarted them by simply stuffing a rag in each end so the conniving sods cant get a run up. :grin:
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Postby GypsyLady » Sun Jan 06, 2008 5:43 pm

will_deness wrote:nice neat job! I use the plastic caps like you do and found the poles tried to escape out of the ends every second trip. must be as the trailer goes around a corner the poles all on the count of 3 try to batter the caps off and eventually break the caps. I think I have out smarted them by simply stuffing a rag in each end so the conniving sods cant get a run up. :grin:


We put a piece of aluminium plate inside the end cap which screwed on and then attached a short chain so that the end cap did not fall off or get lost.

The hammertone finish is very attractive.

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Postby RYAINS » Thu Jan 10, 2008 11:37 am

How did you bend the metal to fit the pipe Mr_Grumble? Do you have a pic of the actual bracket on it's own..?? Sort of can't make it out how it's attached and the design while the PVC is sitting in it.

By the way, it looks great!! :?#
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Postby Komodo » Thu Jan 10, 2008 12:28 pm

Mr Grumble : "*Couple of metres of 50mm x 5mm flat bar.
*A metre of 102mm x 5mm tube (cut into sections and then each section in half) "


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Postby Cruzin » Thu Jan 10, 2008 6:42 pm

I used to put them here.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/just_cruzin/?saved=1

But you will need to search through the album to see..

ie first the front Rack then the rear Rack (for counterbalance) now with a tent top, a re-assessment is required.
Most probably move the storage box forward and place on front of CT or get a smaller storage box.
It'll be done before "winter camping time" :?#

edit: I used Rainwater 90mm "Stand-offs" to attach to rack. ie right size and powdered coated all for $3.00 from the hardware store. If you want "more flush" use similar "saddles"

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