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Masts container for transporting

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Created by IndecentExposur 23 days ago, 2 Jun 2019
IndecentExposur
97 posts
2 Jun 2019 6:05AM
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I own a pickup truck and got a bit tired of all my gear (masts) being diagonal in the bed of the pickup. So, I built a 'conduit' holder (much like what electricians and plumbers have) and mounted it to a bed rack made by Thule. The rack is called the Xsporter Pro and has 2 channels on the bottom and top. The goal is to store most of my masts in the truck for the season. Hope this helps some one someday.

1. You'll need a conduit kit + a 6 inch PVC pipe.

2. The conduit kit. Note the U-bolts are for mounting through a rack cross member. I didn't want to drill holes in the Thule 'channel' aero rack.

3. Glue the end parts onto the Pipe. I opted for glueing and not drilling holes.


4. Since I was mounting the PVC underneath the rack (Wanted space for a board on top), I had to use carriage bolts with the square portion to fit into the Thule channels. I built an aluminum bracket to 'hang' the pipe. Using a vice, blow torch and grinder, I was able to fabricate a bracket.



5. Here it is mounted to the rack

6. Mounted and installed. It doesn't stick out the back too badly.

7. I have mostly Ezzy RDM masts in here (3 mast sets total) . I have room for more masts to spare.

8. Another view.

9. Stickers for effect! I also have a small carabiner to prevent any accidental opening of the door.

I hope this helps someone somewhere someday. Let me know if you have any questions. Hope this contribution was worth it.

melih
114 posts
2 Jun 2019 7:57AM
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Dear Surfer,
I like your mast container clean and nice job.

Mastbender
1886 posts
2 Jun 2019 8:53AM
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Color code the ends of your masts for quick and easy pairing.

sboardcrazy
NSW, 6559 posts
2 Jun 2019 11:23AM
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looks good. Do they rattle around much? Maybe some padding between them or store them in their bags..

IndecentExposur
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2 Jun 2019 10:43AM
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sboardcrazy said..
looks good. Do they rattle around much? Maybe some padding between them or store them in their bags..



Thanks. I don't hear them at all. I thought about padding but I don't I need it. That said, I'll look into getting some bags.

IndecentExposur
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2 Jun 2019 10:44AM
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Mastbender said..
Color code the ends of your masts for quick and easy pairing.


I thought of that. The nice thing about Ezzy masts: they are color coded on the sides. Every mast has a slightly different color & size printed on them.

JakeNN
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2 Jun 2019 1:37PM
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IndecentExposur said..
Thanks. I don't hear them at all. I thought about padding but I don't I need it.



they're obviously rubbing against each other and causing abrasion on the masts .. obviously you wont hear the rubbing when you're inside a car with road noise and engine noise.

if they're old masts, then i wouldn't worry about the extra abrasion.

if they're new masts, and you replace every season and don't care losing an extra $150 each year, then i wouldn't worry about the extra abrasion.

if they're new masts and you want to keep looking nice and new, then your plan needs improvement.

forceten
693 posts
2 Jun 2019 11:17PM
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Nice job. The exposed foil will create a new downforce item for the racer boys .

IndecentExposur
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3 Jun 2019 4:16AM
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JakeNN said..

IndecentExposur said..
Thanks. I don't hear them at all. I thought about padding but I don't I need it.




they're obviously rubbing against each other and causing abrasion on the masts .. obviously you wont hear the rubbing when you're inside a car with road noise and engine noise.

if they're old masts, then i wouldn't worry about the extra abrasion.

if they're new masts, and you replace every season and don't care losing an extra $150 each year, then i wouldn't worry about the extra abrasion.

if they're new masts and you want to keep looking nice and new, then your plan needs improvement.


You make a good point! I'll be putting these in mast bags.

IndecentExposur
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3 Jun 2019 4:16AM
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JakeNN said..

IndecentExposur said..
Thanks. I don't hear them at all. I thought about padding but I don't I need it.




they're obviously rubbing against each other and causing abrasion on the masts .. obviously you wont hear the rubbing when you're inside a car with road noise and engine noise.

if they're old masts, then i wouldn't worry about the extra abrasion.

if they're new masts, and you replace every season and don't care losing an extra $150 each year, then i wouldn't worry about the extra abrasion.

if they're new masts and you want to keep looking nice and new, then your plan needs improvement.


You make a good point! I'll be putting these in mast bags.



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