PVC tube storage question

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  1. Kaiyadaisy

    Kaiyadaisy New Member

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    I want to attach a 6" PVC tube with end caps on either the front or back of my PUP. I was wondering how anyone who has done this attached it to the frame. And tips with very explicit directions would be appreciated.
     
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    Hoosier Daddy Active Member

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    I was going to use boiler strap. You know that strip of metal sold in a coil with holes the entire length...

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    But I have seen it fatigue and break where it is fastened.
    Then while I was at the hardware store I saw the biggest zip-ties you can imagine! Serious, these were about 3/8- 1/2" wide and about 3' long! Sold individually I bought 4. Two for each side and looped them over each frame rail of the Pup and crossed them both directions on each end of the PVC pipe.
    Zip,zip,zip,zip then cut off the excess with a pair of side cutters (dykes)
    If the cops use regular size for handcuffs, these would hold a Raging Bull!
    Load wise I had my box tubeing steel tripod for the fire pit. Never an issue.
     
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    Kaiyadaisy New Member

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    Thank you. I was thinking both the zip tie route or the hose clamps. For the hose clamps, would I go around the frame or screw them in to the metal of the frame?
     
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    I stick them thru the slots for the bunk supports. If you don't have such a setup go around the bumper.
     
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    I am thinking of doing the same thing but i was thinking of some heavy duty wire ties....... keep some on hand if any break
     
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    I think you will appreciate the fact that you can tighten the hose clamps, and the won't break.
     
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    I used 4 zip ties on mine. If one should pop I still have 3 till I get where I'm going. Always have some extra in the popup tool box.
     
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    If you use stainless steel clamps nothing will "pop" and you don't need to carry any spares.
     
  9. ktsmom

    ktsmom One Happy Camper!

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    I did the same thing when I installed a 3inch PVC pipe with caps on the rear of my camper. I put my bed supports, BAL leveler jack-handle, and safety slides in it. Works great.
     
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    When I had my pup, I had attached 4" pipe to each end on the camper. I also used very heavy zip straps. 4 on each tube, and criss-cossed around the frame. They worked very well, and in the two years I had them, I never had to tighten or replace them.
     
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    cyclop5 Active Member Silver Supporting Member

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    I'll take a look at mine in the morning - the previous owner did something like that. I'll see how it's fastened. I didn't even realize it was there for the first two months or so :)
     
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    94-D2 Happy Campin'

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    I used 5" sewer clamp hangers from my local big box home store. I attached them to the frame with self tapping sheet metal screws. The clamps pinch on the pipe and the tapping sheet metal screws provided the tension on the straps.


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    Nylon zip ties will eventually deteriorate and break, along with the vibration of rolling down the road. The metal sewer clamp hangers will hold up permanently and are durable.
     
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    Can you fit a tarp in there? I lost my awning and was planning on keeping my poles and a tarp that same pipe contraption, but wasn't sure if it would fit.
     
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    94-D2 Happy Campin'

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    Depends how big the tarp is. It is a 5" pipe. So whatever rolls up to that diameter. I actually keep a sewer hose in mine and a folding A frame ladder in the bumper storage.
     
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    I am curious what can you store in that PVC pipe please ?
     
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    Some store patio mats, fishing rods, etc. in the pipe. We are adding one to store our new sewer hose for the TT in, since the bumper is too small for the better quality hose.
     
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    Good to know. Thank you for letting me know. I appreciate.
     
  18. Hoosier Daddy

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    I made mine to store my tripod for the fire pit.
    After a weekend of using it I didn't want it in the camper or TV.

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    UV will degrade the zip ties. Lost my sway control because of that.

    We have the sewer clamps works great. Holds all the tubes for our awning.
     

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