PVC pole carrier security

Submitted: Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 19:18
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Does anyone have some suggestions for a DIY locking device for PVC pole carriers on a camper trailer?
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Reply By: obone - Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 19:41

Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 19:41
Hi Phil, drill 2 holes through the cap and the pipe, opposite one another (whilst they're connected together). Get a piece of aluminium rod and put a 45 degree bend in one end and drill a quarter inch hole in the other. Pass the rod through the cap and pipe and place a combination lock through the hole in the end of the rod. Works fine
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Chris
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Follow Up By: grayson - Tuesday, Mar 28, 2006 at 11:06

Tuesday, Mar 28, 2006 at 11:06
Chris, do you have problems getting the holes to line up each time while still keeping the cap tight?

I am looking at something for mine too and it has been suggested to me that I purchase a couple of gate valve lock-out devices, trim the inner lip and use these. I haven't got pricing yet but they aren't cheap so if above idea works I would prefer it. The devices are available from specialist safety equipment suppliers and are used to isolate the round type handles on gate valves.
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Reply By: Member - Athol (NSW, 2527) - Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 19:49

Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 19:49
Hi phil,
Not a locking device and I proberbly shouldn't be telling people this buut, I carry my fishing rods in a PVC pole carrier disguised as a water tank/tube by drilling a hole and fitting a cheap water tap (the type you find on 20lt drums) to the screw end. This I hope, so far anyway makes people think that it is just a water tank and keep on going. As its quite easy to have a couple of hundred dollars worth of rods in it. I used to use this on the roof racks of the ute but now I have it bolted to the drawbar of our van.

Athol
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Follow Up By: Member JD- Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 21:07

Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 21:07
Jeez,Athol,
The whole bloody world knows about it now!LOL..good idea..just luv the monkey cunning.
JD
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Reply By: Russel & Mary - Tuesday, Mar 28, 2006 at 11:42

Tuesday, Mar 28, 2006 at 11:42
bolt a 3 or 4 link chain to the side and 3 or 4 link chain to the lid. When it's done up you can padlock them together. The joined chain is not long enough to allow a full turn of the lid. Rus.
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Reply By: Redback - Tuesday, Mar 28, 2006 at 12:04

Tuesday, Mar 28, 2006 at 12:04
Waste of time and money, it's plastic and if you put a lock on it just makes it easier to break as you've supplied a leverage spot, with the lock.

If the're desperate enough a lock won't stop them, and it will take them an extra 2 seconds to take the poles, and you have a broken pole carrier to replace as well then.

Just a thought,

Baz.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, Mar 28, 2006 at 15:15

Tuesday, Mar 28, 2006 at 15:15
philkp,

Roof Rack City, or Roof Rack World sell 100mm End Caps which are lockable.

They are sort of torpedo shaped, steel reinforced black end caps with a cap that twists a quarter turn to open or close. They are hinged and when closed, a padlock can be inserted through the edge to secure them.

They are good enough to stop the "convenience" thief from opening them. They would need to be cut off to gain access to the inside of the conduit.

From memory, they were about $40 each and you may only need one, although I have one at both the front and back on my "bazooka".
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Reply By: philkp - Tuesday, Mar 28, 2006 at 17:08

Tuesday, Mar 28, 2006 at 17:08
Thanks for the suggestions,guys. Much food for thought although Baz's brutally honest comments about the desperate was always at the back of my mind.
Phil
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Reply By: Bob - Tuesday, Mar 28, 2006 at 18:06

Tuesday, Mar 28, 2006 at 18:06
Hasp and staple from the hardware.
Put a 90 deg. bend in the staple so that when it bolts onto the screw cap the staple will go over the tube.
Rivet or bolt the staple to the tube.
Fit a padlock.

All of this only keeps the honest buggers out as being mounted on plastic a large screwdriver will bust open most systems.

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Follow Up By: Member - Athol (NSW, 2527) - Tuesday, Mar 28, 2006 at 19:18

Tuesday, Mar 28, 2006 at 19:18
Which is why if they think its only a water tank they dont bother. The more elaberate and bigger the lock they think, mmm! must be something good in there.

Athol
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