AnswerID: 142662 Submitted: Tuesday, Dec 06, 2005 at 20:04
Member - Norm C (QLD)
I made my own using 100mm sewer pipe. My pipe is about 13 ft long as my longest 1 piece rod is just over 12 ft long. I used screw on caps and pop riveted a hasp and staple keeper on each end. Hasp is on the pipe, staple is on the edge of the cap. I can now put a padlock on each end for security. You really only need to do this on one end, but I did it to both for flexibility.
I have roof racks with a channel in the top of them. To fasten the pipe to this, I got some aluminium strapping about 30mm wide. I bent it to go around the pipe (used a bit of 100mm pine log to bend it on with a hammer). I left a flat piece about 75mm long to sit on the roof rack. I drilled a hole (about 10mm) in the flat section. I slide cup head bolts into the channel on the rack, then put the bracket hole over the bolt and screw it down with a butterfly nut. Hope you follow this. There is an easier way, just buy the brackets to fit the pipe to the roof rack. They are readily available, but I'm not known for going the easy way.
I carry 4 rods, but it could easily fit 6 or 8, it you pack them right (alternate butts, or at least off set them). To stop them rattling around too much, I join the rods together with heavy duty elastic. 200mm pipe is enormous and may not be necessary. Also some serious wind resistance ath highway speed.
I prefer the pipe to conventional rod holders as rods are out of site. They are also protected from trees etc when off road.
Hope you can follow this rather long description.
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