Sand flag

Submitted: Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 12:52
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Hi,

I am planning a trip to the Simpson Desert and I am looking at buying a new or second hand sand flag for my troopy. Does anybody know where to buy a sand flag in the Brisbane area? I have tryed a few camping shops without success.

Thanks,
Jones
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Reply By: Moose - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 13:06

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 13:06
Mate - I know this doesn't answer your specific question but why not just make your own.
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Reply By: hoyks - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 13:12

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 13:12
A fishing rod, a rod blank (a fishing rod without all the eyelets on it) or a piece of electrical condute make a good pole. Zip tie or glue a piece of bright cloth on the end.
There you have a flag for next to nothing.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L- Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 13:12

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 13:12
Hi
As per previous reply, go to a ladies ship and but some red material and sew up your own flag, at least 300mmx300mm. The small plastic flags that you often see are far to small, after all you want to be seen by other vehicles.

Enjoy your Simpson Trip.

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Follow Up By: Tony J - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 19:10

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 19:10
"The small plastic flags that you often see are far to small" - if you see them, then isn't this the idea??? :)
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L- Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 19:32

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 19:32
Tony J
The small plastic flags that I have seen people using in the Simpson are usually the ones that they use on bikes, and that is what they are ment for. The orange colour does not STAND out well in the desert and if they were RED and 300mmX300mm or larger, then you will STAND OUT FAR MORE than the small bike Flags!!!!!!!

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Reply By: 944runner - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 13:32

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 13:32
if you dont want to make one then check the local 4WD stores, ARB and TJM sell em as examples
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 13:32

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 13:32
Or, if you're not a cheapskate, try 4WD outlets such as ARB, TJM, Opposite Lock, etc.
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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 13:35

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 13:35
Hey 4runner,

Must have beat me by a bee's whatsit!
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Reply By: VK3CAT - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 13:39

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 13:39
Outback Ideas make one that I saw at TJM in Dandenong (Vic).
Comes with a bracket that clamps to a round vertical section of a bullbar.
Your local 4 x4 club shop may also stock them.
There are two dealers on Ebay from WA. One is a single 2 metre section rod & the other breaks down into smaller sections - as does the outback ideas one. Both the Ebay ones have a 1/2 inch threaded mount that could be utilised with a CB antenna or driving light mount.
Or, you could make your own.
Cheers Tony
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Reply By: Member - MrBitchi (QLD) - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 14:13

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 14:13
Telescopic fishing pole (Suid Pole) by Shakespeare at any fishing tackle place.
Make your own flag.
Attach it with cable ties or bungy cords.

See my rig pic... :-)
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Reply By: Gossy - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 15:18

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 15:18
I tried the fishing rod trick when doing Googs Track. Didn't even survive 10 mins past the first gate. Breaks easily when caught on scrub. I have used my TJM supplied flag for years now and is as good as new.
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Reply By: Footloose - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 15:49

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 15:49
Ebay is your friend ! :))
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Reply By: Footloose - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 16:10

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 16:10
You can also use an old mining whip and base, and attach a piece of cloth/garbage bag or whatever on top. The aim is to be seen so don't worry about it detracting from arb stickers etc ..I've even seen ladies undies used....certainly a talking point , especially if there are ladies in either party :))
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Reply By: ellmcg - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 18:03

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 18:03
Have you got any 'retired' antennas? I'm not sure how much a store bought sand-flag costs, but you can buy a neat and secure fitting to attach the said antenna to your roof-rack for about $10.
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Reply By: Tony J - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 19:17

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 19:17
OK Here's what I do. I have a 2.1 metre UHF arieal on the bull bar. Wife sowed a piece of old safety vest into a 30cm x 30cm flag. Stuck that to a section of fibreglass pole from the orange pushbike pole. Tape that to the top of the UHF ariel. The flag is now 3 metres above the top of the bull bar. The UHF works as normal, the flag has lasted 20 odd thousand k's but the down side is in the photos - flag too high and gets cut out of the pics!!!
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Reply By: gompy - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 20:33

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 20:33
Bought one on ebay, it lasted 20km's simply not flexible enough, you can buy flags complete with pole from the service station in Birdsville, accross the caravan park. don't know about the cost though.
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Reply By: dieseltojo - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 22:14

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 22:14
I am with Gossy.My fishing rod idea kept on braking under scrub doing the Hay river track;absolutely useless. The best idea I reckon Out of 10 vechicles was a 2 meter length of 20 mm electicians conduit clamped to the center of the pack rack.It is best in the centre so you don`t have to swing off the track due to the flag getting caught up.We lost a few flags that were of the joined togerther types as they just flicked them selves off when swinging from side to side.

Regards.Paul Klat.
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Reply By: Rock Crawler - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 22:49

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 22:49
Please do not ask adam (crazy for advice on this tipic lol , I think i have a pic somewere to prove it lol
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Reply By: Member - Ozdyssey (QLD) - Saturday, Apr 29, 2006 at 12:23

Saturday, Apr 29, 2006 at 12:23
Just bought one for the Troopy from TJM Geebung. They sell them to the sand mining coy on Straddy. All different lengths. $90. I got the 1.5mt because it's goes on the roof rack. Makes the flag about 4mt above ground. Good strong UHF type pole.

What I liked was the quick release fitting which comes as an option for $30. Just like a compressor hose snap on fitting, but stronger. I mounted this to a spare light bracket I had. Now I just pull the flag out of the pole carrier and snap in place.

Bit dearer option but I hate false economy.
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