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Old 07-22-2014, 10:22 PM   #511
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Still a lot better than no poles at all !
With the attaching kit, you would have it made.
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Old 07-22-2014, 10:53 PM   #512
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I'll Keep my OC mod TYVM taking down the arms and having to stow them every time? Ewwwww!
YOU BETCHA. The OC poles can't be beat and they were invented right here!
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Old 07-23-2014, 02:47 AM   #513
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:35 PM   #514
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OC's brackets, along with my own poles, have been an absolute blessing for my camping experience. I no longer have to wonder all day long "should I run back to the camper and put the awning in"... No longer do I get up at night for the sole purpose of putting the awning in... Nor do I have to check the weather every couple hours to see if the wind is going to pick up. Thank you OC.

I do take mine down and stow in between trips and during travel. Not a pain at all.


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Old 07-24-2014, 06:52 PM   #515
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OC's brackets, along with my own poles, have been an absolute blessing for my camping experience. I no longer have to wonder all day long "should I run back to the camper and put the awning in"... No longer do I get up at night for the sole purpose of putting the awning in... Nor do I have to check the weather every couple hours to see if the wind is going to pick up. Thank you OC.

I do take mine down and stow in between trips and during travel. Not a pain at all.


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Hey could you tell me where you got your poles from?

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Old 07-24-2014, 06:57 PM   #516
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I'll say it again....

our sets of OC's brackets and poles are the BEST mod EVER!

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Hey could you tell me where you got your poles from?

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You can get some poles like this from homedepot or lowes. Painters poles. They have locking pins every 6" but I drilled them for every 2". I store them in the bumper and they attach to the brackets I made using the round aluminum pivot stud you see hanging there, that stays there all the time. They are the $33 poles and are very sturdy fiberglass and aluminum (not the twist lock kind either). Not bad.
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You can get some poles like this from homedepot or lowes. Painters poles. They have locking pins every 6" but I drilled them for every 2". I store them in the bumper and they attach to the brackets I made using the round aluminum pivot stud you see hanging there, that stays there all the time. They are the $33 poles and are very sturdy fiberglass and aluminum (not the twist lock kind either). Not bad.

I used the same poles as shown. I drilled my holes at the mid-point of the ones that were already there (so there's a hole every 3")... Which is, in my opinion, sufficient. I also drilled a 5/16 hole near the top and use a quick release hitch pin through the bracket and pole. At the bottom I fitted the pole into a floor anchor, again using a quick release hitch pin... I put the poles into those and anchor to the ground with HD tent stakes (No messing with ratchet straps). I'll be setting up camp later today... I'll take some photos and post.


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Old 07-25-2014, 07:36 AM   #519
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I still have a few kits left.
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Old 07-26-2014, 10:42 PM   #520
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PVC electrical conduit pole

I experimented some today on eliminating the machine work required to use the PVC electrical conduit. I used 1" for the inside(upper) pole. Due to it's size, I had to machine alum slugs to get it down to the 1" required for the brackets. Today, I took a pc of 1" elec. PVC and put the end in a vise and used a heat gun to soften it enough to squeeze it down to 1" wide. Let it cool and it retained the dimension. If anyone wants to make a low cost set of poles themselves, go to Lowes/HD and get (2) 10' pcs of 1" electrical pvc conduit and (1) 10' pc of 1-1/4" electrical pvc conduit and use the dwgs in the library to cut and drill.

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