Pole carrier - fitting to chassis rails?

Submitted: Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 15:57
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Hello all,

I've bought a length of plumbers 100mm pvc pipe to act as a pole or fishing rod carrier and wanted to know how others have fitted it the the caravan chassis rails please? I've asked my local supplier (Kings in Hobart) and they say that they only keep brackets for 150mm pipe.

I'm thinking about fabricating something myself with flat steel and long bolts but how would I fix a 100mm pipe holder to this?
Thanks in advance.
Tony
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Reply By: Member - beachbum - Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 16:20

Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 16:20
I have used long lengths of hose clamp available from Super cheap or even some of the cheap n nasty chain stores. If you do not think it is strong enough with one tie use a second one from the other side of the chassis rail. Mine have been round the block plus many other places and I have never had a problem. There are heavier ones around and probably available from a machinery supplier
Regards Ray
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Follow Up By: tone33 - Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 19:22

Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 19:22
Hi Ray,

Nice and easy tip.

Thanks
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Reply By: Old Bill - Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 16:37

Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 16:37
Hi Tony

A few years ago I fitted a 150 mm PVC Pipe beneath my Ute to use as a Water Container. I bought two Exhaust Pipe clamps from a Trucking Parts Co. These were welded to the chassis to hold the PVC pipe. Very strong and almost unbreakable.

I'm not sure of the cost, but they weren't expensive.

Might be worth having a look at something like that.

Good luck.

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Reply By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 16:53

Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 16:53
Hi Tony
Try Reece Plumbing Stores,

*Hobart 03 62319016

*Kingston 03 62271333

They have plenty of 100mm Saddles and they are Powder Coated.
use Tex Screws to fasten them.

Cheers
Daza
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Follow Up By: tone33 - Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 19:19

Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 19:19
Hi Daza,

THanks for your tip. I did think of fixing saddles directly to the chassis rails then had second thoughts about putting holes in the chassis in case it weakend it.

So I'll rethink my strategy as this is a simple solution.

Thanks
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Follow Up By: PradOz - Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 at 08:43

Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 at 08:43
i agree with daza - get powdercoated saddles to suit your chassis. even put 2 together if needed. look in hardware and plumbers supply. only use tek screws. you wont weaken the chassis by using these. have a look at the many different setups on the caravans you pass or see in your travels. i also have glued foam inside the caps to minimise the chance of them breaking and pack with thick foam sponge as required. cheers
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Follow Up By: Axel [ the real one ] - Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 at 09:56

Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 at 09:56
Tek screws ? Make sure they are of a size and length that you think will hold then double it , nasty little habit of working loose on corrugations,
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Reply By: Member - Mal and Di (SA) - Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 17:09

Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 17:09
Further to the rod carrying question.
What do people put inside the pipe to protect the rods? I have already broken the tip off one of mine.
M.
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Follow Up By: Member - Gavan F (WA) - Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 17:55

Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 17:55
G'day Mal

I've used 150mm Tube .

For my small rods (Squidge Type ) I put 2 of them into a 65mm clear plastic tube that I got from an Annaconda camping store for less than $10 . My surf rods have seperate cloth bags that I got from K-mart for about $5 ea. I have just carried a 14 ft ,12ft , 2 x 10ft & 2 x 7 ft rods as well as 2 tent poles and a sand flag 19 000 km in the past 3 months .A little cosmetic marking but no damage .

I also Used Band-it to attach my pole carrier to my Caravan.

Regards Gavan
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Follow Up By: PradOz - Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 at 08:35

Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 at 08:35
put a thick sponge like you use for car washing inside each end to pack out the space and absorb any movement.
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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 20:48

Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 20:48
You just need to pack your rods or anything else that you put in there, in such a way that they can't fly back and forth within the pipe. If that happens, there is a lot of force expended when the rod (or whatever) hits the cap on the end of the pipe. Hence broken tips or worse.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 21:51

Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 21:51
I have lined the inside of the caps with foam and have not had a problem in 13 years.

I also wrap the rods in a length of carpet and tie them with a couple of straps then slide them into the pvc tube.
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Reply By: rags - Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 22:01

Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 22:01
Hi Tony
you could try these as used by plumbers,works for me,
heavy duty
http://www.unistrut.com.au/index.php?M1=4&M2=12
or heavy or light duty
http://www.abey.com.au/Products/tabid/63/Default.aspx?CategoryID=474
available through plumbing supplies,you will still need to drill fixing holes to chasis or weld
hope this helps
Russell
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