flags for use on top of 4WD at Stockton

Submitted: Sunday, Dec 01, 2002 at 01:00
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I'm after a warning flag and a flexible pole to mount on a bracket on my roof rack for places like Stockton Beach. After being there once, I can see that vehicle warning flags are a damned good idea. Can anybody tell me where I can find one ( I remember them being a flouro red colour) and a flexible pole (something like a whip antenna) to mount on my existing bracket? I don't want to mount the flag on my existing radio antenna as it won't be high enough.
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Reply By: Cobra - Sunday, Dec 01, 2002 at 01:00

Sunday, Dec 01, 2002 at 01:00
You can purchase a buggy whip from TJM. Not sure of the cost though.
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Follow Up By: Savvas - Monday, Dec 02, 2002 at 01:00

Monday, Dec 02, 2002 at 01:00
I rang TJM at Carlton and they told me they don't have them anymore. When I pointed out that it was in the catalogue, he told me that it was an old catalog and they actually don't make the big TJM catalog anymore either!

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Reply By: brian - Monday, Dec 02, 2002 at 01:00

Monday, Dec 02, 2002 at 01:00
There is a flag for sale in the trader section on this site.
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Follow Up By: Plexus - Monday, Dec 02, 2002 at 01:00

Monday, Dec 02, 2002 at 01:00
Thanks for the info - looks like the best solution is the K-Mart bike section.
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Reply By: Member - Nigel - Monday, Dec 02, 2002 at 01:00

Monday, Dec 02, 2002 at 01:00
Most mine vehicles have them - try 4WD shops in a town that services mines (eg Rockhampton).
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Tuesday, Dec 03, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Dec 03, 2002 at 01:00
For some reason, every trip we go on we stumble across a "flag" lying in the middle of the road. Last time it was the remains of a road workers fluro orange and yellow site flag - see recents pic of our vehicle in Simpson Desert. It even had the heavy rubber thingy to attach and a hook. We just strapped one of our extension tent poles to the bumper bar and the flag to that and didn't drive fast (you don't in the Simpson anyhow) so there was little force on it. The time before that we found a red "flag" lying in the middle of the road. Again it was something discarded from a road workers site, and I think again we used a tent pole. Works for us, and comes at the right price. Being "ingenius" and finding stuff is what its all about I reckon. But I realise that the trip up from Sydney to Stockton isn't exactly going to present the same sort of opportunties, but keep your eyes out from now on.

Plexus, you also state you're going to mount the flag pole on your roof rack - do you realise that it is less likely to be seen there when you are cresting a steep dune than if you put it on your bumper bar? The idea is to get the maximum height to give the longest period of notice to the oncoming vehicle to avoid the unfortunate "head on". I've been in the situation a few times, where the only warning was the tip of the flag just wiggling its way over the dune providing just enough time to hit the brakes. It's the fraction of seconds that really count.

The Whip antenna is a fine idea but usually doesn't handle the weight of the flag. Even the smallest kerchief catches a lot of wind force!
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Follow Up By: Plexus - Tuesday, Dec 03, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Dec 03, 2002 at 01:00
Bull bar it is. As for support, I suppose I could go to my local welder and just get some steel rod from him. 6-10mm would work fine.
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Reply By: crowie - Tuesday, Dec 03, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Dec 03, 2002 at 01:00
On a recent Simpson Desert trip my mate went to a garden centre and bought a green plastic garden stake which come in various lengths. His wife made up a flag using some old orange plastic material. Some PVC tubing was attached to the bullbar with plastic ties and the bottom end closed. Just stuck the pole in this and it lasted the trip.

Cost approx: $4.00
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Reply By: Wayne - Tuesday, Dec 03, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Dec 03, 2002 at 01:00
Probably the cheapest and easiest is to get an old fishing rod and attach the flag to that.

If you do not own an old fishing rod, you will surely find one at a garage sale somewhere for a couple of dollars.

Rgds
Wayne
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Follow Up By: Plexus - Tuesday, Dec 03, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Dec 03, 2002 at 01:00
I found the solution this afternoon. Ordered a flag from www.flagsandpoles.com.au for $8 (http://www.flagsandpoles.com.au/flag_gen_4WD.asp). Found an old curtain rod in the backyard - it's 2500mm long, and made from steel tube about 15mm diameter. Sprayed it black with some spare enamel to make it look good, then all I do is drill two pairs of holes in the side of the bull bar as it wraps around the LandCruiser, use two small U-bolts to clamp the tube to the side, substitute wing nuts instead of the regular nuts so you can undo it by hand and presto!
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Reply By: royce - Sunday, Dec 08, 2002 at 01:00

Sunday, Dec 08, 2002 at 01:00
Used a long-handle shovel and my daughters red T-shirt last time in Simpson. Tied to bull bar or roof rack.... can't remember which. Both survived.
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