Post by mizvalentine on Feb 26, 2013 12:40:38 GMT -5
I was really happy with my flagpole design, based off the classic Inforoo PVC style. I did 20ft I think, but without a T-top. Instead I drilled holes in the top portion and ran flag line through the holes so I could have a horizontal flag. Below where the flag was, I added a 4-way PVC connector. Obviously the top and bottom parts of the flagpole went into the top and bottom connectors. In the left and right sections of the connector, I mounted (epoxy and cotter pins) two solar garden lamps that had articulated heads. So I could point them up and the flag was brightly illuminated all night. I then zip-tied the pole to my van's back wheel and luggage rack which gave it support, weight and two points of secure contact, but I could still take it down fast in an emergency. My biggest fear was that the lights would somehow get dislodged and go flying in high wind (they're small and plastic but could still hurt someone) so I additionally duct taped around the connections. I had no problems though. I would definitely choose lights with plastic housings for weight and the aforementioned lightening risk. The lights could be seen from surprisingly far away, and lots of people stopped by to say how helpful it was to locating their campsite (it helped that I was right on the main road too, I think.).