Sand Dune Flag

Submitted: Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 11:33
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Where can we purchase one from?

We are heading up the Googs track and then across the Simpson in September

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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 11:42

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 11:42
ARB and Opposite Lock sell them, however a premium price is paid.
I used an old 27mhz spring base and arial mounted to the top of my roof rack with an old fluro organge workers singlet cut out in a flag shap cable tied to the top. Works great. Cost $ bugger all! LOL
You'll pay anywhere between $100 - $200 from a 4wd shop depending on the type.
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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 11:59

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 11:59
Agree with Jeff about the premium price paid at these places, a fishing rod blank if you can get one but some tips are too weak, so cut off the tips. If you tape things to the antenna bases above the spring it will pull your antenna over at 60 kmh. Think some use electrical conduit - the orange stuff.
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 12:20

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 12:20
Some are using telescopic blank fishing poles available from the tackle shop.
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Reply By: Member - Bernie. (Vic) - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 12:45

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 12:45
Hi what State are you in ?

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Reply By: Member - Roachie SA- Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 14:00

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 14:00
I've got the sprung base of a heavy old UHF antenna bolted to the b/bar. Inside diameter is perfect for a steel teelscopic tent pole (thicker end). The narrower end of that pole is the right size to hold a piece of metal curtain rod. I've drilled andcable-tied a orange flag I found on the side of the road when I was doing "Clean Up Australia Day" duties earlier this year. Haven't actually used it yet and it may be a bit too inflexible.
If so, I'll cobble something together out of fibreglass.....not gunna pay $100- for a flimsy thing from a 4x4 shop....NO WAY.
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Reply By: Member - Alan- Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 14:40

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 14:40
Rather than pay some extortionate price from ARB or the others, I used the flag and pole from a kids bike. Fitted the bracket to the top of the roof rack and can take the thin pole out at any time.
It isn't that strong and I've yet to try it, but if it doesn't work or gets knocked off by the bush, the cost has been next to nothing.
Then I'll try a cheap fishing blank and bit of poly tube attached to the bull bar.
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Reply By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 15:13

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 15:13
The best ones are made from big lengths of bamboo - taller the better. as for the flag - make one. Piece of red or orange material. I've seen pirate flags, Scottish flags, Australian flags, bras, knickers, plastic bags. It really doesn't have to be a special flag as long as it flutters and attracts the eye of the vehicle driver/passenger on the other side of the dune. The higher the better and that doesn't mean 2 foot above the roof rack. Think about the position of the vehicle going up a dune and think about the position of the other vehicle on the other side and work it out from there. Make it a really interesting flag - they're fun. Maybe the kids could print one with the family logo.
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Reply By: D-Jack - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 15:34

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 15:34
Hi - I use a 27 meg base clamped to my roofrack, then a 27meg fibreglass arial (old one I had but don't cost too much - may be able to get 2nd hand in paper). Cut to length and then attach a bright orange plastic flag available from 4wd shops or much cheaper to convert a flag for outboard motors (from boat shop) - just silicon on to tip. Whole arial unscrews and can be cut to length to suit bullbar or roofrack. Hope this helps
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 18:10

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 18:10
I remember Ruth saying Big Red has just claimed another 4 x 4............ grab his, he won't be needing it!


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Reply By: Member- Peter & Mrs Peter, Lez - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 21:37

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 21:37
I cant believe all you people spend MEGA THOUSANDS of dollars on vehicle and accessories, but scrimp on a $100.00 piece of SAFETY equipment that does the job very well. They dont snap on overhanging branches like fishing rods do. They are available in two piece models that can be stowed away when not in use. Personally I think it was one of the best $95.00 I have spent.

Cheers Peter and Lez
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Reply By: Member - Luxoluk - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 22:04

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 22:04
I reckon there is a flaw in the approach of fitting a vertical pole & flag. Do you travel up dunes horizontal? I believe the flag is all about early warning so here's what I do.
Fit adjustable CB bracket to bullbar and tilt bracket forward by say 20 degrees. I then bolt a piece of 6" pipe, threaded at base, and sleeve in a piece of electrical conduit. This stuff can be cut in half and then joined in two sections. Secure the whole lot with a bit of 100mph tape and jobs done. We did Googs last year....the fishing pole took two hits before the remnants of it were removed whereas the conduit was able to flex under overhanging trees etc. Cheaper and better function IMHO.
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 22:24

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 22:24
hehe, ya had me going there for a tick with the 6" pipe. Ok, length not diameter.
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Reply By: Matt (W.A.) - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2004 at 08:25

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2004 at 08:25
I'm with Peter & Mrs Peter I tried a few different Set-ups on the front of the Paj & after Snapping off all of them usually tt the base or them being to whippy i picked up a "Proper" Safety Flag with a Quick Connect Fitting 2 Seconds on 2 Seconds Off from ARB in Ozzy Park for $165 and has been a Life saver twice that’s a $165 well spent IMO.

Hope this Helps
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Reply By: crowie - Thursday, Jul 15, 2004 at 14:53

Thursday, Jul 15, 2004 at 14:53
Went with a mate accross the Simpson in 2002 and just used one of those very long plastic garden stakes which was inserted into plastic piping taped to the bull bar. His missus got hold of some fluro material (the hardest part) and made the flag. Lasted this trip no problems. Total Cost about $10.00.

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