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Old 07-23-2015, 01:12 PM   #1
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Did the Sewer Fence Post Holder

I have beating around the bush for some time to do the fence post holder for our sewer. So finally had some time off and put it all together yesterday.


Overall I am very happy with how it turned out. I will leave it as is and if the white bothers me I'll paint it black to match the trailer. I mounted it just forward of the midship jacks to allow for access to the jacks. I did not put it to the rear since the tanks are there and I did not want to risk dragging it.

I was able to get all that I needed, including the fence post, at Lowes. The cost was just under $70 for everything. I was going back and forth on how to mount it and make the access doors. Stole a few ideas from other and put it all together..

Here is a copy of the receipt from the Lowes. It has all that I bought for this setup. Only two things were different and I will get to those..


Bought the 8ft 5x5 fence post and 4.5" gutter in a 10ft length. Made the brackets out of some 1 1/2" plate steel with holes pressed into them. Used my vise to make them. It actually was easier than I thought it would be considering I had only a hammer and the shop vise. Just took some patience.








I decided the leave the fence post uncut at the 8ft length. I would be just as wide as the trailer (It will stick out a bit with the caps on). I just cheated it to the driver's side a hair so it is slightly out on the driver's side to avoid the side of the road. The brackets were held up into the frame's lip using a few self-tapping screws.

The lid design I stole from someone who had done it before me. I Used the standard caps, two springs and four cotter pins per door. Used 3 1/4" x 1/4" springs and 1/8" x 1 1/2" cotter pins. As you'll see in the photos I initially mounted everything centered up.. But when the gutter was slid into the post the would get hung up on the cotter pins. So I moved them up to be above the gutter.


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Old 07-23-2015, 01:13 PM   #2
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Continued...

Once they were all drilled and bent it allowed me to keep the door closed but easily flip it out of the way to access the hoes. I did this on both sides of the trailer. The cap is tightly fitting but not so hard as to strain the springs. In the first picture you can also see a screw was added with a lock washer to keep the post from sliding side to side. It was a tight fit with the brackets but it is a safety, if you will.




Gutter clearing the lid mounts. You can see the original holes that got bound up.


Now the part that is different in the receipt from above. I originally bought two outside caps and one inside cap:
INSIDE CAP:


OUTSIDE CAP:


As it sounds, the OUTSIDE caps are for the end of a gutter. As you can see they have a nice rubber seal to made the ends waterproof. BUT, because of the seal and how they mounted (outside the gutter) they would not fit into the fence post once a fixed, they were a 1/4" to fat.

The INSIDE caps mounted inside the gutter not making it any wider. These did not have a waterproof seal and did not snap into place like the end caps. I solved this issue with some pop rivets (so as not to add width to the gutter) and some silicone sealant to keep the bad stuff in the tub. I added a third cap to keep the threaded part of the hose in place as well.


So after a couple hours of work and a few glasses of iced tea all worked out well. The gutter easily slides out both sides and everything fits nicely and neatly. Even without the screws I added as safeties the thing is rock solid in itsí mounts. I have a Rhino Flex 15ft hose with the threaded 90 campground hook up and a Rhino Flex 10ft extension hose packed in the gutter. With all this in the gutter I have about 1 or 2 inches to spare.

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Old 07-23-2015, 04:44 PM   #3
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Old 07-23-2015, 04:58 PM   #4
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Very, very nice!!!
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Very good. I will get around to this one day. for now my sterlite container will have to do.
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Old 07-24-2015, 09:21 AM   #7
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nice job, I like the spring loaded end caps and how you used the cotter pins to keep the inside protrusion to a minimum
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Old 07-24-2015, 02:48 PM   #8
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Very nice, and neat. Just what I needed to get my project complete. AND, Thanks for the pictures that puts it all together.
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Thank you! I have been wondering where / how to do the same thing on our Wildcat. We too use the Rhino hose and it won't fit in the tail tube storage and I didn't want to mount something under the tail where it could get crushed if I was unlucky enough to get that steep driveway with the trailer. You install solved a bunch of questions for me. Again, THANKS!
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Old 07-24-2015, 10:06 PM   #10
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We also have a steep driveway. I do not need an axle flip but I am close for sure... Thank you all for the kind words. Glad I can help some of you all out.

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