connecting pvc pipe to rhino racks

Submitted: Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 01:27
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Any tips on a good way to connect PVC pipes securely to the underside edges of my rhino racks so they can be disconnected relatively easily
and without problems of rope tangles etc...

thanks

adam



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Reply By: OziExplorer - Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 07:26

Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 07:26
You could use two x U Bolts at each place they contact your racks and make a small galvanised sheet metal plate to fit over the top of the rack that the U Bolts mount through.
Depends on what size PVC pipe we are talking about and how much weight will be in the pipes.
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Follow Up By: Adam - Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 09:05

Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 09:05
they are for for fishing poles and tent poles...won't let them weigh more than 20kg as car is top heavy enough....sounds like a good plan except undoing the bolts would be more of a hassel than tying the things....also bolts may slide against plastic, whilst rope can grip? what do you think?



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Follow Up By: Oziexplorer - Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 10:11

Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 10:11
Well I very much doubt you could tie them with rope and keep them in place. The black rubber bunngy straps would be superior and would hold them in place. Depends on how often you want to take these on and off. The U bolts should not slide against the plastic, and even if they did, it would be easier enough just to take a small round file and file a small groove for the U bolt to locate the pipe. Suggest you put some sponge rubber into the pipe at the front and back after loading the pipe to prevent them from getting friction burns. This would also stop them from possible flying out the end of the pipe if you had to suddenly stop. The poles would shoot forward and be like a missile. While those plastic caps are reasonably strong, the point end of a tent pole could easily produce 6 tonnes of force on the cap in a sudden stop.
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Follow Up By: Adam - Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 22:14

Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 22:14
i am using 6inch pipe, which is too big for u bolts, i made an eye bolt system on my roof racks (dont buy rhino eyes for 20 buxks, just use a normal eye with big washer and spring washer underneath)
i am using rope with no trouble but have not yet tested it offroad, ---what rubber cords do you mean? (do they grip better?)

what i did to stop rope slipping was lock wide points on either side of the rope to prevent slippage I also tie the poles together across the roof under the racks to stop vibration, this increases their secureness too

adam
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - David - Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 13:58

Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 13:58
Adam,

I have done this and I use a set of very large hose clamps. You can find these large hose clamps at the local hardware (not Bunnings - they do not stock them). Home or Metro etc seem to have them in the size you need. Then simply tighten the hose clamps around the pipe and bar and you are away.

Very simple and very easy to remove and reinstall. It is also very strong.

David
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Follow Up By: Flappan - Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 14:39

Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 14:39
Up to what size pipe does this work ???
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Follow Up By: Exploroz Team - David - Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 16:46

Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 16:46
I have 100 and 150mm pipe attached using this method. The clamps for 100mm cost about $7 each.

David
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Follow Up By: Adam - Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 22:13

Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 22:13
i am using 6inch pipe, which is too big for u bolts, i made an eye bolt system on my roof racks (dont buy rhino eyes for 20 buxks, just use a normal eye with big washer and spring washer underneath)
i am using rope with no trouble but have not yet tested it offroad,

I also tie the poles together across the roof under the racks to stop vibration, this increases their secureness too

adam
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Reply By: Peter - Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 15:39

Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 15:39
My solution for securing water pipe is to make up two u bolts from threaded rod bent (5/16th) to shape around a piece of timber but before bending slide some vacuum hose onto the rod. This ensures that when tight the pipe won't move.

Peter
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Reply By: ThePublican - Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 15:59

Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 15:59
Just remember to extend your tent poles ect to the length of the pipe when packing away,saves fore and aft movement .
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Follow Up By: Exploroz Team - David - Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 16:48

Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 16:48
Good point - tent pole do have a tendancy to break through the end caps without this taken into account.

David
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 16:54

Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 16:54
Yeah. I found out the hard way that those screw-on plastic ends aren't strong enough to stop tent poles or HF antenna travelling at 100 kph inside the pipe.
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Reply By: homer - Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 16:46

Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 16:46
Rhino can supply a kit that will do the job. Requires longer cross bars. They supply the PVC pipe and it has reinforced plates in the end caps.
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Reply By: johnsy - Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 09:30

Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 09:30
2 truck exhaust clamps 4 mudguard washers and the joibs done
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Follow Up By: Adam - Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 19:58

Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 19:58
will this work with 6inch pipe? i have seen nothing big enough.....not even the largest hose clamps

adam
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Reply By: royce - Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 09:46

Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 09:46
Go to any plumbing supplies.... Reece etc. and they will supply the appropriate clamps. Been there, done that.. Cheers Royce
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