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Old 04-17-2015, 10:01 PM   #1
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Update on portable solar pole (Cattledog)

A long while back I posted photos of the folding tripod stand we used with the A-Frame for portable solar panel. I couldn't let go of the solar pole idea. I asked DH if I could attach to the tongue and he suggested fence brackets ... so here is what we've done to eliminate the tripod and go with the pole.

We used corral panel brackets to attach the pole to the tongue jack. Spouse attached a repurposed satelite dish bracket that allows it to slide onto the pole. Once it's on, it can rotate and tilt on the pole to catch the sun rays and never have to leave the trailer's tongue once it's attached.

Cattledog, you asked me to post when I did this project, so here it is.

Spouse purchased the large handled nuts to use for the bolt. He spray painted the pole black to match the tongue...last time I attempted spray paint, my fingers wore it more than the project. Haha I also lined the inside of the brackets with felt to reduce risk of scratching the jack post.
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Old 04-17-2015, 10:10 PM   #2
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Old 04-17-2015, 10:33 PM   #3
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I use smaller brackets to attach the telescoping flag pole on the toydeck of the A-Frame to the posts I use to secure the dog equipment.
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Very nice work. Mounting on the tongue has also worked for us most of the time.
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Old 04-20-2015, 01:57 PM   #6
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Thanks for the pictures and info Handbuilder beautiful job. I was given a Coleman solar panel with a small stand as a gift will be trying it out in May for the first time. Should be enough to ensure I have lights and more importantly run my single cup coffee maker. Have the ideal site to give it a test run overlooking a marsh with lots sun an awesome bird watching site.
Also like the toy deck you have wouldn’t even mind the smaller version deck maybe some day if I trade in.
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