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#216580 12/30/15 03:21 PM
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I already have a 4" pipe holder on the top of my van. I actually have it strapped down by bungie straps. I'm thinking about changing over to 6" pvc with caps on each end. I'm trying to determine how to secure it. Other than threaded rod, anybody have any other ideas? I've calculated the cost at Lowes and it will cost me around $100.00 not counting the straps to hold it. I can't find any other factory designed holders that will beat that price so far.
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sparkync #216581 12/30/15 08:45 PM
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Why re-invent the wheel?

http://www.americanvan.com/van-and-truck-accessories/accessories/conversion-kit.html

American Van has a very nice kit for just what you want.

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sparkyinak:
A solution that one of my guys used was...
6" unistrut 2 piece pipe clamps, mounted on thin strut attached to the roof racks.

It worked.

One drawback to using the PVC with the PVC end cap is if you get too 'pushy' putting EMT in, you could break thru the front cap.

BTW, the American Van item was put on two of my other vans.

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I can't imagine breaking a schedule 40 cap with PVC or even RMC.
You might break a sun brittle DWV cap I suppose.


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Greg:
It was plumbing white PVC with a 'cap' on the front end and a 'clean-out' screw cap at the back end.

I hesitate to detail 'to pushy', there may have been some fooling around involved.



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I keep pipe inside the truck. The PVC on the roof, which I used for many years before, just got the pipe or wiremold dirty or banged up.

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In my old work truck I built a floor with 2 x 6 as joists and 3/4 plywood on top. The pipe fit just fine under there and was out of the way.

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Bins under the bed are fine, if you have the length. The problem comes when the pipe is 10-ft long, and the bed is 8-ft, or even 6-ft, long.

Since we carry ladders, that means a ladder rack is just a matter of time. It sure would be nice if you were able to use the space under the seats to take up the extra length.

Some pick-up truck racks have angled bins for the pipe, bins that work really well.

I had made some pipe storage atop my truck using 4" EMT. I used strut and strut straps to mount it. My roof leaked. Ordinary duct tape was plenty good for sealing the ends; sunlight would cause me replace it about once a year.

For the front .... well, Harbor Freight has a very simple $150 wood lathe that will let yo make fancier nose caps, if you want them. Make them look like missiles, really big pencils, or (with some carving) #50 Phillips screwdrivers.

For the back, closing the end is the challenge. The American Van product addresses this quite well. Screw caps get 'too tight,' too easily.

Capacities of 4" EMT, as I recall:
1/2" EMT: 2 bundles
3/4" EMT: 1 bundle
1" EMT: 6 sticks

With this in mind, I understand the appeal of a rectangular bin, rather than large pipe.



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