re post 33325 sand flags

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 29, 2006 at 05:53
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last time i did the simpson with several other vehicals, we all had red or orange flags on various poles,blank surf rods, condute, ect but one vehical had a surf rod blank zip tied to his roof rack with a black flag about 500mmx500mm and this was much easier to spot from a distance than the other colours .(think of the trig points you see on top of hills)the red and orange flags seem to blend in with the sand. hope thats a bit of help
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L- Saturday, Apr 29, 2006 at 08:21

Saturday, Apr 29, 2006 at 08:21
Hi haysie222
You are spot on. I always run 2 flags in the desert, one a red sand flag 400mm x 400mm and the other flag my state SA flag, and yes the darker colour does stand out against the orange sand dunes.


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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Apr 29, 2006 at 20:55

Saturday, Apr 29, 2006 at 20:55
Seeing a sand flag against a dune is unlikely to save your life. We use sandflags to prevent head-on collisions on the top of dunes, where the blue sky is the background. Also it helps if they are at the front of the vehicle, where they are seen sooner.

So I'll still be using an orange flag, bullbar mounted and 12 feet off the ground, and have it on a flexible pole so it swings around quite a bit.

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Reply By: Shaker - Saturday, Apr 29, 2006 at 22:36

Saturday, Apr 29, 2006 at 22:36
Interestingly cray fisherman use black flags on their cray pots, they say they are much easier to spot than brightly coloured ones.
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Reply By: Blaze - Saturday, Apr 29, 2006 at 23:49

Saturday, Apr 29, 2006 at 23:49
After my last 2 trips across the Simpson, I wouldn't care if they had BLUE FLAGS, as long as they had something, with at least 60% of vehicles not having flags or being on channel on our last trip any thing would do. Interesting fact to add to this is the main 4X4 magazines show vehicles in every issue going over sand hills etc, without flags so maybe they should be held accountable for their lack of instruction with their examples.
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Reply By: MP - Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 10:59

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 10:59
Another school of thought is to lean the pole forward so that when the vehicle is on the upslope the pole is closer to vertical. Also flouro green/yellow makes for a good flag.
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