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Discussion in 'Jeep Trailer Tech' started by Chris Insull, Jul 6, 2006.

  1. Jul 6, 2006
    Chris Insull

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    Bought my $22 worth of 40' of 1/2" sched 40 PVC, T-fittings, 90's and 45's two days ago and finished my support up tonite. Took about 1 hour to make... My version (for an M-416 tub) has five supports, 18" apart. I used the 5' lengths of PVC for the actual supports, but will probably cut them down to a more "appealing" arch in the next day or so (my wife called it a mini-Conestoga:rofl: ). Looks to work out real well for keeping the rain off, but wouldn't want to tow down the hi-way "at speed" without clamping the PVC to the side panels and adding some front to back attachment at the peaks... pics to follow in the next day or so...:oops:
     
  2. Jul 7, 2006
    beeser

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    Got the same reaction from some after putting together my PVC setup. Never thought of doing a dry fit before cementing it together. BTW, what's the difference between a Conestoga and Calistoga wagon? Sorry, had to ask.
     
  3. Jul 7, 2006
    beeser

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    No really, what is the difference between the Conestoga and Calistoga wagons? I think they both exist. Just curious.
     
  4. Jul 7, 2006
    sparky

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    Good question Steve. I don't know either.

    I dry fit mine before cementing. You can see in the pic though that one side ended up shorter on both. I put those on the ends, gives the tarp a nice slope.
     
  5. Jul 7, 2006
    speedbuggy

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    Gotta buy my pipe this weekend. I thought about using the 3/4" instead. Do you think it would work better? Also, wouldn't the tarp keep the bows in place?
     
  6. Jul 7, 2006
    Boyink

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    I figured by adding the tarp over top they'd be fine without clamping (where would they go? ;)). Then again I have the Herculiner and they don't move w/o some effort. Even w/o a tarp over them they don't move going down the road.

    I cut mine all down so I have a 4" arch - with 50" cross pieces there was ~10" of arch on the Bantam. I didn't like the look and it didn't fit under the bike rack.

    I've yet to glue anything - I like the way I can pull/push one side then the other and the little uprights swivel to allow this. I plan to glue everything but those upright pieces.

    Dennis - the 1/2" schedule 40 is pretty thick stuff..they have alot of tension at that length.

    Oh - FWIW Mirriam Webster has an entry for "Conestoga", but not for "Calistoga".
     
  7. Jul 7, 2006
    beeser

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    A guy on the Canadian M101 Yahoo group has a pic of his PVC setup that shows smaller uprights. They also seem to be angled in slightly. Mine ended up being vertical. Looks like the 45 degree elbow is just below the tub edge. Nice appearance in my opinion with the tarp in place.
     
  8. Jul 7, 2006
    Boyink

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    Hard to tell from the angle of this pic, but as you shorten the length of the crosspieces the uprights do begin to angle in:

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    I also sized the uprights to bring them roughly even with the edge of the trailer.
     
  9. Jul 7, 2006
    beeser

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    Nice Mike!
    I tried to post some pictures of the setup described earlier but it didn't work. I'll try again later.
     
  10. Jul 7, 2006
    beeser

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    jpflat2a

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    that looks good Steve !
    I was just wondering
    is the arch a *45 angle ?
    would putting *45 elbows in the center of the arches improve/strengthen/ or mess up the angle ????
     
  12. Jul 7, 2006
    beeser

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    The trailer shown in the pics is not mine. I think the upright pieces were pitched inward to reduce the angle made by the 45 elbows. Adding 45s in the middle would probably be counterproductive. I too like the finished product and might try putting together another frame just like it.
     
  13. Jul 24, 2006
    Chris Insull

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    A bit late on these pics of my version of the tarp supports...:rofl: But here it is. Tarp is a 6x8 10 mil unit from Northern Tools.
     
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  14. Jul 24, 2006
    MOP

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    Man...you guys all doing this is forcing me to get it done. I have the tarp and tie down stuff. Just need the PVC and about an hour I guess.
     
  15. Jul 25, 2006
    Chris Insull

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    FWIW, I wound up cutting them down to 50 & 1/4" and like the profile on an M-416 tub. When I get the BT3-C done:rofl: , I'll likely have to adjust as required...:beer:
     

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