shovel holder for TJM roofrack, + Haddon Corner question

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 19:57
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Q1: I have an alloy/mesh floor TJM Roofrack on my LC 100. I would like to fit a holder for a long handled shovel, but I'm having problems finding something suitable.
1> Rhino brackets- I need to drill holes in the frame, which isn't a major problem, but I'm worried about corrosion long term if I use steel bolts. Also the bracket doesn't come out far enough to give good clearance from the bodywork.
2> Some rubber meshing brackets I saw at ARB- still the same problem with fitting, and ??security- will the shovel hold?
3> Kaymar bracket- Can be secured with U-Bolts but it's expensive, and a lot bulkier because it also has facility for a hi-lift jack, which I'm not carrying.
I'd appreciate your input.
Q2: How accessible is the track to Haddons Corner- do I need to get any station owner's permission, or is it just an open track? How long will it take from the turnoff at the Developmental Road?
Thanks everyone
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Reply By: Peter McGuckian - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 20:38

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 20:38

I have used the Rhino bracket on an aluminium rack on a 60 series and an ARB stell rack on my current GU Patrol. Has worked fine with both and no sign of corrosion. Use loctite on the bolts. Clearance wan't an issue either.

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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 23:08

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 23:08
hi Bob
Answer to Q2
We traveled to Haddon corner in 2003
the 41km from the Birdsville developmental road would/should be a good dirt road around the same as the birdsville track, it was still wet when we traveled on it and had large wheel ruts but ok 50-60 k/hr
the track out to Haddons corner 14km is as I say a track we traveled at dusk and it is slow 20-30 k/hr and two small to large sand dunes to cross just before getting there (you drop of the second one and your there) we had a small camper trailer and had to stay there the night as when we turned around there were so many tracks leading out you could not pick which one you came in on.
Like a lot of trips not much out there but worth seeing because of that!
The track is/WAS? well sign posted in 2003 and on signs (as I can rember) sayiny you can't go or need permission, just take out what you take in.
Have a GOOD trip
Richard Kovac
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 23:52

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 23:52
Which is the spring loaded one?
You have 2 mounts, one you put the handle or head into, push the spring loaded bit in with head or handle, then the other end slips into a mount (not clear but going from memory here) uses the spring loaded bit to old it in place...
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Reply By: Rosco - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 00:02

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 00:02
Q1. How pretty do you want? I made one out of a piece of orange electrical grade conduit, a bit shorter than the handle length. Secured it to the Overlander roof rack with a couple of hose clamps (radiator hose type). Worked well for me and easy to remove when not required. Drilled a couple of holes in the top of the shovel blade and use a occy strap to hold it on. Cheap as chips and functional. if it aint pretty, they wont steal it.
Q2. Don't know.
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Reply By: Firey - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 01:08

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 01:08
Hi Bob
I agree with Rosco Functional beats pretty any day.
I have the same TJM roofrack and use two ocky straps, paint the handle of the
shovel to protect from weather or if you want buy a fibreglass handle shovel, after 5yrs nobody has nicked it and it is easy to get to.
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 11:43

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 11:43
I have the Rhino shovel holders and they are great, obviously you could make some pretty easy but for $30 it just wasn't worth diking around.
Because I have sports bars and not commercial bars they woulnd't fit into them, so I got some patio nail plates (just thin tin) and drilled a hole in the middle, then put them on the inside side of my basket then put the bolts through the basket and plate and attached the rectangle "nut" to the other side. Works a treat with the added advantage of the shovel and holders comming off with the basket when I'm driving around town.
Clearance was an issue, but as long as I put the shovel flat and not on it's side there is not problem.
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